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.    

Origin

  The 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.  

Attack

Sea creatures devastated the Eastern coast, by Pixabay

Afterwards, the magic failed to dissipate properly and the land had to be left uninhabited. In the following five thousand 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.  

Boat-attack

Upcoming death, by AmélieIS with Pixabay

  The Alyssenne flower is one of those new species, and the most aggressive of them all.  
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?
— Someone who probably didn't survive long





Habitat

  Alyssenne 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.  

Forest

The Black Forest by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

Table of Contents

French


Featured in the short story


Deathly Flowers


Taxonomy

 
Kingdom
Plantae
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
Sentes
Order
Venenales
Family
Carnivoraceae
Genius
Nigrasilva
Species
Alyssenneflos
Common name
Alyssenne flower
   

Creation

  Estimated -2800 years before the empire creation.

Location

  Black Forest in Estate Alyssenne

Map of the Empire of the Covenant
The Empire of the Covenant is a millennia-old federal empire spread over a whole continent and gathering around 600 independent Estates. Those are ruled by powerful mages, lords and ladies who are the Heads of their Houses and who are linked to the ancestral magic of their Lands. Estates are divided by their affilitation with the Light or Dark political factions.   See Geography, Climate and Demography of the Empire and Political Organisation of the Empire.
     

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Morphology

 

Schema

Alyssenne flower, by AmélieIS

 
Petal
A petal, by AmélieIS
The plant is characterised by its one big, colourful flower that averages 5 to 10 centimetres—the size of a hand. The petals are considered by most to be a beautiful colour, a mix of turquoise, blue and purple. The colour is due to aggregates of proteins that bind magical particles. Each flower has a unique mixture of colours, forming patterns that distinguish them from each other. There are between 20 to 40 petals arranged in three rows, giving the flower a radial symmetry.   The flowers are perennial and never fade. When damaged, the plants can regrow their flowers. However, since they are an essential part of their culture, they hate showing themselves in that state and this puts them in an even more terrible and aggressive mood than usual.   The stamens are a mixture of light pink and purple, and they contain either pollen or chemicals that are hallucinogenic to humans and animals. While the pollen is only released through contact, the chemicals are projected in the air and magic helps them drift over long distances.   The plant floats in water and is fully mobile. It has a short stem that is attached to an enormous network of roots, and it controls both thanks to the magic-protein aggregates located at its base. Each of the roots is hundreds of meters long, and the plant uses them either as paddles or as feet to "walk" if its pond is shallow enough. It can also use them to grab an anchor and project itself forwards. The roots are a bright green and become fluorescent after a magic-filled meal. Thin, red thorns cover them, each containing glands filled with poison.   The plants are sentient. They do not have a brain, but the magic-protein aggregates carry a similar function. Thus, after being partially destroyed, plants can grow back from only the flower or the base of the stem—but not from both at the same time.  
I don't care that the Alyssennes and Lyriennes are the only ones who can study them from up close, there's no way those cursed flowers are immortal! They won't have us believe the first flowers are still lying around in the forest after five millennia. We humans are immortal too in theory, but you'd never see anyone older than a few centuries walking around. I tell you, all of those flowers end up in the stomach of sea creatures sooner or later.
— Delusional mages trying to reassure themselves





Senses and carnivory

  Alyssenne flowers can feel vibrations through their roots and detect chemicals in the water and air. This allows them to recognise both the approach of their prey and other flowers' unique scents. In addition to sentience, the magic-protein aggregates contained in their petals give them a sense of sight and hearing—with the plants able to understand human languages despite not having been previously exposed to them. Plants with damaged flowers and seedlings without a proper flower have diminished senses and are vulnerable.   The hallucinogenic chemicals in the flowers' stamens are a cocktail of volatile neurotoxins relaxing the muscles, hampering logical reasoning, inducing olfactory hallucinations of extremely pleasant smells, and paralysing the region of the brain responsible for magic control. This incites the prey to come closer. Once they are within range, it is too late.   The flowers' roots are extremely fast and agile, allowing the plants to grab and drag their prey towards them. The thorns present on the roots pierce skin, and the poison glands inject their content inside the prey. The pain this causes overwhelms the effect of the neurotoxins. However, it also attacks the magic and the nerves of the prey and paralyses them. Then it attracts the magic towards the roots like a magnet so that the plant can suck it out. The prey are in excruciating pain and fully conscious of what is happening to them when they finally die of magic loss.   The flowers' favourite prey are the gigantic sea creatures that still come to the Black Forest. If not available, they eat all animals living in the forest and any human venturing there.
 

