Aiwenth

Shyona's Piquant Paella Aiwenth
Egg Name: Satiny Saffron Egg

Egg Desc: Gentle swathes of amethyst enfold this egg's soft curves, rich plum blending with the paler blush of shy lavender towards its crown. Dashes of violet play about the ghostly lilac edges, which in turn encroach upon creamy peach; this egg is a series of graduations, each color giving way to the next. All over, striations of brilliant citrine are entwined with saffron, hints of the riches to be gleaned from this egg.

Hatching Message: The Satiny Saffron Egg's amethyst bindings slowly begin to peel back as the shell finally gives way to the internal struggles of the dragonet within. The citrine- and peach-colored shards swirl gently to the sands, revealing a Piquant Paella Dragonet to the world at large.

Hatchling Name: Piquant Paella Gold Dragonet

Hatchling Description: Pale saffron spills down this queen dragonet's sovereign angles and salient curves, with tawny rivulets that tumble across her athletic build like warm olive oil in an aged copper pan. Spicy gilt dusts her spine from ridge to ridge, drizzling down from her petite, rounded headknobs to sear her serpentine tail with a sizzling brush of metallic gusto. Matching brilliance scatters freckles across her aquiline face with frivolous abandon: color dancing in impish delight to match her moves and moods.

Impression Message: There is a flash of something in your mind. Where did all those sparks of light come from? Are they before your eyes or in your heart? And then comes the rumble, the roiling thunder that begins as a whisper before it overtakes you with a possessing thrum. Something looms large and light within you—a splendid welling of joy, for here she is, seeking your eyes, and insisting that only you can experience this thing called life as it opens before you. «Once upon a time there was a girl named Shyona and a dragon named Aiwenth….»


Name Info / Introduction:

We looked to ancient history for your eternal dragon's name, and found Aiwenth waiting for us there. The word "eternal" is from the Latin "aeternalis," a word etymologically associated with the Indo-European "aiw" root (http://www.bartleby.com/61/roots/IE7.html). The "aiw" variants tend to mean things like, "vital force, age, life, long life, eternity." We liked the sound of Aiwenth, pronounced "Aye-when-th." It comes from "ai-wen," (derived from the Greek "eon") meaning "vital force, age," and we especially liked the direct association with the "vital force" meaning. Your dragon, with her vibrant character, will often seem like a vital force to those who know her. And of course, everlasting and for always, you'll know Aiwenth best of all.

Personality Information:

Aiwenth is a dragon of so many traits. She holds when a near-childlike innocence and zest for life, yet she'll forever nurture others, especially her Shyona. She seems to find fun and excitement in everything that she does, especially the unknown.

Aiwenth enjoys both the novel and the mundane. On sunny days shell will be happy to bask in the heat of the sun's rays being. When the On cloudy, drizzly days she will watch (with head upon folded paws) as the water streams over the rocks. Her first experience with a spiderclaw might leaves her bugling in alarm at the sight of the snapping thing, but she'll soon follow it with her muzzle, enamored with the way it scuttles across the sands, oblivious to coming snaps on the nose by a sharp pincer.

Her thirst for knowledge and experience will give her a lifelong love of stories. Aiwenth will always carry with her that sense of pure delight when presented with a new tale. Nothing will make her happier than seeing or hearing something new, something vital, something interesting or exciting. When she's young, she may not be able to contain herself and will literally bounce with joy when you let her in on another narrative. As she gets older, she may not bounce, but look for the sparkle in her eye: no matter how long she lives, it'll be there. For her, you'll be the library, the Reading Lady with the book in front of the room, the heroine, the adventurer. You'll be the source of stories and the ultimate story itself.

As her rider, you'll play a dual role. On the one hand, you'll sometimes find yourself acting as a sort of story-go-between. You'll ask people all sorts of questions, trying to get them to let you in on interesting things they've heard or experienced, so that you can pass them on to Aiwenth. And who knows how many interesting things you'll find out along the way? But be careful: you'll have to develop some deft story-extraction skills or risk earning a nosy reputation.

