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Jewel Hive is the easternmost of the nine Hives of Pantala, located between Bloodworm Hive and Wasp Hive on the shore of Dragonfly Bay. Jewel Hive is on the leg of the dragon-shaped continent. It is also considered to be the most artsy and musical Hive. It also has the largest library, the second-largest being Mantis Hive.

Known Residents

Customs

Parties

The dragons of Jewel Hive host many lavish parties, in which there are drinks served and often music playing. Here are a list of drinks known to be served at said parties;

  • A bubbly drink that tasted like limes. Cricket remarked that it made her sleepy, indicating that it may be some form of alcohol.
  • Dark purple and fuchsia fruit punch.
  • Pale green tea.
  • A fizzy coconut-smelling drink

The dragons of Jewel Hive often bring along their prettiest SilkWings, but Cricket noted that many of the SilkWings were dancing and talking with the HiveWings at a party, showing that the SilkWings and HiveWings in Jewel Hive are more integrated than in the rest of the hives.

Dressing Up

Most of the dragons in Jewel Hive decorate themselves with elaborate jewels and silks, trying to be as fancy as possible. Cricket, Blue, Swordtail and Sundew use this to their advantage while they are sneaking around the Hive. Blue leaves a strand of his flamesilk as payment for the clothing they take from a stall in the Glitterbazaar.

Glitterbazaar

The Glitterbazaar is dedicated mostly to shops and shopping. It takes up the entire first three levels of the Hive, plus an extra area outside the Hive entrance home to shops and tents that had no room inside. The outside area is covered by a silk canopy to keep the wares mostly dry in the rainy season. It is not very sparkly[1] which is ironic due to its namesake. Cricket noted that the shops are not organized in any way, merely squeezed into whatever space available. 

In the middle of the first floor, there is the Salvation Statue, which is similar to the Salvation Mosaic in Cicada Hive. It depicts a triumphant statue of Queen Wasp, carved in stone with ruby eyes, holding an unrealistically shiny Book of Clearsight to the sky while impaling a LeafWing—an abstract male LeafWing known as 'The Enemy'—through the heart with one of her wrist stingers. The Salvation Statue stands in the center of a neat circle of grass. It is two times the size of an actual dragon. The Jewel Hive Chrysalis uses it as a way to communicate, via a message on a leaf tucked into a crack in the base.

Known Shops

  • Raindrop Scales, owned by Pinacate and featuring "a trillion innovative ideas each year"
  • A music stand selling curved black metal harps and zebra-hide drums
  • A stand with a selection of fruit juices (On the cover)
  • Flamesilk lantern stand (without the flamesilk) selling lanterns shaped like snails, leopards, and birds
  • A stand with capes in shades of sunflower yellow, rose gold with sparkling indigo beetles; translucent scarves and arm sheathes with glittering black markings
  • A jewelry stand with long necklaces of little gold leaves, a "gold-and-jade headdress with so many points and squiggles and sparkles," bejeweled head coverings, a bright blue "shawl-veil-tiara thing," bracelets with dangling leaves, and a pearl necklace
  • A fish shop with sharks (On the cover)
  • A lamp shop (On the cover)
  • A fabric shop with bolts of cloth and rugs (On the cover)
  • A bookshop (On the cover)
  • A bar or restaurant (On the cover)
  • A spice shop (On the cover)
  • A grocery shop selling vegetables and fish (On the cover)
  • A shop selling bracelets and necklaces (On the cover)

Library

The Library is said to be the biggest library in all the Hives, as it covers a whole Hive level, a few levels above Cadelle's neighborhood and just above Jewel Hive Nest. It has a large double door entrance, with a small plaza just outside it with a statue of Clearsight reading, surrounded by benches. The Library has a central desk with shelves radiating from it, and second floor balconies with aisles of more books. Famous characters are depicted on the walls, and glass and wire sculptures of dragons reading were hung from the high ceiling. Blue silk tapestries with quotes about reading take up the rest of the wall space. There are columns on the first floor with book drops in them. Cricket noted that it was not as bejeweled as the rest of the Hive. 

Jewel Hive Nest

The Jewel Hive Nest is a large white dome where all of the HiveWing eggs are kept. Pebbled paths and benches circle it. Inside, green bioluminescent mushrooms are the only source of light. Four tall columns and two crossbeams give the dome support, as it is as old as the Hive.

Dragonfly Square

Dragonfly Square is where Cadelle lives. Although it is not the wealthiest neighborhood in Jewel Hive, it is still respectable. It is eight floors above the Glitterbazaar, and named after Dragonfly, a hero of the Tree Wars, and there are blue and green dragonfly statues of varying sizes around the streets. There is also a rusty water tower across from Cadelle's house.

Lady Jewel's Palace

Lady Jewel's Palace is known for her prison at the heart of the palace, where dragons mysteriously disappear and there are rumors of terrible torture. The prison is dark with no windows, and a black stone threshold that is ominously scratched by prisoners being dragged away.

The rest of the palace is quite bejeweled with emeralds, tapestries, and glittering ballrooms.

Art Scene

Little is known about the art scene, but Luna constantly talked about it with Swordtail. It may be an art gallery.

History

The Hive Queen

The majority of The Hive Queen takes place in Jewel Hive.

Cricket, Sundew, Blue, and Swordtail sneak in and steal a cape and a squiggly headdress for Sundew to hide the fact she has no antennae, arm sheaths and a shawl for Cricket, and a pair of matching capes and veils for Blue and Swordtail. They then walk past a guard and a HiveWing who suggests going to Raindrop Scales, saying that "Pinacate has a trillion ideas."  After, they pass the Salvation Statue.

Trivia

  • The residents of the Jewel Hive including the SilkWings wear fancy, wild outfits. These outfits include capes, headdresses, jewelry, body piercings (earrings), arm sheaths, veils, shawls, and scarves.[2]
  • There is constantly a competition about who hires the prettiest SilkWing.  
  • Jewel Hive seems to have more equality between SilkWings and HiveWings than the other hives.[3]
  • Jewel Hive is described to be pretty, even from the outside.
  • The Hive contains a ballroom owned by Rootworm.
  • Residents of Jewel Hive speak in a high, slow way.[4]
  • HiveWings in the Hive sleep until midday due to all-night balls.[5]

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References

  1. The Hive Queen, page 58
  2. The Hive Queen, page 75
  3. The Hive Queen, page 76
  4. The Hive Queen, page 87
  5. The Hive Queen, page 70


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