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1  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Kell Plant on: 28 July 2004, 17:08:00
Oh, very good point. I'll be sure to keep that in mind. :) :)  Thanks so much!! :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Kell Plant on: 26 July 2004, 13:20:00
or "Kellflower", even?

Actually, that was the original name... but then I thought that I could call the flowers that, and call the plant something else, but I sorta fell on my face coming up with a new name. :p      I like "Kell herb"; I think I'll change it to that :)    

And all the others are also excellent suggestions -- I'll add it immediately! :)    

EDIT: All right, I named the spice "Kellian", and added the drink and the sachets and the paper... Oh, and I added a description of the scent of the flower. I think that's all... :)    
EDIT again -- shoot, I seem to have lost the picture when I edited it. I'll try to figure out how to get it back in, but I'm computer illiterate :|   :|  
Edit again -- I got it! It's a miracle...

So, is there anything else I should do with this? :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

Edited by: Erynn Fenteriel at: 7/27/04 20:49
3  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Kell Plant on: 25 July 2004, 10:59:00
Good point. Sorry about that!

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

4  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Kell Herb on: 24 July 2004, 16:46:00
Hullo everyone! This entry was designed to go with the first drawing in the Resources section. It's only my second entry, so again, I'm sure I've done something wrong, and again, all criticism is eagerly awaited. I had a lot of fun with this one, though :D       (Now edited)

The Kell Herb

Basic Overview of the Plant: The Kell herb is an aromatic flowering plant, not quite leafy enough to be called a shrub, with tall beautiful flowers. It grows mainly in the mid-southern regions of Santharia, though it has spread to some more northern regions where the climate is similar.

Description: The Kell herb begins life as a seed about a nailsbreadth long. The seed is dark yellow and smooth when it is newly formed, but as it grows mature it lightens in color and becomes wrinkled. When planted in moist, cool soil in the early spring, the seed will grow. First, the roots grow; they are also pale yellow, and are very thin and fine. A shoot appears soon afterward. In the beginning, it is pale green and fragile, but as it grows it strengthens and deepens in color. Eventually, they grow tough and fibrous. Leaves grow soon after the shoot appears. In shape, they are similar to a sword blade, long and very thin. In their maturity, they can grow to be about a ped. They are curiously colored, dark and light green marbled together. They grow from the base of the plant, leaving the stalk bare, and about two and a half fores long, until the flowers grow. The stem and the leaves are highly aromatic, releasing a heady sweet scent similar to that of the Rik’tyan but stronger. They release this scent all of their lives.

After the Kell herb has been growing for four to five months, tiny blue buds begin to form all up and down the stalk. There are always an odd number of buds on a stalk, usually thirteen or fifteen. Over the next month, the buds swell. They also change color; the color they turn determines what color the flowers inside will be when they bloom. They either darken until they are deep sapphire blue, or they lighten until they are barely blue at all, just green as the stalk. When the buds reach about two nailsbreadths across, they stop growing and sun themselves for about three days, and then are finally ready to bloom.

The deep blue buds blossom into purple flowers, and the green buds blossom into pink ones. Sometimes, the buds do not darken or lighten as much as usual, and the flowers that grow are a sort of in-between color, a purplish-pink. The blooms are about half a palmspan across. The petals are very thin and feathery. There are about fifteen of them attached to each flower, and they are loosely attached to the head of the flower and hang down like a bell. They are known as “Kellflowers”. They are not highly aromatic, though the scent of the stem and leaves sometimes fools people into believing that they do have a strong scent. The blooms are hardy and stay on the plant for about three weeks before the petals shrivel, turn brown, and fall off the plant.

After the petals fall off, the berries (the part of the flower the petals were attached to before they fell), which were either deep blue or green depending on what color the buds had been before the flowers bloomed, turn a uniform deep blue. Right after the petals fall, the berries are barely half a nailsbreadth across, but in the following two weeks they swell to be almost two nailsbreadths across. By this time, it is usually mid autumn. If there are birds around to eat the berries, the seeds are deposited wherever the birds fly. If the birds aren’t around or don’t eat the berries, they will stay ripe for less than a week before starting to dry out. This process is fast, and before five days are past the berries will have lost almost all color and will have split to show the seeds inside. They are about a nailsbreadth long and dark yellow and smooth, and after sunning themselves for a week or so, they lighten in color and wrinkle and are then ready for planting.

