As big as the larva was, your adult fortis beetle is even larger, and its huge pincers give even the more powerful predators at the Keep pause. Despite that, these pincers are used only in defence for the beetle is subsisting solely on a diet of fruits and vegetables. When accompanying you, it always keeps at the same distance behind you, following loyally wherever you go. However, it is ready to protect you at the slightest word, getting between you and whatever danger threatens you. There is a certain nobility in its bearing, although you would be hard-pressed to explain how an insect can give that impression.
Fortis beetles are warriors incarnate. Close to two feet in length, these beetles continue to grow for most of their adult life and are able to defend themselves from the hungriest of gryphons. Their beautifully decorated bodies serve more than just to look pretty - their exoskeleton is stronger than forged steel and can resist even the most intense dragon flame. Fortis beetles form a strong bond with their magi, seemingly bound by an invisible code of honor. Serf fortis beetles are able to fiercely defend their magi with their powerful pincers and mandibles, while imperial fortis beetles intimidate with their armored horns and can take to sky battles if need be. These beetles are unique in their prowess, in that the way they battle is seemingly an art form. They use their strong pincers or horns in calculated movements, anticipating their rivals moves as a swordsman would. It should be known that the respect of a fortis beetle must be earned - they uphold loyalty, frugality and honor amongst all else. For this reason, they are often sentinels to those of great power - the sheer presence of these large insects demand most to behave respectfully.
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