Dracoroot is an extraordinary plant, apparently absorbing the warmth and
sunlight during the hot season and allowing
it to trickle from its roots during the harsh winter of the far northern lands,
keeping small patches of the ground from freezing and thus allowing other plants
to live through the merciless cold. It is also a delicious spice, prepared in
many dishes, sweet or not, used in teas as a medicinal preparation and rumoured
to be used in the elaboration of a powerful healing potion by the
The Dracoroot is, like the gunthreed,
a plant with a bulbous root, but unlike the gunthreed
the root of the Dracoroot spreads over larger areas, with bulbs connected by
tubular roots and stalks growing from these bulbs every few
palmspans. The largest
Dracoroot found occupied an area of approximately two peds and one fore in
diameter, however it is unknown if this is the superior limit, or if moving one
to the warmer southern lands would yield even bigger plants.
The stalks can grow up to two fores and a few
nailsbreaths in height, with
long leaves of vibrant yellow-green hues, and during the hottest time of the
year, it develops a cluster of white, red, yellow or orange buds at the tip of
the stalks that blossom into beautiful flowers, with a subtle sweet and spicy
scent that lures birds and butterflies, making it a very appealing plant to keep
The plant takes between two or three years to reach its full size and start
flowering. Any bulb can be used to grow a whole new plant, but cutting and
planting bulbs is only done early in spring, to give it as much time as possible
to take in the sunlight and warmth it needs.
The tundra of Cyhalloi, the Icelands and Akdor are the original territories
where this plant is found, growing nearby the rivers and in open, humid fields.
While it can be grown in the mountains, the rocky soil makes it hard for this
plant to achieve its full growth and often makes it weak and sickly, drastically
reducing its size and lifespan.
There is currently an attempt at growing a few specimens in
New-Santhala, to better understand how
well this plant develops in far more favourable conditions, with expectation
that, like some other plants of the cold regions, it grows exceptionally large
The root produces a fragrant kitchen spice, with the younger roots being better
since they are fleshy, rich in the yellowish juice that warms whatever it
touches and adds a very spicy taste to any dish should it be added in quantities
larger than a few drops.
water, the root and
flowers produce a sweet and spicy tea, often sweetened even further with honey.
This tea is said to cure colds and alleviate the pain in the articulations, as
well as nausea and seasickness.
With other spices and honey it is used to brew an ale, said to be capable of
keeping one warm throughout the chilly days of the tundra.
Stories say that the Ulvur use this plant to spice their meals, scalding and
grounding the roots of recently dead plants down to a powder. It is also said
that with this plant and a moss only known to the
wolf-kin, a powerful potion can be brewed that heals most any wound, however
we do firmly believe this to be an exaggeration or part of folklore, as the moss
has yet to be found, and would this be true, the
Ulvur wouldn't have as many casualties due to battle wounds as they are said
The plant can reproduce in two ways: The first, already mentioned once, consist
of cutting a bulb and planting it on another patch of soil, but this method can
only be done during the first couple of weeks of the spring, as the plant needs
all the sunlight and heat available to grow during the warm season.
The other is, also already mentioned, a cluster of flowers, which grow at the
top of the stalks during the hottest months of the year, serving often as an
indicator of when the best days are coming as it starts budding just weeks
The flower cluster evolves through the warm season into a round, dry pod and
produces a soft, featherlike tissue that keeps the seeds warm through the
winter. Come the spring, these pods crack open, and let the seeds fly with the
winds or fall into the
water, traveling down rivers until they reach
The Dracoroot is said to be born from the tears of a powerful and ancient
dragon, preserving some of the
magical qualities of its creator, such as
absorbing and keeping the heat and
sunlight. Truth is, while not very
well understood, it is known that the juice stored at the roots during the hot
season somehow manages to freeze at lower temperatures than
water, and theplant
sweats this juice through its roots during winter, preventing the
water from freezing
Ximaxian scholars believe that this plant
possesses a natural way to fix fire ounía to
the ground through its juice, and thus the juice can be seen as a carrier of
fire ounía, extremely useful in potions and
It is also because of this belief that we can consider possible the creation of
a healing potion using this root, but the process is still a mystery due to the
insufficient study of this plant in the past.
Turning Star 1675 a.S.
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