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31  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Evening Princess on: 02 October 2007, 01:32:23
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Flowers

Overview:

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.

It's flowering period lasts quite a long time, roughly from the beginning of the Singing Bird month until the end of the 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.

Description:

This fascinating plant usually grows to a height of about two palmspans.  In some cases it grows taller than this, sometimes even reaching one ped.  This is most common in areas where the surrounding vegetation would otherwise dwarf it.

It can easily be identified by its distinctive leaves.  These are as round as the full moon but very small.  On average they grow to be one nailsbredth in diameter.  Usually, the leaves are fully open, basking in the sunshine, but if they’re touched by anything, then they quickly fold in on themselves for protection.  This reaction is initiated by a coat of sensitive hairs on the leaf's surface.  The hairs make the leaves feel soft and downy, like a baby rabbit.  This, coupled with their curious reaction to touch, has earned this flower its alternative name, "The Shy Hare".

These hairs make the light green leaves look white.  As well as providing a defence mechanism, these hairs also help to trap moisture and reduce the intensity of the light that hits the leaves.

If one digs this plant up, they will find that the root system extends quite deep into the soil.  Once the soil is cleaned off, it can be seen that the roots are a bright karikrimson in colour.

The flowerhead remains closed during the daylight hours, its petals folded in on themselves.


The Evening Princess, inconspicuous by day, opens up and reveals its true splendour during the night time.  The sun is too forceful in its approaches to this coy beauty.  It takes the gentle coaxing of the moon to persuade this lady to show her face.

On a clear night it seems as though this flower is responding to the moon's soft call.  As the silvery orb rises higher in the night sky, the Evening Princess opens her petals more.  A fully open flower head can reach about half a palmspan in diameter.  The six, overlapping petals, fit closely together to form a spectral whirl.

It's at this time that one can truly appreciate the sheer number of Evening Princesses that grow together.  They grow in great swaths, like rivers, and as their silvery petals face the moon in silent communication, it seems to an observer that the moonlight itself has somehow touched the earth and become a river of enchantment.  Great lakes of nocturnal snow spread across the land, glowing brightly in the tender embrace of the night.

And yet this display of profound beauty is by no means the most magical part of this delightful flower.

The truly special quality that the Evening Princess possesses is her fragrance.  Surely there can be nothing to compare to the subtle yet persuasive aroma that rises from her night time breathing.  Delicate yet forceful; an eldritch melody that warms the cool autumn nights; a last trace of the summer's heat lingers sweetly on in  her night time serenade to the moon.

Territory:

The Evening Princess likes semi arid environments.  It thrives in sandy or rocky soils and prefers to receive lots of sunlight.  Because of this, it is often found on open land or south facing slopes.

This plant is found all across southern Sarvonia, from the Rahaz'Dath desert in the south all the way to the western part of the Tandala Highlands in the north.

It is quite hardy, and tolerates a range of temperatures, but heavy frosts kill it.  As such, it is mostly located in the southern parts, and becomes sparser the further north that you go.


The main thing that thie Evening Princess needs is a place that has plenty of night time insects, like moths, to pollinate it.

Usages:

The Evening Princess has two main usages.

The first is as a pain reliever for women during their menstruation.  A tea is commonly made from the leaves.  It is believed that for this mixture to be useful it needs to be left outside over night during a full moon.  Countless women have found this infusion effective at easing menstrual pain and tension.  In this usage it is similar to the Alrik'ran bush, though it doesn't stain the teeth.  The mixture tends to have a slightly bitter taste.

The second usage relates to dreams.  It has been found that the petals from the flowers of the Evening Princess can assist in giving people vivid dreams when eaten raw.  It has also been noted that the strength and nature of the dreams induced in this way vary according to when the petals are picked.

If the petals are picked on a new moon night, there is usually no effect at all.  If the petals are picked on a full moon night, then the dreams will be lucid and intense.  It seems as though there is a direct correlation here.  As the moon gets closer to full, the flower's potency gets stronger.

