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« on: 09 January 2003, 17:26:00 »

...you start to dream of mystical places with odd plants and unnatural circumstances.

I dreamt last night that I was either in a ruins or the remains of a pitrate ship gone aground. There were gold coins with markings I had never seen before on them. Real bronze objects, how I knew they were bronze I'll never know. Other things I saw were of no value at all, they were modern-day things. It was like someone had found this place before us, but why they didn't take anything is beyond me.

We walked around the building/ship/wall and entered an enclosed garden full of plants made entirely of crystals. The crystals were of no real value but they were quite beautiful all the same. They were stones like quartz and amethyst. I saw an orange/yellow plant, a rose quartz plant, an amethyst plant and several others. Also below and all around the plants, the stones were scattered all over the ground. I think I took a few of the prettier stones as keepsakes, but the rest was just left there. Mostly I remember having my arms full of coins and anything I thought might be of value.

All-in-all, it was a really interesting and very enjoyable dream. Plus, it's now given me a great idea for a new plant!


So far my ideas for this plant are as follows:
The Crystaline Shrub/Bush
-a plant growing mainly crystals
-leaves, fruit, and branches all covered in crystal
-crystals not of much value
-grown near dwarven mines/settlements, perhaps underground(?)
-fruits of bush are large cylindrical shaped crystals
-colors range from deep yellow/orange to pink, purple, pale green and light blue
-each bush is all one color from its roots to its fruit
-no real flowers on bush, only the large 'fruit'
-may be related to the gem flower(?)
-reproduction- mages(?) (may have to think on this one for a bit)
-folk lore- dwarves believe these are good luck- may be good gems/gold in earth beneath or near-by(?)

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« Reply #1 on: 09 January 2003, 18:24:00 »

Have you ever read "The Crystal World" by J. G. Ballard? Similar idea. Pretty much this forest it turning into crystal. It's actually kind of scary because all these people die and such, and the crystal 'disease' is growing and growing and they think it's going to take over the entire world, turning the earth and all her inhabitance to crystal. I don't really remember the details because I read it so long ago.

This idea you have could really go either way: Either a crystal that molds itself into the shape of a plant or another entity. You might call it the mirror crystal, because it grows in the shapes of things around it, mirroring their image in a more 3d sense. You can also go the way you have it now.

Anyway, just some ideas.

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« Reply #2 on: 09 January 2003, 18:32:00 »

That's an interesting way to take it actually. And no I haven't read that one, sounds creepy. Is it a good book?

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« Reply #3 on: 09 January 2003, 18:36:00 »

I was just thinking, what about a disease that developes on the Gemflowers? It causes these plants to grow abnormally, crystalizing all over the plant instead of inside the flower.

Just a quick idea. Don't know if it even has the potential to work, as I haven't even fully read the Gemflower entry yet.

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« Reply #4 on: 09 January 2003, 22:46:00 »

Sometimes it sucks though; It took me two hours to fall asleep last night, thinking abouytrying to speak styrash and working on the Modern Styrash thing. Now, this was while I was laying in BED.
Lights out, no pad of paper, nothing. I had my eyes closed and all I could think about was "Mod'hal'eferan."


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« Reply #5 on: 09 January 2003, 23:25:00 »

Ack I never remember dreams, any dream I ever have are the ones where you are falling or some other disaster. Wonder why....

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« Reply #6 on: 10 January 2003, 08:38:00 »

Amuwen - love that idea!

Instead of creating a new plant that people might potentially a) confuse with the Gemflower b) think is copied from the Gemflower c) consider too far-out to be common or useful...

she has neatly gotten around all those objections by making it a 'diseased' form of the Gemflower!

Not only do I think it's creative, I think it's realistic.  Ergot is a type of fungus (technically 'smut' - which has a different meaning here! ;)  ) which grows on corn/wheat and was used by many primitive herbalists, possibly from the Dark Ages.   There are multitudes of diseases, rusts, funguses, genetic malformations and twistings which can occur in plant forms, and this is the first time the topic has ever arisen in Santharia.

I say Bravo, and go ahead with that angle.   Looking forward to having crystaline plants refracting light around my dwarven caverns....

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« Reply #7 on: 10 January 2003, 12:23:00 »

I agree in part with Judy, however I don't think it is that realistic. Although it could be. As it stands it sounds like something you would find in the Ethereal Void or on the Isle of Mythe. A bush that grows crystal flowers seems far fetched.

If you were to make it a rare species only found in Dwarven Mines to light the way. Like incadescent walls of phosphor,  then maybe. But you would also have to explain why they are only found in caves mined by Dwarves, unless you further made them rare and said they were found only in mountain "X".

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« Reply #8 on: 10 January 2003, 12:34:00 »

Nothing grows in the Void. Not really. Not in that way.


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« Reply #9 on: 10 January 2003, 15:38:00 »

How can it seem far fetched? This is a fantasy world full of magic and magical things and creatures. Santharia isn't realistic!

And we already have flowers that produce gems.

Also, they could quite easily be found only in mines, as maybe they prefer little to no sunlight. It wouldn't be hard at all.

But anyway, I think I'm going to make them merely a disease of the Gemflower. Which you can find Here btw.

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« Reply #10 on: 10 January 2003, 16:28:00 »

I fully support such ideas, Amuwen, we should have fantastic designs here in this world. And this one is a good idea. The problem is always to have a certain balance between realism (scientifically accurate) and being too fantastic (flying pigs e.g.). But I guess these ideas fit in very well:D

Also I guess e.g. things like special semi-crystaline glowing mushrooms would be in interesting idea in this context. They could serve dwarves in their mines as waypoints for examples. Just an idea.


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« Reply #11 on: 10 January 2003, 18:21:00 »

Dunno if flying pigs are out of the question; we already have flying monkeys.


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« Reply #12 on: 10 January 2003, 18:25:00 »

:lol  

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« Reply #13 on: 10 January 2003, 19:20:00 »

Fly, fly, my pretties!
*shoves his winged Diegos out of his tower's window*
*notes the resulting splats*
Hmm. To plan B!

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« Reply #14 on: 11 January 2003, 01:27:00 »

YES!! Do something DIFFERENT!!

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