Qiana

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Qiana

Looks

Event Version: Valentine's Day

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Visual Description

A graceful adult manta with delicately ruffled wings and a flexible, feathery tail.

Lifestyle

"Sometimes you need comfort."

As an egg, Quera used to shelter the Lycas and Torch eggs and later, Luke (and Pyro, when he stayed still) frequently found himself under Qiqi. It seemed a quirk at first, but as Quera grows, his tendency to stay atop the other two starts to make sense. Quera's always been hardy, sudden weather no trouble to him, and now that he's bigger, he can extend this protection to the other two by forming a makeshift tent above them. On longer adventures, it's especially helpful: neither Luis nor Torch is fond of rain and under Quera, they never even get wet (except for Luis's too-long tail).

Quera evolves soon after Lycas, becoming Qiana. Qiana is just the right size to fully shelter Torch and Lycas. His wings are large, allowing him to glide easily and gracefully and furthermore, their gossamer ruffles allow Qiana to extend his wingspan if needed, for either flight or shelter. Qiana's still not the fastest flier, but he's stronger now, and if he has to, can carry Lycas and Torch on his back for short distances. This, in addition to his impervious skin, lets the trio explore most environments.

Qiana loves to fly through beautiful new sights, but he knows there's more to adventuring. In addition to shelter, he takes the maternal role and delegates tasks at the day's end: Lycas gets food gathering and Torch helps Qiana scout, often asleep on his back. Though the trio travels often, as long as they're together, Qiana helps provides them with a feeling of home wherever they are.

Training

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Quera

Looks

Event Version: Valentine's Day

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Visual Description

A young manta with broad, sheltering wings.

Lifestyle

"Sometimes you need foresight."

Between Qiqi, Luke and Pyro, little goes unturned in their caretaker's home. The mere sight of Pyro is enough for their caretaker to keep a lookout, since where Pyro goes, Qiqi and Luke follow. Neither of the two are very graceful yet, and that becomes clear when they see Pyro; Luke skids to a stop and even if he doesn't, the momentum of Qiqi's sudden landing -- Qiqi can't yet hover in place very well -- is enough to bring them both to the ground. Fortunately, soon after Pyro matures into Torch, Qiqi evolves into Quera.

Now that the trio's a bit older, they start venturing further from their caretaker's home in their explorations. Their caretaker encourages these trips, knowing the bond between the three will strengthen. Torch, newly grown, tends to the lead the way; Quera and Luis are rarely sure exactly where they're going, but their curiosity and wanderlust, not to mention their bond, urge them along.

Quera often plays lookout for the group, then drapes himself over Luis's back for the journey; he claims this is the best perch to direct Luis, so he doesn't take them to an impassable ravine or river. Luis grows thankful that Quera's very light, especially when Torch also rests and Luis finds himself saddled with them both.

Sometimes, Quera's wings also slide over Luis's eyes. Quera explains he's helping Luis hone his other senses since though Quera's vision is much sharper, he doesn't have the rest of Luis's fine senses. Luis eventually grows adept at accepting his guidance and not walking them both into trees.

Training

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Qiqi

Looks

Event Version: Valentine's Day

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Visual Description

A joyful baby air manta.

Lifestyle

"Sometimes you need guidance."

Qiana eggs are usually second to hatch of the trio, following on the heels of Pyro. Luckily for the other two, Pyro doesn't wander too far at first, fascinated by the nearest new things but as Pyro starts to explore further and further, the Qiana egg starts floating once a while to keep an eye on Pyro. As it readies itself to hatch, it often gravitates to the warmest place nearby, which is often atop the Lycas egg and one day, when Pyro disappears atop a table or between the books on a shelf, the Lycas egg suddenly finds itself covered by a chubby little Qiqi fervently trying to figure out his wings.

Once Qiqi can fly, he is often airbound, usually tracking Pyro and making sure he doesn't get stuck in a bottle (he was investigating salad dressing) or lost under a couch (he can follow Qiqi's voice out). The rest of the time, when Pyro is within sight, or their caretaker's keeping an eye on Pyro, Qiqi'll return to the side of the Lycas egg and talk to it, or prod it with his tail, until it hatches.

Once Luke hatches, the three of them often play together. Qiqi is almost impossible to beat at hide and seek, his vantage point giving him the advantage. Sometimes, when Luke is still hiding, Qiqi'll let Pyro onto his back so they can find him. Luke often wants to fly then too, but Qiqi's not yet strong enough to carry him. This doesn't always stop Luke from trying.

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Egg

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Event Version: Valentine's Day

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Visual Description

A light, airy egg with a long, feathered tail.

Lifestyle

Though Esmelda and her inhabitants are close, she still has her secrets, places yet to be discovered, and so the spirit of exploration is strong among those who wish to learn more. There's always something new to find, or something old to be understood anew. Some caretakers especially devote themselves to this task, and perhaps it was the draw of like to like that led them to the most remote, now dormant volcanoes, where the Flarius existed in the prior era. The volcanoes appeared quiet when the caretakers first scaled them, but when they reached the top, they noticed tiny pinpricks of light deep within the mouth.

Inside the volcanoes, perched precariously on ledges above the lava, were eggs in clusters of three. Closest to the lava were eggs that seemed to be made of molten earth, with a much lighter egg near it, its tail draped over and around the molten earth egg. A third, smaller egg, was found wedged between the two. Realizing the eggs obviously came in trios, the caretakers started to move them in that fashion. And while it's permitted to buy them separate, Hephasteus always recommends his customers buy a trio at the same time. Even when bought separately, the trio always seem to find each other and become reunited.

Qiana eggs are formed from the hot rises of steam near volcanos. Though light enough to float, a Qiana egg rarely does so, content to stay in its trio and splay its downy tail feathers over the other two while they nestle together.

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