Species: Struana Kelpie
Birthday: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
This little foal remains in water at all times, though it rises to the surface now and again to visit you. As it ages, it will grow into its magical abilities, and be able to leave the water and walk on land. For now, it is more than content in exploring the many pools and lakes around The Keep. If anyone tries to swim with it, or play with it, the little foal will take great delight in pulling the person under. No one is seriously injured, but not many people choose to play with kelpie hatchlings, regardless. Ever since birth, these horses are very attached to their magi, and prone to jealousy. If a hatchling sees someone being too affectionate towards their magi, or threatening, then the little kelpie will take action. They will bid their time, then lure the person who made them mad to the water. The kelpie will either attempt to drown their prey, or merely attack them. This can be avoided if the horse has been trained carefully from birth. If the kelpie hatchling is too violent, then it has to be released into the wild, to live among its own kind. This is not a rare occurrence, though, as magi take care to teach their companions well.
Though extremely beautiful, kelpies are malicious creatures, and not to be trusted. Their eggs are kept hidden beneath rocks, or buried under sand. Though a koi could easily find them, all animals stay away from the kelpies. These horses sometimes leave their waters to haunt the shores, trying to entice humans into pursuing them. Anyone who attempts to catch one of these ethereal horses will never be seen again, their fate unknown. If angered, kelpies are extremely vindictive, and use their powers to wreak vengeance. Anyone who touches the coat of a kelpie will become stuck to it, and nothing will free them. Their strange manes will suddenly move as if alive, and wrap around their prey in a grip that is impossible to break. Then the wild horse will drag their victim beneath the cold waters, to a cruel fate. The person will quickly drown, their body washed away as if they never were. All village children know to stay away from them, and no one approaches them. Even the tame kelpies, who have been raised to be more kind, frighten the commoners. Of course, if these creatures are companions, they tend not to be so malignant. If raised properly from birth, a kelpie will be somewhat affectionate towards their magi, and allow their human to touch them. If a kelpie so wishes, its flesh will not become a horrible trap, and the human remains free. Their coats are constantly wet, even when the horse is not below water, and their manes are always dripping. Kelpies are frightening creatures, and touching them is quite unnerving; no heat radiates from them, and they are as cold as ice.