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Malicorn #1079

General

The grasslands of coastal Foenara have stories about magical horned horses, like many places in the world, but theirs skew different than typical tales of unicorns. The Foenarans describe an obstinate creature, a golden equid with curling horns, that is loud, boisterous, and has no fear of humans. The creature will approach a farm as it pleases and eat the farmers' crops right in front of them, the farmers unable to do anything for fear of the creature's horns. Any water the horns touch becomes poisonous to drink, and even a gentle tap on a healthy person or animal will cause them to fall ill to a seemingly random calamity. It is common to find small offering shrines on the outskirts of villages, regularly stocked with the creatures' favorite treats in an effort to appease them. These shrines seem quite effective, as the horned horses themselves can often be seen munching on their free meals or waiting patiently for the troughs to be refilled.

Egg

Tough, twisting horns poke out of this golden egg. You seem to fall ill any time you touch them.

Hatchling

Raising a malicorn is considered by many to be a fool's errand. While perfectly strong, sturdy animals capable of carrying a human, their personalities make the task of even befriending them a trial of extreme patience. Malicorns are clever animals, and even at a young age seem capable of outwitting most caretakers. They will only perform the most basic tasks after a magi secures a particularly scrumptious treat, and they will slowly draw out the number of treats needed to get them to repeat the task until the magi trying to train them is all out of food. At this point, the malicorn will usually walk away and try to find another magi to feed it, bearing no particular affection for the human trying to become its companion. On rare occasions when a magi succeeds in taming a malicorn, they can perform immense magical feats and infuse weapons with the same lethality as their own horn. However, even tamed malicorns may opt to merely curse the weapon so that it backfires on anyone who tries to use it, so even dark wizards tend not to trust them much.

Adult

Malicorns are difficult creatures to care for, but not because of the difficulty in finding or acquiring them. Magi who have worked with the creatures jokingly proclaim them to be not horses or unicorns, but in fact particularly ornery cats. Adults will often merely watch as an unwitting magi takes one of their eggs to raise as a companion. This is not from apathy on the malicorns' part, but practicality; most eggs get returned as well-fed adolescents once the magi realizes they're getting nowhere training them. Malicorns of any age have little to fear from predators thanks to their magic-infused horns, so juveniles not taken by over-confident students are free to roam as they please. They grow bored easily, and so tend to return to the herd to play with their fellows in raucous sparring games. As their magic works on other malicorns, and they seem to have no remedy for the ailments they cause, these games can be lethal, and are in fact the leading cause of death for malicorns.

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: No
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: January 15th 2020

January 2020 Midmonth Donation Pet

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin

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