Large phoenix females only lay one egg at a time. The metallic red, orange, and yellow birds are common colors. Gold phoenixes are rare and highly respected; a golden child is good luck. Black phoenixes are even rarer, but they are considered poor luck. In one family of phoenixes, their first hatchling is a son and golden. As such, he is greatly doted on by his parents and other phoenixes. The other children are common colors and loved, though not held as highly. The last hatchling, however, is a black. He is looked down on and continually shunned, whether more subtly as a youngster or outrightly in older age. His oldest brother, the Gold Phoenix, is chosen as keeper of the Gate of the Phoenix, a mountain path. The Black Phoenix eventually kills his brother in rage and jealousy, and he takes the place of his brother as keeper. He cannot simply be replaced; he is the next Guardian. He has what he set out for. It is later that another Gate guardian shows him mercy after defeating him in a fight. At this point, the Black Phoenix begins to feel a change of heart, and he seeks to set things as right as he can in life and to do his best as the keeper of the Gate, though he lives in sorrow. This takes place on another world, but I have no name for it yet.