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The Pearl Egg of Creation

The source of all life and magic on Dra'cora.

An egg in shape, the hard shell has a smooth texture. It is nacreous and iridescent, giving the Egg its "Pearl" name, and changes color with the lighting. It glows faintly, and is warm to the touch. Listening closely reveals a steady heartbeat, though some claim to hear two. Despite this, the Egg has never given signs of hatching.  

Discovery

  It was a shock to find the Egg sitting in a crater on the other side of the portal to Dra'cora one night, with two adult dragon skeletons curled protectively around it. One skeleton was a male western dragon, and the other a female eastern dragon. Given the size of the egg, many marvel that the mother survived laying it. Everyone expected the egg was dead as well, but more shockingly, not only was it still warm, it radiated magic, in a place where all magic evaporated in minutes.   In the clearing before the portal was a concerning sight: a scorched ritual circle stained with blood, the glyphs marred into illegibility. Nearby were three creatures: a weakened unicorn with a fresh scar over his chest, a sickly newly-reborn phoenix, clearly lacking the ashes she needed to eat after her rebirth, and sleeping soundly between them was a baby dragon, hours old, still blind and deaf with sticky egg fluid.   The unicorn and phoenix were questioned about these disturbing scenes, but refused to give details, so the spell would never be remade and misused. All they would say was the Egg had birthed the hatchling--the shell repaired for use in the spell--and the dead dragons, close friends, were its parents. Both creatures fully recovered, and raised the hatchling as their own child.   After the Egg was found to harbor a life-giving terraforming spell, it was declared a protected artifact, with it and the dragon bones housed in a place of honor within Dra'cora's first settlement.  

Artist's rendition of the Discovery of the Pearl Egg

 

The Terraforming Spell

  When first discovered, there was a small patch of grass growing around the Egg and dragon bones, with a dome of breathable air surrounding that. Within hours that patch doubled in size, and changed into different terrains: sand, snow, bare soil, etc, spreading out like the spokes of a wheel, until the entire crater was covered. This place is considered sacred. Past those crater walls, however, the hodgepodge of ecosystems only became more jumbled the further out the spell went. Other craters became lakes (fresh and saltwater) or valleys.   The pattern of material covering the terrain as the terraforming spell passes over it has eluded Dra'corians for years. The features generated don't weather the original terrain underneath, but form layers over it. Unknown to them, the spell uses tidal forces, but was designed with those from Earth in mind. Dracora's tidal forces are more complicated, thus the spell generates climates haphazardly instead of by temperature range as it would have normally. Anything from forest, to savannah, to tundra, to swamplands, to deserts could show up.   Despite popular belief, the terraforming is not completely random. For example, places of extreme heat, such as deserts, and places of extreme cold, such as tundras, are never seen created right next to each other without at least one other, different climate in between them to act as a buffer zone.   Although the spell moved quickly during the founding of Dra'cora, it slowed noticeably after the portal collapsed a few decades later, and has remained at that reduced speed except when both moons are in the sly together. The most common thought is the spell was drawing extra magic from Earth. Thankfully, it seems the spell will continue until it covers the entire planet.   Dra'cora's biosphere dome holds an atmosphere like Earth's, with breathable air, but thick enough that humans would find it "soupy". The Egg's magic also makes up for the planet's seeming lack of a magnetic field. The rest of the planet outside the dome is known as The Void and is uninhabitable, with the space between the two called Void's Edge. Traveling through Void's Edge is like climbing up a tall mountain. Vegetation is noticeably stunted the further out one goes, and on hitting the timberline, all growth stops. Beyond that point the atmosphere only gets thinner and colder, merging seamlessly from there with The Void's thin nitrogen.   After the founding of Heartholt, once The Egg's magic had spread far enough to provide room, Dra'corians took to penning their livestock--what would eventually become Beasts--around it. The magic aided in breeding larger, hardier creatures. What they didn't realize until later, was that the magically enhanced growth also affected the animals' minds. There are concerns that the Egg might be in danger, with the increase in strange animal behavior over the past few decades. Some wonder if it should have doubled guards, or be moved and hidden for safety.

