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Mystic Gardens, the Dragons Academy Nightlyre by Aquilla-Whingate Mystic Gardens, the Dragons Academy Nightlyre by Aquilla-Whingate
Spring break has come to the Magical Academy Nightlyre and the students have left for holiday. However, had the students stayed they would have been witness to a wondrous transition; on the grounds facing the south side lay the grounds and the mystic gardens. The warmth and magic was in the air, making the plants and every other living thing come out of its winter hibernation.
It is in this period of time that the the night glory firedrake awakes from the trees, standing and fallen, and even from the very earth itself they come fourth. It is entering into the mating season for these creatures all during the time the night glory fire flower goes into full bloom. For these firedrakes, the bright colors, and magical golden pollen are are like bright living jewels to these creatures, that on any dragon would want to present his mate with.
A non-aggressive (unless provoked) these firedrakes change color through the whole of the seasons, (except winter) in spring when they emerge, both male and female are brown as the earth or the bark on the trees; this is why the males beautify themselves in the magic golden pollen, to make them selves presentable to any females. These dragons (the male) as as the seasons go on though change color, from all brown in the early spring, to green, or sun burst orange, or a mix of both, to back to brown, before the winter comes around once more; the females stay a shade of brown year round, but the tone of how dark to how tan they become changes in the same yearly cycle.
Now why do these drakes have their seasons with the night glory fire flower for multiple reasons; One is that when the males dress themselves in the pollen from flower to flower, the pollen is then spread from plant to plant. Another reason is to the dragons benefit, it is the pollen that release enzymes that cause the males to changes colors for the summer seasons in its greens and oranges.
So why is it the students are not here to witness such magic? Surely the horticulture class would get something from this experience? It is because of all the plants on the grounds, night glory fire flower is the most allergenic of all the plants in their garden, when the pollen is in its raw in unpurified form; so only experienced personnel are allowed to handle the plants. The plant does not go without waste either, all parts can be used, the pollen when purified can be used to enhance a spell (most notably on the battlefield), the petals used either as a tea or have the oils extracted to use on sores, the leaves and the stems, are most prized, for its ability to be extracted to make as a cell regeneration potion for the elderly, an the taproots can be used as a substitute for ginger in cooking. Searches for other practical uses for this plant are still ongoing.
Forty and seven years this plant has been on the grounds of Academy Nightlyre and without incident; transplanted from the midlands of Midgurth the dragons followed the scent of the flowers. These dragons were an unfortunate circumstance, the fact they are here, though midst being an invasive species, they are contained, and well looked after, as are all the creatures of Magical Academy Nightlyre.

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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This looks fantastic! I love how you reimagined it as a nighttime scene, beautiful and magical. The story was delightful to read, too! I'll put a link to this in with my lineart.
Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   General Artist
Thankyou, As it is I when get the chance am going to be making all the linearts you have so far as all part of a collection of the Magical Academy in your name. If you like this story I hope you read the story on the first image of the lineats I colored of yours; Oh and I am sure you saw this image as a possinle night scene when you dew it Hehe:D
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Fantastic, loving dragon at the moment :ahoy:
Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013   General Artist
So it would seem you are quite welcome sir.
Veska3if Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome owo
Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013   General Artist
Thank ye
Veska3if Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you welcome ^^
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