Territory: The Kell herb grows all over southern Santharia, but it tends to cluster most thickly in Manthria and Sanguia, generally along the banks of rivers like the Thaehelvil River. It is also known to grow along the Ravenwing Falls and the river that feeds it. It needs a moist environment to grow, and while it will grow in other areas river valleys are its favored environment.

Usages:
Seed: When the seeds are pale and smooth, before they are fully mature, the seeds can be harvested. Dried and ground, they make an effective seasoning for sweet dishes, or they can be used whole and fresh as a flavoring in teas or on desserts. The seed must be harvested before mature, however, or it loses all its flavor.

Stem: The stem is tough and fibrous, so it is sometimes dried and used in braiding or weaving to make a tough twine or cloth. It should be harvested before the buds form for best results, but must be harvested before the flowers die or it will separate into fibers when it is dried and twisted. Before being woven, it has to be dried until it is completely brown, and then twisted, and then it can be woven or braided. If the stems are not completely brown and dried when they are braided, they sometimes retain some of their aroma and are used in wardrobes and pillows as sachets. Some papermakers choose to use the Kell stems as an ingredient in their papers, and while much of the scent is brewed out of them they retain some of the sweetness, and so are very popular as a medium for passionate letters between lovers. The paper is tough and fibrous, but it is a beautiful pale blue color.

Leaves: The leaves can be used much the same way as the stem, though the cloth and twine made from them is not as tough as when made from the stem. The paper made from the leaves is more widely sought after than that of the stem, because the paper isn’t as rough on the hands, but the color is a less appealing pale green. If the leaves are harvested before they are completely mature, when they are still soft and tender, they make a filling though bitter stew, or can be brewed into tea. However, because of the bitter taste, they are rarely used for this purpose.

Buds: The buds, if harvested before the color changes, are tender and sweet, and can be used dried and ground up as a mild sweetener, or can be eaten fresh in a salad. If they are harvested after they change color, though, the taste is so intense as to be barely edible for most people. The powder produced when they are dried and ground has a sweet, creamy flavor, and it is widely referred to as “Kellian”. This Kellian can be added to the milk of the milch goat and whipped to make a sweet, frothy drink, also known as Kellian. While this drink has been abandoned in many areas for newer inventions, it is still popular in some of the older areas of Sarvonia.

Flowers: The flowers are possibly the most useful part of the plant. First, they are very beautiful, particularly in large bouquets, and are often used to decorate tables or hearths. Second, the petals can be used like the young buds, and can be dried and ground into Kellian. The Kellian drink made from the petals is thicker than that made from the buds. Third, and most importantly, the petals can be brewed into a tea. This tea is very revitalizing and is often drank when one is forced to work all night or to forsake sleep for some reason. It is sweet and mild, but the effects are large. The petals from one flower can brew enough tea to keep three men awake all night. Drying the petals makes them lose this effect, so using them as a sweetener doesn’t cause this.

Berries: The berries, right after the petals fall, are sour and most people choose not to eat them at that time. After about two weeks, they ripen and grow. At this time, they remain deep blue on the outside, but are a shocking shade of red on the inside. They are very sweet, and the seeds inside them are also sweet and edible. They make excellent pies, called Kellberry pies, and can be used in almost any sweet dish. They also make excellent jam or preserves. However, if they aren’t harvested in the scant five days they are ripe, they will begin to brown and split. At this time, they are still edible, but they taste like a mouthful of dust.

Roots: The roots have no known uses, being very thin and tasteless.

