Sea unicorn adults are immensely loyal to their magi, and are not good companions for those magi who do not want to spend a lot of time in the water. For those who can tolerate long deep sea swims, sea unicorns are powerful, playful allies who love nothing more than frolicking with their magi. With one beat of their powerful tails, they can cover vast distances, and will take their magi with them if saddled or if the magi holds on to their fins. While these companions are gentle and careful with their magi, the magi to must be wary of the spines on the zebra and black pearl varieties. The toxin, however, can be made into an analgesic if watered down. Unlike hippocampi, sea unicorns do not grant the ability to breathe underwater. However, they do grant their magi an awareness of their surroundings in water, sensing direction and the presence of other creatures in the water to an uncanny degree. Magi who sail will sometimes dip into the water with their sea unicorn to figure out the correct heading, or if there are any dangerous rocks or shoals nearby. Some magi will meditate with their sea unicorns, trying to see how far their awareness of the oceans can take them.
While hippocampi tend to roam around the eastern seas, sea unicorns have staked their migration routes along the western coasts of the continent, ranging from the coastal waterways of Alveus to the coasts of the volcanic regions of Calidis. Sea unicorns are a very common sight to ocean fishermen, their herds numbering in the hundreds or even thousands, with colorations ranging from a pale white to a deep black and many other varieties in between. These creatures thrive only in saltwater, and dive deep to consume kelp from the ocean floor. They also have a diet for coral, and will use their horns to scrape off bits of it so they can more easily consume it. Sea unicorns have two primary methods of defense that make people, and predators, wary. Their horns and hooves are strong, and no sea unicorn has ever been seen with a broken horn. Rumor has it that their horns are stronger than diamond, but since one has never been successfully removed, it's hard to prove the rumor as true or false. Despite fears that a pod of these creatures may inadvertently put a hole in a fisherman's boat, this has never actually occurred. In addition, the manes of the zebra sea unicorn and the black pearl sea unicorn have tiny spines which secrete a toxin that causes a painful stinging sensation. Despite all this, sea unicorns are good-natured and gentle, and have often rescued individuals who have capsized.
Sprite art: DarrkestDrow | Description: Raneth