Within an hour of hatching, a gemstone kirin is able to run and play. Young kirin stick close to their mothers, for they leave no tracks to follow should the hatchling become lost. They have a great deal of energy and stamina and, although they do not have a great need for companionship, spend much of their time playing games with other hatchlings. Even at such young ages, it quickly becomes apparent that they adore gems, and a magi may notice their jewelry disappearing.
Lore has long said that certain gems represent certain traits - or, perhaps, the gemstone kirin inspired the lore. Each type of kirin displays personality traits associated with its gem; diamond kirin never divulge their feelings and frequently pair for life. These creatures are found wherever gemstones are prevalent, being especially common around the Voltarian volcanoes. Although most of their diet consists of plants, they must eat a certain amount of minerals to grow the hard gem scales that cover their backs and hips. A gemstone kirin's hooves, fur, and scales quickly betrays its affinity for a particular gem, and it may be easily lured by offering a fine quality gem of their type. Despite this specific affection for a certain gem, these kirins are highly prized companions of jewelers, as any of these kirin can tell any fine quality gem from a poor one.
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