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« on: 24 December 2007, 11:44:36 »

~Category~
Medicinal Herbs, Healing Herbs

~Overview~
Trinity Herb is the sacred herb of Eyasha, and therefore widely valued by many of her followers. It hosts a profusion of healing properties, and is recognized as a symbol of peace and welcome all across Sarvonia. Its intolerance for too much sunlight has made it elusive anywhere but in the shadiest forests. Elves and Brownies were the first to discover and use it, but its popularity is spreading as it is introduced in new environments. It is found growing in large clumps, due to the unusual method by which it reproduces.

~Description~
A deep green stem shoots up from an unusually shallow root system. Only a few leaves are found on each stem: three or four at most. Three is of course the most common as hinted by its name, but four has been noted to exist on the plant. The tiny leaves are usually no more than half a nailsbreadth, and the stems are usually only a nailsbreadth long. Amongst the leaves there are other stems that are about twice as high as the others. Atop these are the small white blooms of the plant, which encase the small seeds inside. When the petals pop away, these seeds accompany them through the air. They are generally bell-shaped but become much more plump during the reproduction months. Streaks of red and purple have been noted in the plant, though the creamy white hues are predominant.

~Territory~
An extreme love for shade has taken affect on the growth of Trinity. They are fairly common in areas where shade can be provided, but other locations will be rejected by the plant. It is not that the herb want deep shade, merely that it will not accept sunlight. It was originally found in deeper forests, where its wishes were more easily fulfilled, such as: the forests of the Krean, the Paelelon in Sarvonia, or the Emerald and Crystalwoods. It is thought to have been introduced primarily in Nybelmar and then transferred to Sarvonia later as a result of its usefulness. As its popularity grows, mostly due to the endorsement of the Eyashenes, it is cultivated to grow in more areas. Communities will often have public gardens of Trinity for anyone to use. They were designed for aesthetics just as much as convenience and charity.

An odd habitat characteristic that several researchers have noted is the herb's refusal to grow in areas where there is taller grasses growing about it. It seems to have taken a liking to gusts of wind, but the exact reason of the plant's renunciation of such places is unknown. Of course the Eyashenes would attempt to tell you that this is another reason to prove Trinity's closeness to Eyasha. Their explanation is that the Goddess of Peace is alternatively a Wind Goddess. Therefore the tall grasses block the herb from accessing their Goddess' element, which they believe the herb is naturally attracted to due to its affinity with Eyasha.


~Usage~
Trinity hosts a wide variety of healing properties, fluctuating based on what part of the plant is used. Its foremost use is as a sedative, as the juices in the leaves are perfectly suited for this task. Very small doses are used by the Mindsmoothers to simply calm the patient, without evoking complete sleep. Getting such a small dose can be a difficult task, as very little of the juice is required to make a user drowsy. Unlike most herbs, its juices are exceedingly sweet and a pleasure to consume. They have been known for being mixed in teas or sprinkled atop luscious cakes.

The less potent of its medicinal properties, its use as an anesthetic, stems from its shallow root system. If a wound is still open, a couple drops of these juices can be put on the blemish putting a damper on mild pain. Other herbs are reccomended for anything that is excruciating, but if more dynamic solutions are unavailable, its mild numbing will suffice. These juices are rarely consumed, unless a patient were to have open wounds in the throat or mouth. Woe to the unlucky patient who would suffer such an unusual occurrence, as the juices of the roots are quite the opposite in flavor to that of the leaves. Its bitter taste will often remain in one's mouth for hours on end, an eternally unpleasant experience.

The Trinity Herb can also be seen hung above the door of an inn, as a sign of welcome to all. Humans, who see Eyasha as a Goddess of the Hearth in addition to Peace, often hang Her holy herb above their fire places. Embroidery on robes of those dedicated to her, will often depict the hallowed plant. The pure white candles used to celebrate Eyasha's holiday can have sprigs of Trinity tied around the base for decorative purposes. Though these are all valid uses, its foremost service is as a healing regeant.

~Reproduction~
When in the correct environment, this plant's growth is unusually rapid. Its swift production seems to hasten further during the month of the Singing Bird. If a single leaf has been picked from one of the plants, it has been recorded that another leaf will grow in its place within a couple of days. The accelerated development is probably an instinctive way to make up for the fragile plant's short growing period. Though it can be grown artificially by gardener's out of season, it will only be found naturally in Singing Bird and Rising Sun.

During these months the plant produces a surplus of seeds. The infant plants are stored on the flowers, each of the needle-like petals is actually one of the seeds. As more and more are produced the buds become rather bulbous. At such times, the flowers will simply quietly burst, leaving all the seeds to land in a dense area about the patch. Only a few have witnessed this small explosion of petals, mostly due to its almost always occurring at night. Because of the reproduction methods of the plant, they often grow in large patches as opposed to being spread out.

