Is he a pangolin? A hedgehog? Nay, he is a quarrior, and he is the freakin’ adorable critter on display in Ashes of Creation’s latest bestiary dev blog. Unlike the insect-guzzling pangolin in our real world, Ashes’ quarrior eats rocks. Literally.
“The creature’s most notable features, however, are the myriad sparkling jewels that dot the surface of the quarrior’s stone plates. This is said to be a natural byproduct of its diet, composed of a wide selection of geodes. Extraordinarily resilient teeth and a potent stomach acid serve to break down the minerals into a more amicable form of sustenance. Excess nutrients left unused by the body condense and form the bright jewels each quarrior possesses. Despite the seemingly unrefined nature of the quarrior’s jewels, they harbor an unmistakable lustre that quickly rose in demand. Upon learning of the existence of these potentially lucrative beasts, more than a few forward-thinking poachers set out to extract their fortunes off the backs of the unlucky quarriors they found. While possessed of a highly volatile temperament when cornered, the quarrior is ultimately not a combative creature by nature. Many fell, and soon the markets bustled over the bids of bloodsoaked gems.”
But don’t worry; in Ashes, quarrior critters are now domesticated on farms and sound like they’re keepable as pets akin to dogs or cats. And who wouldn’t want one?