the long ages, Nehtorís Tears provided beauty and wonder to those whose eyes
have been blessed by seeing it. Nehtorís 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.
Herbalists and apothecaries treasure the leaves of this plant for their
concoctions to treat a variety of ailments including blood ailments and
fertility issues. This robust plant grows well in most northern portions of
Southern Sarvonia where the frost is hard
enough to freeze the surface of the ground and soil is well drained.
Tears as they are known, are from the same family as the tulip although its
flower look more like a cabbage rose. Their bluish purple bulbous roots resemble
teardrops in shape and help account for its name. Small thin roots extend down
from the bottom portion of the bulbs a short distance of only a
palmspan or less.
The first shoots appear in early spring and blooms in mid summer, growing from
the bulbs that inspired its name. Green stalks rise towards the
sun from 1 to 1 1/2
palmspans, supporting a
single delicately petaled flower. Gauging the size of the flower head is from 4
to 6 nailsbreadths and
weighs about 2 mut it is a
sizable and remarkable bloom. Botanists have been able to exceed this size and
weight only slightly by cross pollination and other methods.
Intricately formed petals overlap each other and ripple at their apex helping
give the illusion of a cabbage rose. Multiple layers of these wispy thin petals
surround a trilogy of golden stamen. At the tips of each of the petals are small
droplets of nectar highly prized by certain
malises that work exclusively with this plant.
Colouring for these remarkable blossoms ranges from a pale
Uderza blue to a deep
Santhran violet. Some
attempts have been made to modify the color of the bloom but with little if any
success. The leaves of this plant are thin and blade-like in appearance growing
to approximately 7 nailsbreadths
to 1 palmspan in length
before tapering to a sharp tip that bends gently in the breeze.
Nehtor's Tears will lie dormant from the end of fall until early springs when
the first shoots will emerge from the hidden bulbs buried 2
nailsbreadths or so from the
surface of the soil. As the weather warms, the green leaves will begin to
develop, followed by the stems that will blossom in late spring or early summer.
They will continue to produce flowers until the first frosts when the leaves and
stems will dry back and remain dormant within the tear-shaped bulbs beneath the
soil. During the fall, the bulbs may be removed from the ground and harvested
where the new bulbs may be separated from the previous years and replanted in
early spring. They will remain dormant until the first signs of spring return
and the cycle of life begins again.
This plant grows nearly anywhere on the
continent of Sarvonia where a hard enough frost and moist sandy soil may be
Although the flowering bulbs are highly prized for gardening they also can be
crushed and boiled down to create a beautiful deep
Uderza blue dye. This dye
can be placed in a powder or paste form and used for many artistic purposes
including dying fabrics and as a pigment in paint.
The leaves are steeped in water to form a
bitter tasting tea that is thought to cure certain blood related illnesses and
believed to help women and men with fertility issues. It is also believed that
if the tea is consumed every day during the winter months colds can be avoided.
Nehtorís Tears are able to multiply by pollination of the flowers.
Malise that only pollinate this particular
plant are attracted to the large delicate flowers smelling the nectar hidden
within. As these insects work at gathering this liquid, pollen sticks to their
legs and is then carried to another Nehtorís Tears plant that is then
pollinated. Seeds are then formed in the pollinated ovum of the flower thus
providing one method of reproduction.
The bulbs divide to form others that will in turn produce another flower. These
can be harvested in the fall and used to form a new plant.
elves both believe that the bulbs were formed
by the tears of the God of Healing.
According to legend when his first tears fell upon seeing part of the creation
destroyed and reached the ground these beautiful flowers sprang from the soil.
The plant symbolizes the cycle of life as it is "reborn" every spring and "dies"
again in the fall.
Dead Leaf 1667 a.S.
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