A tainted hound egg does not hatch in the traditional sense, but instead falls apart into a pile of bones and a small puddle of thick purple sludge. This purple sludge is not as toxic as a fully grown tainted hound, but it still needs to be handled carefully as it can make magis extremely sick. Over the next few days a magi needs to continually feed the sludge bottles of various poisons and other toxic substances. Soon, the bones will fuse together and form a small hatchling. A hatchling tainted hound needs plenty of bones and poisonous substances to eat and drink as they grow. Hatchlings are a lot more docile than adults and it is at this point that a magi must take care to tame them properly as once they grow into adults, it is nearly an impossible task.
For those wandering Silva Forest at night, they may never know that they are being watched until it is too late. One should alway be wary of tainted hounds as they will follow magis silently in the dark, waiting for them to stumble before they attack. If a magi, or any other unfortunate creature manages to escape a tainted hound's jaws, they never make it far before the venom coursing through their veins takes its course. While they look similar to the inferno hound, tainted hounds are easily recognizable by their skeletal appearance and rib cage filled with a toxic purple sludge. This purple sludge is what gives the tainted hound life and without it, it would be nothing more than a pile of bones.
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