Young ice kitsunes are used as messengers, scrying through ice crystals and delivering short missives via frost patterns. They thrive on the constant challenges and intellectual stimulation, and even their play is a form of practice. These creatures are intense investments, for a Magi who would bond with one must not only constantly engage with their charge, but must also provide for their magical growth. The hatchlings sleep in small igloos, and require a highly magical environment to thrive. If either of these needs are not met, an adult ice kitsune will use its powers to whisk away the hatchling in a flurry of snow, leaving behind only an icy paw print.
Bred over thousands of years from their wild kitsune cousins, these highly sought-after creatures have exchanged some of their innate stealth for strong elemental powers and increased intelligence. Several breeds were developed, each specializing in a separate field, with fire and ice the most famous and popular. Although their abilities allow them to manipulate energies of their element with ease and grace, they do not generate magic themselves. Instead, they act as channel for magic energy. They can imperceptibly siphon energy from their environs and even other creatures to fuel spells. Likewise, their magi can channel spells through them, increasing their power and precision. These creatures are an invaluable aid to any magi studying the forces they specialize in.
Sprite art: GlassWalker | Description: ApprenticeCrone/Morgaln