The desert has many secrets, and the sepulghul may be responsible for many of them. Travelers are advised to avoid any abandoned places and especially any sort of burial site, lest they find themselves being attacked by sepulghuls. These creatures feed on rotted blood and decaying flesh, and they will hunt the living when they are unable to find enough corpses. While a single sepulghul is small enough to pose only a minor threat to an adult, they live in massive groups that can easily take down a caravan. This is why those native to Etain refuse to travel on moonless nights and insist on burying the dead as soon as possible.
You do not wish to touch this egg, it smells rotten and seems to be leaking odd fluids.
Your sepulghul egg began hatching tonight. You have opened the window to let out the stench that seems to billow from the widening cracks in its shell, but the noxious fumes burn your eyes and nose. You cough and turn away, only to hear a loud crack, like bones snapping. On the table in front of you is a pile of rotten bones, glistening wet in the moonlight. A high pitched shriek sends you stumbling back as tiny fangs snap at the air. It is hungry.
You haven't seen a living rat in months, not since your sepulghul learned to fly. It spends the daylight hours sleeping peacefully in an old wardrobe you cleaned out for it, but come nightfall it crawls out to groom its wings before beginning to hunt. Tonight you have brought it a few decessus hatchlings in the hopes that it will like them better than the mortifelis you offered yesterday. It licks at the tail of a decessus and chitters softly. You nod, pick up your pen and a piece of parchment. You do not know if others have learned of the telepathic abilities of sepulghuls, but you are in no hurry to tell anyone. There are tombs filled with the treasures of dead kings buried in the desert, and you will be the one to find them.
Obtained from: Event, Halloween, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 26th 2019
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: ShaiNeko