Coralshell Turtle

Coralshell turtles are anthropomorphic turtles with coral growing on them.

Common affinities Water, Air, Storm, Ice
Ability to plan and abstract capable
Language Common, Shanty
Diet Fish, rocks
Native location Citrico Archipelago, Owel
Size between 2 and 12 feet (60~360 cm)

Large image of Coralshell Turtles

Elements

Affinities

Coralshell turtles usually have affinities for two of the Water, Air, Ice, and Storm elements. It is rare for a coralshell turtle to be lacking a Water affinity; when this happens, the individual is suspected to be a hybrid species.

Sand, Clay, and Crystal are usually only found in coralshell turtles who have either lived most of their lives on land, or in particularly warm-water beach environments.

Coralshell turtles living in extremely hot inland environments or near coastal or underwater volcanoes most often have the Fire and Fire subtype affinities. Magnet has to date only been found in coralshell turtles originating from Carrot Crook.

Hereditary influence

Coralshell turtles easily pass down affinities to their offspring. If one of the parents has a Water affinity, it will almost always be passed down in favor of other elements.

Environmental influence

Despite being an aquatic species, coralshell turtles are able to adapt to their environment with no real difficulty, even if water is not present in large amounts.

Elemental weaknesses

Due to the wide variety of affinities found in coralshell turtles, no single element has been found to possess particularly detrimental effects for them. Elemental weakness instead seems to come about from the individual affinity of a coralshell turtle.

Elemental resistances

No matter their affinity, all known coralshell turtles have some degree of resistance to the negative effects of the Water element.

Habitat

Common locations

They are commonly found in National Port of Owel, Citrico Islands, Luxury, Althar, Auroria, and Kadath.

Climate preference

Any, as long as water is nearby.
Though they have a preference for anywhere with a lake or ocean nearby, Coralshell turtles can live anywhere on Owel with the exception of the most extreme environments, such as the frigid reaches of untamed Auroria or the lethally-hot Sere Valley.

Coralshell turtles usually build their houses or rent houses that have a water source either running through it or right next to it. While they can live away from natural water sources, they usually try to make up for it by taking lots of baths or swimming during free time.

Place of origin

They originates from the Citrico Archipelago in Owel.

Ability to plan and abstract

They are capable.

Languages

They usually speak Common and Shanty.

Colors

They're always colorful. You are very unlikely to find coralshell turtles who are simply grayscale or monochromatic. Though they do exist, supposedly.

Coral

A coralshell turtle will change its coral's color and shape (a process taking many months) to match the palette and aesthetic of its environment. This happens automatically, and serves as a type of very minor camouflage.

Coralshell turtles can break off and use pieces of their coral in various mixtures to treat physical ailments. They can also use large pieces of coral for bone grafts and skeletal repair, and they are quite talented at doing so. Coralshell turtles are very popular in medical fields.

The color, shape, and size of the coral can tell a lot about the medicinal properties it has. Turtles that spend a lot of time in the same location will still have coral that looks and feels different, giving it different properties. Therefore, one turtle can't attempt to copy the effects of another's coral by living in the same conditions.

The coral on a coralshell turtle will grow indefinitely, although it never seems to grow in a manner which restricts the movement of the coralshell turtle. The coral becomes more fragile the longer it becomes, so it is rare to see a coralshell turtle with an exceptionally large amount of it.

It's worth note that their coral is really rough and can be super abrasive. Their coral is often added to cleaning mixtures and to exfoliating bars for all manner of critters. The uses for the coral can get even more specific as an individual turtle's magic and affinity is taken into consideration. It's basically impossible for any two turtles' coral to have exactly the same properties.

Coralshell turtles' mental states will be reflected in their coral, though since the coral is so slow-growing, it can be monthes before major events will show up on their bodies. Anything from extreme stress, infatuation, love, etc. will show up in some form — by color change, texture change, change in coral location, medicinal properties, and so on. Ones who practice medicine often seem stoic so that their temperament doesn't interfere with their practice.

Coral will start to fall off and not regrow when one is close to death.

Mixed coralshell turtles

Coralshell turtles can crossbreed with a decent variety of reptilian species, especially if the species is aquatic.

An interesting thing to note is that the mixed child will always have the longevity of the coralshell turtle parent. Mixed children often outlive the other parent — that is, unless the other parent has a comparable lifespan… like the sea dragons.

As you get children who have less coralshell turtle lineage, but who still have genes to grow things on their bodies, the things that grow will often act similar to coral on coralshell turtles. For instance, a frilled petal dragon with some coralshell heritage may grow flowers that change depending on location, or ones that change depending on mental state, or that can be useful medicinally.

Other parent Child Example
Sea dragon ? Image of Coralshell Turtles + Sea Dragon
Frilled petal dragon ? Image of Coralshell Turtles + Frilled Petal Dragon
Cockatrice ? Image of Coralshell Turtles + Cockatrice

References

Floraverse: Coralshell Turtle Species
Floraverse Wiki: Coralshell Turtle