Species: Lakiran Platypus
Birthday: Thursday, April 1, 2010
Out of the egg has hatched a very small platypus, naked at first but quickly growing soft fur. You feed it by putting a bit of milk into your hand, which it will proceed to lick up. Afterwards, it usually curls up in your still sticky hand and promptly falls asleep. Whenever you carry it around, it seems that fortuitous things happen more often than usual. It may just be that you feel happy carrying the little thing around, but perhaps it really has some effect on your luck.
One of the few natural inhabitants of the Stream, the lakiran platypus can sometimes be seen swimming among the many eggs bobbing in the water. Seeing them is considered a sign of good luck, especially in early spring, when they come out of the caves they spent most of the winter in. Seeing one of these creatures swimming along the Stream is a sign that warmer weather is soon to come. Magi who have a platypus companion are said to be luckier than most. The lakiran platypus is very social, and favors the company of others of its kind. During mating season, they travel upstream to the source of the Stream. A few weeks later, large amounts of their eggs will float down the Stream, to mingle with the other eggs. Those that are not taken in by a magi float into Lake Lakira, where they are nurtured by the adults until they are ready to hatch. The male platypodes carry poisonous spurs on their hind legs, which they use to defend themselves. This poison, while not deadly, can cause bad luck for the one affected that will last for several days.