Aaru sphinx cats are considered threshold guardians, traditionally of the world of life and death, but often in a more literal sense as well. They likely originated from the etain desert, though nowadays they are found everywhere in the world. Dignified and mildly standoffish at all times, even for cats, they take their role as guardians of thresholds very seriously, which usually means they take up a post by the door of the household they reside with all day. Whether they choose the most useful door to guard is rather debatable, though it is often the sunniest. Despite their aloof nature, these sphinx cats will grant any who approach them with a gift one specific boon - a prophecy. Aaru sphinx cats will give a hint of how long someone is fated to live, whereas amenthes sphinx cats hint at the current balance of a person's actions. These prophecies are granted by touching their staff to the asker's forehead, granting a vision. The predictions are not set in stone, and one who is unsatisfied with their prediction can take actions to make their future more favorable.
A tail has emerged from this egg already. It is tightly gripping a gold staff.
Hatchling aaru sphinx cats are very sedate, napping all day and rarely moving except to shift to keep inside their favorite sunbeam. However, they can be enticed to play with their favorite human from time to time, especially if offered something shiny. Hatchlings already have prophetic powers, but poor control over them, and so anyone playing with a sphinx kitten is advised to be careful not to get accidentally poked with the staff. The visions resulting from such accidental exposures tend to be confusing, if not outright disturbing, and while technically representative of a possible future, rarely actually helpful in any way.
As an aaru sphinx cat grows, so too does its staff, which it clings to tightly with its tail at all times. A sphinx cat is considered an adult when its staff gains its final shape, and it has mastered its prophetic powers. It is at this point that a sphinx cat takes up its threshold guardian duties in its household. However, when someone particularly beloved to a sphinx cat dies, that sphinx cat will take up a post by that person's grave. No one is sure what exactly the cat is guarding against, but such graves never seem to suffer from wear or deterioration during the cat's lifetime.
Obtained from: Donation (Oct)
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: October 1st 2022
Breeds with the following:
Aaru Sphinx Cat + Aaru Sphinx Cat = Aaru Sphinx Cat Cost: 3 shards
Aaru Sphinx Cat + Amenthes Sphinx Cat = Aaru Sphinx Cat Cost: 3 shards
Aaru Sphinx Cat + Amenthes Sphinx Cat = Amenthes Sphinx Cat Cost: 3 shards
October 2022 3-shard Donation Pet
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Kestrad