The Arkene has a variety of wildlife, not all magical. Elk there are in plenty, their brown coats making them easy to spot. They travel in packs comprised of one sex, meeting only a few times a year in the spring to mate. Creatures set apart by their magical abilities differ from their ordinary brethren, and it is the same for the white elk. Like most companions of the magi, they are very intelligent and can live for centuries. White elk mate for life and travel in herds, forming families. It is not unusual for a magi to be granted an elk at the hatchling stage; among magical creatures, living alongside the magi is considered prestigious. To be trusted with an elk hatchling is a high honor, not to be taken lightly. These creatures are proud and noble animals, and should be treated with the utmost respect.
White elk are majestic creatures found only to the far north of the Arkene. Their light coats allow them to blend in easily with the snow, making them difficult to locate. It is the males of these species who possess antlers, which are powerful weapons. Their most potent powers, though, are their bells and ornamentation. Their magic is made apparent through sound – when one hears ringing, calm emotions wash over them and only peaceful thoughts remain. This causes the enemy to drift into a deep sleep, leaving them completely defenseless. While this magic is extremely useful, it is taxing on the creature wielding it, and so is not frequently used. Elk vary slightly in color, and usually have cream coats. Whether they possess bells or golden chains depends on their ancestry, for reasons unknown to magi.