THE FLOWERS OVERVIEW

FLOWERS

Flowers are plants that take their primary identity from the size and shape of their blooms. Flowers come in a great variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and are generally considered very beautiful and are used often for decoration or for gifts. No matter where you go in Caelereth you are bound to find flowers. The flowers known to the compendium are as follows:   

FLOWERS

The Alinfa Lily

ALINFA LILY, THE 
The Alinfa is a striking lily in shades of pink and purple which grows in shallow water throughout shaded, warm areas of Southern Sarvonia.
These water lilies grow on knee-high (to an elf) slim hollow stems. Two or three long lance-shaped leaves spring from the base of the stem, just below water level. The stalks and foliage range from a pale grayish-green to a dark olive shade. In spring the stems emerge from the water with the bulbous top protected by a grey sheath or husk. As the bud forms, the husk slowly splits and peels back to reveal the vivid young flower. Return to the top
 

ALLIA, THE 
The Allia (plural "Allia" as well) is a small plant that bears a flower ranging from a soft violet to a grayish purple in color. This plant bares a dark purple berry cluster that, though poisonous, can be used for dying clothes. It is found across mid-Santharia, thriving in heaths and fields as well as near forests. Return to the top
 

The Anemonel ("Aelvash Merin")

ANEMONEL, THE ("AELVÁSH MERÍN")
The Anemonel, also called the Aelvásh Merín ("White Wind Flower") in Styrásh, grows primarily in the forests of Northern Sarvonia. Although the plant is poisonous, if prepared correctly, it can serve as a powerful aid against natural poisons and allergic reactions. In the spring, this small plant grows in great waves and clusters in shady forests and woods, turning the originally eerie wood into peaceful fields of thousands of small, white flowers. Return to the top
 

ARLÉÁ'S TEAR WILDFLOWER, THE
The Arléá's Tear, named after the Aesteran Goddess of Water Arléá, is an abundant wildflower found throughout coastal areas of southern Nybelmar. The flower's name is due to the striking colour, a hue reminiscent of icy blue crystals, of the petals that sprout into nearly a three nailsbreadth wide puffball pattern near the beginning of spring. The flowers hang from their stems in something like a tear shape, lending some evidence to how this beautiful flower came to possess its name. Return to the top
 

The Arryi Flower

ARRYI FLOWER, THE ("PURPLE LANTERN")
The Arryi, or Purple Lantern, as it is mainly called in Aeruillin, is a flower which is encountered often by the Shendar when they travel through the Aj’nuvic Grounds. Though found mostly in these grounds, as they have the ideal set of climate circumstances, the plant has been seen in other areas in Caelereth also, for example the Cár'cál'cáey Mountains of Aeruillin. Return to the top
 

AZURE FLOWER, THE ("COUGHING FLOWER")
The Azure Flower or Azure Spitting Flower, commonly also called the Coughing Flower or simply Cough, is a ped tall plant with a single azure blue flower. Commonly found near fresh water sources it has the ability to produce and spit highly corrosive acid. Return to the top
 

BLACK DESERT ROSE, THE
The Black Desert Rose is of old a symbol of the Ráhaz-Dáth Desert and the people who dwell there. Both the Shendar and Stratanian people use the rose in their art. Little is known for sure about this beautiful flower, but it has found its place in the local lore and oral culture unmistakingly. Being a rose of legend, and dark legend that is, it took a while before the rose was first described. The first written account is by Frigord the Weird, who owns his name due to an unfortunate encounter with the plant. Return to the top
 

The Cerubell Flower

CERUBELL FLOWER, THE
The Cerubell is named for the flowers it produces during spring. The name is a combination of cerulean and bell, as the flowers of this elegant plant are a azure blue color. They are often a beautiful addition to gardens, but are also found in the wild near lakes and rivers. Return to the top
 

The Crimson Rose ("Assassin's Rose")

CRIMSON ROSE, THE ("ASSASSIN'S ROSE", "LADY'S HEART")
The Crimson Rose, also called "Assassin's Rose" or "Lady's Heart" is the symbol of the Kar'ii order of the Echiilianni and they are also the ones who mostly cultivate them. The Kar'ii use it as a vengeance symbol. When someoee receives one it means a certain action to be taken against him/her soon - maybe death, maybe worse. Return to the top
 

DALFERIA FLOWER, THE
The Dalferia is a petite and delicate little plant that has smooth, oval leaves that come to a point and are colored, like the stems, in a teal-tinted green. Throughout spring, the Dalferia produce charming little flowers of the brightest hues. Such flowers are often used to decorate one’s household. In summer, these flowers become small peapods, each of which contains two peas, called Dalferpeas, which are edible and sweet. The Dalferia is often associated with Dalireen, the Hobbit Deity of Bards and of Childhood Innocence. Return to the top
 

