Fiorellan hedgehogs are a common sight around the Keep. While their natural habitat spans from the plains surrounding the Stream north to the city of Synara, the small, moss covered creatures much prefer to move into any well cared for garden. As they are particularly fond of flowers they are as likely to be found hiding amongst the honeysuckle vines in a non magical garden as they are to be chasing Razan orchid hatchlings in the Keep's huge greenhouses. Predators generally do not bother these hedgehogs as the thick green moss that grows alongside their quills tastes quite bitter, this combined with the sharp spines that cover their backs makes for a painful and disgusting mouthful. Magi from the Herbalist's Guild will often find themselves called to collect fiorellan hedgehogs from gardens where they threaten the local moss snail populations. The tiny snails are the favorite crunchy snack of fiorellans and care must be taken to keep them from over eating. Fortunately for the moss snails, fiorellan hedgehogs are usually most active during the daylight hours.
It's rare to see a serious student of potion brewing or herbalism that does not have an array of fiorellan hedgehogs rooting around in the garden. The small prickle-backed creatures are calm natured and curious, and when found snoozing under a favorite flowering bush they are often mistaken for round, moss covered stones. The moss that grows on their backs is used in potions as an antidote for poisons that attack magic, making it especially valuable at the Keep where students have been known to ingest things common sense should have warned against. All fiorellan hedgehogs are drawn to strongly scented flowers, and it's not uncommon to see a standoff between an adult fiorellan and an adult magi over who will get to enjoy a particular flower. Unsurprisingly, it is never the magi.
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