Neurotoxins

Neurotoxins, by AmélieIS

Creatures

Sea creatures, by AmélieIS with Flickr and Pixabay

 
- They smell so good… I have to see them...
- Stop Maurice!
— Someone about to be eaten





Society

Communication and etiquette

 
I just saw this flower go "NAM!" and disappear with Carole! She only said it's not as pretty as she thought it'd be!
— Innocent bystander Toblin
 
Revenge
Revenge, by AmélieIS
          Alyssenne flowers communicate together by touching each other's roots and exchanging a special kind of neurotransmitters carrying magic and allowing for the transmission of complex messages. Thus, they have an elaborate social life.   The flowers have a particular way of entering other family groups' territories. They stand on the border and inch a root over it while also releasing a small amount of their hallucinogenic chemicals in the water—if the amount is not small enough, this is perceived as a challenge or even a mortal offence. The flowers owning the territory come to inspect the newcomers and decide if they grant them right of passage or not. Some flowers make the round of their congeners' territories without coming inside. They only touch each other's roots, probably to exchange news and gossip, before leaving.   The flowers always know when they are being disrespected, and they do not like it at all. Whether the culprits are humans, animals, or other flowers, any such action is met with swift retribution. The flowers have even been known to draw out the torments of particularly disagreeable prey for hours.   A local species of praying mantis has evolved to camouflage themselves as Alyssenne flowers. The flowers find this highly insulted and kill them on sight.   As the flower is extremely important for the plant's social life and they only have one each, they are extremely protective of it. Damaging a petal is a mortal offence, even in otherwise allied plants.





Courtship and reproduction


The hallucinogenic chemical giving the Alyssenne flowers their scent is not for attracting pollinators. As the flowers are sentient, they are not dependent on passive mechanisms to reproduce—in fact, out of spite they eat any pollinators that come close enough, including insects despite them not belonging to their normal diet. Instead, colour and scent are courtship mechanisms devised to attract other flowers' attention and seduce them by showing off their predation abilities. Indeed, those elements depend on the amount of magic a flower is able to obtain from its meals. Each flower has its own preference in the colours and patterns of potential mates' petals and in their scent.   The plants do not self-pollinate. They are polygamous but only reproduce together two at a time. Once plants have decided to mate, they rub their flowers together to put their stamens and pistils in contact. Both plants are pollinated simultaneously and will produce offspring. They do not lose their petals after pollination. The pistil slowly transforms into a follicle, a small, dark blue, nut-like fruit with a hard covering. It contains two to three seeds. The incubation period takes 12 full months, after which the follicle opens by dehiscing to release its seeds into the surrounding water. The pistil then regenerates.   Flowers reproduce on average once every fifty years, always in spring. The entire community is very protective of "pregnant" flowers and catching sight of one is extremely difficult and almost always deadly. Pregnant plants do not hunt, instead the other flowers in their group bring them their catch. If the pregnant flowers do not have non-pregnant partners available, any nearby flowers from other family groups assist them instead. If a fruit and its seeds are damaged before their full maturation, the lost children are mourned by the whole community.
   

Meeting

First contact, by AmélieIS

Pregnancy

Fruit-bearing, by AmélieIS






Seedlings and family groups

  Once dropped into the water, seeds immediately germinate with no dormancy period. Seedlings grow their roots first. It takes a year for them to be able to catch small prey. In the meantime, the parents bring food directly to their roots, first animal corpses then after six months live prey. After a year, they start to grow a stem and the beginning of a flower bud. The flowers bloom when they are five years old, and this event results in all nearby plants visiting to admire the new petals. Younglings have dimmer petals than adults, and they get progressively brighter in the following years, until they reach full maturity at ten years old.   Alyssenne flowers live together in small groups of partnered flowers and their offspring. Seedlings stay with their parents for ten years, after which young plants live together in roaming bands. Once they find partners, they settle into their own territory. Mated flowers stay together long after pollination. They all "hold roots" together and only separate briefly for hunting.  

Group

Family group, by AmélieIS

 
Look how cute they are, all holding roots together!
— Someone about to be eaten





Uses

 
Alyssenne flowers still fulfil their initial purpose by killing all sea creatures invading the Black Forest, thus keeping the Estate safe.   Someone attempting to collect a flower's poison or to send one to a person they wish to kill is enough to make the plants attack. The flowers are not happy about people harming them to harvest them for crafting. The strength of their magic ensures a trace of sentience is left in it after their death. Their spite for the people who killed them would disrupt the magic of any craft in an undoubtedly deadly manner.   If the Alyssennes wish to dispose of enemies, they send them a location pentagrams keyed to a place in the middle of the Black Forest warded to prevent anyone leaving with another location pentagram. The Alyssennes have an observatory in their manor that allows them to spy on anyone in their Estate. They use it to observe their enemies stumbling through the forest and watch their eventual demise at the flowers' roots.
     

Meal

Small snack, by AmélieIs with Flickr

 
- I've heard that the flowers have helped an Alyssenne who was being attacked!
- What? Are you sure they did not just want a snack?
- No, they left only the Alyssenne unharmed. I'm sure they remember who created them and keep some affection for them!
- And I suppose that the Alyssenne in question is not speaking about "such strategic information"?
— Gossiping nobles





Cultural impact

 

Emblem

Emblem of House Alyssenne, by AmélieIS

  Alyssenne flowers are known by everyone in the empire and have always been so closely associated with House Alyssenne that they have made them their emblem.   The Alyssennes' ballroom is also famous. Its floor is a clear, see-through crystal under which is a deep pool of water. A population of Alyssenne flowers floats inside it, showing off their beautiful colours to the imperial nobility. However, if guests are particularly rowdy, the Alyssennes can temporarily dissolve the floor under their feet to let them fall below and become food for the flowers.
Don't be rude with the Alyssennes, they're just as umbrageous as their flowers!
— Proverb


ballroom
The Alyssenne ballroom, by AmélieIS with PublicDomainPictures






Cover image: Alyssenne flower by AmélieIS

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14 Mar, 2021 23:40

Absolutely loving the artwork you've done for this article! Plants having family groups is such a cool concept--great job! <3


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
15 Mar, 2021 12:16
16 Mar, 2021 22:54

Finally got around to making my comment :p This was again some great artwork! I love the origin story of these flowers and I am now curious what others things were created because of the event. The way these flowers live together and blur the line between animal and plant is a really nice touch :)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
16 Mar, 2021 23:15

Thanks :D I got some ideas for an article about the apple tree I've mentioned and I'm very tempted to just invent lots of new species to populate that forest!

27 Mar, 2021 19:36

Oh my you added a new image about the 'NAM' incident I see xp

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
27 Mar, 2021 20:18

Yes XD I've just spent my day doing that instead of being productive, but the image was too strong in my mind not to do it XD

18 Mar, 2021 11:55

Oh wow this is a really great article! I love the concept you developed, and the artwork is awesome!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
18 Mar, 2021 12:39
20 Mar, 2021 00:18

Incredibly creepy, but somehow endearingly adorable as well! Great job!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
20 Mar, 2021 02:25
20 Mar, 2021 12:46

I love all the depth this article dives into and the art is wonderful. Great article!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
20 Mar, 2021 13:46
21 Mar, 2021 16:46

Flowers that cut the middleman and mate by themselves.. I love the idea! Plants with sentience do give me anxiety for some reason, though...   Good fun article!


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
22 Mar, 2021 17:14

Thanks :D My forest is filled with sentient plants, I love how it makes everything so creepy!

22 Mar, 2021 22:42

Glad to see I am not the only one in the killer plant group!


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 Mar, 2021 00:15

Carnivorous plants for the win!!!

23 Mar, 2021 00:50

Ohh I love all the artwork you've done for this. And all the detail about the morphology and taxonomy! It makes my little nerd heart sing. I really love the fact that they have sentience. That just makes them a whole new level of creepy! XD

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 Mar, 2021 07:57

Thanks :D I love creepy plants!

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George Sanders
23 Mar, 2021 04:39

I like all the details about the region and plant. Also, I have not seen the table of contents used much! It works great for the article.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 Mar, 2021 08:00

Thanks :D I tend to put a table of content on all my articles since they tend to be on the long side, and I find it helpful in navigating long pages. I didn't even realised other people where not putting them in their plant article! But then, that's a lot of words just taken by it...

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24 Mar, 2021 07:10

Yeah. It really makes a long article more manageable to read - and probably easier to maintain too.

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23 Mar, 2021 08:12

Sapient flowers. Did not expect. This article started out at something very typically high-fantasy and rapidly evolved into something far more interesting. Sapient, mobile flowers that are still flowers and not plant-people was an interesting read, to be sure. :)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 Mar, 2021 10:47

Thanks! I love the idea of sapient plants having their own society, I find that so interesting even when the are not all creepy :D Since I read "The Hidden Life of Tree", the idea has really stayed with me that all real world plants can communicate together, and that a poor tree planted all alone is probably unhappy...

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Gege Escriva
23 Mar, 2021 21:46

I finally got to comment in your entry and I have to say that this is a really nice article! I love how you cared about almost every detail, from their origin to the description of their reproductive cycle.   The artwork is very beautiful! The beauty of these flowers surely contrasts a lot with their fierceness. I like that you included a detailed scheme of their anatomy, it was a nice touch!   Also, there are many interesting things here. It is by far the second carnivore aquatic plant I've found among the entries, it is a very interesting concept and is not too used. The fact that they're sentient is amazing, is nice to see how blurry can be the line between different kinds of living creatures, is something curious but it happens in our world as well. The influence of this plant in the culture of you world's society is interesting, especially how it's related to royal symbolism.   I must confess that I can't help but laughing when reading the quotes, they're brilliantly funny, especially this one:  

I just saw this flower go "NAM!" and disappear with Carole! She only said it's not as pretty as she thought it'd be!
— Innocent bystander Toblin
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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
23 Mar, 2021 21:57

Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment XD And thanks for all those nice things you're saying, I'm very happy you think that! :D   I had a lot of fun with those quotes today! I really need to do something similar to all my articles from now on XD

24 Mar, 2021 10:59

Congrats or this great entry!   It was pleasant to read, and I really liked the artworks you did for the entry. This is a badass, really well fleshed-out plant!   Among others, the idea of the plant eating potential pollinators out of spite made me laugh. I also liked the idea of the plant being proud, and eating people who insult it.   I see the house Alyssenne seems to interact well with those plants. How do they communicate? Does the plant still practice photosynthesis to some extent? Or is it exclusively carnivorous now? If it is, does it really need to be green with chlorophylle?   Keep up that good work!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
24 Mar, 2021 14:46

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you like my flower :D   Regarding the Alyssennes communicating with the flowers, I'm writing a short story about it right now! I'll see if I can add a link to the article in time for the deadline! The short answer is that the Alyssennes just talk to the flowers and the flowers may or may not deign to listen to them... In general they are pretty curious about the family so they will at least listen to what they have to say. The Alyssennes have also something with which to negotiate, but that's a spoiler!   The plant doesn't photosynthesise at all, it's stem and root are greenish-blue because of the magic it eats.

29 Mar, 2021 08:18

Damn, I've gotta say I came back to check on your entry, and the amount of images and styling you did is impressive. This has become quite the article!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 Mar, 2021 12:55

Thanks :D I really cannot be stopped editing this article, hopefully Camp Nanowrimo starting this week will keep me busy with something else!

