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241  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / THe Alth'tiert ("Yellow Plant") on: 22 December 2009, 13:44:55
Well here's my first entry, it's the revamp of The Alth'tiert, Azhira was working on it, but passed it to me since I was in need. Hurray for kindness!

Edited-Now shows colour on the main stuff I worked on.  I left out myth, because I believe the Alth'tiert fits the description of one of the minor plants that are...just there.

Edited Again-Now has Myth and more reproduction.
Edited Once More-Changed couple of things, shows a bit more info and myth is different.

The Alth’tiert (Yellow Plant)
Category: Misc./Others

Basic Overview- The Alth’tiert is a large plant commonly found around the vents of volcanoes in the Celeste Mountains. The name Alth’tiert, Kuglimz'seitre for "Yellow Plant," derives from the colour of the leaves and the dye they produce.  The Alth’tiert is notable for its reproductive cycle. This plant does not fertilize through insects like the malise that carry pollen from plant to plant; instead, the mature Alth'tiert burst open when a nearby vent becomes too hot, releasing the pollen into the air to float to other plants. It is used for trade and dye by the Fird’gormz, a human Kuglimz tribe residing in the mountains in Northern Sarvonia.  

Appearance-The Alth’tiert grows  to a height and width of about ˝ a ped . It has a shallow root system that spreads out in a circle. This allows it to get as much nutrition from the topsoil as possible in its harsh environment. It has long leaves that are a finger’s length at their widest, and a usually a fore long. The plant’s appearance give it its name, the Yellow Plant, the leaves have dark yellow streaks throughout, with a darker stripe of yellow running down the middle of its long leaves. The unique colouring is thought to  arise from the plants constant exposure to the brimstone reek  wafting out from the volcanoes. The leaves are actually very thick, so as to give it a natural protection from any foraging animals. There is no observable stalk for the leaves to attach themselves to; rather they all tend to come together in a massed jumble at the base of the plant. The plant lacks any flowers, and only the leaves grow from the base.

Territory- Alth’tiert plants are found in volcanic areas, especially in the Celeste Mountains at the southwest of Northern Sarvonia. They do not grow in masses, but seem to cluster around vents leading directly to the heart of the volcanoes.  

Usages-The Alth’tiert is a main trade item of the Fird’gormz, who trade it to the Helvet’ine. The Helvet’ine use the leaves of this plant to make a yellow dye for clothing and rugs. Special Helvet’ine Dyers begin by soaking the leaves in water for a few hours, and boiling the enlarged leaf with a small amount of water, the yellow juices of the plant are boiled out. When egg yolk is added, it will give the mixture a little more hold. It is then set out for several hours, and a rich golden dye is thus formed from it. There are no other known uses for the plant.

Reproduction- The reproduction process differs from other plants. As these plants grow near volcanic vents, they are constantly subject to sudden fluctuations in heat. When the heat reaches higher temperatures, older plants (which are not as resistant to these temperature changes) will burst open. Pollen is stored at the base of the plant, so when it explodes, this pollen is released and drifts over the volcano to other plants. In order for a new plant to form, the ground must be heated more or less constantly, which is why most of these plants are found around vents of volcanoes. The Alth’tiert plants usually live up to a year.

The Alth’tiert will reproduce three out of the four seasons. Most of the plants survive the bitter cold of the Northern Sarvonian winter. The Alth’tiert will force itself into a hibernation, a type of sleep, where it will produce no pollen, but has a higher chance of surviving than normal in the harsh winter.  During summer, the reproduction rates of the plants nearly double compared to the fall or spring, the higher temperature weakening the resistance of the base of the plant and allowing for lower temperatures from the vents to force the Alth’tiert to erupt.

Myth/Lore- In the Kuglimz tradition, the colour yellow (or gold) is dedicated to Sur’tyan, the All-Father.  By dyeing patterns in their clothes, the Helvet’ine men show their respect to All-Father.  The women usually do not dye their clothes with the gold dye, although there is no law or rule prohibiting it, but it is more socially acceptable to display the colours of the All-Mother.The Helvet’ine men wear the gold colour proudly, showing their love and honour for Sur’tyan.

242  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Agran Velion-The New Guy on: 22 December 2009, 11:31:55
Thanks  Azhira. I think I might have an idea for a herb too...to the thinking chamber!

*Falcon rolls eyes and follows, bringing a bag of bandages, burn ointment, and amputation knife*
243  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Agran Velion-The New Guy on: 22 December 2009, 10:42:22
I haven't decided as of yet what to focus on.  I'd really like to try my hand at different things, test the waters before I dive in. Everything seems so interesting, I think I'll have a nibble on a little bit of everything, and when I tasted em than I munch.

Note to self:  Do NOT make analogies when hungry.
244  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Agran Velion-The New Guy on: 22 December 2009, 09:40:40
*Munches on cookies, Falcon snaps and grabs cookie*

"Thanks for the welcome, the whole place is a little confusing, but I think I'll have hang on it soon...or hopefully soon."
245  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Agran Velion-The New Guy on: 22 December 2009, 08:59:37
*Shuffles awkwardly, rubbing neck.  Finally he clears his throat.*

“I’m Agran Velion, and, I’m the new guy here.  I consider myself a competent writer, though far from expert (despite me wanting to be a writer).  I stumbled upon this website when surfing the magical web and…I fell in love with it.  So many other like minded people, along with a massive fantasy world like Tolkien’s (This ‘new’ fantasy is getting on my nerves, where’s the detail?)   I’ve been a Roleplayer for years, struggling with it on other games as we are always put down as ‘lol lozerz and nerds’ (such a weird language the natives of the web speak). 

Anywho, I can’t wait to get started on trying to help out here! *Places more emphasis on trying* I love fantasy with a passion, and I hope my meager contributions can help.  Who knows, maybe one day I can do major contribution…”

   *Falcon lands on shoulder rolling eyes* “Don’t put money on that last bit.”
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