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Nacreous Tanglewyrm #1002

General

Tanglewyrms continue to grow throughout their lives, like many reptiles, though they do so slowly after their first few years. Ancient tanglewyrms are said to have grown large enough to wrap around mountains and stretch the entire length of rivers, though no one in recent memory has ever seen one longer than sixty feet or so. While such sizes sound impressive, the creatures themselves are thin, serpentine things, so even the largest tanglewyrms can rest their heads comfortably on a magi's lap. Tanglewyrms are highly active, always on the move save for their brief stops to warm themselves on sun-warmed rocks. Although mostly terrestrial, their affinity for aquatic treasures like shells and their capable swimming abilities are clear ties to their closest relatives: the pearl wyrms.

Egg

This iridescent blue egg has a winding tail wrapped around it.

Hatchling

Even one young tanglewyrm is a handful to take care of wriggling free of any non-magical confines. They can slip through any space they can fit their heads into, which means that even a fairly large wyrm can get into narrow cracks and mouse holes. They can often be heard scuttling through the Keep's walls after the resident pests, eventually exiting into a room of unsuspecting students or teachers. The wyrms are quite smart and can be easily trained to leave other creatures alone, but they grow bored quickly and will soon find other ways to get into trouble. Even as they grow older, they retain a propensity for mischief, often stealing jewelry to add to their growing hoards.

Adult

Like many dragons, drakes, and other wyrms, tanglewyrms use hoards of treasure to build their nests. They tend to be more finicky than most, collecting thousands of shells, pearls, gems, stones, and other decorations which they pile in front of their nests. Once they have collected enough material, the wyrms will go through and select the pieces they like best, arranging these carefully in the caves they call home, then bury the rest in a garbage pit. In places where these wyrms have lived for many generations, a visitor can reach a hand into the soil and pull out a handful of valuables. Treasure hunters seek out tanglewyrm nests for this very reason, looking not for the nests themselves, but trash pits of discarded gems. The wyrms are surprisingly capable of hiding themselves away, though, so it takes a lot of work to find them. Even then, many magi warn people to keep their distance; the wyrms care little about their tailings, but they will viciously defend their nests from any intruder.

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: June 1st 2019

Breeds with the following:
Nacreous Tanglewyrm + Nacreous Tanglewyrm = Nacreous Tanglewyrm Cost: 3 shards
Nacreous Tanglewyrm + Aulon Tanglewyrm = Nacreous Tanglewyrm Cost: 3 shards
Nacreous Tanglewyrm + Aulon Tanglewyrm = Aulon Tanglewyrm Cost: 3 shards

June 2019 3-shard Donation Pet

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin

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