For a long time, ratumbidae were overlooked at the Keep. Incredibly common and seemingly bereft of magic, they were viewed as a nuisance. Their ever-growing numbers, however, encouraged some researchers to study them. The discovery was made that they were surprisingly intelligent, with an excellent sense of direction. Even better, they have an innate sense of magic. They can sense and locate magic, whether it be other magical creatures, individuals with magic, or even magical artifacts. Once this was figured out, they became highly sought after. Once trained, they can seek out long-forgotten magical treasures, or be used to locate potential students for the Keep.
One of the most common and hardy creatures in the world is the ratumbidae. While not particularly appealing to look at, they are respected for their intelligence and their ability to thrive anywhere in the world. They range everywhere, from the coldest reaches of Arkene to the tropical islands of Callisto. They can lay dozens of eggs at a time, and hatchlings grow fast. While they have many natural predators, their prolific breeding means that once they have staked out a place to call home, it is incredibly difficult to get rid of them. Many people see them as pests, or at best, tolerate their presence as they flit overhead or merely scurry, too lazy to fly. Those who take the time, however, can train them to do numerous useful tasks, as they have a keen intellect and the hardiness to complete errands others creatures can't.
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Raneth