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Tomples are described by Dex as "a cross between a hedgehog, a kitten, and a really big cockroach". Because they eat dust, Tinker keeps them in her workshop to clean the machinery. Though Sophie is startled by their brown insect legs, Dex finds them adorable animals and wants his dad to get one to keep at Slurps and Burps to clean the shelves. Kesler objects due to the number of volatile potions that could be ingested by the tomple.