Saro, Duwa, and Tulo are all grown up! time to introduce them to the coliseum!
A found egg is considered a gift from the gods. It’s a piece of their magic coalesced into physical form; to find one is a blessing, but also a duty. To hatch a found egg means the clan has a responsibility to new hatchling to raise them up well, to give them educations equally spread across lore, magic, and battle, and do all they can to raise them to glory.
When one of the clan’s finest warriors brought back a fire egg, it was cause for celebration and ceremony. The entire clan gathered around as Antimony, the clan patriarch, built a special nest, which Vitriol, the clan matriarch, placed the egg into. All held their breaths as Soot, the clan champion, prayed over the egg, asking for the combined blessings of Flamecaller and Lightweaver as she wished the hatchling into being.
The egg began to shake and crack—
Silence reigned for a long moment until Antimony cleared his throat. “Well, it’s not quite what we were expecting, was it?” The whole clan looked at him, some with frowns. He tilted his head. “I’m just saying that it’s rather—”
"Father!" Soot exclaimed reprovingly.
"You know, a bit…" Antimony gestured with a paw as he searched for the word.
"Unfor— unusual?" volunteered one of the poets, who grinned uncertainly under Soot’s glare.
Antimony tilted his head the other direction. “No, I was thinking more along the lines of really quite hmlmph—” But whatever the word was, it was lost to Vitriol’s paw, which she had clamped firmly over his mouth.
"She will be a strong warrior," Soot declared, with a warning look at her father. "I name her Darkshore."
[Darkshore - F Guardian, navy/sand/shadow]
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Another New Earth… Or Not.
You may have heard the news last week that astronomers discovered the best candidate to date for an Earth-like planet. Kepler-186f is a rocky planet that is, like other so-called “second Earths”, the right distance away from its parent star to have liquid water on its surface and maybe have the right conditions for maybe having life if that’s the kind of thing that maybe exists somewhere else… maybe.
As Adam Mann writes for WIRED, there’s a lot we don’t know about this exoplanet, and a lot that makes it not very Earth-like. Like the fact that its star is way different from ours. And that we haven’t imaged it directly. Matt Francis adds his two cents at The Daily Beast, noting that a planet that close to its parent star is tidally locked, with the same side facing, and being baked by, its parent star all the time. Sounds like it’s more of an Earth-cousin at best.
It’s not right to call this planet a “New Earth” (and I can almost guarantee that the Face of Boe does not and will not ever live there), because there’s just too much that we don’t know about it. The same goes for other exoplanets: For every question they answer they force us to ask three more. But that’s science. What is cool about this latest discovery is that it shows us just how many types of stars, even weird ones like the M class red dwarf that 186f orbits, can harbor Earth-ish planets in their habitable zone.
The more we discover, the stronger the case that life exists somewhere, elsewhere. If you’d like to know more about our search for exoplanets and the life we hope they harbor, I did two videos on that for IOTBS. Watch ‘em below:
(Image via NASA)
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NASA’s recent discovery of Kepler-186f, the first habitable Earth-sized planet is big news in humankind’s long search for extraterrestrial life.
A universe full of exoplanets: Thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, which was launched in 2009 to hunt planets across the universe, we’ve managed to find around 1800 exoplanets so far, many of which have been discovered in just the last year or so.