Ceocayath's 8th Clutch - Eggs

Theme: Microorganisms

Egg Name: Wine's Origin Egg
Egg Description: While this egg is on the smaller side, it stands out strikingly against the black sands with its deep color, reminiscent of a rich, Benden wine. A frothy cluster of pale, bubble-like markings graces one curved side. As the shell hardens, these markings become more distinct and almost seem to multiply, though they will be frustratingly hard to count to those who seek to confirm the suspicion. By the time it hatches, the pattern will stretch to encompass over half the shell.
Egg Inspiration: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast used in fermentation
Egg Credit: Corgi
Egg Name: Isn’t Easy Being Green
Egg Description: A rather long but blunt egg on the small side, it looks more like a rounded rectangle than a typical egg shape. The color of the egg is a bright green with rough areas that at certain angles look bumpy but in other angles more like short hair like projections. Along the base these hair like forms look much longer, running along the shape of the bottom and seeing to curl around, like multiple tails. In the center of the egg there seems to be something else, a darker purplish pattern that is hard to discern from the overall bright green of the rest of the shell. The shell itself feels slightly bumpy but not very rough in texture.
Egg Inspiration: Bacterial Meningitis
Egg Credit: LdyPayne
Egg Name: Fuzzy Wuzzy Egg
Egg Description: It appears that this egg is of a middling to large size in relation to the rest of the clutch. The shape itself is harder to describe as from angle it appears ovular and from another round and then from yet another it is quite nearly cuboid. Such a strange egg and yet there is nothing that really stands out about it. It is white, maybe white-grey, but there are hardly any markings at all. It is shallowly pock-marked all across its surface which gives the egg some texture and lends the greyish coloring due to the shadows created by the uneven surface. A healthy egg, surely, but something is very peculiar about it.
Egg Inspiration: Saprolegnia spp. – an occasionally parasitic protozoan, also called “cotton moulds”
Egg Credit: Shouriko
Egg Name: Baker’s Friend Egg
Egg Description: This egg is smaller than average, and deviates slightly from the standard shape of a dragon egg. The bottom of this egg is somewhat more flattened than the rest, as if it was pushed down by the weight of the rest of the egg (or perhaps, as if the rest of the egg somehow managed to fluff up higher than the part on the ground). While slightly unusual, most will agree that it is perfectly within the normal variance for dragons and thus no real cause for alarm. The surface of the shell is a mouthwatering toasty brown color that brings to mind freshly baked bread. There is a pale cream-colored cross on the top of the egg, and speckles of white all along the sides. One does not need to stretch their imagination very far to imagine this egg as a giant bun fresh from the Weyr’s ovens. Although the day-to-day variance of the temperatures on the sands are generally too small for the average human to detect, this egg is somewhat sensitive to these changes. Its movements will increase dramatically with warmer temperatures, and will noticeably slow down when temperatures drop.
Egg Inspiration: Saccharomyces exiguus
Egg Credit: noto
Egg Name: Spin Me Right Round Egg
Egg Description: This egg is relatively small, but not to go missed. It is of a traditional egg shape and has a uniform base coloring of pale creamy yellow. In very small, pale blue and light grey are these sort of misarranged crosses. They are thin and tiny, arranged haphazardly all across the egg’s shell. Where these markings are, the surface is raised and surprising sharp, having an edge to it. There are also pale pink tiny circular markings as well, although these are rounded where they raise against the surface of the shell, and are concentrated in linear collections. If observed closely, one would see that these markings appear to make the shape of a fish skeleton!
Egg Inspiration: Myxobolus cerebralis – a myxosporean parasite of trout that often results in Whirling Disease
Egg Credit: Shouriko
Egg Name: A Little Cheesy
Egg Description: A roundish egg about average size sits a little heavily in the black sands. The surface is fairly smooth looking but feels almost rubbery when touched. It is warm to the touch as well and there seems to be a faint bread like odor to the shell, if one were to place their nose close to enough to catch the faint odor. The color is rather plain, a light golden tan and the top is darker but other than that there is very little to distinguish this egg from an overlarge chicken egg.
