It’s World Egg Day! Ta-da, ta-da!
True, it’s a little early in the yearly Dragon cycle for nesting/laying (a winter happening among True Dragons), and even earlier for the hatching fires of spring. But an egg is an egg, and we here at WAFDE are not above giving more familiar, accessible holidays, no matter how secular, draconic twists.
So, while some pepople use today to whip up omelettes and soufles, to tout the nutrition and elegant simplicity of the noble avian egg, we choose today to celebrate clutches of dragons in waiting. And the devoted Queens who tend them.
There are likely many Game of Thrones fans out there who think of Dragon eggs as small, transportable treasures. Rare gifts and emblems of power. In the real world, Dragon eggs are indeed rare and treasured, but they are hardly small. And they should never be gifted to secure kingdoms or power.
They are the quintessential Dragon hoard. Dragons will defend them with fire and fang. And if the Dragon parents don’t get you, the law will. The destruction or poaching of Dragon eggs is a felony around the globe, incurring heavy fines and prison time. At least.
This does not mean that eggs don’t occasionally, through no fault of Queen or Sire, get lost or abandoned. This is a matter of growing concern in areas ravaged by war or decimated habitat. (Yes, climate change is real and the weyrs around the world know its tragic effects first hand!) What to do?
When walking through woods or along cliffs, keep your eyes open, especially in autumn or late winter/early spring. If you discover an egg—or a whole clutch—the first thing you must do is note the location. Not only does this guarantee you’ll find it again, but it serves as valuable information for conservationists. That done, keep your distance. [Contact your local WAFDE chapter immediately!] Watch, and wait for forty-eight hours. There are times when a Queen, particularly a young Queen alone through no fault of her own, will nest in the open. Her needs for sustenance will force her from the nest on occasion, but she will return. If, however, there is no sign of Mother—or Father—Dragon after two days, something untoward has definitely happened. You can assume the egg is bereft of parental care and proceed to take it into custody.
…The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook, p. 206.
Tend your find with love and care. And be assured, though fire is needed for hatching, you won’t have to walk through it like a Tragaryen to enjoy your little Dragonlet.
Happy Egg Day!