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« on: 03 June 2008, 05:59:22 »

Categorization
Vine

Basic Overview of the Plant
The Fire Blossom is a creeping vine that is native to the deeper parts of the jungles in the scattersand shoals. Fire Blossom has crimson red flower that has five petals. Petals of the Fire Blossom are known to cause minor itching irritation to skin. The vines snake their way through the jungles, creating very dense canopies and groves.

Description
 Fire Blossom most commonly starts growing high in the canopy of the jungle, digging its roots into the sides of other trees and feeding off of them. The vines stem can be between two nailsbreaths and a half palmspan thick, and it has large waxy leaves about a palmspan long and half palmspan wide that are shaped like a heart and spaced out roughly a fore apart from each other along the stem. Fire Blossom vine grows very rapidly up to a half fores length a day. It will circle its way around a tree until it has reached the highest point, before it attempts to attach itself to nearby trees to keep growing. The growth of the vine will continue until it has nothing else to grab onto, at which point it will reach for light and dangle its way down to the ground. Eventually, the vines form thick webs across the canopy of the jungle, and in some thicker areas can block out the sky completely. This creates small groves where very little light penetrates, and few other plants can flourish. These groves often work as nest for local fauna on the floor of the forest and mixed within the tangle of vines. However, the Fire Blossom vine can strangle the tree that supports it to death, and when one tree attached to Fire Blossom falls, it brings down many others with it. The rare flower has five petals, the four outer grow approximately a half palmspan in length and stay only two nailsbreadths wide. The upper middle petal is darker, always enlarged, and curved inward on itself. The flower blooms every season in a deep crimson to Aeruillin red, but these vines only produce three or four flowers a piece.

Territory
  The Fire Blossom has not been found outside of the Scattersand Shoals, and is predominately found only in the thicker jungles on Aiden. However, it has also been found (just not as abundant) on the islands of Rufi, and Triam. This plant flourishes in the tropical environment it is native too, feeding off of the healthy growth of other plants. In areas where Fire Blossom is thick, it stays mostly in the top layers of the canopy, forming nearly solid ceilings in the jungle.

Usages
The petals of the Fire Blossom cause irritation to the skin, in the form of a minor itching sensation. Prolonged exposure can result in rashes, and even blistering. When the petal is ground, it produces a light red oil that has the same, but more intensified, effects as touching the petal itself. Fire Blossom oil has can be used as a non-lethal poison, that causes severe pain when ingested or forced inside the body. The locals of the scattersand shoals use the oil to mix with wax and create a coat for weapons and darts that causes wounds inflicted to burn and itch.

The seeds of the Fire Blossom have a very hard, wood textured exterior, but when cracked open contain a spongy yellow nut that is sweet on the tongue. Unlike the petal, the seed and nut do not contain any irritable substance. The local inhabitants and animals use the nuts as a source of food. On the Island of Aiden the ‘Frogg’s Wish Tavern’ in Queens Harbour produces a fine wine from these nuts that they call ‘Baveras’ Blessing’. Because of the rarity of the nuts however, it is not a big export and does not travel far from the Scattersand Shoals.

Reproduction
The environment and other plants around it are so fertile, that a fallen leaf or broken vine will start to grow on its own and continue its life, forming a new plant entirely. Though the Fire Blossom can flourish in the sandy soil of the scattersand shoals, because of its fast growing nature, it will more commonly attempt to dig its roots into the bark of other trees and plants that surround it. However, when the flower of the Fire Blossom blooms, it drops a single crimson red seed that is no more than a nailsbredth in thickness out of its middle petal. This seed can grow in sand, but more often is eaten by various animals and redeposited higher in the canopy to began its life anew.

During the late autumn when the weather becomes slightly cooler in the Scattersand Shoals the Fire Blossom dies out and drops its last seeds. The vines become dry and wither. In the late winter/early spring, when the weather starts to become more stable, the vine begins its journey anew to the top of the canopy where it will start building its web throughout the summer.
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« Reply #1 on: 03 June 2008, 17:55:37 »

Welcome Markov,  :)

Sadly my first attempt at a comment for you got swallowed by a combination of bad luck and the shoddy network I have at work. And now I don't have time to re-write it.

