Species: Donec Fish
Birthday: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It is difficult to find a more playful companion than a donec fish hatchling. These fish love to invent new games, and beseech other hatchlings to join their games. Once a donec fish hatchling has finally tired itself out – a rare sight to see – the donec little one retreats to one of the sea anemones in the lake to rest. Everyone knows not to disturb a fish while it is inside its home. Soon enough, though, the hatchling has slept and fed, and returns to the others for more fun.
It's easy to see why most people love the donec fish; their brilliant colors match their sunny temperaments. Their good natures seem to rub off on anyone nearby. Young magi like to bring guests to visit these fish, and then make deals while the visitor is in a good mood. This practice is considered naughty and is frowned upon. These bright little companions are always pleased when someone comes to spend some time with them, though. Without any enemies, donec fish thrive, and their happy natures have become even more brilliant. To ensure their health, the magi have struggled to produce a sea anemone that will grow in Lake Lakira, and succeeded, making these fish comfortable. In the wild, donec fish choose an anemone as their home, and the plant feeds them. This is a unique circumstance, as sea anemones usually defend themselves by stinging any animal who comes near. Donec fish, however, are never stung by anemones. The reason these fish are never injured is because a symbiotic relationship is formed, with the donec fish defending the plant against predators. This bond is crucial to donec fish, as they cannot survive without the plant. Their bright colors make it impossible for them to camoflage themselves, but anemones allow them to hide with relative ease. It is also important that these fish remain close to their homes, as they cannot swim very fast or well. If a donec fish is caught far from home, it must call upon its magic, lest it become a meal. Their powers are learned from the sea anemones, causing some magi to think the two are able to communicate. Just by brushing against an enemy, this orange fish releases a powerful toxin, one that will paralyze their enemy for a short time, letting the donec fish escape. This toxin has been found very useful as a medical sedative, and has helped numerous people.