DAYLONG FLOWER, THE
The flowers of the Daylong, tiny blossoms in bright yellow, purple and blue, growing along their short stems are a common enough sight throughout eastern and central Santharia. The bolstering effect of the leaves of this plant is often prescribed as a remedy for those suffering from sleep-ill. Return to the top
 

DESERT ROSE, THE (BROWN OR COMMON DESERT ROSE)
Most humans consider a rose a flower symbolizing love and beauty. At first sight, this doesn’t go for the Brown Desert Rose, which lives in the harsh confines of the Ráhaz-Dáth Desert and has adapted to the necessities of the environment. It is a very distant cousin of the roses found in the gardens of Varcopas or Milkengrad and not noted for its bright colours, nor its special odour. Still, when you see the brown crowns of petals upon the rocky flanks of the Yar’Dangs or on the outskirts of the Nirmenith Mountains, you get a glimpse of the beauty of the curly leaves and slender stem that is so characteristic for the rose family. Return to the top
 

The Dreamer's Breath

DREAMER'S BREATH FLOWER, THE
Dreamer’s Breath is a small wild flower that grows abundantly over most of Caelereth, particularly Southern Sarvonia. Surprisingly hearty against cold, Dreamer’s Breath will grow anywhere where there is sunlight, good weather, and moist, well drained earth. Dreamer’s Breath is known best for the relaxing brew made from its dried leaves. The Dreamer's Breath name was believed to have been dervived from the legend ascribing it's creation by the Goddess Eyasha by forming the Dreamer's Breath from a dreaming mother's breath. This legend also explains its more popular secondary names, among them Eyasha's Breath, Mother's Worry and Mother's Breath. Return to the top
 

DURBLUD FLOWER, THE
The Durblud Flower is a haughty-looking flower growing hardly a handspan from the ground. Its long, leaves appear almost like pieces of curled parchment of dusty green, and bend under their own weight. As such, the Durblud’s folds of leaves fall around its draping about its slender stalk like the folds of a petticoat. Despite its elegant design, the Durblud’s leaves are quite poisonous, and the root, which is commonly used in nefarious potions, has a bitter taste. Return to the top
 

THe Erissa's Tears Flower ("Ynia")

ERISSA'S TEARS FLOWER, THE ("YNIA")
Erissa's Tears is the commonly used name for the what the elves know as the "Ynia". It is a tiny light purple flower that is usually the first to appear at the end of winter, often emerging as the snow is receding. Return to the top
 

EVENING PRINCESS FLOWER, THE ("SHY HARE")
The Evening Princess, or "Shy Hare", is a night time blooming flower. It has small, round leaves, and the flowers have bright silver petals with no markings. Because this flower relies mainly on moths for pollination, it has a very strong scent. It is found in semi arid areas. The Evening Princess' flowering period lasts quite a long time, roughly from the beginning of Singing Bird until the end of Fallen Leaf. It blooms profusely after rain, even a light shower. The leaves are often made into a tea to ease menstrual pain and the flower petals can be eaten raw to induce dreams. No parts of this plant are poisonous. Return to the top
 

FA'YALE FLOWER, THE ("BURNING MAN")
The Fa'yale ("Burning Man") is an odd flower that can be found on the Alth'yale ("Burning Plant"). These flowers are very important to the Ash'marian (Rabid Wolf) barbarians. The simple names of the flower and bush are indicative of the thoughtfulness that the Ash'mari put into everything. Return to the top
 

GEMFLOWER, THE
The Gemflower is considered one of the most unique plants in all of Caelereth. It has a delicate sort of beauty that can be found in few other things either natural or artificial. The most surprising thing about the plant is the fact that it develops a large crystal that is perfectly round in shape. These have peculiar magical characteristics, though different for every plant and every location. Return to the top
 

GERANIUM FLOWER, THE ZHUN
The Zhun Geranium is a somewhat common flower found on the mild tempered plains of Zhun. They come in a whole spectrum of colours, from delicate blues and lilacs to more loquacious purples and reds. There also used to be a variety of this plant known as the "Black Geranium", though it was limited only to the area known as Nybelmarasa (or Naezshan Zhunith in the high tongue of Aca-Santerra), but after the cataclysm known as "The Breaking" (or the "Year of Darkness" on Sarvonia) the fertile plains were stripped off all their flora, leaving this rare variety almost extinct. There is only one known Black Geranium to the Compendium’s knowledge, which supposedly is cased in an enchanted glass jar in the Witch Queen of Marmarra’s palace. Eluda, the first Witch Queen, crafted it and using her Krean seed-shaping abilities, ensured the flower would never die. It is said though, that if the case is opened, the rare flower will dry and up and turn to dust. Return to the top
 