27 Mar, 2021 02:36

This is an excellent entry. I love your quotes, artwork, and particularly enjoyed your morphology and reproduction sections.

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27 Mar, 2021 09:29
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Andrew Booth
27 Mar, 2021 21:22

Amazing article, lovely artwork, sentient plants that get angry when disrespected make me happy, and I did legitimately laugh a couple of times at the attributions on the quotes. "Somebody about to be eaten", indeed. Great read!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
27 Mar, 2021 22:40

Thanks :D Glad you liked it!

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Luca Poddighe
28 Mar, 2021 12:24

Fantastic job! I have a question: you mentioned that the stamens may contain some allucinogenic substance, what kind of allucinations do they get? Does it varies according to the psycho-physical state of the prey or does it depend on the biochemical properties of the neuropeptide (it may not be a peptide at all, but sounded likely)? They could give a nicely sensation so that preys die in a sort of ecstasys, even if that's probably out of character, or give them nightmares causing them to shake and twitch getting more rapidly envenomed by the thorns. Caught as well this typo "Sedlings stay with their parents".

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
28 Mar, 2021 14:52

Thanks for your comment, this is a great idea to add in the article. You made me think about several stuff I had neglected. For now I've added:   "The hallucinogenic chemicals in the flowers' stamens are a cocktail of volatile neurotoxins relaxing the muscles, hampering logical reasoning, inducing olfactory hallucinations of extremely pleasant smells, and paralysing the region of the brain responsible for magic control. This incites the prey to come closer."   I've also added a bit further down " The thorns present on the roots pierce skin, and the poison glands inject their content inside the prey. The pain this causes overwhelm the effect of the neurotoxins, but it also attacks the magic and the nerves of the prey, thus paralysing them. Then it attracts the magic towards the roots like a magnet so that the plant can suck it out. The prey are in excruciating pain and fully conscious of what is happening to them when they die of magic loss."   I won't be able to fit any more details, but the idea is that different people and animals are more or less susceptible to the neurotoxins depending on their magical power. People can carry wards filtering the air around them, but the chemicals have another property that is corrosive to magical wards.   And thanks for pointing out the typo, some of them always manage to escape!

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Luca Poddighe
28 Mar, 2021 20:35

That's very cool! I know the crusade against the evil typo is a lost battle, there will be always some to escape!

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29 Mar, 2021 12:48

This is a really great article! I love the idea of those flowers and how you've added personality and a culture to them. It's great how much depth you've added to them. I love the art and the quotes. I don't even know what to add to this. You did an amazing job!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 Mar, 2021 12:54

Thanks :D I'm glad you like it!

1 Apr, 2021 10:25

Wow, that is a fascinating article! Such a wonderful mix of beauty, cruelty, cuteness and dark humor.   I love how you go into the biological and magical details, and the pictures illustrate them so well!   What the flowers do to their prey sounds really scary! I have to admire the way the neurotoxins work, though.   I especially like the insights into the plants' culture, such as their collaboration with other species to share meals or the great importance which their flowers have to them. The section about their society is amazing to read. My favorite parts are their responses to offensive behaviors (lovely comic) and how protective they are of "pregnant" plants. And aww, holding roots is so sweet indeed...   Their relationship with House Alyssenne is interesting, too. Its sounds like a mutually beneficial partnership!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
3 Apr, 2021 10:19

I was sure I had already replied to your comment but don't see anything here... (or maybe I read your comment while I was at work, now that I think about it...)   Anyway, thank you for writing a lengthy comment, I'm very happy you love my flowers :D I'm writing a short story now to explore a bit more their relationship with the Alyssennes - and to give them an occasion to eat people XD

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Precious Edwards
3 Apr, 2021 03:56

Creepy plant...yet I reminds me of a more dangerous version of Devils Snare with a dash of Symbiote thrown in. I was also captivated by your characters and villagers interactions with the Plants themselves. They're like the bogyman of the plant kingdom. Good job!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
3 Apr, 2021 10:15

Thank you :D Yes I had fun with the quotes!

4 Apr, 2021 03:23

I like how you put a lot of time and attention to the flowers. I love the concept of them su cking the magic out of others

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
4 Apr, 2021 09:41
4 Apr, 2021 12:46

This is a great article and I love the quasi- scholarly illustrations. Though the quotes and their attributions are the best!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
4 Apr, 2021 13:00

Thanks :D Glad you like it!

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Joseph Wojkowski
4 Apr, 2021 15:37

Wow! What an incredibly thorough and well laid-out article. I love the use of imagery throughout to help break up the page, and I especially love that you do most of it yourself. Revenge in particular got a chuckle out of me.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
4 Apr, 2021 15:46

Thanks :D I'm glad you like it! Yes I had a lot of fun drawing the flowers for that article :D

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Laura VanArendonk Baugh
5 Apr, 2021 21:07

I'm sorry -- I remember reading this article, but apparently I didn't comment or it didn't stick.   I love your fun quote attributions ("Someone about to be eaten") and definitely those quirky illustrations (all holding hands XD). The idea of sentient carnivorous flowers is intriguing, and their origin in leftover magic.   I have some questions, perhaps left deliberately open -- if the flowers are reproducing but never die, what has the population done after millennia? And how does sight and hearing allow the understanding of languages? These might be concepts you explore in your content, so no worries, just wondering aloud. (A-type.)   Your Artbreeder picture of the Black Forest is very nice, looks original rather than manipulated. Well done. And great colors on the plants, with their individual patterns.   Nice work!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Apr, 2021 06:56

Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment :D I'm glad you like the article and the flowers!   To answer your questions, the flowers do die. A lot of them are killed by the sea creatures. They just have the potential to be immortal and stay around forever. One or two might still be there from the beginning, but certainly not all of them - and even that one or two is dubious, that might just be the Alyssennes and Lyriennes messing with people XD   The understanding of language comes from the magic itself. It allows the flowers to feel intention and guess the meaning of words from the emotions put behind them. They don't understand everything, just enough to know when they're being insulted or praised (which is arguably the most important for them XD). I might elaborate on that after the challenge is done and I can go above the word count.

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Laura VanArendonk Baugh
7 Apr, 2021 16:33

Oh, I see! I'd actually assumed magic emotional telepathy at first, but thought I was wrong after reading re sight and hearing. That should be an easy clarification, though. (Darned word counts! ;) )   Thanks for the reply, and again, nice work! :)

6 Apr, 2021 12:00

I love the tongue-in-cheek quote attributions !

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
6 Apr, 2021 12:14
7 Apr, 2021 15:20

AmélieIS! The (at least) bilingual scientist writer who gives great feedback, has a community mindset, and writes articles even longer than my own :P   My first observation is that your (new) French Version button redirects to your world homepage instead of la meurtriere fleur alyssenne. I'm unsure of why that happened but it may be because you are still translating and haven't published it yet.   I have a couple 'design' ideas related to the FR button, Manuscript Bookcover, and Related Article article blocks: -The FR button may be better suited to the Sidebar: Top area instead of the Sidebar: Content Panel Top -I think the Manuscript Bookcover may 'fit' better if it was beneath the FR button in either Sidebar: Top or Sidebar: Content Panel Top -Adding a 'as featured in' type explanation, or a READ MY MANUSCRIPT prompt (other than just the hover) may help the Manuscript Bookcover as I didn't know that 'Deathly Flowers' was your created work and not a Category. (I do love the little inconspicuous murder flower just sitting on the bottom of the image though!) -I think the 'related articles' title block and article blocks would be better suited in Sidebar: Bottom instead of Sidebar: Content Panel Bottom.   Alright, last overall design/presentation comments. Your use of blues throughout your palette is lovely and (misleadingly) peaceful, especially in combination with the water background image. I also like the wide, textured article border and header backgrounds (which, if you're okay with it, I may 'borrow' the concept in my future work from time-to-time). And thank you for justifying all your text, it's probably my number one personal preference on nuanced presentation!   I love your combination of real/fantastical taxon descriptions (and yes feel free to make your explanations little buttons/tooltips like you saw in my article). Your image choice for the sea creatures is great and your artbreeder forest picture is incrediblely well made. I do chuckle as I read your article (in a good way) because my brain goes:   -ooo serene blue background -MURDER FLOWER -but it saved people -TENTACLES and BLOOD RITUALS -"someone who probably didn't survive long" and all the other "quoted individual" descriptors (lol) -.... and so on   I would suggest updating your schematic image to get rid of the clipped poison gland/thorn detail, and consider adding "frames" to divide the time segments in your HILARIOUS comic.   I could go on but you already know I really enjoy your article and you're a better writer than I. Keep doing great work Amélie!

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Apr, 2021 15:32

Thanks a lot for all of this amazing feedback :D I'm glad you're having fun with my sweet little flowers!   For the French translation, I changed the title of the article and forgot to update the link... But that's corrected now, thanks for pointing that out.   You've got great design suggestions and I'll have to try them out and see what I think about it - I guess that I found what I'm going to do tonight! My Nano project is going to be started in May at the rhythm this is going XD   Feel free to steal the css for the headers! I stole them from Lethan who apparently stole them from Dhelian who is happy that is css is multiplying XD

7 Apr, 2021 16:29

I confirmed the FR link is working, and I don't mean to sidetrack you from Camp NaNo haha Thanks for permitting me to use your/Lethan/Dhelian's Header CSS!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Apr, 2021 17:12

And done! Thanks to putting the taxonomy explanations under tooltips I gained enough words to say that Deathly Flowers is a short story AND to add a new picture :D And now the sidebar and the end of the section in the main text are perfectly aligned! XD   I did everything you suggested except put the related articles below the sidebar. I know that it's where they are "supposed to be", but visually it bothers me if there is not a clear distinction between the sidebar and the main text, it just get too visually clustered (I'm not a big fan of sidebar to begin with because of that).

7 Apr, 2021 17:49

It's all good :) I think you've done great 'tidying' the layout details !

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9 Apr, 2021 12:26

Wow, you've put a lot of thought into this, I really like it! I like the concept of the parents taking care of the young plants, that's almost a novelty for plants. I also love that they can have feelings!:)

Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
10 Apr, 2021 08:58

Thanks! I loved making those murderous flowers being all cute and sweet together :D

KalebClint
Kaleb Clint
10 Apr, 2021 02:00

This is such a great article! I love the plants art, did you do it yourself? I really like that you put so much work just into a plant. (:

Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
10 Apr, 2021 08:57

Thanks :D Yes I did the drawings myself! It was a lot of fun but it did took a while :) I finished the article one week into the challenge but I keep coming back to had more stuff - it's never ending! XD

Master Evanarix
Evan Arix Carbajal
10 Apr, 2021 19:06

Is it wrong that I want to see one of these plants from as close as it's safely possible? xD   First, let me start by saying your quote game is on point.   "The two species have been known to cooperate in killing sea creatures and sharing their corpses." This is one badass image to picture.   "Each flower has a unique mixture of colors, forming patterns that distinguish them from each other." Imagine a picture book with drawings of the flowers. Both families could also have their clothes with designs imitating those of the flowers as an intimidation technique.   "It can also use them to grab an anchor and project itself forwards." For a moment a pictured the plant jumping to attack someone...that's a terrifying image, cool, but terrifying.   "- They smell so good… I have to see them...

  • Stop Maurice!"
  • And Maurice knew no more :P   This is a fantastic and extremely well detailed article. I love it.

    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    12 Apr, 2021 17:52

    Thanks for the comment! :D   Yes I had so much fun with those quotes, it's the first time I'm really using them to their full potential, but now I feel that every one of my articles need to have some dying!   Technically, members of important Houses often have the symbol of their House on their clothes, and the Alyssennes' just happens to be a murderous flower :D Unfortunately, few people have the occasion to see the flowers from up close and so a lot of people don't really believe that they are that dangerous... You can imagine how that ends XD   "For a moment a pictured the plant jumping to attack someone...that's a terrifying image, cool, but terrifying." Yep. That's just like those spiders jumping onto your face - absolutely horrible!

