Species: Dark Gemhog
Birthday: Thursday, April 1, 2010
This gemhog seems to be fully grown now, even though it is no longer than your forearm. It walks around busily, always sniffing for food in every place possible. The adult gemhogs diet consists mainly any kind of insect they find, as well as snails and slugs. You have watched it crunching and swallowing the shells of snails, and you suspect that these are necessary to form the crystalline growth on its back, which is growing and changing constantly. The gemhog is a valuable companion, as you soon found out. Its sense of direction seems to be unfailing, and it is always able to find the shortest way home. Its appearance is striking, with either gold or blue crystals, and fur ranging in color from light cream to dark gray. When these animals curl into tight balls, these crystals form incredibly hard shields, offering gemhogs constant protection.
Many legends surround the gemhog. Commoners believe these creatures to be living gemstones, pieces of fallen stars - divine messengers announcing the arrival of spring. Whatever the truth may be, when spring comes to The Keep once more, the great gemhog migration begins. Gemhogs from all over the world travel back to the place where they were born, unerringly finding their way. There, these creatures gather in great numbers. After some time, they begin to form pairs. On the night of the equinox, the crystals on their backs are all beginning to glow, forming a beautiful pattern of hundreds of blue and golden lights, as if the very stars have descended to earth. It is said that they do this to greet the spring, and many believe that should the gemhogs ever fail to gather and glow on the night of the equinox, spring will not return. Magi like to attend these gatherings, not only for the spectacle, but also because the next day, precious gemhog eggs can be dug up from the ground.