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Delta Orix #825

General

Orixes are a marine species of dragon. They have poor eyesight, only able to see things close to their faces, and therefore rely on their sensitive spines and tendrils to detect small movements in the water nearby for hunting. The larger delta orix are a muted grey in color and inhabit the ocean floor, while rufous orix are brightly colored and live in schools near the coast. Rufous orix are popular imagery in the Callisto Islands, with pictures of them adorning houses and carvings of them being common around the villages. Delta orix, however, are seen as passive and lethargic and lazy children are often called dull as a delta.

Egg

This egg has stony tendrils poking out of it.

Hatchling

Delta orix hatchlings move sluggishly, but are capable of quick bursts of speed when some juicy prey is spotted. Though they hide among corals and rocks much of the time, many still fall prey to larger predators. Those that survive eventually grow too big for their nursery and leave for less crowded spaces. They will settle on a patch of ocean floor to maintain as their territory, building a burrow in the sand.

Adult

As they grow into adults, delta orix become increasingly difficult to see among the sands. Their grey, slightly rough skin blends perfectly into the ocean floor, and they partially bury their bodies to hide their brilliant blue markings. Only their tendrils will stick out of the sand, the blue spots acting as lures to draw in prey. Both their tendrils and neck spines have sensors that will notice nearby movement in the water, thus telling the orix when prey is near. It wil then rise rapidely from the seafloor and grab the unfortunate prey. When threatened, excited, or simply overjoyed, delta orix generate large amounts of electricity that looks like an underwater thunderstorm. Combined with their glowing blue markings, this display can dazzle and kill smaller creatures nearby. The largest specimen can exceed fifteen feet in length, making them a danger even for humans. Luckily, delta orix usually live in areas of the ocean too deep for humans to encounter them.

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: November 1st 2017

Breeds with the following:
Delta Orix + Delta Orix = Delta Orix Cost: 3 shards
Delta Orix + Rufous Orix = Delta Orix Cost: 3 shards
Delta Orix + Rufous Orix = Rufous Orix Cost: 3 shards

November 2017 3-shard Donation Pet.

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Tekla/Morgaln

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