Fortis beetles are warriors incarnate. Close to two feet in length, these beetles continue to grow for most of their adult life and are able to defend themselves from the hungriest of gryphons. Their beautifully decorated bodies serve more than just to look pretty - their exoskeleton is stronger than forged steel and can resist even the most intense dragon flame. Fortis beetles form a strong bond with their magi, seemingly bound by an invisible code of honor. Serf fortis beetles are able to fiercely defend their magi with their powerful pincers and mandibles, while imperial fortis beetles intimidate with their armored horns and can take to sky battles if need be. These beetles are unique in their prowess, in that the way they battle is seemingly an art form. They use their strong pincers or horns in calculated movements, anticipating their rivals moves as a swordsman would. It should be known that the respect of a fortis beetle must be earned - they uphold loyalty, frugality and honor amongst all else. For this reason, they are often sentinels to those of great power - the sheer presence of these large insects demand most to behave respectfully.
This tiny, purple egg is seated upon a silver pedestal.
The simple sight of this squirming larvae makes most uncomfortable, but it's their size that intimidates novices, easily reaching the length of a magi's arm. In truth, your fortis larva is incredibly docile and likes nothing more than to munch upon fruits, seeds and various forage. Occasionally your jeweled grub will prove its worth by attempting to defend you by raising its pincers to battle creatures they perceive as aggressive... like exceptionally playful winged cats. However, because of their slow metabolism they are often rendered helpless; fortis larvae require extra protection from predators and thus spend much of their time burrowed deep into the soil.
As big as the larva was, your adult fortis beetle is even larger, and its huge pincers give even the more powerful predators at the Keep pause. Despite that, these pincers are used only in defence for the beetle is subsisting solely on a diet of fruits and vegetables. When accompanying you, it always keeps at the same distance behind you, following loyally wherever you go. However, it is ready to protect you at the slightest word, getting between you and whatever danger threatens you. There is a certain nobility in its bearing, although you would be hard-pressed to explain how an insect can give that impression.
Obtained from: Quest, Grass Forest
Renaming cost: 4000 gold
Release date: January 4th 2015
Breeds with the following:
Serf Fortis Beetle + Serf Fortis Beetle = Serf Fortis Beetle (Normal)
Serf Fortis Beetle + Imperial Fortis Beetle = Serf Fortis Beetle (Normal)
Serf Fortis Beetle + Imperial Fortis Beetle = Imperial Fortis Beetle (Normal)
The creature is obtained by completing the quest labeled "Search the Grass Forest" in the Grass Forest.
Sprite art: GlassWalker | Description: GlassWalker