Loosely related to dragons, leliyn are found exclusively in warm, dry areas with lots of trees, where they spend most of their time clinging to tree trunks and threatening passersby. At night, the blue stripes on their otherwise dull scales glow with bioluminescence, an effect which also applies to their frills and the insides of their mouths. When threatened, leliyn extend their frills and open their mouths, and if this display doesn't work, they can spit a thick black poison that burns anything it comes in contact with. Leliyn are not considered a good Keep companion for this reason, but when raised from an egg they are often great protectors for explorers and magi who generally just want to be left alone. Their distinctive run - where they raise up onto their hind legs - makes them easy to spot even at a distance, but can be quite frightening when they're running towards someone instead of away.
This rough brown egg is decorated with delicate glowing lines of blue.
Leliyn hatchlings are independent from the moment they free themselves from their egg, capable of both flaring their frill and of spitting poison, though it isn't as potent as when they're adults. Fortunately, leliyn are also quite intelligent and easily understand the concept of magi as friends; it's just a matter of whether or not they choose to believe it. Magi generally don't keep more than two leliyn together - one male and one female - because they are aggressively territorial even as hatchlings and will battle each other. Magi raising hatchlings should ensure they have a place to climb to avoid any potential predators, or may just find the leliyn hatchling climbing them instead.
Adult leliyn are generally confident and aggressive creatures, always ready for a fight if someone or something provokes them. However, their first step is always to try and scare off an enemy with the use of their frill and loud hissing, before they resort to using poison. They can often be found sunning themselves on large tree branches, or clinging to the trunk so they can scan the ground for a meal. Although generally antisocial, those raised by magi seem to enjoy being scratched under their chins. During the mating season, males can often be seen dancing and head-bobbing, their frills opening and closing in rhythm. Those who have studied or raised leliyn know that it's never a good idea to under-estimate them; they're intelligent and have been known to pointedly destroy a magi's possessions with poison if that magi has annoyed them.
Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: July 15th 2017
July 2017 Midmonth Donation Pet
Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Sochitelya