Wise magi know that colorful creatures are also often deadly, but few creatures embody that notion as much as the indigo gurita. Small octopodes from the Candle Archipelagos, these creatures hide in tiny crevices in reefs and tide pools, coming out at dusk and dawn to snatch up tiny fish. Their bite is so soft that a human can hardly detect it, but their venom is among the most potent toxins known. Most who are bitten die within minutes, though this is not necessarily the animal's intent. They are skittish creatures, easily frightened because of their small size, and unfamiliar with humans in their natural habitat. Their venom is thought to be a way to paralyze fast-moving and magically-protected fish, its potency to humans an unfortunate side effect. That hasn't stopped dark wizards from using it to tip their swords and arrows during battle, and during times of crisis, the black market for indigo gurita venom explodes.
This little egg is jelly-like and needs constant care.
Adult indigo guritas are small enough to fit in a person's palm (though putting one there would be an excessively bad idea). As juveniles, they are almost too small to see. They depend on their mother for protection, swarming around her as she hides, hunts, and evades predators. The guritas are not generally aggressive toward their own kind, but if food grows scarce, the juveniles will sometimes compete with their mother for food. As a result, once they become bold enough to venture out on their own, they'll often float through the warm currents until they find a new territory of their own.
The indigo gurita, despite its frightening reputation, is a delicate creature. Their care is restricted to the most attentive carers, for those who keep the creatures must be able to replicate their natural habitats exactly while also avoiding their potent venom. Part of the reason they have such strong venom is to bring down their prey before it can fight back, as they do not scavenge. An aquaculturist who keeps guritas must select prey that is small enough not to damage the tiny octopus, but still provides the necessary nutrients. The animals are known to be exceedingly picky, which elevates the challenge of keeping them even more. However, those with the dedication, time, and love to give these creatures what they need will be rewarded with the striking beauty of these intelligent creatures.
Obtained from: Donation (Sep)
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: September 15th 2019
September 2019 Midmonth Donation Pet
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin