The murderous Alyssenne flowers
Alyssenne flowers are mobile, murderous, sentient, carnivorous plants that eat gigantic sea creatures and any poor human that crosses their path.
OriginThe Alyssenne flowers were unsurprisingly born from the action of the House of Alyssenne. According to legend, during a particularly bad storm season, the Eastern coast of the Estate of Alyssenne was ravaged by the attacks of gigantic, sentient sea creatures able to manipulate magic. To send them back to the depth of the sea, the House of Alyssenne and their neighbours, the House of Lyrienne, performed an extremely powerful ritual. When the magics of the ritual and the creatures clashed, magical storms erupted and devastated the region.
Afterwards, the magic failed to dissipate properly and the land had to be left uninhabited. In the following five thousands years, life managed to return to create what is now called the Black Forest. All of those new lifeforms have developed specific mechanisms to survive in an environment so saturated with magical particles: they absorb them and package them tightly into microscopic cellular compartments where they cannot do any damage. Unsurprisingly, such highly concentrated magic has given rise to sentience as well as special abilities. This has made the region extremely difficult to travel. Even nowadays, only ships can cross the forest by using its river, though not without danger. Since the river empties directly into the sea infested with the sea creatures, it is mostly not worth the risk.
Sea creatures devastated the Eastern coast, by Pixabay
The Alyssenne flower is one of those new species, and the most aggressive of them all.
Upcoming death, by AmélieIS with Pixabay
They say the flowers were created by the blood Lord Alyssenne dropped during the ritual, but what kind of person was he to give birth to such cursed things?
HabitatAlyssenne flowers only grow in the Alyssenne Estate, either in the wild in the Black Forest or cultivated within the Alyssenne manor. It is suspected they need to be surrounded with the magic of the Alyssenne Land to survive. Some have argued the only reason why they are not found outside the Estate is that they have killed anyone attempting to remove them. However, this can only be considered an argument in favour of their preference for the Alyssenne Land and reluctance to leave, for surely the plants would otherwise love this opportunity to spread to new environments. Inside the Black Forest, the flowers prefer to live in water. When kept within the Alyssenne manor, they grow directly inside an artificial pond. Rather surprisingly, Alyssenne flowers have good relationships with other plant species, even occasionally coming to the aid of plants being hurt by animals. The flowers like to grow in the shade of particular species of trees, especially Lyrienne apple trees. The two species have been known to cooperate in killing sea creatures and sharing their corpses. In addition, the year-round apples attract forest animals, guaranteeing a constant flow of prey for the flowers.
The Black Forest by AmélieIS with Artbreeder
Table of Contents
Featured in the short story
Estimated -2800 years before the empire creation.
Black Forest in Estate Alyssenne
Remove these ads. Join the Worldbuilders Guild