Birthday: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
While other hatchlings can be quite affectionate, khatash have always been distant creatures. Their nocturnal natures allow them solitude, and they remain far away from any humans, retreating into invisibility when approached. Khatash hatchlings possess that magic as well, though they are less adept at controlling it, and flicker in and out of view. Though shy, khatash are capable hunters, and every youngling spends hours learning to stalk their prey, trying to control their invisibility so it may aid them. It is easy enough to gauge the mood of a khatash companion, as their magic is directly attached to their emotions. There is one particular hatchling who is almost constantly frightened, and hasn't been seen for many days. Even though a magi's life can be busy, it is important to put aside time to spend with these creatures, or choose not to raise them.
Every companion at The Keep possesses its own distinct personality. Khatash are secretive creatures, partial to their own company and content to remain at a distance. It takes most magi many months to bond with their khatash companions, and patience is necessary. It is best to bond with a khatash when it is young and slightly more trusting, but even then the little one is likely to hide. Khatash will disappear at the least sign of trouble, and are capable of blending in seamlessly with any terrain, be it mountaintop or marsh. This skill is no clever illusion – the khatash is completely gone, and no amount of searching will be fruitful. Khatash companions boast the much coveted power of invisibility, and if not for their skittishness, could be quite dangerous. A few decades ago, a most hated man was exiled from the magi, and spent years trying to learn the secret of their magic. No one has ever been able to learn why khatash are able to become invisible, and no magi has come up with a spell to mimic it. Some of the jungle natives argue that this power was gifted to the khatash by the gods, to mark them as holy. Local stories say that once the khatash were more friendly, and even approached people. The villagers were unafraid of them, despite their strength, and even allowed their children to play amongst them. Then one day a khatash was easily trapped and killed, by a vain lord. Then, the khatash came into their magical powers, and one materialized on top of the guilty lord's table and ended his life in a bloody display. Ever since then, even two hundred years later, the story still circulates and khatash remain aloof and secretive. The only humans to interact with them are the magi, who study and shelter them. Magi scholars have been heard to say that khatash magic seemed to come at a time when khatash were most hunted, an odd coincidence.