Species: Ornamental Rockhopper Penguin
Birthday: Saturday, December 25, 2010
Trundling about, ornamental penguin hatchlings require very alert human caretakers. As they come into their powers, these birds are liable to disappear in the blink of an eye, reappearing anywhere. Sometimes the hatchling will return without aid, but often enough the little one has exhausted its powers, or is happy to explore its new surroundings. Because they are not fully in control of their magic yet, a magi companion often has to go searching for the missing hatchling with the aid of a few spells. It is generally better to leave these rambunctious younglings with their own kind, who know how to keep them in line. Still, a magi should visit their companion for several hours a day, to form a bond between them that will create a skilled team. If left entirely to their own devices, these younglings will surely get into a world of trouble.
If one follows Silva Forest as far north as one can, the trees eventually thin out and give way to the cold lands of the Arkene. Snow stretches as far as the eye can see, leaving the whole world bathed in white. It is here, as far to the northwest as one can go, that ornamental penguins reside. As the name suggests, they are beautifully colored. These birds show up clearly against the snow, their dark plumage and bright red masks giving them away. Ornamental penguins have no need for camouflage, due to their most interesting and coveted powers. These birds are able to open portals on a whim. The strange doorways transport these penguins to wherever they desire, be it near or far. If a magi is lucky enough to have one of these penguins as a companion, the bird may bring the human along for the ride. But, as with any skill, though, there is a downside; portals are taxing to open, and the ornamental penguin must rebuild their energy afterward. If the creature opens too many portals in too short of a time, they will be unable to call on their magic. This power must be used wisely and sparingly, in times of great need.