Scales of the Dragon Gods
Most instances of the Scales occur directly above the peaks of their respective mountain ranges. These occurrences are usually only about one to two miles wide and are most clearly seen at night against a dark sky. While the Scales of the Dragon Gods can appear at any time of year, the occurrences are more frequent in the colder months as the arcane particles travel better through the colder air. On the northern continent of Vóreios, the effect is known as the Scales of Kallex. This instance was named from the brightly colored rainbow scales of the dragon god Kallex, god to Metallic Dragons. The southern continent of Nótios is home to the Scales of the Shadow Dragon. This feature is named for the twin of Kallex known as the Shadow of Kallex, god to the Chromatic Dragons . The Scales of the Dragon Gods are occasionally seen in places other than above the peaks of the mountain ranges. Larger convergences of the particles can widen the phenomenon to be as wide as the mountains which it covers. This means that the Scales can be nearly 100 miles wide in some places. These instances bring with it increased magical ability, especially for arcane spells and rituals.
Forms of the ScalesAccording to the scholars of the Unending Scroll and the Starlit Tower that have studied the phenomenon, there are four major forms that the Scales can be seen in from the ground.
- A soft glow close to the horizon. While these occurrences are harder to see, they are distinguished from moonlit clouds by the fact that stars can be seen undiminished through the glow.
- Patches that look like large clouds
- Arcs that curve across the sky above the peaks
- Rays of light and dark colors across the sky, reaching upwards by various amounts
CausesA full understanding of this phenomenon does not exist, but scholars from the Unending Scroll and the Starlit Tower had dedicated nearly centuries to the study of this occurrence. A few of the main factors are understood fairly well, even though the convergence of the arcane particles itself is unexplainable.
- Arcane particles are created after the use of magic, specifically arcane magic. The particles are a by-product of the spell and often how excess energy from spellcasting diffuses. These particles gather in the upper atmosphere of the world as this allows them to move about unhindered until the particle is consumed as part of another spell.
- For an unknown reason, the arcane particles tend to converge over the mountain ranges that are named for the two dragon gods of the world. As far as scholars know, there is nothing special about the mountains that would draw the particles to them. When the particles converge on these locations, an area of high magic concentration is created.
- The convergences of particles often happen during the colder months as the air close to the surface of the world allows the particles to move freely as they do in the upper atmosphere. It is thought that these convergences occur because the amount of arcane particles in the upper atmosphere is too dense and the particles need to diffuse.
- When the particles converge, the last of their arcane energy is released, creating the variety of colors seen. The colors seem to be dictated by the dragons of the continent, but the colors can be any of the colors of dragon scales.