Umagum are mildly poisonous to the touch, a sensation that some magi have referred to as 'comfortably numb'. However, ingesting the poison that coats their skin can cause a range of effects, from a sense of losing reality to auditory and visual hallucinations. Deaths are fortunately rare, as most magi know the limit of what they can safely ingest. Though large, umagum aren't aggressive, preferring to go chasing rabbits over attacking magi or other creatures. Travelers of both time and space, umagum can appear randomly, but seem to spend the majority of their time around shallow waters or relaxing in the shade while they wait for the summer rain.
This slimy egg is brightly coloured as a warning not to touch.
An umagum hatchling is brightly coloured as a warning to predators that they're highly poisonous and dangerous to consume. They're slippery and slimy, but magi shouldn't really be handling them without protective gloves to begin with. Hatchlings should be kept by themselves until they grow large enough to change to their adult colouring, at which point they become less accidentally dangerous. As long as they have access to water and a snug burrow to hide in, hatchling umagum are content to be alone, but still enjoy being talked to and given little treats.
A fully-grown umagum is large enough to take down most rabbits, rodents, and ground-dwelling birds. As adults they have more control over the toxicity level of their skin, but they also develop keratinous spines that they can pop out from the sides of their neck and abdomen to inject an attacker with poison. Umagum aren't family-minded; they prefer to stick to their own territories, meeting up only to mate and lay eggs before going on their way. However, they do respond to magi who are friendly and treat them well, and don't seem to mind those researchers who take small samples to test the psychedelic properties of their skin.
Obtained from: Event, Halloween, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 25th 2020
Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Sochitelya