Egg Inspiration: Candida albicans
Egg Credit: LdyPayne
Egg Name: Fun Tun Egg
Egg Description: This egg is above-average in size with a stout barrel-like shape. It looks somehow heavier and more sturdy than its siblings. Its markings and coloration are not particularly eye-catching. It is a dull gray-brown coloration with darker bands running horizontally around it, giving it a segmented appearance. There are large patches of mossy green around the bottom of the egg, these patches have a glossy appearance, which almost give the illusion of moisture - especially in contrast to the rest of the shell, which are somewhat dustier and more matte than is typical for a dragon egg. Indeed, sand seems to have an unusual affinity to this egg, and no matter how much Ceocayath fusses with it, she will not be entirely able to clear all of the grains from its surface. As it gets closer to hatching, one might notice that it has a tendency to wiggle furtively, as if it somehow managed to turn itself the wrong way around.
Egg Inspiration: Tardigrades
Egg Credit: noto
Egg Name: The Cooperative Many Egg
Egg Description: From afar this egg might appear to be simply splattered at random with blue, but those who view it up close will see that the markings have an inherent order and pattern to them. Beginning at a single spot, centrally located on one of the rounded sides of this smaller egg, the color branches out at predictable intervals, coming to resemble the fronds of a jungle tree as they fan out. The color becomes sparser as those branches reach the opposite side, revealing a paler but no less sturdy off-white hue.
Egg Inspiration: Paenibacillus dendritiformis, a species of pattern-forming bacteria
Egg Credit: Corgi
Egg Name: Silver Nitrate Egg
Egg Description: This egg is of a small to middling size and quit nearly round in shape. The overall color is black with a spiral of silvery white that spirals about the egg from bottom to top. Or top to bottom, it’s hard to tell since it is so round, but there is a disc of darker silvery grey at one end that decisively says ‘I’m the top!’. This disc appears to have teeth and if you ran your hand over it, they would indeed feel somewhat sharp although you can barely see the raised portions that lend this texture. Similarly, if you follow the spiral around, you would feel the very fine ribbing that is hidden in the color, almost fuzzy-like.
Egg Inspiration: Trichodina spp. – an aquatic parasitic ciliate
Egg Credit: Shouriko
Egg Name: The Globulus Egg
Egg Description: This egg is ovoid in shape but the it's smaller end facing downward, opposite how most eggs typically sit. it looks slick, with a sickly yellow coloration. It sports ring-shaped and cresent shaped markings scattered about it's shell. This egg is small, probably one of the smallest of the clutch.
Egg Inspiration: Trichia varia
Egg Credit: Dragonblossom
Egg Name: That Suspicious Smell Egg
Egg Description: The shell of this smaller-sized egg is overwhelmed by vibrant yellow sausage shapes. They're absolutely everywhere on the shell, with only the occasional peek of black behind them where there's the odd space between the shapes. Spindly white strands spread out from the shapes, overlapping, connecting, creating a real tangle around and over the yellow colouring. All in all, this egg looks like a big old mess of colour and lines!
Egg Inspiration: C. difficile! If you work in healthcare, you'll instantly recognise the unpleasant smell associated with a c. diff. infection.
Egg Credit: Emma
Egg Name: Helpful Mold Egg
Egg Description: This egg is unassuming, and a small one at that. Its colors are duller than many of its clutchmates, a mottling of moss green and grubby yellow covering it shell. Those who touch it will find the sensation of it subtly unsettling; the patches along its surface range from feeling like a powdery fuzz to a bit slimey and slick, like the muck skimmed from the top of a stagnant pond.
Egg Inspiration: Pennicillium chrysogenum, a fungi that produces the antibiotic penicillin
Egg Credit: Corgi
Egg Name: Frayed Egg
Egg Description: A medium-sized egg of a long and ovular shape, it is not especially extraordinary to look at. The shell is colored in a silvery blue with a splash of salmon pink along the long side of the egg. There are broad patches of grey that when touched feel a combination of slimy and fuzzy. On the side opposite the pink streak are raised bumps which cause a discoloration of the lovely silvery blue. These raised bumps almost seem soft and are colored a sort of faint reddish brown. After acquainting yourself with all angles of this egg, you just might come to conclusion that something really isn’t right with it.
