Carapopricorns are a strange variety of capricorn that are slightly smaller but much more densely built and generally much, much more ill-tempered. They also can spend an indefinite amount of time on land with seemingly no ill effects, though they still prefer to be near a body of water. Carapopricorns seem inviting, with their shining golden scales and sweet caramel aroma, but will charge at high speed and give a nasty headbutt to anyone they don’t like - which is most people. They also eat pretty much everything, including cherished clothing, precious jewelry, and rare spellbooks. However, they are mildly affectionate towards their magi and their cast-off scales can be ground into gorgeous gold ink that holds fast through any abuse and also retains their sweet smell, so many magi find them to be a worthwhile companion. Every twenty years or so, some aspiring magi gets the idea to use carapopricorn scales to make jewelry or armor, since the scales are quite hard and lovely. However, though it is indeed possible to make beautiful crafts from their scales, so far no one has ever found a way to stop it from turning into a sticky, melted, unrecognizable mess the day after it is finished.
This is a delicious-looking cluster of caramel popcorn. It smells enticingly sweet and you want to eat it, but the caramel is so hard you're afraid you'll break your teeth on it.
Carapopricorn hatchlings are as sweet as they smell, and happily crawl out of Lake Lakira to follow their magi about clumsily on land, dragging their tails awkwardly behind them. They start out small enough that some strong magi simply pick up their hatchling and drape the tail around their neck, carrying their companion around on their shoulders this way. This does have the unfortunate side effect of sometimes giving the magi unexpected haircuts and new holes to patch in their robes, as carapopricorns eat absolutely everything, and hair, clothing, and homework are no exception. They're so cute and smell so nice, though, that the magi raising them often don't mind.
Carapopricorns grow more cantankerous as they age, until only their magi can approach without risking a painful headbutt. With their magi, they will suffer scritches between their horns and also deign to accept their company. Others who approach had best bring treats as a peace offering - the sweeter, the better - and still may end up getting chased out of the creature’s territory. Carapopricorn adults are very fast, regardless of whether they are on land or in water, and their horns are very hard, so they are capable of knocking people far away and leaving nasty bruises. It's considered a mark of good character if a carapopricorn belonging to someone else tolerates your presence, though how good a judge of character such grumpy creatures are is up for debate.
Obtained from: Event, Halloween, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 24th 2021
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Kestrad