Written by FirethornDragon

Melgra is a plant that radiates its light like a candle or a fire. Crehe (elves) uses it to have light in their houses and the streets. They don´t trust fire because of what they call Fire Sickness Eld Sjukan.   The plant Melgra grows in caves and dark places. It has a green oval shape to it like a stretched-out long egg. And it has vines that cling fast to a roof or a wall. Inside the plants, the oval shape is light. The legend has it that it traps fireflies inside it and that is what makes the light shine. The plant lives for about fifty years. And feels warm and nice. It starts to die when the green colours turn to a bright blue.   The Melgra plant can change colour depending on how much you water it. Many clubs use the plant too to have a different colour of light. But it is mostly used by Crehe (elves). Because they fear fire magic, they use the plant for everything you would use fire for. They rarely use fire for anything except during some of their traditions and funerals or cooking.   You must pick the plant while it is still growing when it looks like a little seed. And make sure it has something to climb on to. When it becomes older the vines will get ticker and you can guide the plant to where you want the vines to be. And the shell-like oval of leaves will get bigger and bigger until it stops growing after about ten years. It has seeds that will fall off from the vines when the plant blooms. Then it will turn white from the green and the seeds you can plant in some soil and then in the darkest place you can find. And after six months it will start to grow. The plant blooms every other year. And when it stops blooming it will slowly turn back to green. You know when it starts to turn yellow from white, it stops blooming.   It usually takes two months for it to get back to its regular green colour. The plant feels warm but not warm enough they get burned. Some even carry around one when it is time for winter or when they travel through cold places. Some even make drinks with the leaves and others do some cooking with them. It is the perfect comfort food for when you are sick or just want some comfort food. Every elf has a Melgra plant on them and it is eaten during most of their oldest traditions. Elves use the plant like a lantern and carry it around with them everywhere. Except for the fire elves. They are not allowed to carry the plant or get near them. Because the elves fear that they will burn down the plants.

Cover image: by Charlotte.S


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This article is for Mapvember2021!

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