Korvi and their eggshellsPosted: October 28, 2013 | |
Aligare’s korvi are a dragon-like folk, a combination of reptile and bird traits. As one would expect, their young hatch from eggs.
And once the hatchling has cracked their way into the world, what happens to the eggshell? It’s treated as a keepsake. The event of an egg hatching isn’t thought of as birth, exactly — more of a transition. The infant inside the egg has been breathing and existing for who knows how long and it’s just now taken a step of development. The shell pieces are cleaned and carefully stored by the hatchling’s family, like human parents might keep their child’s lost baby teeth.
Then, once the hatchling fledges and decides to leave home, they receive their eggshells as a warm parting gift. It’s a coming-of-age gesture, giving the young korvi responsibility for that fragile remnant. Although the parents keep the eggshells as intact as the hatchling left them, once the young adult korvi takes their eggshells they’re free to do what they want. Some continue preserving the shell pieces’ shapes, and some choose to break the eggshells into smaller pieces for easier storage. Either way, the majority of korvi have a generously cloth-wrapped bundle somewhere in their home, which is rarely unpacked and always handled with care. A rare few don’t like that idea. They make their eggshells into something more functional or decorative: maybe a painted bowl to hold trinkets, or a string of beads they’re always wearing.
Korvi traditionally cremate their dead, and the person’s eggshells are burned with them. Eggshells are there when a korvi sets out in life, and the korvi takes their eggshells with them when they depart.
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