Reproduction: The Kell herb reproduces using a seed. After the flowers bloom, they release tiny pollen particles, which rides the wind until it is deposited, hopefully on another Kellflower. Kellflowers can also be pollinated by flowers of other species. When the flower is pollinated, a seed begins to form inside what will be the berry once the petals fall off. Whether the flower is pollinated or not, a berry will form, but if the flower isn’t pollinated there will be no seed inside the berry. Because the flowers are roughly bell-shaped and it is difficult for the pollen to blow into them, seeds are rarer than in most plants, and so are prized.

Myth/Lore/Origins (optional): Nothing is known about the origins of the plant. The name came from the region around the Ravenwing Falls. The plant was named after a young man named Kell who perpetually had huge amounts of energy; the effects of the plant were seen to be similar to his normal state, so the people who knew him laughingly named it the Kell herb, and the name spread.

Thanks for reading all that :)        

Erynn

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 7/31/04 9:11
5  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 24 July 2004, 16:38:00
Excellent, thank you :) :) :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 23 July 2004, 18:27:00
Hello Artemis! Thank you muchly :p :D

Erynn :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 23 July 2004, 16:06:00
Do you think I could do those purple and pink tall flowers in the top picture?

Thanks :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

8  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 22 July 2004, 19:55:00
:)  :)  :)  

Thank you, Judith! :)   I'm very glad to be here -- what a wonderful place! :)  

EDIT: So, is there anything else I should be doing with this? I have a lot of free time right now :p  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

Edited by: Erynn Fenteriel at: 7/22/04 23:18
9  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 22 July 2004, 13:31:00
I have them enabled for ezboard in general, but I'll make sure they are enabled for this site specifically. Thanks!

By the way -- the first post is edited now. :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

10  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 22 July 2004, 13:18:00
I looked at the page you gave, and I checked, but I had already allowed cookies for this site. I think I may have identified the problem, though -- whenever I come to this forum through www.santharia.com, I have the problem, but when I come straight here it's fine. I don't know why that would be a problem, but it seems that it is. Well, I can edit my post now, so I'll put that in the first page. :)

Erynn

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

11  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 22 July 2004, 12:29:00
I've done as you suggested, and I edited the first post. I hope it's a bit better now! Thanks for the comments :)  

Edited by: Erynn Fenteriel at: 7/21/04 21:33
12  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Frent Mushroom on: 22 July 2004, 11:57:00
Thanks for the suggestions -- I'll get right on them. :)  

13  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Frent Mushroom on: 20 July 2004, 14:04:00
Hello! I'm Erynn, and I'm new to the Santharian Dream. This is my first submission, so I've probably done something wrong. ;)     I think it's done, but if I've forgotten something, please let me know. Of course, all criticism is eagerly awaited.

Thanks!
Erynn

Frent Mushroom

Categorization: Moss & Fungi: Fungi

Basic Overview of the Plant: The Frent Mushroom is a large, potbellied mushroom toxic to most races. It is peculiar to the middle regions of the Sarvonian Continent, such as upper Santharia and the Celeste Lowlands. Only the mullogs seem to be able to subsist on the Frents.

Description: The Frent Mushrooms are usually about a palmspan high, and almost as big around as they are tall. They consist of a bulbous stem of dirty white and a pale brown cap dusted with warty growths. The cross section of a typical stem is about half a palmspan across; when such a cross section is taken, the inside of the stem is fibrous and dark brown. If the cap is removed, fibers can be peeled off the stem in small groups. The bottom of the cap is darker brown with fine ridges, and the top of the cap has a thick pale brown skin, from which warty growths periodically emerge. (See Reproduction). It is typically about four nailsbreadths thick in the center, the thickest part, and the edges can be anywhere from one nailsbreadth thick to barely a quarter of a nailsbreadth. A typical Frent is heavy for its size, about half an Od. The Frents grow best in moist, shady areas, and tend to prefer swamps, of which the Silvermarshes is a perfect example. They generally grow in thick clumps with Frents of varying sizes, the younger, smaller ones clustering around the fully developed older Frents. The Frents live a very long time for mushrooms – five years is the recorded maximum – and do not die after reproduction. . When the Frents are eaten by humans, orcs, and members of other races, they have no immediate effects. While one mushroom has enough poison to kill a human, halfling or other creature, the more that are eaten, the faster the creature will get sick. If only one is eaten, the sickness may take as long as two months to kick in. The shortest time the Frents have killed in that has been recorded was half a month. When one contracts the sickness, it is generally said that he is “Frenting”. There is no known cure. It looks like a simple reaction to some spoiled meat or some indigestible plant, but the patient will linger for days or weeks, not getting any better, and eventually he will die in his sleep.

