A Firebird was an avian lifeform that lived on Vulcan. It was considered a very rare species of bird because it was said that after hatching they lived for only a few moments. However, during its short existence, a Firebird lives a life filled with more joy than a hundred beings and greater than what they could experience in their lifetimes added together. As such, this reputation meant that beings from the far reaches of space fought and killed for the chance to see a Vulcan Firebird. Typically, it took anywhere between three hundred to a thousand Earth years for Firebird eggs to hatch. The reason for the difference in hatching times was due to a need for another being to nurture the Firebirds to life, resulting from an inability to exit their eggs independently. (ENT short story: "Hoshi's Gift")

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