Female Hatchling

Female Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Decessus
Birthday: Monday, October 31, 2022
Owner: Haifisch

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The moment you plucked this egg from the stream, you began to worry. It's like no other egg you have ever found, oddly soft, and you can't hear any noises coming from within. A plump tail has emerged from a crack, but it hasn't moved. You watch over the egg all day, afraid that the hatchling inside is not alive, but as night slowly falls, the pale tail begins to twitch, and tiny lines begin to appear all over the egg. Relieved, you watch as the shell begins to split, and a tiny nose emerges, followed by whiskers. The little one is a rat, barely large enough to fit in your palm but there is something odd about it. Bending closer, your brow creases as concern fills you. Is that flesh poking through its soft coat? Why isn't it breathing?

Decessusi are strange creatures, and very rare. They are only born once a year, in the dead of the night, making them hard to come by and coveted among magi who delve into the darker arts. These rodents are oddities even among magical creatures, as they move without breathing, and no blood flows through their veins. Bones peek through decaying flesh, a startling sight to those not accustomed to this species. Despite their frightening appearance, they are loyal to their magi, and can often be found curled up in a cloak pocket, sleeping away the day. Much superstition surrounds decessusi, and not surprisingly, most fear them. No one knows how these beings came into existence: there are varying opinions on the matter. Some believe it was evil magi meddling with the balance of magic, but most think it is the spirits of the dead, trying to grasp what little life they can. No matter where their souls came from, decessus are clever creatures, masters at collecting information and helping their magi.

Sprite art: BettyxMe | Description: Damien