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Coastal Pygmy Graga #1102

General

As soon as spring begins, the colorful pygmy gragas appear. Wings shimmering in the sun, they will settle happily on the surface of lakes and ponds, the last of the winter ice melting as they paddle in the water. These creatures only stay in one place for a short time, but they are highly favored when they do. They raise their young in nests made of only the freshest plants, like newly growing shoots and soft, just-unfurled spring petals. The adults eat the last of the dead leaves from autumn that are revealed as the snows melt, as well as any debris or brush that winter left behind. Their activities leave their roosting grounds looking beautifully cultivated. Many artists have been inspired to draw or paint landscapes of the nesting grounds of pygmy gragas.

Egg

This egg is dusted with colorful feathers.

Hatchling

Pygmy gragas hatchlings are born with most of their feathers already grown in, and are more independent than most hatchlings. While they can't yet fly, their adult coloring is almost complete. They love to explore their nesting grounds, and will happily eat stray twigs or the fallen petals of late spring. If a pygmy graga is raised somewhere where petals commonly fall, like an area with cherry trees, they will easily attain the weight they need to begin their own migratory journey.

Adult

Pygmy gragas are a welcome sight at the Keep, as they help keep the grounds tidy and contribute to the beauty of the castle. Of course, the magi who raise pygmy gragas realize there is more to it than just their diet. The magic of these creatures is subtle but powerful. They will slowly warm and change the environment they live in. Their flight will break up storm clouds, hearkening sunnier days, and as they swim and dive in a pond or lake, the water will warm. As they raise their young, their presence will also encourage the growth of flowers and increase the health of nearby trees. They are truly emblematic of the change that springtime brings.

Notes

Obtained from: Event, Spring, Retired
Breeding: No
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: April 11th 2020

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Raneth

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