Species: Cervinus Deer
Birthday: Monday, February 13, 2012
These deer are considered to be very beautiful in their youth, with the softest fur of any known creature. If one is to approach a cervinus hatchling, however, it will become clear that their friendly appearances do not necessarily match their personalities. Cervinus hatchlings are shy creatures, always looking for a quiet place away from others. For the first year or so of their lives, these hatchlings sleep most of the time. In the wild, their motionlessness would hide them from predators. As they age, cervinus deer are able to control their magical abilities better, and like to wander through the woods. Like wild deer, they eat leaves, grass, and moss. They disappear into the woods most mornings in search of food, and are very difficult to follow. Fortunately, their solitary natures do not isolate them from their magi, or each other.
Cervinus deer are nearly impossible to track down, even if one casts a spell to find them. Though they rely on their magic to avoid leaving tracks, these companions are also able to completely cover their scent. These deer are able to use this remarkable skill in any location, be it the forest or even the castle. A person could be walking down a dark hallway in The Keep and pass a cervinus deer without ever knowing it. These companions are equally adept at smelling other creatures, and cloak themselves with the smell of their surroundings. Naturally, they are difficult deer to catch, and outwit most predators. Cervinus deer will only allow themselves to be seen by their magi, or someone they deem worthy. It's not uncommon for these companions to wander to the far edges of villages, to greet a few excited children. If anyone startles the cervinus, or approaches with malicious intent, the creature is gone in a flash. There are some murmurings around The Keep that these animals can actually smell emotions. Whether this has any truth is the subject of some debate, as the magic behind these creatures' power has never been fully understood. A few students claim that cervinus deer flee from those who are angry, or harbor dark thoughts. It has been pointed out that those magi with gentler dispositions tend to have more of these creatures, while magi with quick tempers will often have their cervinus leave them, to live wild in the woods.