Beautiful Bush of Pigmentation
OverviewThe Painted Bush is a colorful bush that was native to the Island of Creation (specifically the Origin of Creation before its decimation due to the construction of Puretopia. It now exists in gardens in the city as well as sanctuaries around the Old World. The bush, as true to its name, looks like a pastel bush painted in an impressionistic style agains the landscape. It uses a combination of colorful foliage and Illusionary magic to make it appear to would-be predators as something other than a plant. In low-light conditions, the bush fluoresces, bathing the landscape in pink, green, and blue lights. Its berries, Swatch Berries, are intense in color and high in chemical elements such as sulfur, lead, copper, and cyanide. These make them great for dyes as well as consumption to satisfy the Vabuian . These beautiful bushes were created by Emeny a personal and final touch to the landscape, with Gaia breathing her strokes into life. These bushes were created for no particular purpose but ended up being extremely useful to early Sterian and Puresterian peoples.
EtemeologyThe tale of the painted bush extends far and wide, with visitors to the Island of Creation bringing back fantastical tales of these bushes. In almost all languages, the bush is named for its rainbow color.In Rashuroar it is called Thai Ohwo which means 'Bush of Many Colors', in Dwarvish the bush is called Zwanada Hrtrt which simply means 'Rainbow Bush', and in Elvish the bush is known as Ria Suwegio which means 'Refacting Bush'. in Chaoxin the bush was called Emenaed Dagiae, which simply means 'Painted Bush'.
Cultural SignificanceThe painted bush was planted by farmers who chose to farm on the origin region's more flat and fertile plains up at the apex of the mountain. The bush would absorb heavy metals such as mercury and other trace elements and produce berries that are based on what it absorbed. This property of the bush became incredibly useful for people who were born with or acquired an allergy to one of the many trace elements common to Vabu. This practice is known as pure farming, and is the predecessor to off-worlder safe cuisine. The berries produced by this bush are incredibly useful in the process of dying fabrics and paint-making. Its variety of intense and vivid colors was incredibly helpful to the dominant Unitarianism religion of the time of the Sters, where the use of rainbow was dominant due to its importance in their religion. The red and purple berries, however, were the most prized to the sterian peoples as they were important colors to their nationstate. The Puresters however valued cyan, white, and gold berries above all else, and required the seeding of specific chemical elements in the soil in order to grow.
AnatomyThe painted bush is a 1 foot high (on average) thorny, woody bush that has ovate leafs with a net-like vein structure, clustered together in a Pinnate Compound arrangement. The leaves luminesces using runes biologically woven into the leaves to give them a vibrant illusory glow. It has a deep root system that absorbs heavy metals and other chemical elements from the soil. Flowers bloom which give way to berries that store the excess heavy metals.
Ria Suwegio (Elvish)
Red Swatch Dye
Blue Swatch Dye
Green Swatch Dye
Yellow Swatch Dye
Indigo Swatch Dye
Violet Swatch Dye