Frozen Female Hatchling
Species: Argaent Kirin
Birthday: Saturday, December 31, 2011
Many argue that kirin fawns are the most sedate and dignified of hatchlings. While other young love to play amongst themselves and receive attention, winter kirins are somber hatchlings, preferring to observe. Every once in a while, though, a magi will stumble across a group of kirin hatchlings playing some made up game, prancing about and falling over each other. If caught, the hatchlings immediately halt their game and pretend as if nothing ever happened. Then the group usually runs for the shelter of some nearby trees, disappearing from view. Young kirins love to explore the woods, and it is not uncommon for them to be gone for days. Even the smallest kirin hatchling is able to provide for itself and is in no danger when gone from the castle.
Every now and again, stories spread through nearby villages like wildfire. Eventually the gossip reaches The Keep. What appears to be nothing more than idle talk to the villagers is occasionally truly magical, and magi leave to investigate. One such recent tale is an account of how a traveler found himself lost in a snowy wood, with night fast approaching. The man was far from home and was sure to be the victim of either hungry wolves or the bitter cold. Suddenly, the weary journeyer found himself on the edge of a meadow, with a full moon showing through the falling snow. It was a beautiful sight, and the clearing seemed almost to glow from the light of the moon. The man decided to stop and rest for a while. After only a few moments, a beautiful creature appeared before him, walking across the newly fallen snow but leaving no mark. The description of the creature matched that of a kirin, the magi deduced, but a kirin like no one had ever seen. Instead of warm colors, the kirin seemed to be a part of winter itself, pale colors barely discernable from the snow. The kirin lead the astonished traveler for miles and miles, all the way to the edge of the nearest town. The man gasped with relief at the sight of the village's lights, but when he turned to thank the creature, it was gone as if it had never been. Upon hearing the story, many magi set out to find the marvelous kirin, but no one could find any trace of it – until one foolish young magi found himself beset upon by an angry bear. A kirin – perhaps the same one – arrived just in time and allowed the magi to ride away to safety. The fortunate youth survived and returned to The Keep with not one, but three of the rare eggs. This was a huge feat, for a kirin is impossible to find if it does not wish to be found.