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Illumination Dove (A to Z, I)

11 April, 2022

DovesThe reflectory was lit by rows of caged birds most of them emitting a pale grey light, a few of the birds had light shading into a pale blue and one very slightly into a faint rose.  A student was tasked with keeping them feed and awake, as their light dimmed significantly when the birds went to sleep.

These birds, which are the size and general appearance of doves, have slowly spread across the Sea of Stars due to their useful qualities, which is the fact that once the Sun is safely in his prison, they glow with a soft light.  When they are asleep the light is about equal to that of a single candle but when awake they can generate light equal to five or even ten candles.  The shade of their light is usually a pale grey but can be varied, slightly, with particular diets edging the glow slightly into the edge of the various colors of the spectrum.

The Sun Cult argue that the doves are a gift and a blessing from the Merciful Sun and calls them Blessing Doves.  But the theological implication of the doves is unclear at best, they certainly seem to have an attraction to the Temples of the Sun but that might just becasue they are safe and fed there.

They are also called Scholar’s Doves due to their popularity among scholars and others who need light to work at night.  To provide the best light they require a mixed diet of seeds, grains and insects which often vary, slightly, from bird to bird.

There are some who raise them for food, properly prepared their flesh retains the light emitting properties for a short time allowing for some interesting culinary displays.  Their feathers, however, lose any light emitting qualities within hours of being removed from the bird or the death of the bird.  Many alchemists have spent considerable time and effort trying to extend the illumination period of the feathers with only minimal success.

Notes: A little sad for the doves as they end up in cages but it could be worse.

Image Drie tamme duiven from the Rijksmuseum and is in the Public Domain.

 

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