Triak hatchlings hatch barely larger than a magi's hand and take a long time to grow: upwards of ten years to reach their full size. Wild triak babies are almost never seen, as they hide within plants and among the nooks and crannies of reefs, but those hatched by magi learn quickly and can easily be trained. They seem to enjoy finding things placed within their tanks and will happily bring small objects like painted rocks to their magi's hands. They use their paws to dig through the sand and when placed together with other baby triak, they will often dig out a large divot where all the hatchlings can sleep together in a pile.
The tropical triak is related to the Arkenian sea leopard, but has a completely different territory, size, and anatomy. Living mostly around reefs and in shallow tropical waters, the triak is much brighter in colour, though it still shares the general feline upper body and the lack of gills. They're small and shy creatures, only warming up slowly to magi that are patient with them, and although social, they prefer smaller groups with other triak of similar size. Triak seem to have a sixth sense for finding valuable coins, gems, and stones hidden in the sands where they mostly live, and many magi go on treasure hunts with their triak.
Sprite art: Lazuli | Description: Sochitelya