Small as they are, rose imp hatchlings are rather difficult to raise. In the small moments when you can actually find them, these little ones are usually up to some prank or other. Like their names suggest, imps can be vindictive creatures, and with their boundless energy, hatchlings often vex their magi. They do not calm down even when fully grown, but continue being playful, energetic creatures. Their growth is slow, and once they have reached adulthood, they are still able to easily fit in the palm of a human hand. Unlike most companions, these imps prefer to remain in the rose garden for the most part, even when mature. They mainly eat rose petals, but have been known to consume the passing insect or two. Once grown enough, they love to briefly adventure out into the rest of The Keep, taunting and playing with other hatchlings. At night, though, the rose imps retreat back into their home to rest, where they sleep inside the roses they are named for.
Years of solitude have allowed these creatures to adapt extremely well to their environment, and as such these creatures exist in several different color variations. Just like the beautiful roses in which they make their homes, these imps are either rich red, pink, yellow or pure white with spots and horns. Although they are rather small, even in adulthood, they are formidable little beasts. Sharp teeth and claws can easily pierce skin, and their fast speeds make them difficult to catch. This also allows these imps to catch the bugs and insects that comprise their diet, which these imps quickly devour. The roses they live among also provide them with food, as well as shelter, and their six limbs make the speed at which they consume flower petals quite impressive.
Sprite art: Rijolt/GlassWalker | Description: Damien