What happens to the egg after the hatchling inside has emerged?
Nature eggshells decompose and are a rich source of nutrients which was once used to nourish the hatchling inside. Nature dragons gather these eggshells and use them as fertilizer or compost for their gardens.
Wind eggs evaporate and produce a melody as it does so. Legends say that the melody defines the hatchling’s musical ability. A common event around the Wind territory is a hatching party just so the community can listen to the lovely (or unpleasant) song that their beloved offspring will produce.
Light eggshells are very fragile and when broken, poofs and leaves a glitter circle. They are used as party poppers but only in special events as gathering these shells require very delicate hands and often needs special tools to pick up. These confettis are also quite expensive in the dragon market compared to other brands.
Plague eggshells are mucky and becomes a breeding area for germs, viruses and mushrooms. Old Plague tradition is to surround the hatchlings with their own shells for a week to build their immunity. Though requires constant monitoring and a doctor around, and has an unbearable stench, this has been proven effective.
Water eggshells liquidate immediately after hatchlings come out and the rocky part is left behind. Parents collect these barnacles as a memento. Water dragons treat these barnacles as priceless gems and hang them as necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other jewelry as a reminder of their birthclan and/or for fashion.
What happens to Shadow eggshells after the hatchling is out is a surprise. Sometimes it will disappear in a blink of an eye, sometimes it liquifies into drool, sometimes it will burst and its pieces will scatter, sometimes a flower will grow out of it then die, sometimes the pile will remain a pile, sometimes its an entirely new performance; who knows? Dragons are often more excited to see what happens to the egg rather than their hatchling.
Lightning eggs produce a large amount if electricity. Careful handling is a must as the shock can lead to death. Techies camp around eggshells to charge their mobile phones. The most popular brands right now are iBone [developed by a Mirror] and SamSING [developed by a Spiral]. Workers of the Stormcatcher are instructed to collect these shells when they see them for safety purposes as they don’t lose charge easily when untouched.
Arcane eggshells explode minutes after the hatchling is gone. Its best to get away and/or toss the egg after the hatchling is retrieved. Recently, someone developed a spell to enchant the egg to pause explosion and play it when safety of dragons around is ensured. This has led to the shells be used as a firecracker for special events.
Earth eggshells just turn to a pile of pebbles. They are heavy and dragons just leave them where it is. The what used to be an egg lays on the hard ground, bound to return to the soil, and doomed to the same fate as its deity. It is said that the egg’s unfortunate destiny is the only link the Earthshaker has with its creation.
Fire eggs turn to lava then slowly hardens to an igneous rock. Before they can harden, these eggs are cooked in to an exotic soup-like delicacy topped with various spices. Some prefer to wait for its rock state then forge it in to jewelry as fashion or as birthclan reminders.
Ice eggs turn razor sharp and over weeks and months, develop a glass-like texture. It can cut through muscle and tissue. Warriors prefer swords and scythes made from Ice egg material. Annually, Ice and Fire has a sword off to see who crafts better swords. (Its a sword resistance contest though. Hurting a dragon from the oposing flight is prohibited and is seen as bad sportsmanship.)
Nocturne eggs remain intact and become rock hard. They are used to craft armors. Some keep it as a souvenir and the hatchlings steal it and have a boasting session with other hatchies about “Who’s shell is tougher?”. This often results in chipped or shattered shells and crying babies.