Egg Inspiration: Flavobacterium columnare – a bacterium that causes the disease Columnaris in many fishes
Egg Credit: Shouriko
Egg Name: Brighter Together Egg
Egg Description: If you looked in to the Hatching Sands on a dark night you'd probably be able to pick out the Brighter Together Egg, it almost seems to glow just slightly though undoubtedly it's merely the bright neon blues that colour its darkly black surface. Two bands of bright teal wrap around the top and bottom halves of the egg; twisting through them are ribbons and spots of black as dark as the main body of the egg. A smattering of teal spots of various brightness's complete the pattern on this medium sized egg. The odd sense you get that this egg glows is something that fluctuates, the more other living things it is close to the brighter it seems to be, but if you go alone to have a good look it's definitely just another ordinary egg.
Egg Inspiration: Vibrio Fischeri - a biolumescent bacterium in which quorum sensing was first observed and studied.
Egg Credit: Maiden
Egg Name: Sick Burn Egg
Egg Description: Close examination will reveal that this egg is slightly more cylindrical than usual, but its overall appearance is so visually unremarkable that it may be initially overlooked by veteran Candidates. Because its coloration is slightly muted, some may overlook the subtle prettiness of the pattern blending upon its surface in blue-green, olive and an early reddish-brown. The surface of this egg has a wet sort of shine that will become more and more prominent as the egg approaches hatching time. Utterly unremarkable. The most unique aspect of this egg is not immediately apparent, but a strange grape-like odor emanates from this egg. This smell is most strong when standing immediately next to the egg, but will occasionally waft over to the Stands, leaving onlookers to ask ’Wait a minute? Do you smell that?’
Egg Inspiration: Pseudomonas aeeruginosa
Egg Credit: noto
Egg Name: That Muscle Ache? Egg
Egg Description: This is a lovely egg, royal purple in colour. From afar, it looks almost uniform in colour, but upon closer inspection the entire egg it patterned with little rod shapes, rounded at both ends. These rods only appear to be about a large at a person’s finger, and overlap each other in a variety of different directions, seemingly with no pattern to them at all. In fact, other than the colour, this egg is rather unremarkable, of a relatively average size and shape.
Egg Inspiration: Lactobacillus sp., which convert sugars into lactic acid (but are not actually responsible for the ache in your muscles after exercise, though lactate is).
Egg Credit: Rhee
Egg Name: Blue Slime Egg
Egg Description: Here is an egg that is truly large and imposing, perfectly ovular in shape and proud to be place prominently in the clutch. It is a gorgeous egg with an opalescent blue sheen that covers all of the egg with an underlying dark hunter green surface. There is some mottling of color, dots of red rimmed in halos of blues all across the sides, a splash of vibrant orange along the bottom, and vermiculations of olive green at the top (image search brook trout). It shines and glints in the light as if it were wet, covered in water, like a stone or a smooth-scaled fish. It is as smooth as it appears, cool and yet growing warm the longer your hand stays in one place. There is also a slimey feeling to the egg and it still lingers on your fingers even after you've drawn away.
Egg Inspiration: Gyrodactylus salaris – an aquatic monogenean ectoparasite, commonly called “salmon fluke”
Egg Credit: Shouriko
Egg Name: The Incredibly Durable Egg
Egg Description: This egg is a true giant and with such a promising, golden-orange hue too. It holds none of the pleasant symmetry of its clutchmates, however, being decidedly lumpy and misshapen. As if there were two constricting bands spanning its surface, perpendicular to each other, it has four distinct bulges, giving it a subtle cloverleaf shape when viewed from the right angle. It thrives on the sands and will be the first of the eggs to fully harden. As it does, each section's own amorphous marking will begin to show more and more glints of metallic promise, the shine nearly radiating when hatching time comes.
Egg Inspiration: Deinococcus radiodurans, the world's toughest bacterium
Egg Credit: Corgi
Egg Name: Ring a Ring
Egg Description: This egg is roundish and small but not the smallest of the clutch. From a distance it looks like dark lumps have formed near the base and near the top are reddish rings. On closer inspection the lumps are about red fruit sized and smeared with yellowish markings. Scattered about are irregular spots much smaller than the rings, some as red as fresh blood and others more brown in colour. There is a faint smell of flowers around this egg of the sort often associated with various flowering herbs. The surface of the egg feels quite warm to the touch and the base definitely feels as lumpy as it appears.
