Coal wyrms are typically found high in the Alasre Mountains, in long abandoned mines. They are nearly impossible to discern from the dark rocks that form the caves of their homes. Being one of the most difficult species to find, magi have all but stopped hunting for the eggs of wyrms, and so these creatures are rarely seen around The Keep. During these colder months, however, the wyrms have begun migrating to mountains farther north, and so their eggs become easier to obtain. So it is that The Keep has become overrun by wyrm hatchlings of late. While the new arrivals are welcome, they are unexpected; coal wyrms rarely leave their homes, and their recent migration was not foreseen. It is thought that they are moving not to new lands but to their old homes. Ancient books say that wyrms were found much farther north than they are today. No one knows of their origins, though old tales say that wyrms are magically animated stone.
While these creatures appear to be draconian, any knowledgeable magi would inform you that these creatures are in fact wyrms, recognizable as such due to their lack of wings and their size. Slightly smaller than dragons but equally powerful, wyrms specialize in magics of the earth, specifically involving rocks and minerals. Even their appearances closely resemble the stones they covet and control – their scales are extremely hard and cold to the touch, almost impenetrable. The name "coal wyrm" was humorously attached to them due to the texture and color of their scales, and the name stuck. They themselves are not that amusing, as they are extremely capable predators and do not possess particularly good temperament. Although rather antisocial, wyrms are fiercely protective when it comes to their magi companions and share a close bond. Any creature foolish enough to challenge a wyrm will quickly come to realize the foolishness of their actions when stones rise from the earth against them.