But I will, later.

Until then,

Happy Dreamin'  :)
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« Reply #2 on: 03 June 2008, 18:55:42 »

Hi Markov, Firstly you need to change your message icon to the pencil or the exclamation mark.  Now for comments:

Categorization
Flower (just wondering why this is flower instead of vine or creeper)

Basic Overview of the Plant
The Fire Blossom is a creeping vine that is native to the deeper parts of the jungles in the scattersand shoals. Though rare, the Fire Blossom has a five peddled crimson red flower.(this sentence gives me the impression that the actually plant is rare, did you mean the flower was?) The pedals(petals) of the Fire Blossom are known to cause minor itching irritation to skin. The Vines snake their way through the jungles, creating very dense canopies and groves.

Description
 Fire Blossom most commonly starts growing higher in the canopy of the jungle, relying on other trees to keep it healthy. The vine has large waxy leaves about a palmspan long and half palmspan wide that are shaped like a heart. The vine itself is approximately a half palmspan thick. The leaves are spaced out about a fore apart from each other along the vine. The Fire Blossom vine grows very rapidly up to a fores length a day. The vine of a Fire Blossom will circle its way around a tree until it has reached the highest point, before it attempts to attach itself to nearby trees to keep growing. Eventually, the vines form thick webs across the canopy of the jungle, and in some thicker areas can block out the sky completely. This allows the creation of small groves where very little light penetrates, and few other plants can flourish. Eventually, however, the Fire Blossom vine can strangle the tree that is supporting it to death, and when one tree attached to Fire Blossom falls, it brings down many others with it. The flower of the Fire Blossom vine has five pedals(petals), the four outer(,) of which grow approximately a half palmspan long and stay only two nailsbreadths wide. The upper middle pedal is darker, always enlarged, and curved inward on itself. The flower blooms in every season, but vines only produce three or four flowers a(no space)piece. (I’m not sure about some of these things, how does the vine start in the canopy, doesn’t it need soil? Isn’t the vine a bit thick? A fore a day is a lot.  You should ask a mod about these things as I’m no expert)
 

Territory
 The Fire Blossom has not been found outside of the scattersand shoals, and is predominately found only in the thicker jungles on the larger islands. The plant flourishes in the tropical environment, but really feeds mostly off of the trees around it.

Usages
The pedals of the Fire Blossom cause irritation to the skin, in the form of a minor itching sensation. Prolonged exposure can result in rashes, and even blistering. (Perhaps describe who uses this and how)

Reproduction
Because of the habitat that the Fire Blossom grows in, the most common method of reproduction is just to grow into something else. The environment and other plants around it are so fertile, that a fallen leaf or broken vine will start to grow on its own and continue its life, forming a new plant entirely.  (Perhaps describe this better, it confuses me a bit.)

A good start Markov! thumbup  It's good to see a whole entry in the first go.  YOu just need to expand somethings and you should be fine.  Also try to Santharise the entry, reference other things.

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« Reply #3 on: 03 June 2008, 19:49:17 »

A nice start!

But please, vary with the structure of your sentences ! In the descriptionpart you started the first FIVE sentences with a "the" and it becomes a bit boring to read "The vine", "The Fireblossom"...


The - The - The- The - The - This - Eventually - The - The - The
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« Reply #4 on: 03 June 2008, 21:03:04 »

Thanks for the comments, I've rewritten some of this. Any more suggestions on making it better?
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« Reply #5 on: 03 June 2008, 22:37:29 »

You can edit your first post.  You should change that post instead of re-posting
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« Reply #6 on: 03 June 2008, 23:35:32 »

A remark about "vine". I know we have some, but I just learned, that "vine" is the expression only used in North Amerian English, where it would be "climber" in British English. We should write in British english, so this would be a climber... Don't know, if we should be this nit-picky though.. Maybe you could use vine, climber (and stem where it is correct) alternatively.