Egg Inspiration: Yersinia pestis (Bubonic Plague)
Egg Credit: LdyPayne
Egg Name: Crystal Cave Egg
Egg Description: This egg is not only amongst the largest of the clutch, but amongst the largest of eggs Ceocayath has ever produced. While its sheer size may cause some hopeful Candidates to speculate the possibility of it containing a gold, most will agree that this is just wishful thinking - as there is not a speck of gold on the visible surface of this egg. The majority of the shell is a velvety black color that suggests the same complete lack of light one experiences when they travel /between/ - however, on one side of the egg a series of bright silver and grey markings suggest a dim light source illuminating the otherwise perfect darkness of the egg. These markings take the form of jagged white and gray columns, toppled carelessly like some sort of broken crystal filigree. They fade around the edges, furthering the illusion that the rest of the egg would be covered with such markings, if only one could figure out how to properly illuminate it. There is a peculiar stillness around this particular egg. While some may worry for the life cradled within, careful examination will reveal the faintest of stirrings within.
Egg Inspiration: Long dormant bacteria found within Niaca Caves
Egg Credit: noto
Egg Name: The Sizzling Egg
Egg Description: This small egg is more rod-like in shape than ovoid. This egg is mostly plain, off white. But when viewed in the right light it almost looks like it has a slick, sheath-like covering that glistens and ripples.
Egg Inspiration: Thermotoga maritima
Egg Credit: Dragonblossom
Egg Name: Itch All Over Egg
Egg Description: Looking very much like tea-stained hide, this large egg carries a symmetric set of brown markings spanning the entirety of its remarkably round surface. Too large to be viewed all at once, the pattern on the shell always arches away, either disappearing under the sands or over the top. On one side it appears as a blunt, curved end with long, hair-thin lines streaming outward from it. On the other, there are several protrusions from the otherwise roughly circular marking, each one darker and ridged, as if they were stubby legs seeking to climb right off the egg's shell. This will be a mobile egg, and sneaky; it never seems to hold the same position among the clutch.
Egg Inspiration: Sarcoptes scabiei, a pesky and very itch-inducing mite
Egg Credit: Corgi
Egg Name: Budding Bell Egg
Egg Description: An egg of middling size, it is very much traditionally eggy in shape. It calls attention to itself with the bright yellow-green coloring of its shell, largely uniform across the surface. There are some faint mottling of olive green and lemon yellow almost too faint to even notice unless closely examined. It is quite smooth to the touch, just as it appears, and feels slick and cool under your hand.
Egg Inspiration: Vorticella spp. – an aquatic parasitic ciliate
Egg Credit: Shouriko
Egg Name: Tough One to Crack
Egg Description: A very boring brownish grey, this fairly large egg could be overlooked for its bland appearance. From a distance it appears as though it has a segmented shell, with five distinct sections broken by darker-coloured lines running horizontally around the egg. The lines are uneven, and up close one almost expects them to jut out from the egg and feel rough - but no, the shell is perfectly smooth, it's just an optical illusion. The egg itself is a little on the longer side, with a bulging middle and narrow but blunt top; its bottom half curves from the bulging middle into a neat, round base. On each apparent segment of shell, pale lines can be seen that could almost be described as simple legs, laid flat against the body of the egg.
Egg Inspiration: Tardigrades are micro-animals also known as water bears. Discovered in 1773, they are extremely resilient many harsh conditions, able survive temperatures from −272°C (nearly absolute zero!) all the way up 150°C; radiation strong enough kill humans; pressures 6 times greater than those found in deep marine trenches; total vacuums; and can last for more than 30 years without food or water.
