"This egg has a squiggly, vertical stripe on it."
"A large flower bud covers this hatchling's head, and it doesn't seem like it will open anytime soon."
"A Florisk's favorite meal are Moji, and they will wait patiently to ambush an unsuspecting one that wanders by. They typically lie in wait with their jaws slightly parted to resemble a blooming flower."
Concept: Lavie, Manewa
Sprites: Lavie, Rhynn
Florisks are large, snake-like creatures. They can be found in the Tropical Biomes, with Fawna's shop having an exclusive variant. Both the wild and shop versions have an albino variant.
Florisks are basically very large snakes, which have flower-like leaves around their neck and tailtip. A typical Florisk is green in color, but a brown variant is also known to exist. Their bodies are thick and muscular, but their scales are very thin and soft and when shed, they resemble very small flower petals. Their belly scales are stronger, plate-like and lighter in colour than their backs.
On their sides they have a circular pattern, which is the same colour as the petals around their neck.
Baby Florisks seem to have a flower bud on both the head and the tail and when it grows older, the bud around its head opens. The tail bud only opens for males during the mating season, when the bright colours are used to lure females. The flower around the head grows larger the older the creature is and even thought the petals are actually scales, they can easily be mistaken for an actual flower. When the Florisk is asleep, the bud around its head closes again to protect its head, which is its only actual weak spot. The large green leaves below the actual petals are tougher material and can easily ward off suden attacks, giving the Florisk a chance to wake up and defend itself.
Wild Florisks are loners, who only get together during the mating season twice a year. They are quiet, mischievous creatures, who normally tend to avoid contact with humans or other larger creatures. They nest under the roots of large jungle trees, though they rarely spend time in the nest if they don't have eggs to protect. They prey on smaller jungle creatures like Moji, Ferrose and even Hummingbees. They lie in wait and distract their prey with their illusions to lure them near, after which they attack using their muscular body to strangle the prey to death. They then swallow the prey whole.
When threatened, Florisks may use their sharp fangs to bite the enemy, but this may be hard if the enemy is fast or small. Luckily the Florisks are so large that only a few other creatures would dare to attack them.
Tamed Florisks are calm and rather easy to care for, as they only need feeding once a month. They do, however, need certain circumstances to survive: a moist and warm climate and plentiful plant-life. A well-trained Florisk can make a valuable defense for a sanctuary, as their area-illusions can be used to fool approachers. They still prefer their own company over other creatures', but as long as others leave them be, they are rather safe creatures to have among others.
Florisk magic is mainly used for camouflaging and deceiving its possible prey, and it is partly passive. While this massive snake lies in wait of a wandering Moji, it passively emits a soft flowery scent, so the prey's keen sense of smell won't alert it. It has been determined, however, that this "scent" has to be magical, for it can't be traced after the Florisk has left its hiding place. Other than the scent, Florisks can create an illusion around themselves and make any nearby creature mistake it for one of the tropical flowers. This, however, is active magic, and the strongest known Florisk has only been able to hold up the illusion for a few hours at most. When trained properly, Florisks can also create other types of illusions and unlike Fawnins, their illusions are based on territory rather than straight eye contact, and can therefore affect multiple targets at a time.