    10 Apr, 2021 19:17

    what a fascinating piece on the culture of the Alyssenne flower. I must honestly say that I laughed at the casual remarks frown in by people about to die and that the Alyssenne house apparently finds it entertaining to watch people struggle to survive.

    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    12 Apr, 2021 17:45

    My sweet little flowers just don't like rude people :(   Thanks for the comment :D glad you like it!

    11 Apr, 2021 17:50

    Consious, beautiful predator plants with a taste for vengeance. That is a lot more scary than a lake full of piranhas!   I love the depth and overall style of your article, too.

  • Someone who is not about to be eaten, please?
  • Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    12 Apr, 2021 17:47

    But with them, you can try abject flattery and have a chance of survival! XD People are just so rude nowadays...   Thanks for the comment :D

    12 Apr, 2021 04:25

    The artwork you made for the article is a nice personal touch!

    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    12 Apr, 2021 17:44

    Thanks! I didn't intend to do more than just a quick drawing but then it just kept on growing XD

    Thicc Shrek
    Thicc Shrek
    12 Apr, 2021 17:28

    I'm gonna eat it.

    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    12 Apr, 2021 17:43

    :p you can always try and see who is going to eat whom!

    13 Apr, 2021 00:10

    This is such a pretty article! I quite enjoyed the reading and I loved all the quotes by "someone about to be eaten". That and the little comic was probably one of my little favorites - though the entire article was so well thought out and unique!   I love the flowers. They're so pretty and just neat. I like the communication aspect and the fact they don't like being disrespected...   ALSO, would never go to a party where someone could dissolve the floor beneath me. >> Just sayin'.

    What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark?
    13 Apr, 2021 18:46

    On your request a new comment :) I have not commented yet on the new nice dividers :p Will give your shortstory a read as well after I did some more work on my oneshot :)

    Feel free to check out My Ship entry if you want to see what I am up to!
    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    13 Apr, 2021 18:47
    13 Apr, 2021 19:08

    Never thought I'd be both crazy wary of a murderous plant, and wanting to properly show them respect (and maybe try to bribe them for safe passage). o_O   Anyway: Next time someone says 'just fight fire with fire', knock them unconscious and drop them in the Black Forest, that oughta teach them why you don't do that. A short-lived lesson though...

    Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young
    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    13 Apr, 2021 19:11

    Hence the ballroom! So that everyone else can properly remember the lesson XD

    13 Apr, 2021 21:26

    A truly amazing article, with so many different facets and awesome artwork it was a joy to read. Stellar work, Amélie :D   I also absolutely adore just how spiteful these marvelous plants are ^_^

    Author of Cenorad ; a bleak-dark sandbox of creativity.
    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    13 Apr, 2021 21:38

    Thanks :D Spiteful sentient carnivorous flowers are the best! XD

    15 Apr, 2021 21:04

    They most certainly are :D   Also that last image you just added is absolutely marvelous ^_^

    Author of Cenorad ; a bleak-dark sandbox of creativity.
    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    15 Apr, 2021 21:30

    Thanks :D I'm spending way too much time on this article instead of doing anything else :p

    20 Apr, 2021 20:10

    The flowers are cool, between their unique culture and prideful disposition(I mean, eating someone for saying you're not that pretty strikes me as a sort of pride. Or mayhaps vanity). Despite this deadly streak, they're also kinda adorable with their care for one another. The original art for the piece is also really cool and greatly helps vizualise the concepts.

    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    20 Apr, 2021 20:37

    Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it :D   Eating someone because they say we're not that pretty is something we all wish we could do :p

    13 Aug, 2021 01:56

    I don't know if the quotes are regular for you or not, but I loved how many have funny author titles. The flowers are very interesting and the concept is as well. I'll be reading it.

    Lilliana Casper   I don't comment much, but I love reading your articles! Come check out my new world, Jerde.
    Eternal Sage AmélieIS
    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    13 Aug, 2021 10:20

    Thanks :D This article is the first one where I started using quotes, but I'm now trying to include them everywhere! They really make the articles more fun to read and write :D

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