What you call vine as well is the stem (according to wikipedia)



 Fire Blossom most commonly starts growing higher in the canopy of the jungle, digging its roots into the sides of other trees and feeding off of them. The vine stalk can vary between two nailsbreaths and a half palmspan thick, and it has large waxy leaves about a palmspan long and half palmspan wide that are shaped like a heart. The leaves are spaced out about a fore apart from each other along the vine. Fire Blossom vine grows very rapidly up to a half fores length a day. Fire Blossom will circle its way around a tree until it has reached the highest point, before it attempts to attach itself to nearby trees to keep growing. Eventually, the vines form thick webs across the canopy of the jungle, and in some thicker areas can block out the sky completely. This creates small groves where very little light penetrates, and few other plants can flourish. However, the Fire Blossom vine can strangle the tree that supports it to death, and when one tree attached to Fire Blossom falls, it brings down many others with it. The rare flower of the Fire Blossom vine has five petals, the four outer, of which grow approximately a half palmspan long and stay only two nailsbreadths wide. The upper middle petal is darker, always enlarged, and curved inward on itself. The flower blooms in every season, but vines only produce three or four flowers a piece.  Much better now!)   

Fire Blossom most commonly starts growing higher in the canopy of the jungle, digging its roots into the sides of other trees and feeding off of them. The vine stalk The  stem?  can be  between two nailsbreaths and a half palmspan thick, and it has large waxy leaves about a palmspan long and half palmspan wide that are shaped like a heart. The leaves are spaced out about a fore apart from each other along the vine. Fire Blossom vine grows very rapidly up to a half fores length a day. It  will circle its way around a tree until it has reached the highest point, before it attempts to attach itself to nearby trees to keep growing. Eventually, the vines form thick webs across the canopy of the jungle, and in some thicker areas can block out the sky completely. This creates small groves where very little light penetrates, and few other plants can flourish. However, the Fire Blossom vine can strangle the tree that supports it to death, and when one tree attached to Fire Blossom falls, it brings down many others with it. The rare flower of the Fire Blossom vine vine has five petals:  the four outer, of which grow approximately a half palmspan in length (??)    and stay only two nailsbreadths wide. The upper middle petal is darker, always enlarged, and curved inward on itself. The flower blooms in every season in a deep crimson to Santhran violet  , but   these vines only produce three or four flowers a piece.



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For now this plant could be everywhere and you need to integrate it in Santharia, make it unique in some way, tie it to it... Not easy in a first entry, I know

 - How long grows it approximately? Which height does it reach? Are there variations? What if the conditions are not excellent? Are there animals which use the climber in any way, live in the groves?? What about these seeds? If they are so nice to look at, won't people collect them? Have they poisonous qualities as well?
Is there perhaps a story these people in the Pirates Hide tell themselves about this climber?(optional)

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« Reply #7 on: 03 June 2008, 23:38:50 »

Actually I would use "Vine" or even "Creeper" *shrug*
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« Reply #8 on: 03 June 2008, 23:43:31 »

Oh well, I can only quote wikipedia, I have no idea - maybe he can now use three words ;)
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« Reply #9 on: 03 June 2008, 23:45:41 »

Yeah...wiki is not always right...have a look at the article on dog breeding.  I very much doubt those are the official names for the male and female dogs :P
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« Reply #10 on: 03 June 2008, 23:50:28 »

Yeah...wiki is not always right...have a look at the article on dog breeding.  I very much doubt those are the official names for the male and female dogs :P

Actually Rooks...those names are accurate.  shocked
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« Reply #11 on: 03 June 2008, 23:55:01 »

Um...ok..it must have been changed lol
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« Reply #12 on: 04 June 2008, 00:30:48 »

Posted a few more changes, any thought?
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« Reply #13 on: 04 June 2008, 01:29:33 »

Ah, Markov, please colour your changes and in the case of longer entries, say in a comment as well what you have changed :) This way it  is easier for us to follow your progress.
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« Reply #14 on: 04 June 2008, 02:06:11 »

I see. I'll keep that in mind from here on out  grin

On the next topic though. I think I have put all Id like into this plant at the moment before I continue onto some other creations.

I want to work a little in the beast and food lineups. To possibly detail the wine I talked about, and some of the beast that would find refuge in these vines and jungles.
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