Cascara amagnae are sleek and very, very hefty, as their feathers are made out of a beautiful array of thick multicolored glass. Fortunately for everyone, they are much more even-tempered than their wild brown, olive, and silver cousins, since while most of their feathers are smooth, their tails are studded with very sharp, jagged glass, and when spread out, their wings are razor-sharp on one edge. They also do not lift items when angry, but instead exude heat when particularly agitated, causing the air to ripple around them and potentially melt or scorch surfaces nearby. Very carefully trained cascara amagnae can use this ability at will, making them of some use to artificers and fire magi, but they are most commonly kept by wealthy Synarans. Well-bribed adults will happily stand in advantageous lighting and pose to show off their colors for hours at a time, making them excellent ornamental pets.
Is this an egg, or a beautifully crafted glass imitation? You’re not entirely sure.
This particular variety of amagnae hatchling varies between fits of standing mostly still, content to merely watch everything its magi does from its perch, to hopping about, reveling in causing destruction with its surprising heft. They especially love destroying glassware and plates, smashing them into tiny pieces and then gobbling the bits up. As they are less ornery than other amagnae, though, cascara amagnae chicks can be easily trained to ignore important glass items such as windows and experiment apparatuses as long as their magi keeps plenty of other fun items around for them to break. Since they sort of clean up after themselves, and are extremely beautiful when the light catches them just so, most magi find this arrangement tolerable, if not strictly ideal.
When their antlers grow in fully and the spikes on their tails finish forming, cascara amagnae are considered fully grown. Adults are a bit less prone to wanton destruction, preferring to stick to the more standard fare of grains, insects, and the occasional unlucky small critter, though they will still break and eat glass baubles when offered, and consume large quantities of sand for grit. Adult cascara amagnae molt individual feathers continuously. These castoffs are surprisingly sturdy for glass, and small down feathers can be collected and tumbled to be used as cheaper replacements for gemstones. Larger feathers can be set in ornamental windows or, in the case of their sharp wing feathers, used as weapons that are both deadly and beautiful, if a bit fragile. Glass from these amagnae store spells readily, making them very useful for magical crafts.
Obtained from: Event, Harvest Festival, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: December 1st 2022
Sprite art: Lazuli, Xenomorph/Lazuli | Description: Kestrad