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Ghost Snow, Aurelia Aurita

Written by CasimirT

Species: Aurelia Aurita Common name: Ghost Snow   WARNINGS: Unless you are a trained medical practitioner, herbalist, high priest or village elder it is strongly recommended that you avoid this flower. Do not let it touch your skin, and god forbid, don't eat it. Ghost snow flowers cause hallucinations that can last a full day after the initial interaction. Vivid colours, shapes, visions can occur and while the flower has no addictive qualities, common folk can easily become infatuated to a point that the flowers repeated use causes long term damage to the mind, body and soul.   Found: Country side, open planes and wide spaces, typically at night Origin: No one knows exactly where they grow, as only the flowers float down over fields, it is thought that they grow on mountain peaks and are brought down by strong winds.   Description: A pale and semi-translucent flower, with four rounded petals in a clover like formation. Its stamen are long and tendril like, similar to the tentacles of a jellyfish. It floats slowly down from the sky and looks like snow. The flowers are the size of an apple and the centre of the flower is a pale blue colour. In the moonlight they glow faintly, and look like ghosts, or snow. They have 'migration' patterns, and settle in the same areas each time. Each bloom comes about every few weeks, with larger blooms present on full moon nights. Due to their predicted settling villages have certain paddocks or fields that are sectioned off and not used, due to the flowers landing there every few weeks. It takes a few hours for the flowers to have all fallen, and once on the ground they stay fresh for a few days after. However once dry it is still recommended to stay away. By the time the fallen flowers are deemed dead or safe, a new bloom comes along and renders the field unsafe again. If the bloom's landing space is over a body of water, that water should not be used to bathe in or drink, cooking with it or watering food crops or animals is also ill advised.   Uses: This flower can be used for medicinal purposes, but only if brewed correctly. The skills surrounding the harvest, storage and use of the ghost snow flower are reserved for a select few. The flower, when boiled (with other herbs), releases the toxins that give it its hallucinatory properties. The petals (not the water) can then be used to cure a multitude of ailments. Such remedies include joint aches and pains, fever relief, calming ointment for wounds and can assist in the relaxation and comfort of a woman during pregnancy and labor. Though it is uncommon practice and frowned upon, the water the petals were boiled in can be used as a pure form of psychedelics and is often sold undercover for a very high price. Its negative impacts on the common people has resulted in this extract to be outlawed. So much so that any one caught using, dealing or making this extract will be jailed.   History: The ghost snow flowers are named as such by locals who have seen over the decades how users of the flowers, that fall like snow from above, turn to ghosts of their former selves. By users they don't mean village elders, witches or priests, they mean common folk who are drawn to its psychedelia properties when touched. All it takes is is for the flower to fall on bare skin for the hallucinogens to take effect. While it doesn't have addictive qualities as a raw flower, the concentrate made while using the flower as medicine does in fact pull people in.

Basic Information

Genetics and Reproduction

Unknown

Growth Rate & Stages

Mostly unknown though it is assumed that the 'ripe' flower leaves the stem or main plant to float and spread over the land.

Ecology and Habitats

Habitat is assumed to be mou tain ranges, as the petals themselves seem to rain down from above like snow.
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Genetic Descendants
Scientific Name
Aurelia Aurita
Origin/Ancestry
Unknown
Conservation Status
It is not under protection as the source of the flower is unknown, and the bud itself is some what of a nuisance, rendering large acres of land uninhabitable.
Average Height
The flowers are typically the size of you palm, with some blooms spanning as large as a plate.
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Journeyman Monkos
Andrew Booth
13 Mar, 2021 09:20

Really interesting article! I love the fact that it's a migratory plant, it's a very unique take on it. That warning at the start certainly evokes a mysterious, dangerous feel, that you carry on really nicely through the rest of the article. Great read!

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14 Mar, 2021 00:34

Wow thank so much! I'm really new to the site and haven't done much on it yet so I didn't think anyone would read this! I really appreciate your feedback, it made my day! :)

17 Mar, 2021 13:49

Ooh this is really interesting! I quite like the warning you have at the start, its a nice touch that made me laugh :') Info wise this is a really original plant, and the fact that its migratory is fascinating ^^

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
2 Apr, 2021 07:12

This is a very cool idea! I love the idea of toxic flowers just raining down on people XD And I love how you've presented your article with the warning.   Do you know why the flowers are not giving new plants where they settle? Because that should be their objective when the flowers are sent away, to colonise new places. Is the ground not suitable outside of the mountain?   I have a suggestion if you want to make your article look more pretty. You can use the bbcode [ quote ] your quote|attribution [/ quote ] (but without the spaces in between). You can do that for the warning at the beginning since it's an in-world warning. You could also do something similar with some of the "uses" if you want.   I spotted a small typo: " mou tain" in habitat with the n missing.

1 Sep, 2021 12:37

Thank you so much for the feedback! x   Yes the grounds outside the mountain top are unsuitable, though i should specify that!

6 Apr, 2021 15:11

Cool idea to have toxic flowers that have regular migrating paths! The warning on top was a nice way to start the article and draws the reader in. If you want you can put this in a quote because that would make the intro a bit more visually pleasing :) I noticed a strange word here 'the petals were boiled in can be used' I think that you mean 'the petals ,when boiled, can be used '.

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10 Apr, 2021 22:15

Hi CasimirT! I really like the imagery of snowfall and the intrigue created by the 'migration' of your plant. Two minor edits that caught my eye: I think you may have missed a line break for "Origin", and it should be "your" not "you" in the Average Height. Great work!

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17 Apr, 2021 11:50

Migratory drugs? o_O That sounds absolutely wicked! I can understand why they banned the extract.

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