Frozen Male Hatchling
Species: Royal Peacock Phoenix
Birthday: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A peacock phoenix hatchling is not the most playful of companions: they prefer to remain aloof and watch the proceedings unfold. They will mingle with the fire and ice phoenixes, watching other hatchlings play games and muttering secretive things. Peacock phoenixes bond very easily to their magi, however, and seem sometimes to sense sadness. Whenever a hatchling is hurt or lonely, the peacock phoenix youngling will make its way over to them and huddle protectively. If a creature is ever seriously injured, the phoenix hatchling will call upon what magic it has mastered and produce a shining tear, to heal the hurt creature. Even in a young phoenix, this power is quite powerful, and has saved many a companion's life. As a peacock phoenix ages, it will often leave The Keep for long stretches of time, seemingly called to help creatures and humans in need of healing.
Peacock phoenixes are considered to be one of the most beautiful of companions, with their long, vibrant feathers. Their feathers are highly sought after, not just for their beauty, but because they are imbued with power. A wand or staff with one such feather is made much more powerful, and in days long gone, sorceresses wore their feathers as jewelry. Despite their huge plumage, peacock phoenixes have no trouble flying, though they are not the quickest of creatures. Males have the largest plumage, but it does not seem to weigh them down. Their gorgeous feathers taper slowly off into ethereal flames that burn brightly but are cool to the touch. When a peacock phoenix is mortally injured or extremely old, it will burst into flames. These flames are said to be wondrous to behold, dancing in an unearthly fashion and burning with many colors. When the flames finally burn down, all that remains of the creature is a small egg, nestled in the ashes. No one knows how many cycles of rebirth a phoenix can go through, and no true death has ever been reported. No new phoenixes are ever created; rather, old phoenixes are discovered. No one knows where peacock phoenixes come from, though all agree that these majestic creatures were not created by man. A popular legend tells of a regular phoenix growing enchanted with the beauty of a peacock. It wooed the peacock for a year and a day until she fell for its charms. Upon their mating, the two birds burst into flame, leaving nothing but seven eggs that hatched into the first peacock phoenixes. How much truth there is to this legend is unknown.