The Haloen's Tail

HALOEN'S TAIL, THE ("FIREBIRD FLOWER")
This medium sized plant, long admired by residents of the Shoals for its beautiful flowers, is just recently becoming the object of much interest and study. The Haloen's Tail, named after the haloen bird (also called "firebird"), has a unique colouration that starts with a deep red colour at the center, blending out to a bright yellow. It has deep green leaves that bush out around it like an upside-down bowl. It has only been found in three of the islands of theScattersand Shoals, so at the time being is very rare. This plant has a unique defense from predators, it produces and excretes (through its leaves and flower) a very mild aceed. Recently it has been discovered that if properly boiled down, the distilled aceed is very reactive, and will quickly burn through most any substance but glass. Return to the top
 

The Hanging Horn

HANGING HORN FLOWER, THE
The Hanging Horn grows in sparsely shaded meadows and grasslands where its leaves can be put to good effect. Wherever it grows in the plains, it is one of the dominant plants because of its height. Unfortunately, the rapidly spreading fires that can start in dry grassland kill the Hanging Horn before it has a chance to spread its seeds. Thus, in some areas it is considered rare. Return to the top
 

HARLOT'S HOOD, THE
Harlot’s Hood grows in woods and copses in northern Santharia, in Vardýnn and Nermeran provinces. Within the shadows of the trees, in the eerie twilight beneath the canopies, the Harlot’s Hood blooms in a brilliant crimson corolla, its thick, deep-green leaves stemming from its singular, sturdy stalk. Almost entrancing in its startling and seductive beauty, the Harlot’s Hood is often noted for its mysterious and dangerous allure. Return to the top
 

The Sunrose

INJÈRÁ'YRÁNÁ, THE ("SUNROSE")
The Injèrá'yráná, or Sunrose, is a bright yellow rose that is prized by the many elven tribes of Caelereth. It is believed to be the first domesticated rose and is seldom found outside of elven gardens. Return to the top
 

KAZAI ROSE, THE
This low-growing rose, resembling a creeping vine more than the more common bush-shape of wild roses, is a popular plant from the Moredein Kaerath on Nybelmar where it thrives on the relatively alchalic soil. Its highly fragrant flowers are a valuable resource for the making of various perfumes, and have most certainly been a key reason for its rapid spread as a potted plant. Return to the top
 

The Kell Herb

KELL HERB, THE
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. Return to the top
 

The Jeshanna Lily

JESHANNA LILY, THE ("PHOENIX FLOWER")
This simple but spectacular bloom is a member of the lily family, although its long curving stems resemble a vine. The flower is an elongated cup or horn shape, which expands as it blooms and changes colour. It is notable for two qualities: first, its trick of blooming from bud to full-blown flower in a single day, which it then repeats daily until its three-month season is over, and second, its powerful medicinal qualities. It is also often refered to as "Shanna Lily", "Phoenix Flower", "Timelily" or "Firecup"). Return to the top
 

LADY FINGERS, THE
Valued for its beauty and ability to help control insects, the Lady Fingers is sought after by many. Its rigid stem and elegantly shaped petal, tipped in bright red, resemble the shape of a slender finger, the nail enameled, hence the name of the flower. Return to the top
 

LANTERN FLOWER, THE (INJÈR'CÁL'MERÌN)
The Injèr'cál'merin, or just plain "Lantern" in common tongue, is a plant mostly found in deserts. It has adapted itself to the hot and dry climate of these places, so that it is one of the most common flowers in certain deserts. The Lantern has a close relation to the Purple Lantern, or "Arryi", which lives only in certain unique climates. Whereas the Purple Lantern is a rarity, the common Lantern is one of those plants which does not attract too much attention by travellers. It has never been regarded as one of the most beautiful plants, but at least a poet named Frigord the Weird once composed a poem about it. Until this very day travellers still laugh about that poem, since it shows exactly what the plant does; it makes things look more beautiful, and Frigord certainly experienced that while writing his poem. Return to the top
 

