Upon reaching adulthood, Charubi deer begin their quest for their devoted companion. This may mean finding another deer at the Keep, or even venturing into the wilds to find the right one. This behavior isn't well understood. Companion does not always mean mate, as Charubi deer will mate outside their union. And there is no way to tell which deer will bond with which. Magi have tried arranging unions, only for their deer to choose completely different companions. And in the sad case where one's companion dies, the deer will venture to find another. But eventually, every Charubi deer will always find another deer, and the two will become inseparable. They will eat together, sleep together, and even venture out on dangerous quests together if one deer's magi leaves the Keep with it in tow. A magi with one Charubi deer is almost certain to end up with two once it reaches adulthood, and should be prepared for the responsibility.
Charubis are cheeky creatures. They are very persistent about getting attention from their chosen companions. A companion pair of Charubi are literally never apart, but while they are devoted, they also take out their frustrations on each other in harmless, sometimes humorous ways. They will nip each other's ankles or even rear ends to get attention, and if the two companions are both male, will sometimes butt their antlers together in mock fights. Whatever mischief they make for each other, all will be forgiven once one deer picks up a leaf and places it on its companions back. This gesture seems to be one of reconciliation or maybe a way to ask for forgiveness for whatever annoying thing the deer did. Once this happens, they will coexist happily for a while, content to munch their favorite meals or to follow each other wherever each one goes.
Sprite art: DarrkestDrow | Description: Raneth