Egg Credit: Emma
Egg Name: Sea Sparkle Egg
Egg Description: A minor galaxy decorates the dark blue shell of this averagely sized egg. A streaking starburst of white along the curving base gives rise to whorls and sprays of glittering pale blue that appear to almost float across the darker surface. A strange phenomenon occurs whenever this egg is touched, its pale markings seeming to grow brighter and more distinct, spreading from the contact outward. The egg will respond to even the smallest disturbance, but those who feel compelled to test the limits will find that the odd effect grows stronger the longer you're there.
Egg Inspiration: Noctiluca scintillans, a bioluminescent dinoflagellate
Egg Credit: Corgi
Egg Name: Easy Breathy Egg
Egg Description: An average sized which seems more elongated than typical nestles rather contentedly within its wallow. Despite some of the more brightly coloured and more interestingly patterned s of this clutch, this still draws attention. Perhaps it is the very fact it is rather plain that draws the eye to its milk white shell and shiny appearance. When touched the surface is smooth and feels slightly raised.
Egg Inspiration: Bifidobacterium longum
Egg Credit: LdyPayne
Egg Name: Black Spot Egg
Egg Description: An egg this large looks like a promising egg for a big, healthy bronze to hatch from. It’s a lovely coppery bronze colored egg, a little rounder in shape than most eggs, but certainly attractive. There’s a paler section that sort of makes you think of a belly and across the darker coloring of the egg is the appearance of scales. However, there is something that does leave you wondering ‘why is that?’ about this egg. The great myriad of little, tiny black spots. There is no rhyme or reason for the placement of the spots and wherever they are, they feel roughed and raised and uncomfortable to the touch. Such a pity so pretty an egg is marred in such a way.
Egg Inspiration: Neascus spp. – a flatworm whose larvae cause the disease Black Spot or Diplopstomiasis in fish
Egg Credit: Shouriko
Egg Name: Pink Pineapple Egg
Egg Description: This egg is average sized, but slightly more elongated than average. Although its shape is somewhat unusual, it is this egg’s bright coloration that makes it stand out on Solaria’s dark sands. When it is freshly laid, it is a sunny yellow color and patterned with a dark brown rather like some sort of exotic tropical fruit. The surface of this shell appears to be sharp and jagged, but as is often the case - this is just a visual illusion. As the shell hardens, a blush will begin to appear over its surface. This pigmentation will be initially faint, but will gradually and slowly increase in intensity. By the time that the eggs begin to crack open, this formerly yellow egg will be positively pink! One cannot help but wonder if the pigmentation of the shell is the only thing that is changing as this egg incubates. Initially this will be one of the more sedate eggs in the clutch, wobbling only occasionally and without much vigor - however as hatching draws closer it will gradually become more and move lively. In the hours before the hatching, this egg is liable to in danger of toppling itself right out whichever wallow Ceocayath placed it into.
Egg Inspiration: Acetobacter aceti
Egg Credit: noto
Egg Name: Careful Balance Egg
Egg Description: This large egg looks almost… Lopsided? One vertical side bulges out more than the other, like a little potbelly! Along the flatter side, the shell is smoothly striated but where it bulges, there are rows and rows of straight rod-shapes running all up and down the side. It sits precariously on the sands, the uneven weight just barely balanced. Between the odd lumpiness and rather unpleasant shade of vomit green that dominates the shell, you have an egg that may raise more than one eyebrow. And if you get close enough is that… the smell of garbage?
Egg Inspiration: The plentiful symbiotic microorganisms that make up the bulk of a ruminants digestive system – specifically protein digesting ciliated protozoa and their pectin-fermenting bacterium hangers-on!
Egg Credit: Shelacula
Egg Name: The Baker's Secret Weapon
Egg Description: It isn't so much about it's looks really. In terms of coloring at least it appears rather plain, a certain "baked" appearance touching the warm wheaten browns that cover the entirety of it. Darker hues cover the top, but stop short of looking burnt. There is an appearance of texture here however, the sense that reaching out for it will be a tad rougher on the fingers than the others, and in a sense that is true. Just an extra bit of grit covers the shell, not to mention a few bumps and bubbles here making it look a bit like a popped over dinner roll. It is also a touch on the larger side, only lending itself more to the idea in candidate's heads that it might have had some extra time in Ceocayath's oven.
Egg Inspiration: Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Baker's yeast)
Egg Credit: Vandelay
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