This larva's back is covered in a deep blue shell, reminiscent of the egg it hatched from. This shell is extremely hard and protects the hatchling from harm as it crawls around looking for food. It seems to be insatiable and you have to provide it with quite a lot of nourishment for a creature of that size, but it is also growing very quickly. Most of the time, you wear gloves when handling the little creature, for you have quickly realized that letting it crawl over bare skin is making you drowsy and lethargic.
Insects are not among the most common of Magi companions, as many prefer larger companions. Somniants, however, are highly sought after by many Magi thanks to the very useful effect of their venom. The sting of a Somniant affects the sleeping pattern of both humans and animals. Ruby somniant venom has an invigorating effect, allowing the person stung to stay awake longer and push sleep away for a few more hours. These companions are a great asset to everyone who has a job that needs to be finished or is travelling long distances in short time. A sapphire somniant's sting, however, makes people fall asleep, helping them to have an uninterrupted night's sleep. In addition, those sleeping under the effect of a sting will never be troubled by nightmares. These creatures are highly useful to those who suffer from insomnia or whose minds suffer from past experiences, and those Magi who specialize in healing the mind always make sure to have a few sapphire somniants among their companions. Even though it is possible to collect somniant venom for later use, the effect is far reduced and sometimes even completely gone when applied this way. Some magi think the creatures add a kind of magic to their sting while others theorize that there's a component in the venom that needs to be administered instantly or otherwise loses its effect. The truth, as it so often is, is unknown.
Sprite art: Xenomorph/Munin | Description: Morgaln