"There are hard, black protrusions on this egg."
"This hatchling likes to stay in water, so you decided to put it in a small fish bowl."
"Named for the way they hurriedly scuttle along the sandy beaches, Scuttlers are a species that enjoys decorating their backs with almost anything they can find. They especially like pearls, and the most "attractive" scuttlers have many of them!"
"Named for the way they hurriedly scuttle along the sandy beaches, Scuttlers are a species that enjoys decorating their backs with almost anything they can find. They especially like pearls, and the most "attractive" scuttlers have many of them! For some reason, this individual's back is bare."
Concept: Lavie, Rhynn
Sprites: Lavie, Rhynn
Scuttlers are among the most common creatures. They have a total of four variants: a shelled variant and its albino, and an exposed variant and its albino. The Exposed Scuttler is rarer than the shelled version.
AppearanceScuttlers look very much like Hermit Crabs, but they can be distinguished by their distinctly different head shape. Their hard exoskeleton is mostly orange-red in colour, with a black torso and claws. The head is very round with two large, protruding eyes. They have four legs, which together with the claws are used for scuttling along the beach.
Wild Scuttlers enjoy nothing more than decorating their shells with whatever they can find. In fact, the more decorated the shell, the higher the chance of attracting a mate. Scuttlers have a hard exoskeleton which they outgrow about once every three months. This usually also means they outgrow their shell, meaning they have to find a new one. And they are rather picky - only the perfect shell will do!
Their diet consists of anything edible they can find - and their definition of edible is rather wide. Scuttlers have been observed happily munching away on leather armor, wooden furniture and even ceramic tableware, provided they can manage to break off pieces with their claws.
Domestic BehaviorDomestic Scuttlers really aren't much different from their wild brethren. They are easy to care for as long as the owner has a large array of potential new shells on hand. Many mages delight in giving their Scuttlers the strangest shells - some even have jewelers create extravagant golden shells.
Scuttlers don't have any command over active magic. Their passive magic allows them to camouflage themselves and their shells when in danger, protecting them from predators.