What about the other hand? Aiwenth will sometimes push you to create stories in your own life. She'll want you to do things, not because they're wise or virtuous, but because she thinks they'll be fun or interesting to see enacted. And hey, sometimes that'll be great and you'll both be happy with the results. But other times… well. Other times, egged on by that vital force in your head, you may find that you've just done something embarrassing, or by mistake, or maybe the results will turn out to be oh so different than you expected. There will be incidents in which pieces will have to be picked up, amends and apologies made, mortification dealt with, and you will swear that you will never, never give in again. Until, of course, you give in the next time. Because you love her and she rejoices in it, even if it doesn't work out perfectly in the end.

Of course, life can't all be narrative. She'll have pronounced preferences when it comes to food, oils and weyr decor, and some of her ideas may be influenced the latest things she's heard. «Herdbeast /again/? Why can't we just fly down to Southern for some really good wherry?» It will drive you to distraction at times and amuse you at others. You'll have to be the mature voice in the pairing at the beginning, the restraint that allows Aiwenth to explore her world without endangering herself. However, she'll begin to acquire her own perspective on things over time, and you may find that taking her childlike precocious tendencies for granted brings you reprimands at times. «I know I can't fly by myself yet, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to, does it?»

Oiling her? Be prepared for her preferences to change like the the wind on the sea. One day, only the most feminine jasmines and roses will do, while the next, she will insist on the musky masculine scents "just to try them out." She does so enjoy new things, though, to the point of demanding that you rearrange your weyr endlessly seemingly only for her own strange reasons. If a dragon could be into feng shui, it would be Aiwenth. «Really, I think the armoire would be better in that corner, Shyona. The energy in the room would flow more easily.»

Variation is the key to Aiwenth's life, it keeps her fresh and vibrant, and she revels in it.

Where some things are vibrant, she also seems to have an enjoyment of those things that are dark. In her physical environment, it is the night that she seems to appreciate far more than the daylight. Where the physical world is shadowed and not so clear it leaves her to be able to allow her imagination to run wild. To enjoy the stars that are hidden in the blinding light of day and become hidden to the eyes of others. That same idea will translate to her personality as well. Shadows will draw her interest and imagination. There is a thrill in everything, and she will be sure to have Shyona experience it as well.

To go with the enjoyment of things that are dark, Aiwenth will also be a bit dark from time to time in her personality. Not dark as in evil, more dark as in being suddenly rather silent in her plotting/guilt as she rebels against your better judgment for her own ends. "Aiwenth? Why are you so quiet?" …Ominous silence… "Aiwenth?" «Ohhhhhh, nothing.» (Uh-oh. Look out!)

As she grows older, Aiwenth will appreciate her position not only in the Weyr, but in the world around her. She knows her power, and the power that she will hold over others as one of the leaders and as the mother of future fighting dragons, possibly even future clutch sires and queens. And, to that end, it is during those flights that while she takes to the skies to revel in her power, she also expects only the best to catch her, or that she will allow herself to be captured by.

Physicality Info:

Aiwenth spilled from her egg all legs and such akimbo, and has about the grace of one newly come to such a gangly length. In other words she has absolutely no grace at all. And it will seem to be that way for quite some time, if not her entire life. Clumsy as anything, she is often stumbling over this, tripping over that, bumping into the wall with a hip, or basically just managing to find an air-pocket while walking across the bowl that will bring her to her knees. And will she mind or care? Nope. Just get right up again and continue on as if nothing ever happened.

As she grows, it will be in fits and starts, and poor Aiwenth will be hard pressed to ever catch up and maintain her balance. Much like a teenager her growth spurts will always leave her looking quite awkward throughout her weyrlinghood. But, as always, she just rolls with it. As such, she waddles with the best of them, haunches shaking and tail lifted up just shy of the ground. Often, her tail mirrors her emotions. Quite often quirked a little to the side like a Siamese cat, it will twitch when she is excited (which is actually quite often) or pound the ground when annoyed.

