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Rufous Orix #826

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 orange egg has peculiar tendrils poking through its shell.

Hatchling

These bright orange hatchlings are quite active and playful. They enjoy chasing not just each other, but any nearby creatures who stray too close. Adults keep a close eye on them and are very protective and caring.

Adult

Rufous orix are significantly smaller than their grey relatives, rarely growing larger than a seal. They hide among the seaweed in shallow waters, remaining very still and drifting with the water. When potential prey approaches, they use their innate earth magic to raise a ring of sand around them, cutting off any retreat for the prey. Although they hunt alone, rufous orix are gregarious, nesting in small colonies at the base of seaweed clumps and wrapping their tails around a frond to avoid drifting away while asleep. Rufous orix are curious and playful, and when they are not hunting they often follow boats or watch people swimming. While not harmful, their magic can temporarily maroon small fishing boats when a sandbank suddenly appears right under its keel. Therefore, many fishermen regard them as a pest and try to avoid areas where they live in greater numbers.

Notes

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

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

November 2017 5-shard Donation Pet.

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Tekla/Morgaln

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