~Researchers~
Most researchers study a wide variety of herbs so that their knowledge of plants is extensive and impressive. However one herbalist, Carvio Eksulos, an inhabitant of the city of Veltin, has dedicated his life almost solely to studying Trinity. The Caltharian man, like most of his lineage, appreciated art in everything he did, and that was certainly apparent in his studies of the plant. His foremost contribution was the rather obvious idea of growing the plants indoors, so as to remove it from the sun. "As long as they are kept away from open windows," he says, "they shall grow successfully inside." Though he theorized that the plant could be grown inside any building, he personally grew the herb outdoors, as he also states that the herb grows best when away from sunlight, but in the presence of wind. During his studies of Trinity, he calculated what he believed to be the best growing conditions for the plant, and therefore greatly increased the rate at which his plants grew.

Now, being a Caltharian, he was especially interested in the varieties of herb that contained color, and used them in aesthetic designs throughout his hometown. By arranging the plants in pleasant patterns beneath the shade of a tree, the town was filled with serene places that contained a deluge of the herb. The Eyashenes in general must also be given some credit for the study of this herb, as their worship of the Peace Goddess has given them their interest in studying the herb.


~Myth/Lore~
The primary myth surrounding this plant is that the variety with four leaves are considered good luck. There is a bit of controversy surrounding this particular story, but most believe it as a kind of minor superstition. Some extremists however make pendants out of the four lobed plant, or collect them as if they were precious gems. The Eyashenes condemn such behavior, as they believe that the herb is Eyasha's holy herb, and it should be considered very disrespectful to don an alteration of such a divine gift.
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« Reply #1 on: 24 December 2007, 15:52:59 »

On an old overview page there are some details on the Trinity Herb, which Judy I guess sketched:

TRINITY, THE
Importance. Three-lobed leaves, medicinal.
Summary. Shade-loving, tri-furcated leaves, tiny bell-shaped white flowers. Shallow root system. Another medicinal herb known to elves and Brownies. All parts of the plant are beneficial, although the clover-shaped leaves are strongest.

Maybe that helps a bit :)
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« Reply #2 on: 24 February 2008, 12:25:05 »

Alright. After about two months, I decided it was probably time to start working on this. I believe I have finished, and I'm ready for comments!
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« Reply #3 on: 08 March 2008, 10:27:21 »

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« Reply #4 on: 08 March 2008, 16:29:12 »

A short note: If you've updated an entry and are ready for comments, you need to say so in an own post at the end of the thread, Eléyr. Editing the first post or the last post won't bring the entry up on top. So people won't be able to see that there were changes.
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« Reply #5 on: 20 March 2008, 23:07:44 »

Arti, I did make an entirely new post, and it was bumped to the top of the forum. Anyways, I made some edits on my own accord, and am ready for comments.
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« Reply #6 on: 22 March 2008, 05:23:05 »

Hi Eleyr!  What patience you have!  Once you have made these changes, you should probably bell-ring one of the mods of this forum to get them to look it over.

I will use yellow to indicate changes, and the strikethrough to indicate things which should be removed.  Orange is for my maunderings, and grey to indicate unclear passages.

~Category~
Medicinal Herbs, Healing Herbs

~Overview~
The Trinity Herb is the sacred herb of Eyasha, and therefore widely valued by many of her followers. It hosts a profusion of healing properties, (one too many spaces here) and is recognized as a symbol of peace and welcome all across Caelereth. Probably just Santharia - Eyasha isn't even worshipped north of the Dragon's Maw, let alone across the seas! Its absolute intolerance for too much sunlight has made it rather elusive anywhere, but in the shadiest forests. Elves and Brownies were the first to discover and use it, but its popularity is spreading as it is introduced in new environments.

~Description~
A deep green stem shoots up from an unusually shallow root system. Only a few leaves are found on each stem: three or four at most. Three is of course the most common as hinted by its name, but four has been noted to exist on the plant. The tiny leaves are usually no more than half a nailsbreadth, and the stems are usually only a nailsbreadth long. Amongst the leaves there are other stems that are about twice as high as the others. Atop these are the small white blooms of the plant, which happen to be the seeds in actuality. Usually seeds are what is left after the flower dies, I think.  Check out plant reproduction in Wikipedia.  If you really want to kepp it this way, you will have to be very clear about how this is, and describe it in a lot more detail so that it is understood.They are generally bell-shaped but become much more plump during the reproduction months. Their hues are nearly always white, but streaks of a color that ranges between purple and red have also been documented.

~Territory and Habitat~
Deep forests are the natural home of the (things like basil, marjoram, etc don't generally have 'the' in front of them, so I would suggest you didn't have it) Trinity. Always capitalise the name of the thing you are talking about in an entry.  You should capitalise Trinity or Herb in this entry, but not in an entry about inns, for example. A love for shade has caused them to spring up in places like the Crystal and Emerald woods, the forests of the Krean, and the Paelelon in Sarvonia. I would use commas here (see here) The plants were believed to have originally grown in Nybelmar, and spread to other locations by artificial means. Not only do they prefer shade, they absolutely reject anything else. Therefore, they are only found almost exclusively in the deepest forests. As knowledge of plants 'technology' is too modern-sounding a word advances, a few sparse people have found ways to cultivate the plant to fit a broader range of environments, but many such attempts have remained unsuccessful. Often times artlessly Growing the plants indoors has been used as a solution to this problem. Do you mean they will grow indoors, or that they are germinated there and then replanted outside?  Why not give an example of where this has been done, too?  Look in the list of researchers which is on the boards somewhere - probably in the people section - and let one of them be the person who has successfully grown them in their greenhouse.  Otherwise, you could just attribute it to the royal gardeners in New Santhala, or to the compendium greenhouses in Lorehaven.