Mechanics & Inner Workings

Unknown.   This Egg is the source of all environmental magic in Dracora, and the power source of its terraforming spell and life sustaining atmosphere dome. Beyond that dome of magic is a frozen planet with an unbreathable atmosphere. If anything ever happens to that Egg, both spells will fail and everything will die, suffocated and/or frozen to death.
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Item type
Unique Artifact
Rarity
Unique
Weight
128lbs
Dimensions
6ft long, 4ft in diameter
Base Price
Priceless
Related Myths
Significance Magical, Environmental, Cultural

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11 Sep, 2018 09:06

This description just screams "artwork PLS" '^^
Don't be afraid to make your own headlines when the template-ones don't quiet fit. Also, don't be afraid to put stuff into the side bar when it is too short for the main site (chapter "Significance").

12 Sep, 2018 17:54

Added a cover image. :)

12 Sep, 2018 18:14

The image looks great! But it is not really fit for a cover image because it is too high. The formats that are recommended are 1280 x 800 or 1920 x 750. Maybe you could put the full image to the side bar and cut a stripe from the middle as the cover image? Or add grey background to both sides to get it wider? Or maybe make the background different textures that stand for the biomes?

12 Sep, 2018 19:08

Oh. Ok, thanks. I'm still not used to adding images to these things.

12 Sep, 2018 20:49

Yeah, this page look really clean and well formatted now! Good job! You'll get the hang of it after 2-3 more of them. At least I did. ^^

7 Oct, 2018 04:06

I like the idea of a terraforming egg core however if I am being honest I found this confusing.

The only clues to what happened that night were... three living creatures. A weakened unicorn...a sickly newly-reborn phoenix...Both were nestled protectively around a baby dragon, hours old, still deaf and blind with sticky egg fluid. Both fully recovered, and raised the dragon as their own child.
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Despite this, the Egg has never given signs of hatching.
Seem to be at odds with each other. I am unclear who the baby dragon is that gets raised by the phoenix and unicorn.   This was not the only spot I found myself re-reading.
generates climates at random...Despite popular belief, the terraforming is not completely random.
There are interesting ideas here but I had difficulty gathering it all together. I hope this is helpful and I don't mean to be rude.

7 Oct, 2018 04:47

You're not being rude. :) Feedback is good to have and does help me. I made some edits to clear up the bit with the dragon hatchling. Does that help? As for the terraforming part, I was going for it placing climates in random spots instead of where they should go, but there's still *a little* bit of sense going into where those are put. Such have having a buffer climate between a desert and a tundra. Does that help clear things up?

7 Oct, 2018 06:17

So to clarify, the dragon WAS born from the egg BUT the egg shows no signs of ever having been broken.

7 Oct, 2018 07:28

The babyvdragon was born from that egg, but the eggshell was put back together during the spell it was used in.

7 Oct, 2018 07:33

Ah, didn't realize it was put together again by the spell but this has helped me understand it better. Thank you.

DoodleSM
DoodleSM Benjamin Paris
8 Oct, 2018 14:02

Interesting read, nice concept and execution. The reasons why I liked the article is because its a unique cultural article that explains a myth.   What I'd fix or change abit: "If anything ever happens to it, both spells will fail and everything will die." Why is that? It'd be a cool idea to have some insight into why that happens.

8 Oct, 2018 15:06

Content | 4
A solid read and a very original idea. Though the article jumps around a bit much. The beginning half does mix up the dragon parents and the unicorn/phoenix pairing. It's a little hard at a few points to tell which one you're referring to. Also, why those creatures? Some more detail would be great. As I mention to others, having more detail in around your articles helps people who are new. Gives them hooks and a reason to read more or explore.
Technique | 3
Overall not bad, only a few grammar mistakes here and there. The main thing for me is I'd like to see more consistent and descriptive language. Give me a sense of why a unicorn and Phoenix were there. It all seems very strange but the article makes it seem ordinary and strange at the same time. The terraforming spell part is a bit of a twist from the beginning. A better-worded transition would help a lot.
Style | 3
Header and profile image, which a great start. However, a few more in the article itself would really help break up the text. Smaller paragraphs as well.
Overall | 10
It seems as if you made some improvements since the last time posted, which is great! I think its almost there, it just needs some smoothing from when you change topics. As well as adding more flourish to terms you name drop.


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Every article starts up with at least one point and scales upward as I read. There's no real maximum, however, the more I read your work the sharper the curve will be.

10 Oct, 2018 03:57

I made some edits. Does that help at all?