The rustling of branches, the shaking of trees, and long cracks in the ground mark the passage of a Skelmblor. Most people steer clear of these signs, unwilling to risk meeting the vicious creatures. Quakes generated by them moving deep beneath the earth have ruined farmhouses and frightened any who experienced them. When they approach cities, they bring disaster, and mages are often called to help to lure them away. The creatures favor gems and other shining objects, especially diamonds, and will follow a person holding one for a very long distance, emerging from underground to take their prize when it is offered. Some people believe that these creatures amass vast reserves of treasure and magical items deep underground. However, no one who has ever gone to find one of these mythical hoards has ever returned.
This egg has sharp bones wrapping its shell.
Skelmblor hatchlings hate light. A wise magi will hatch their egg in the dark. Upon hatching, they will curl up wherever it is dark, whether it be underground if they are in the wild or hidden in their magi’s cloak if they are raised at the keep. Their immediate instinct is to burrow, and if not watched can get very far underground, a tiny hole the only sign of their activity. However, they lack the sense of direction that adults do, and in time a panicked chittering will emerge from the hole if they are alone. In lieu of letting them burrow, many magi let them scoot around in blankets when they are small. As they get older, however, they must be taught to burrow safely, and preferably far away from civilization. The more they burrow, they bigger they get.
Skelmblors are enormous creatures. Adults can be as large as a farmhouse with their skeletal wings spread wide. They rarely emerge from underground, however. It is not known if they eat, as their bodies do not seem to require sustenance of any sort, yet they grow all the same. Their travels underground will shake the earth above, and the largest ones can cause massive earthquakes if not strictly controlled. They do love diamonds and other precious, glittering rocks that are pressed deep within the earth, though no one is sure why. Diamonds don’t shine far beneath the earth, after all. Extremely well-trained Skelmblors will even bring back shining stones for their magi, but this is rare. Skelmblors are willful, and as unpredictable as an earthquake. Some magi claim that they do not cause earthquakes, merely travel along fault lines that cause earthquakes themselves, but most don’t believe this.
Obtained from: Event, Halloween, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 26th 2019
Sprite art: Lazuli | Description: Raneth