Frozen Egg

Frozen Egg
Name: unnamed
Species: Grulla Foenaran Hipponox
Birthday: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Owner: Skyprotecter

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A sharp horn pierces the shell of this egg.

Hipponox are a common sight in the grass forests of Foenara, and while they never actually sleep, they are most active at dusk and dawn. The females have longer horns and serve as the protectors of bands of hipponox that range from 10 to 30 individuals. The clumsy, gangly hatchlings stay near the males in the center of the band, while the females monitor territory and defend the band from predators, only returning to the safety of the center when they lay their eggs. Each band is ruled by a matriarch, often the oldest female who has the most knowledge of their territory. Perhaps due to their constant vigilance, or their powerful bodies and sharp horns, hipponox are steadfast, fearless creatures. They are not as fast or agile as other species in the grass forest, but are very willing to charge a predator rather than flee, and as a result few predators would choose to go after a hipponox. Their greatest enemies are hipponox of opposing bands, although it is said that once a year the bands will unite and exchange individuals, perhaps as a way to distribute young hipponox to avoid inbreeding. Females will sometimes fight during this time and attempt to become the matriarch of a band, and when this occurs the ex-matriarch will join a different group. Hipponox show no fear of humans, either, and many a magi has befriended a hipponox during the annual gathering, when the creatures are open to the idea of new things.

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Raneth