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Shuihu #1299

General

Found mostly in remote, soggy wetlands, shuihu are slightly smaller on average than their kuras tiger cousins, and generally more friendly. While they are slightly aloof, like most tigers, wild ones have been known to leave their remote marshes to seek out the company of magi from time to time. Shuihu have a playful streak, and those raised at the Keep will sometimes use their powers to prank visitors to Lake Lakira, hiding in the water and giving unsuspecting passers by quite a fright by springing forth when they draw near. It is said that shuihu have righteous souls, and are able to sniff out the justness of one’s cause. It is unclear how much truth there is to that claim, but there exist many folk tales of shuihu assisting outlaws in fighting greedy oppressors.

Egg

This egg is made out of water that is constantly in flux, forming and reforming itself unendingly.

Hatchling

Shuihu hatchlings are cute little things that are never quite solid and never quite fully liquid, trailing small wet paw prints behind them with every step. They are the size of a large kitten when they first hatch, and will tolerate being picked up by a magi, though they often grow tired of being held and turn themselves more liquid in order to flow out of the magi’s grasp. Shuihu hatchlings love to play with their littermates, their magi, and even normal kittens, though normal kittens often aren’t quite as enthused about their watery playmates. Half-liquid as they are, shuihu hatchlings are even better than the average cat at getting into places they aren’t supposed to, and so a magi raising one needs to keep a close eye on their shuihu hatchling to make sure it doesn’t get into too much trouble.

Adult

Adult shuihu are self-sufficient and less interested in human company than when they were younger, though still generally very friendly for such large predators. Wild shuihu are inquisitive creatures who often approach magi visiting their territory to sniff them curiously rather than fleeing. Fully grown shuihu can phase effortlessly between a mostly watery form and a mostly solid form, and use that ability to hide when needed. However, they greatly enjoy swimming and prefer to use their solid form to do so. Shuihu will hunt when necessary, but usually live almost exclusively on fish, and are absolutely fearsome fishers. Different shuihu have different preferences on whether they bat at the fish, swim to chase it down, or lie in wait in the water, and magi have been able to trace shuihu family groups through the fishing strategies they share.

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: No
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: February 15th 2022

February 2022 Midmonth Donation Pet

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Kestrad

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