Adult Female

Adult Female
Name: unnamed
Species: Dark Temple Rhinoceros
Birthday: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Owner: Hitsugaya

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Temple rhinos are born with a ring around their horn and summon a new one approximately every five years, and are considered fully grown when they have three or more. If a temple rhino is being raised by a magi who doesn't specialize in metals, it is common for it to find either an adult temple rhino or a human metalworker to study under between its second and third rings. Otherwise, it learns the finer points of the art from its mother, allowing magi to trace families matrilineally through the distinct metalworking styles passed down. As temple rhinos do not tend to leave Etain, aspiring metalworkers from all around the world will sometimes make the journey into the desert to seek one out and learn from it before returning home.

Found mostly in the harsh, scrubby savannas on the edges of the Etain desert, temple rhinoceroses are large, sturdy creatures, only slightly smaller than elephants, but their great size belies their grace and speed. In addition to their light movement, they are most easily distinguished from other rhinos by their swirling filigree markings and the gold bands hovering around their horns. These bands are bound to their souls, and disappear upon death. Masters over fire and metal, with an artistic flair, they have long been favored companions for metalworkers and jewelers of the Etain desert. Temple rhinoceros workings are generally for the benefit of humans, who feed and protect them in turn, and magi at the Keep are still unsure as to how such a specialized relationship developed. However, a well-loved legend in the Etain region describes their origin: Once, a magi found a wounded rhinoceros and took it in, nursing it back to health. One day, the magi’s home caught fire, and out of desperation to save the magi, the rhinoceros appealed to the sun for power to help. The sun, moved by its pleas, granted the rhinoceros power over flame and metal, to extinguish the fire and brace the home against collapse, and thus the first temple rhino came into being.

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