Frozen Male Hatchling
Name: Crouching Tiger
Species: Kuras Tiger
Birthday: Monday, February 15, 2010
This cub is rather sweet, still small enough to be picked up. Its fur is soft under your hand, but you can see the marks of a powerful creature within this tiger. This hatchling loves to play-hunt, chasing its litter mates and small wildlife. The cub's mother raises it, bringing it and others into the forest to learn how to survive. It is necessary for a magi to play a role in raising a kuras tiger youngling, though, lest it become truly wild. Right now the little one has strayed from the other cubs, its attention captured by a passing butterfly. The cub leaps wildly into the air, missing the insect and tumbling into some tall grass, where it is quickly joined by its litter mates.
A kuras tiger comes about its armor in two ways; it grows it with the aid of magic, but it also eats what it can find to strengthen its armor further. Their diet also includes a wide variety of meat, and they kill only to feed. Once fully grown, this plating will harden further, becoming impenetrable by any known weapon. Regardless of the color of the tiger, the metal is always what appears to be living iron, durable and constantly regenerating. These tigers are either a beautiful shade of orange or a cool silver, both colors striped. Kuras tigers are one of the more difficult magical creatures for magi to obtain, because of their power. An adult has never been captured alive, and finding a cub on its own is rare. It is said that the nagas of Raza hold them in high respect, even giving them offerings so that, in return, the nagas are not attacked. Others, though, should be wary when venturing into the Jungle, and do so only in daylight, when these tigers are resting high in the trees.