~Usage~
The Trinity hosts a wide variety of healing properties, fluctuating in type? in strength?  based on what part of the plant is used. Its foremost use is as a sedative, as the juices in the leaves are perfectly suited for this task. Very small doses are used by the Mindsmoothers to simply calm the patient, without evoking complete sleep. Getting such a small dose can be a difficult task, as very little of the juice is required to make a user drowsy. Unlike most herbs, its juices are exceedingly sweet and a pleasure to consume. They have been known for being mixed in teas or sprinkled atop luscious cakes.

The less potent of its medicinal properties, its use as an anesthetic, stems from its shallow root system. If a wound is still open, a couple drops of these juices can be put on the blemish putting a damper on mild pain. Other herbs are reccomended for anything that is excruciating, but if more dynamic solutions are unavailable, its mild numbing will suffice. These juices are rarely consumed, unless a patient were to have open wounds in the throat or mouth. Woe to the unlucky patient who would suffer such an unusual occurrence, as the juices of the roots are quite the opposite in flavor to that of the leaves. Its bitter taste will often remain in one's mouth for hours on end, an eternally unpleasant experience.

The Trinity Herb can also be seen hung above the door of an inn, a sign of welcome to all. Humans, who see Eyasha as a Goddess of the Hearth in addition to Peace, often hang Her holy herb above their fire places. Embroidery on robes of those dedicated to her, will often depict the hallowed plant. The pure white candles used to celebrate Eyasha's holiday can have sprigs of Trinity tied around the base for decorative purposes. Though these are all valid uses, its foremost service is as a healing regeant.  Hmm, perhaps you will have to make it more common than it you have it, as it would be difficult to have it hung over every Inn's doorway if every innkeeper had to go into a deep forest to get it!  It would look pretty in the shade under large spreading trees on village greens... how about you just restrict it to shade, rather than deep shade.  You could also say that it doesn't grow well where grass is taller than it, because it likes to have access to the open air, or something like that which refers to Eyasha's wind-element alignment.  But I would say that it should definitely be more of a weed which grows in most places than something rare, with the usages, and also the fact that it is meant to represent Eyasha.

~Growth Cycle~
When in the correct environment, this plant's growth is unusually rapid. Its ooh, bad Eleyr!  lol  You were doing so well on the its / it's thing up till here, too!  Go read this as punishment Big Grin  swift production seems to hasten further during the month of the Singing Bird. If a single leaf has been picked from one of the plants, it has been recorded that another leaf will grow in its place within a couple of days. The accelerated development is probably an instinctive way to make up for the fragile plant's short growing period. Though it can be grown artificially by gardener's out of season, it will only be found naturally in the Singing Bird and Rising Sun.

During these months the plant fervently produces an surplus of seeds. The infant plants are stored on the flowers, each of the needle-like petals is actually one of the seeds. As more and more are produced the buds become rather bulbous. At such times, the flowers will simply quietly burst, leaving all the seeds to land in a dense area about the patch. Only a few have witnessed this small explosion of petals, mostly due to its almost always occurring at night. Because of the reproduction methods of the plant, they often grow in large patches as opposed to being spread out. This should probably go in to the overview as well

~Researchers~
No particular person is labeled as a researcher of the Trinity, but the Mindsmoothers as a group are particularly interested in the herb. It can be used to soothe the pangs of both the body and the mind, which is often times the focus of the Eyashenes. In addition its recognition as the holy herb of Eyasha, the Goddess they avidly worship, has given them their uncanny interest in it.

~Myth/Lore~
The primary myth surrounding this plant is that the variety with four leaves are considered good luck. There is a bit of controversy surrounding this particular story, but most believe it as a kind of minor superstition. Some extremists however make pendants out of the four lobed plant, or collect them as if they were precious gems. The Eyashenes condemn such behavior, as they believe that the herb is Eyasha's holy herb, and it should be considered very disrespectful to don an alteration of such a divine gift.
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« Reply #7 on: 22 March 2008, 06:01:36 »

Thanks for the comments Grun! I've done the grammar and all, but I'm gonna put the pencil up until I've finished integrating some of your ideas for the plant. I'll do that in purply-blue.
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« Reply #8 on: 29 March 2008, 12:36:58 »

Alright Grun, I finished with all of your suggestions and corrections. The herbalists in the people resources thread weren't exactly what I was looking for, so I added in another one, that I'll write an entry for eventually. Veltin is currently 'undeveloped', but it exists on the map in a Caltharian location, so I assume I can say he lived there. I *may* write an entry on this city too, but it will be a while before I get started on that. More opinions are welcome!  :)
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« Reply #9 on: 09 April 2008, 09:10:44 »

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« Reply #10 on: 10 April 2008, 01:26:32 »

A slight modification of section headings aaaaand.... blarrowed!
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