Territory: The Frent Mushrooms grow mainly in the middle regions of the Sarvonian Continent. They grow in the Santharian regions of Nermeran and northern Vardynn and Enthronia, as well as the Celeste Lowlands. They are found in small patches in southern Santharia as well, brought south by travelers from northern Santharia. These patches are avoided by most races because of their toxicity, though some people believe that certain parts of the Frents can be medicinal. (See Usages). The Frents tend to prefer swampy areas, as they need excessive moisture to grow healthily.

Usages: The Frent Mushrooms have been recorded as poisonous to all races except mullogs, because of the mullogs’ exceptionally strong constitution and resistance to many poisons. Therefore, while most races avoid the Frents, the mullogs rely on them as a food source. The Eophyrhim Elves, who live near the Ancythrian Sea, also sometimes use the Frents in their cooking, being resistant to some poisons as well. However, they do not rely on the Frents the way the mullogs do. Though they are by no means delicious, and rather bland, they are fibrous and filling. There are some humans who believe that the dark brown centres of the Frent stems have medicinal properties, and it does seem that they are not poisonous or at least not as severely poisonous as the rest of the mushroom, though it has not been proven that they actually cure fevers and infections as some people claim they do. These rumors have probably arisen because some herbwomen use the centres in special brews that they use to cure fevers.

Reproduction: The Frent Mushrooms reproduce as most fungi do – they release spores. When the mushroom is mature, small warty growths emerge from the skin of the cap. When these growths reach about a nailsbreadth across, they burst and release yellow dusty spores. These spores are very heavy compared to the spores of most mushrooms, which is the main reason for the limited territory of the Frent Mushrooms – the spores are too heavy for the wind to carry them far before they touch down. Sometimes the spores settle on the clothing of travellers through the regions where they grow, and they are transported to other regions where the spores settle and they form small clumps.

Myth/Lore/Origins (optional): The Frent Mushrooms are said to be named after the man who discovered them. It is actually a tragic tale. Frent was a young man from Nermeran, from a village whose name is long lost, who came upon a thick clump of these mushrooms. Though he had never seen such a mushroom before, he and the members of his village were rather fond of mushrooms and, thinking they could be profitable, harvested the whole crop and brought them back to his village. Nobody there had ever seen or heard of them, so he decided to try one, against the advice of many. He found it bland but filling, and there were no immediate harmful effects. The others of his village, seeing no harm, decided also to try the mushrooms. He began making trips back to where he had found the mushrooms and gathering more. For almost a month, the villagers ate Frent Mushrooms, as they came to be called. Then one day, Frent fell ill. It seemed like a simple enough illness, probably brought on by some rancid meat, they said; but while that would have been simple enough to cure, Frent just got more and more ill until finally he died. The other villagers began getting sick also, and soon, they realized that the cause must be the mushrooms. They managed to get the word out to surrounding villages, but slowly every member of Frent’s village died.

Illustration – Faugar’s Silvermarshes  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 7/30/04 21:04
14  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Joining Request... on: 20 July 2004, 16:04:00
All right, I posted it in the Herbarium. Thanks so much for all your help so far!

Erynn :) :) :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

15  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Joining Request... on: 20 July 2004, 12:43:00
All right, I said a week, but I had nothing else to do and I'm overeager. :D   So do I just post it in the Herbarium so people can review it?

Thanks! :)  

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
Erynn

Edited by: Erynn Fenteriel at: 7/19/04 20:44
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