LASHARDIA, THE ("CORPSE PLANT", "GRAVE PLANT")
The Lashardia, or "Corpse Plant", as this bush is more commonly called, carnivorously feeds itself from flesh and blood rather from earth and sun. Growing in the far off jungles of the Peninsula of Shar, the Lashardia is thought to be a mere legend by most, but the people of southwestern Nybelmar. The Lashardia is a large flower bush that grows over the graves of freshly killed victims left over by preying animals. The plants tendency to grow over graves or corpses provides it with its two more common names of the "Grave Plant" or "Corpse Plant". The Lashardia is also known for its highly poisonous but rare blooms and the sleeping gas the females release just before her buds come into full bloom. It is not for nothing that there is a Krean saying that goes "He that sleeps with the Lashardia sleeps his last sleep". Return to the top
 

LE'MATICE VINE, THE ("CLIMBING BEAUTY")
The Le’matice flowering vine, also called "Climbing Beauty" or "Cloudbloom", blooms almost exclusively in the Varcopas, the Cloudforest, and the Uderza Heights area. The flowering vine also produces a small round fruit that when pressed produces one of the finest oils sold in Santharia. The oil produced from its fruit and its variety causes the Le’matice flowering vine to be a very valuable plant indeed. Return to the top
 

The Lotann Flower

LOTANN FLOWER, THE
The Lotann Flower, or the "Blondladdie", the "Smoke-inna-Sphere", "Beggar's Kafe", "Beggar's Salad" or the "Springweed" is a common weed/flower plant, which was initially restricted to the Sarvonian continent, but in the latest years they have spread through most of Caelereth. Return to the top
 

LORAHOUGH FLOWER, THE
The Lorahough, or Fireblossom as it is sometimes called, is a red flower with orange leaves. In spring, Lorahough is only visible as a tiny green shoot. In summer, the flower practically explodes with growth. It got its common name when a farmer, seeing a large patch blossom overnight, thought his fields were on fire. Return to the top
 

LOVEWORT FLOWER, THE
Lovewort is a large, perennial, Sarvonian flowering plant which produces a resin used to prevent or forestall conceiving in human females. Its stalk can also be candied and its leaves used as a salad or potherb.  Return to the top
 

MARÉNÓR LOTUS, THE ("CRYSTALWOODS LOTUS")
The Marénór ("watery flame") lotus is found throughout the elven forests of Gaeldorioth on the continent of Nybelmar, although its density strengthens as one approaches the lands of the Cóor'hém. Though stunning in appearance and fragrance the plant's malicious nature keeps many from admiring its beauty up close. The flower grows suspended upon the surfaces of low lying watery pools and its radiant colouring, a brilliant orange with vibrant red accents, has given the flower its peculiar name. Return to the top
 

MAIDEN' STEP FLOWER, THE
Sprouting unassumingly and quietly, Maiden’s Step (also called "Maeggie’s Step") is a very small plant that blossoms in a cluster of tiny lavender flowers. It can be found in higher elevations on mountains throughout Sarvonia. From the Gathorn Mountains in the north to the Mithral Mountains in the south, Maiden’s Step has a wide territory. While it thrives on sunshine, it requires very little water and can take root in some of the sandiest, rockiest terrain. Return to the top
 

NEHTOR'S TEAR'S FLOWERS, THE
Throughout the long ages, Nehtor’s Tears provided beauty and wonder to those whose eyes have been blessed by seeing it. Nehtor’s Tears possess a sweet intoxicating aroma similar to that of a rose. The petals and leaves are thought to carry many medicinal powers and have become part of the lore of many cultures. It is believed that these aromatic flowers rose from the tears of the God of Healing, Nethor, himself because of the peculiar tear drop shape of the bulb. Return to the top
 

QUEPRUR'S BLIGHT FLOWER, THE
These beautiful flowers are not only pleasant to look at, they serve quite a few other purposes as well. The vine can be woven into a very strong rope. The petals can be used as a hallucinogenic drug or be made into a dreadfully lethal poison. Only with great familiarity and much experimentation could one find the darker purposes of this flower. Thin petals of a hypnotic, nearly nor'sidian hue grow from a broad-leafed green vine. One can catch a glimpse of these gorgeous plants in nearly any temperate climate. Queprur's Blight is also known as "Lethal Pulchritude", a name given by Sir Lorek Sarnif. The elves call the plant "Ishím Aváth". This name literally translates to mean "Deceitful Beauty". Return to the top
 

RIK'TYAN, THE ("ALL-FLOWER")
The Rik'tyan plays an important role in the lives of the barbarian tribes of the north. It is named the "all flower" for two reasons in the barbarian tongue. The first being the simple fact that it is used in most if not all of the tribes' food in one way or another. The other reason it is called such is due to the time and length of its bloom. The Rik’tyan is said to come from Leir'Tyan, or the All Mother. She is the one that their deities, the Virtog, sprang from. It is said that Leir'Tyan bore all ten Virtog in but three days and that the flower was a gift of Hers to the tribes so they may know not only the beauty, but also the use of Her creation. The Taug Rik'tyan is one of the great feast times where the tribes celebrate this gift of Leir’Tyan. Return to the top
 

