This article contains Adult or otherwise sensitive content.
If you want to see this article please head to your Account Features
and deactivate the adult filter content.
*screams in horror* This is so good Sloqush; all kinds of little horrifying details like how the pollen burrows in and...*shudder* SO GOOD!
While Sunroses lack a mouth and therefore can't talk themselves, they have been known to utilize the mouths of their hosts in order to "talk".
Though so far most of these vocalizations consisted of little else than maniacal laughter and excited giggling.
I certainly did my fair share of maniacal laughter and excited giggling while writing this article, so I am very happy to hear that you liked it :D
In case that you are interested the whole inspiration for the articles was a parasitic fungus by the name of Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, which is commonly also known as the "zombie-fungus".
I love the concept here, Sloqush. Really fantastic and skin crawling stuff. Well done!
Happy to hear that ^_^
Wonderfully morbid! This sense of unstoppable animosity... from a flower. I loved the names you had in the sidebar and the song... oh joy, indeed.
Also known as the "Day of the Rose", the Blossom Massacre was a tragic event that answered the question of what would happen if a large number of people would be exposed to a Sunrose's pollen.
Great to hear that this parasitic, murder-plant was to your liking rikia :D
I am also very happy to hear that you liked "Oh, the Joy", as from the moment I heard this song I really wanted to use it for an article.
In regards to "who asked?", Cenorad is a world that has a tendency to answer questions that no-one ask...or that probably should have never been asked ^_^
This is amazing. I love (hate?) the visceral details of the pollen burrowing into the host's brain. I also really like the diary pages scattered throughout that show the progression of being infected. It kind of reminds me of the cordyceps fungus, but much more horrifying for the joy it feels.
Hey, Emy awesome to hear that :D I am especially pleased to hear you liked the mini-story told through the diary pages, as this was something that had actually never tried before, so I am glad that it worked out.
Also, you are spot on with the cordyceps as this was the main inspiration for the article ^_^
This article is the 49th entry to the peculiar plant challenge that I've read and it's easily one of my personal favourites. The continued escalation of depravity is wonderfully foreshadowed in your use of quotes. The content feels fairly balanced between knowledge and a creepy pasta story with the right amount of ambiguity to let a reader freak themselves out. Link in a stat block for the plant and a controlled humanoid variant, add some original art, and I would believe this article came from a supplement like Volo's Guide to Monsters or Tome of Beasts. Wonderful work!
Oh wow, that's some really high praise there.
I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the article this much :D
As for stat blocks, I actually never have given my creations stats before and I am not sure I will ever do, yet if I should make them all that I can say is; may the DM have mercy on the PC's that wander into Cenorad ^_^
I'm updating my article on my favourite entries this afternoon and I realized the I forgot to mention your cover image is very large when I load your article. I think Dimi recommends 1920 x 500 px. Love the pixel-style artwork you added to the sidebar though!
Truth be told the cover image is actually the smallest available version of the image (431x640), so I am not sure what I can do about it being so large on your end :/
Or do I have to take a version with larger proportions to make it smaller, I am always a bit confused about how images work?
Also, it is great to hear that my murder rose was included in your favorite entries :D
I wonder if it automatically gets scaled by WA to fit the width of the cover image banner in the template? I'm not sure how to fix it or if other people will see it the same way as me. Oh well, something for you to check out if you choose. And thanks for commenting/liking my review article as well!
Oh my... what a truly malicious plant. Especially when they allow their hosts a moment of clarity after the first murder - that's horribly cruel.
I admire how manipulative this flower is - draining all "rival" flowers to become the most attractive one, making the hosts more sociable to spread the infection, and finally making them think that everyone is out to get them. Also, the imagery of the flower bursting through the skull and flying off with the remains of the brain is just lovely... *shudders*
The diary pages frame this article beautifully, too. Great work overall!
Happy to hear that you liked this malicious little murder rose :D
The quotes between the article truly make this piece stand out. Lovely plant article. What a haunting flower D:
I had quite a bit of fun writing those quotes, so it's great to hear that you liked them :D
Oh this is truly a creepy plant! The diary section throughout make this feeling come across even more. Really nice article :)
Happy to hear that :D
" Though I am afraid I might have been a bit overeager in taking in its odor, for my nose is still itching a bit from its pollen." Combined with the header this feels very ominous!
" The capacity to take pride in the act of murder. In fact, even among Cenorad's sentient species, there are very few individuals that take as much joy and glee in the suffering they inflict as this seemingly harmless floret." XD Such nice plants!
" while still holding the remains of the host's brain tightly grasped within its roots." Such a nice image XD I'm really loving your flower XD
" Green River" Is that a real river or some king of river of magic in the sky?
" Though so far most of these vocalizations consisted of little else than maniacal laughter and excited giggling." Aww they're having fun!
Oh they even steal colour pigments from other flowers, how petty XD
I like the explanation that they are too impatient to take over the world properly :D
And they even give magical power to their host! You mention that they also stop feeling pain and enhanced strength. Is the flower dependant on the host fighting skills or does it has some innate understanding on how to move human bodies? Well I say human but that's probably more humanoid, right? Does the host have to be from a sapient specie? A mammalian? Is there any other limit on that?
" it feels as if my brain wants to jump out of my skull from the sheer joy of owning such a marvelous treasure." XD
This is really a great article :D This is such a nasty little flower, I really love it! I also love your mixture of explanation and narration. And great illustrations too!
Hey, Amélie thank you very much for commenting and it is great to hear that my murder rose could bring so much joy to you :D
As for your questions;
The "Green River" is one of four ocean current-like energy networks, which is empowered by the growth of plants and therefore is the most powerful in heavily forested areas. (The other Rivers are empowered by fungi, bacteria, and worms respectively.)
The plant's hosts are indeed all humanoid (there are actually no humans in Cenorad) and are also generally all sapient species as those supply the Rose with the most in the way of "entertainment".
As for its fighting style, the Sunrose generally moves the host body more like a puppet and therefore makes use of its own combat skills.
I just love the concept of the "deadly beauty"
Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all...and we all know how deadly those things are ^_^
The flower is a parasitic serial killer... oh dear. That's awesome! I love the massive u turn taken when reading this. Like it describes how beautiful and awesome it is then BOOM, cue heavy metal track.
I think its particularly worth praising that you approach it using the personality of the flower rather than just what nature intended. The fact that it delights in how deadly it is leaves a feeling of dread and fear. Well done, good sir. A strong entry here for sure.
Thank you very much for all the praise Dylon, it is great to hear that you enjoyed the little murder rose :D
Also as a frequent reader of Cenorad (very much appreciated :D) you probably already know that I love me some U-turns in my articles ^_^
The capacity to take pride in the act of murder.
Great to hear that you liked the journal TC, as this was kind of the experimental part of the article ^^
But given how well it was received it is something I should definitely do more often :D
O_O Set the entire continent ablaze, it's the only way to be sure.
Knowing how Cenorad works doing so will likely only make it worse ^_^
To all our Our Patrons for their unwavering love and support.