Elona are not seen as especially useful creatures at the Keep. They possess no magical abilities of their own, and although their shed skin can be used to thicken potions, it is no more effective at this than any other source of keratin, like hair or horn. They are ornery lizards that are difficult to train, and they never pay attention to their owners unless offered food first. Rone elona seem to be among the more intelligent of their kind and can be tamed more easily than the smaller varieties, so they can sometimes be seen peering out of the pocket of a young magi. Reptile enthusiasts will occasionally keep a tank of elona around for their novelty, as they produce a variety of pleasant scents when calm. The lizards mimic the scents of things they have encountered, so some clever magi have raised elona around things like fruits and flowers to encourage them to exude a faint perfume. The lizards may also mimic the smells of dirty laundry, so inexperienced keepers will occasionally come home to find their room reeking overwhelmingly of dirty socks. Magi are advised to do their laundry frequently if they wish to care for elona.
Elona are small creatures but surprisingly voracious, tackling insects half their size and venturing into the lairs of spiders to steal a bite of the occupants' catches, or possibly the occupant themselves. They are among the most populous vertebrates on the planet, with different species endemic to islands around the globe, each with a slightly different behavior and appearance. Their small size makes them expert stowaways, and as long as they avoid the attention of ship rats, they can make their way to new islands and far inland. The Keep's population is largely the result of stowaway elona hitching rides in bushels of fruits from the Callisto Islands, and they have been known to make it as far north as the Last Stop Inn purely by accident. This can actually be a problem, as elona can easily become invasive species, and larger varieties have been known to compete with and prey upon smaller species of elona. As one of the largest of the elona, the Rone variety is also one of the most common in the Callisto Islands, despite being fairly rare in its native habitat.
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