|Official Name||Dragonet Apple|
|Common Name||Egbert Apple|
|Origins||Northern areas of Regalia|
|Habitat||Taiga to temperate|
The Dragonet Apple is a popular fruit that can be found growing from trees in the northern areas of the Regalian Archipelago, most notably in the Anglian regions and Gallovia. It was originally a wild, uncultivated plant thought to be brought into civilization by a noble family torn apart over a feud. The apple itself a small, sour fruit with orange skin, and is often utilized in pastries or as the key ingredient in local cider. Since becoming domesticated, it has expanded in popularity, location, and use to different fruit-related dishes and areas like Essalonia.
The Dragonet Apple was not discovered until fairly recently when compared with the fruits of Daen or Farah’deen. Following the fall the Regalian Kingdom and the rise of the Regalian Empire, Anglians were pushed outward to the edges of their vast and arable fields, forming what is now known as Anglia, Anglian Morass, Medway and Morris. In the northern areas of this corner of the Archipelago, a noble family known as the Egberts settled a large tract of land. In that land they discovered a cold-resistant variety of wild apple tree that bore a tiny, sour-tasting fruit, and soon sought to cultivate it for their own profit. The local urban legends say that by 50 AC, the family (which was ruled by twin brother patriarchs) fell out and divided their land. The younger one, Alfred, was the first to succeed, but the eldest, Oswald, stole and grafted branches from those trees onto his own. In revenge of this, Alfred slew his brother and his cronies thus restoring him as the patriarch. While the possible truth of these events is muddied by over two centuries of tale telling and a lack of sophisticated local record keeping of that period, what is known is that somehow this feud resulted in the domestication and widespread cultivation of the Dragonet Apple tree.
From there the apple tree was distributed across the northern areas of Anglia, reaching Morris and Medway by 100 AC. It became a popular part of each region’s cooking and soon there were soon many orchards of the apples. The Velheim Ailor who raided the region in the continued conflict of the Skagger Wars also found a liking the apple’s unique taste, and so seeded several of their settlements with the trees. In more recent years with the foundation of the New Ceardian Colonies, Dragonet Apples brought there by Anglian colonists helped lay the groundwork for small orchards in that region as well. Throughout its history, the Dragonet Apple has been a well-liked and versatile fruit that has since spread eastwards across the Archipelago, and now across the waters to Essalonia. Perhaps at some point in the future, it will be found across the north; but for now it stands in just these two places, still enjoyed by many.
Dragonet Apples are a very distinct fruit known for their bright orange, dimpled surface and smaller size, less than an inch in diameter. The trees they come from look the same as many other apple trees, with brown bark and light green ovular leaves, though they are often stouter and closer to the ground. The tree is also different from typical apple trees in that its roots are uniquely adapted toward taiga and other similar cold terrains, capably absorbing, conserving and using all the moisture it can get from the earth. During the spring, these trees sprout beautiful white and orange blossoms that cover the majority of the tree’s branches.
Uses and Abilities
Dragonet Apples can be used in a variety of goods, including pies, pastries, juice, and syrup; but by far the most popular product of the fruit is Dragonet Cider. The higher the level of alcohol in the beverage, the sharper the sour taste of the drink, a flavor which many find great paired with sugary dishes. When eaten raw, the apple has a light sour taste with a tough rind.
- To further add confusion on the apple’s origin, there is a version of the story that states no brothers died, and yet another that makes no mention of the brothers and instead claims that the Union of Earth provided the trees to the natives when they reached a certain location. The last story is seen as largely heretical and influenced too much by Velheim culture to be taken seriously.
- The Egbert family was eventually absorbed into House Kade, leading many of the largest Dragonet Apple plantations to fall under the Kade’s rule.