Frozen Female Hatchling
Species: Pumpkin Wyrm
Birthday: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Because they hatch from an egg the size of a seed, pumpkin wyrm hatchlings are born very small. They will double in size several times in a matter of weeks, but will always be little in comparison to their larger cousins. Though they are as playful as other companions, pumpkin wyrm hatchlings will only play with one another, and never leave their pumpkin patches. If they do happen to stray too far from home, pumpkin wyrm hatchlings can find their way back easily enough. This is because these dragons possess a wonderful sense of direction, and even the youngest hatchling can find its way home. Though they are not the most social of creatures, these wyrms are affectionate enough towards their magi, and will happily approach their human friends when they come to visit.
Pumpkin wyrms live inside pumpkins, just as their name suggests. These little creatures love pumpkins so much that they refuse to be gone long from a pumpkin patch. The one exception is the night of All Hallow's Eve, when the little dragons swarm over The Keep, partaking in the festivities. On that night, all that can be seen of them is their bright eyes, or the occassional glimpse of a striped orange tail. If any pumpkin candies or desserts are left out on that evening, the little wyrms will make quick work of them. Not surprisingly, most of their meals consist of pumpkin. These little dragons always take care not to eat pumpkin seeds, though, as they are indistinguishable from pumpkin wyrm eggs. Their eggs are carefully guarded and tended to, and come only from the biggest pumpkins from special patches. Magi take great care that any roasted pumpkin seeds are from mundane, nonmagical pumpkins. If you look inside a pumpkin wyrm's home, it will be almost completely filled with stockpiles of pumpkin flesh and rinds, which will serve as many future meals. Pumpkin wyrm eggs are kept separate from edible seeds, in a hollow pumpkin far from the others. This special pumpkin is guarded carefully, and never approached by humans. A typical wyrm pumpkin patch will hold anywhere from ten to fifty pumpkins. These patches are easy enough to tell apart from normal pumpkin patches, as they are much larger than normal pumpkins, and are hollow inside. These pumpkins also survive harsh temperatures more easily, and continue growing for many years without rotting. Though the pumpkin wyrms rarely leave their homes, they do love to play and sleep inside carved pumpkins, and can be lured to one with a slice of pumpkin pie on the last day of October. It is a common pastime for the magi of pumpkin wyrms to carve elaborate patterns into pumpkins for their companions.