OH I got a neat headcanon about Pearlcatchers and their pearls earlier
Their pearls are believed to be the “essence” of their memories, right ? But there’s a shift between lores in which the pearls really are a part of the dragon’s soul, and those where it is only a superstition.
What if that belief, strongly ingrained into Pearlcatcher culture, was made into a real thing by the will of the dragons tending to their pearls ? Dragons who believe in this superstition
subconsciously infuse their pearls with their own magical energy when tending to them, weaving a spell that brings back their old memories when coming in contact with the pearl.
Some pearls become so full of elemental energy that it becomes like a second magic reserve to the Pearlcatcher, and stops being a foreign object to be constantly linked to the dragon’s own magic, thus making it effectively a part of themselves.
However, dragons who do not give the superstition any credit will not infuse their pearl with magic, their pearl being therefore a magic-less one, since the process of creating it is purely biological.
This whole thing is fully subconscious/instinctive, and therefore not many Pearlcatchers are aware of whether or not they put magic in their pearl. Depending on their own beliefs, other people may be able to gaze into their soul while holding the pearl, or it may be something only the pearls owner is able to do.
ian, to elyse: are you wearing black socks atop black tights?
elyse: yeah dawg, or else my feet would get cold
kyle (singing quietly to himself): black socks… atop black tights…
ian: you got a song goin’ there, bossy?
elyse & ian: sing us your little song!
kyle: black tops…..ablove black…sights……………… ….. …. i got the words perfect the first time through