With its colourful nose decoration and its silky soft fur one would be tempted to pet or cuddle a tersha. This would be a mistake. Although dark tersha are more docile than their golden cousins they still can give a serious nip to any hand that comes too close. Even well trained tersha can react on instinct if their nasal appendage is brushed, so it pays to be careful around them. Their ability to use earth magic to swim through the earth at high speed make them attractive to magi for a variety of reasons. A well trained tersha can use its burrowing technique to shift the ground into patterns that are as captivating as their butterfly shaped noses.
Those who have stumbled across an intricate design in the earthen floor of a woodland glen are often amazed at the detailed design. The fact that it also seems filled with landed butterflies also adds to the mystique. Those who know better run the other way. An adult tersha can carve large detailed designs in the earth that are so intricate they almost seem hypnotic. They sometimes gather in groups to create a carpet of mesmerising patterns, sitting just beneath the surface with their butterfly-like nose appendage twitching and fluttering on the ground as a temptation. When this is touched even lightly, a tersha will immediately burst out of the ground with jaws open and large claws flying to capture and devour whatever creature was unfortunate enough to be lured close. On special occasions Magi have trained this rather beautiful creature to make stunning designs and displays in gardens and public spaces – though the saying 'keep off the grass' has an entirely different meaning when it was decorated by a tersha.
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Mysfytt