Another point that needs to be mentioned is this.  If the petals are picked during the waxing period, then the dreams given will usually be pleasant and / or insightful.  However, if the petals are taken during the waning period, then the dreams will be nightmarish and unpleasant.

Reproduction:

The Evening Princess only blooms at night.  As such, it relies on night time insects, usually moths, for pollination.  The strong scent is the main means by which the flower attracts the pollinators.  It also gives off a slight warmth which these night time insects find alluring.

After the flowers have been pollinated the petals die and fall off.  The remaining head is covered in very small, exceptionally light seeds, about one grain in size.  The seeds are covered in soft, downy hairs which assist in carrying them long distances on the wind.

Myth:

The most common myth relating to the Evening Princess tells of the story of a desert nomad called Kha'lid and his wife, Badriy'yah.

In summary, Kha'lid was obsessed with obtaining immortality.  After trying and failing many times, he eventually suceeded in creating a potion of eternal life.  It is said that he received the recipe from an ancient man who lived somewhere on the Aj'nuvic Grounds.

Unfortunately for Kha'lid, the potion caused an unwanted side effect.  Some time after drinking it, he became weightless.  This caused him to float away from Caelereth.  He floated through the void until he eventualy landed on the moon.  Once at the moon, the side effect wore off.  It is believed that he still lives there.

He isn't alone, however, because whilst he left half of the potion unguarded, a wild Aj'nuvic  elfcat drank it.  The elfcat also suffered from the strange side effect, and shared the same fate as Kha'lid.

It is believed that Kha'lid and the elfcat are doomed to live eternally on the moon together.

So, where does the Evening Princess enter the story?

Well, when Kha'lid first arrived at the moon, he looked back at Caelereth and wept.  When Badriy'yah, his wife, saw her husband's tears falling to the ground, she could bare the grief of their seperation no longer.  She took a knife and killed herself by plunging it into her own heart.

Kha'lid's tears and his wife's blood mixed together.  And from this combination, the first Evening Princess is believed to have sprang.


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Okay, that's my first effort at writing a plant entry.

Please feel free to comment!  :)
32  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: Moon related question on: 22 September 2007, 00:51:38
Okay, thanks for the info!
33  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: First Steps on: 21 September 2007, 02:45:25
Thanks for the advice, everyone!

My first idea is for a flower that has a close connection with the moon.

Could anybody help me out with a small question that I have?

I want to know if there is a specific God, Goddess or Spirit that represents the moon.

Thanks again,

YY

Ps.  Don't worry about the "miss" title, Miraran!  I used to have long hair and get it a lot!  :)
34  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Moon related question on: 21 September 2007, 02:37:48
Hi, not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but here goes, anyway!

Is there a specific God / Goddess or Spirit that is in charge of the moon?

Cheers,

YY
35  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: First Steps on: 20 September 2007, 13:03:01
My God Holmes!  But I believe you are the Devil Himself!  - steps back in shock -  I am a man!  Tell me, how the deuce did you know???

Well, a party sounds good...any hot women gonna be there...or will it be like some of my old University parties where a group of guys turn up and get obscenely drunk?   evil

As for ideas, I have a few, but guess that I'll start off with something pretty easy; a plant or flower of some kind.  Do I need to get the idea approved before working on it?

YY
36  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / First Steps on: 19 September 2007, 15:50:28
Hi all,

I hope that I'll be able to contribute some interesting entries to the site.

I've recently created a character on the RPG side of things, just in the process of ironing out some creases!

I like the site and the idea that people are working together to achieve a common goal.  Seems as though there are some really committed people in this community!

My interests?  Erm, pretty much everything!   :P  But with regard to Santharia then it's writing.  I'm no musician or visual artist.  I love creative writing and coming up with new ideas or twisting existing ones.

Hope to get started soon,

Yurie.
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