Taxus broccs have long, soft fur and are the smallest of the three species. They are cuddly and sweet and like nothing more than curling up among some soft blankets and snuggling with a friend. They are similarly drawn to magi who are affectionate, often introverted. They tend to pick their companion when a magi comes to them at the promise of a soft, fluffy animal to pet. While they are tender to those they love, they are still broccs, and are far from helpless. They don't like to fight, but they will jump to attention when the time comes, and help their magi out of a dire situation. Often, their solutions involve avoiding conflict, but if anything threatens their magi or their friends, they won't hesitate to use their sharp teeth and claws against a foe. Afterward, of course, they will settle back down in a warm room with some milk and a soft pillow to take a well-earned nap.
The three species of brocc look and act fairly different, but they share a reputation for being stubborn. From a young age, they will seek out a magi companion who matches their personality, and once they find a magi they like, they're paired with that magi for life. It is lucky, then, that they make for excellent companions. Broccs are robust little creatures; they're small enough to be carried on flights, large enough to walk or run alongside their magi, and strong enough to hold their own in a fight if need be. Their ability to sense their magi's personality also extends to others, and can come in handy in a variety of situations. Broccs can sniff out spies or untrustworthy fellows, and also recognize potential allies and friends for their magi. One of their most infamous tendencies is to act as matchmakers and find a potential partner they think will pair well with their magi. This can be quite awkward for young magi not ready to find their true love yet, as their brocc will badger the couple to get them to spend time together. Thankfully, a brocc can be placated with a small gesture of affection between the magi, such as an exchange of a small gift. Some candy of flowers passed between the couple will convince the brocc that it has brought them together, so the brocc will leave them be -- at least until the next year.
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