Learning to fly will be quite the trial for Aiwenth. It is bad enough just making it in one piece and with as few scrapes as possible as she waddles from one side of the bowl to the other, but flying?! She might just take a little bit longer than the other weyrlings to master this, and it will be with quite a few stumbled landings that will leave Shyona to tending to the gold's knees quite often. But, when she finally does manage to take to the skies, what a joyous event that will be. Her flight will actually be smooth, if marked by the odd air-pocket drop that will leave a person wondering where they left their stomach.

She is a smaller gold, not exactly the smallest but close to that side of the spectrum. Most of her size will be in her tail and neck, giving her a length that makes up for a lack of general heaviness. As for her colors, she isn't exactly the most gorgeous shade of gold. In fact, some people might even consider it to be a rather sickly olive green-gold. That color makes up the majority of her form. No brindling or switching to some other color except for a little bit of paler coloring along her tummy. Well, that is unless you count her face. She is freckled. The bolder gold spots that sprinkle across the bridge of her face add a hint of youth. What she lacks in flashiness, she makes up for in her highlights. Lightning-like flashes of a far brighter gold, appear and disappear as she shifts position. There are also hints to these "there and gone again" flashes along the spars that brace her wings' sails. The sails themselves are a slightly darker green-gold than the rest of her, due to the veins of ichor webbing through them.

Mindvoice and body voice:

Soft and soothing, Aiwenth's voice comes across as a clear alto that begs to be listened to. Often soft at times, it is when that voice is just a sly little tickle in the back of your head that it matters most, because you never know if it is a whisper of devilry to come or some sage words of advice. If her voice were comprised of colors, they would be soothing ones: ambers and the like, with maybe a little bit of purple along the edges when her emotions run particularly high. There will always be a hint of exotic spices behind her words, elusive and lingering long after she is silent.

Recipe:

Paella

1/2 cup Dry white wine

  • 1 ts saffron (azafrán)
  • Olive oil or Pam
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup long grain rice or yellow rice with saffron (Mahatma is one brand)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 6 oz breast of chicken, skinless
  • 1/2 lb fresh shrimp
  • 1 lb mussels
  • 2 lb clams
  • 2, 3 oz lobster tails
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato

Paella is one of the most famous Spanish dishes. If you ever find yourself in a Spanish restaurant that serves paella give it a try. You'll love it.

In researching paella recipes I found that there was no one-way of making paella. Every chef has his own way of making it and the list of ingredients is different as well. The recipe here is inspired by the others I read and customized for simplicity. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients by adding your own favorites.

Paella is cooked in a wide and short pan where the sides go up 4 to 5 inches, the more surface the better. Many of the toppings are added as a last step at the top of the paella.

Pre-cooking:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Let peas defrost
  • Chop the onion, tomato and bell peppers
  • Peel the shrimp (See below)
  • Cut the chicken in small cubes
  • Scrub the clams and mussels, discarding any that are open (dead)

Cooking:

  • Spray the frying pan with PAM or olive oil
  • Preheat the frying pan for one minute at med-high heat
  • Sauté the onion 2-3 mins until limp and brown
  • Add the rice, sauté until golden stirring so it won't burn
  • Add the wine and saffron (if not already in the rice) and stir until all the wine is absorbed
  • Stir in the peppers
  • Add 2 cups of chicken stock, 1/4 cup at a time stirring until the rice absorbs the stock (this is going to take a while)
  • Add the last cup of chicken stock
  • Add the cubed chicken
  • Add the shrimp, clams, lobster and mussels, tucking them in the rice
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until mussels open
  • Add the peas, tomato and artichokes and bake for 2 more minutes

Tips:
Saffron (azafrán) is really hard to find, and expensive, but is worth getting if you plan to make this dish since it gives the rice a yellow coloring and adds the essence of the paella flavor. Sometimes you can find rice with the saffron already in it, which is much cheaper than buying the saffron by itself.

The smaller the clams are, the better, since they cook faster and are easier to eat.

To peel shrimp easily:

  • Hold the shrimp so that you can grab it from the back and peel off the legs of the shrimp
  • Peel off a piece of the shell around the head area
  • Hold on to the head area of the shrimp and pull the tail, when done correctly the whole shell while come out.

Credits:

Egg: R'sin

Dragonet: K'rill, Tarin, Tr'vyn, Wullan, Cori, and B'nal

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