The Rose

ROSE FLOWER, THE
Roses are a cultivated plants, and as such have a complicated history involving a number of wild species. They are closely related to rowans, the Black Desert Roses and the Wild Rose. The original Almatrar roses were bred by the Ahrhim elves. The Ahrhim shared the seeds with other elven tribes and with the humans around the Rimmers Ring. Humans then bred for what they wanted. Roses have been bred for increased flower size, scent and continuous flowering as well as a dwarf habit, leading to the variation to be found. Return to the top
 

SAND LILY, THE ("RÁHAZ LA'ALJA")
A fortunate bard given the rare opportunity to travel south towards the Great Sand Dunes compared the endless hills of sand flowing up and down to the waves of a big golden coloured sea. Indeed, when he saw the Sand Lily, or "Ráhaz La'Alja", as the Shendar call it, blossoming at night, he wouldn’t be far wrong to compare the sand to the water. The Shendar even told the bard that when you listen very carefully, these lovely Lilies sing a song to the moon, every night again. Return to the top
 

The Sunflower

SUNFLOWER, THE
Sunflowers are large flowers containing vast quantities of seeds, mounted on wide upward growing stalks that are a wonder of plant architecture. The Sunflower is a name that actually comprises three very similar annual plants that grow in various situtations in Caelereth. To different races they are a sign of positivity: happiness, cheer, even luck, health and hope represent the sun to certain elven tribes, and may also be given in bouquets as a symbol of long life, health and happiness. All types are easy to cultivate as the seeds are not very difficult to collect, and as long as they are grown in a sunny spot, they grow magnificently. Return to the top
 

The Sunspark

SUNSMILE, THE ("SUNSPARK", "NJÈRA'ÓR")
The Sunsmile or Sunspark is hardy to all zones, it will grow on any type of ground, covering it with bright yellow sunny flowers that turn into fluffy puff balls when seeding. A field of seeding Sunsmiles can be quite a sight on a windy day... it looks like it were snowing, so many fluffy seeds floating in the air. Return to the top
 

The Tareptail Weed

TAREPTAIL WEED, THE ("SNOWPUFF", "MOTHERS-SCORN")
Tareptail is a common, low-growing bi-ennial flowering weed, bane of the gardeners of New-Salantha and the source of much mischief for children. It can be found wilder near the Sharadon Forest, particularly in places of mild habit and has some use in cooling teas and aids to fluid expulsion. Tareptail Weed is also referred to as Common Whiteball, Snowpuff, Wet-a-Weed and Mothers-Scorn. Return to the top
 

The Tearfrost Flower

TEAR FROST FLOWER, THE
The tear frost flower has long been considered one of the most rare and beautiful plants in all of Northern Sarvonia. The delicate looking plant is unique in that it thrives in extreme cold climates and permafrost soils. The flower is a very hardy plant, despite its appearance, and can withstand the powerful gusts of mountain blizzard wind that it frequently experiences. The most remarkable aspect of the tear frost flower is its snow white coloured stalks, transparent leaves and multi-hued blooms of blue and purple pedals. Once a year, the flower produces a "fruit", which is a tiny crystalline bulb that resembles a tear, hence the plant's name. Return to the top
 

UNDERTOE HERB, THE
The Undertoe Herb is a lanky plant with lobed leaves and a thin form. It most frequently sprouts near the base of trees, preferring pines and other evergreen trees. For this reason, it can most commonly be found in Santharia’s wooded areas, be they larger forests or small copses dotting the countryside. The plant has shallow roots and usually a slightly minty scent. The small berries are often used in dyes, whilst the leaves are most commonly used in the treatment of foot odour problems.
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The Wild Rose ("Death Rose", "Nightweed")

WILD ROSE, THE ("DEATH ROSE", "NIGHTWEERD")
Special, venomous rose species, extremly fast growing. One of the most popular but however weird methods of defense during the War of the Chosen was to cultivate large hedges of this plant. It was almost certainly created by an unknown mage to serve for exactly this purpose. It was also not unusual that in former days the rose was used by maidens to end their lives quietly, if their love to a nobleman remained unreturned. In a poem of the famous Monsonius, the last moments of a girl dying on the venom of a wild-rose are described in painstakingly detail. Return to the top

 
 Date of last edit 7th Fallen Leaf 1670 a.S.

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