Bloombell

Bloombells are Daffodil-like plants that only bloom in the blossoming Spring which once flowered they resonate, as well as perfume. They are rarely found across Atharia, except upon the Bloombell Cliffs; where a whole Orchestra of Bloombells perform.   In the Flora of Atharia, has recorded her experience of the Bloombells. In her book she describes the bell-like chimes of the flowers, which she saw whilst visiting Blomton.

Characteristics

There are many kinds of bloombells, each with their own appearance and sound. On her travels, lists the three types of Bloombells she had found. These are the Belladil, the Dronadil and the Whistlbel. Many scholars and mages are researching the characteristics of these types of Bloombells. Many mages and even Winnie suggest there could possibly be more types of bloombells, though as these plants are so rare it is difficult to find more types.  

Belladil

The Belladil is the bloombell which many think of when referring to these plants. It is the most accessible of the flower, as it is this type of Bloombell which is found upon the Bloombell Cliffs.   It is also the plant which is identical to the yellow daffodil. The round green stem stands between 5 cm to 60 cm (~2 in to ~2 ft), with its bulb stretching at about 1 in to 3 in.   The bulb's tepals and corona, when spread, are shaped like a bell. The tepals and corona of the flower are also coloured, which can vary. Mages are unsure why, but the flower can either be a light peach colour, white or more commonly yellow. in fact its the yellow Belladils which can often confuse people, as the plant truly looks like a daffodil.  

Dronadil

Dronadils look much like Belladils, however they can grow up to almost 1 m. The corona of the flower is also longer and wider than the Belladil, which causes the bulb to droop. The colour of the petals are either yellow, or more of a greenish yellow.   Dronadils hum. Depending on the size the humming is often be low and deep. Many say its because of the droop of the bulb, which causes this strange sound. Winnie of Pinecones Cross even says in her book, "it is the eeriest sound I've ever heard, when I saw these in the Golath Forest."  

Whistlbell

Whistlbells are small and the ones Winnie had found grew up to about 10cm. The colours and shapes of these flowers are the same as a Belladil, only smaller.   These bloombells are easily mistaken to be birds, as like birds these flowers whistle; especially as these plants like to grow at high altitudes.
Lifespan
3 Months

Here ye! Here ye!

Professor Bloomberg's estate was on fire last night!
Twisted firestater at large!
Witnesses are to report to the Lord, immediately!
— The Towncrier of Blomton
 

Public Opinion

Oh, I love springtime mostly for the music which the Bloombells play. Every year I visit the Bloombell Cliffs to listen. One day I'll have a whole garden of different kinds.
— An Elvenkind explorer.
Every, stinking, year. Ding-a-ling-a-ling! If it was during the day, fine; but in the night too! I'd burn the whole lot.
— A resident of Blomton.
They say bloombells are rare, but how can they say that when there's a bunch on the Bloombell Cliffs?
— A Dwarvenkind in a tavern.

Sounds of Essence

Some believe that these plants, when blossoming, expel more than just sounds and smells. Many followers of Taria's Order believe these flowers spread the Essence of Taria into the plane. This inspired many Mages to study bloombells to prove this theory; even though those of the Order is against the notion of there being such a 'theory'.  
At first there was a great silence, but this was until our Mother gifted us with sound. With her infinite power, wisdom and generosity, these Bloombells were giving the ability to sing in celebration of this great gift.
— A Preist, rejoicing the bloombells, during a sermon in the Spring.
Mages who have studied Bloombells and the effect they have with the Essence of the world, are yet to find anything conclusive. Professor Bloomberg is one of these mages who is trying to determine whether if these plants emit Essence and how. However, they were set back, as their home was set ablaze which torched all of their research.   Another mystery is how these flowers can make sound, especially as they look like many other flowers of the world; with stems and petals of vibrant colours. One belief of how these flowers sing is this was a gift by Taria and it is her Essence which spread across the world. When the wind blows, Taria's Essence escapes out of the petals and stamen; causing the orchestra of bloombells to play the music of life.

Wildlife

Even though it is rare to find an orchestra of Bloombells, there are still instances where many have found and observed not only these plants but also their surroundings. Winnie of Pinecones Cross had found many orchestras of Bloombells, and have recorded her findings from observing these flowers into her book, the Flora of Atharia.   Many would also argue that one does not need a book to know sound effects the wildlife. Make a noise and a deer shall gallop, for example. However many kinds of Bloombells do not appear to affect the wildlife at all. Some even attract them.   Winnie of Pinecones Cross had found Bloombells within the Golath Forest. This particular bloombell was a Dronadil, which the orchestra hummed a certain tone which was soothing for the animals, and had attracted many. However, this also attracted predators, both Atharian and beast.
Looking upon a dronadil, I saw the true source of its hum. The bees which feed on these flowers were the bards which attracted the audience of deer and boar; only to have the party interrupted by the hunger of beasts and kin. Twas the song of nature; how brutally beautiful it was
Winnie of Pinecones Cross in her book, the

History

The Seige of Emberfall

Unfortunately, not everybody has fond memories of this beautiful plant. During the Decade of Darkness, Emberfall was under constant seige and bombardment, though famously the city never fell under the Dominions of the Night World.   The dominions had found the dronadil, and managed to use them to craft a Drone Horn; a horn that creates a horrifying droning sound. These horns were mounted to gears and axles, which when they turn they push the wind through the horns to create a never-ending moan. Each night, the Emberites had to endure the sleeplessness these drones caused.  

Uses

Bloombells have many uses when one can cultivate their own orchestra. Planting a bloombell in one's garden requires great skill in botany as, not only do these plants grow in spring, they require many nutrients from the ground. Picking a flower can kill it, and its seeds, within minutes.  
I'm not sure if its him, or the flute; but the music Olyn plays brings tears to my eye. Tears of sorrow and happiness, at the same time. Charming and enchanting.
— A listener to the melodies of Olyn of Riverfoot
However, being difficult does not mean it is impossible. Those who have managed to harvest a bloombell use the plant to create tea, a delicacy in Dovaria. Others dry the plant and scrunch the petals into dust to sprinkle into their pipes to smoke. However, there is a third use that requires more skill than the botanists; making instruments.   Many Atharians have been inspired by these plants to create musical instruments. These instruments are either made by some material, like wood and metal; however, they are also made by the Bloombell itself, or so the bards tell their listeners. One such famous Bloombell instrument is the flute carried and played by, Olyn of Riverfoot; who can be found playing his flute in many taverns across Atharia.

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23 Mar, 2021 19:23

The fact that the group name of bloombells is orchestra is already worth a like in itself in my opinion xp It's a shame though that the rest of the article refers to the group as a band. I like the other name better :)   Interesting idea to have these plants create different kind of sounds depending on their type. The use of them in the siege to keep everyone awake and as instruments were also nice additions. Great article!

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23 Mar, 2021 21:02

I love collective/group names for species, so I had to include one for this. Orchestra was the first I thought of, but then a Band of Bloombells also fit, and I liked them too. I wasn't sure which to choose, so I just used the two words synonymously. Perhaps I could use only Orchestra as the term.   Thank you for the like and the kind comment ♥

Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
24 Mar, 2021 08:43

Oooh I like the idea of musician plants! Great article!   Since people can cultivate the bloombells, can they mix the different varieties together to create different sounds in their garden?   Random idea: you could add a quote with gardening tips explaining how to get different type of sounds from the flower. For example with different type of nutrients in the soil.   Great idea about the horn during the siege! This must have been horrible to hear :D   Do you have details about how the flowers can be make into musical instruments since they don't have wood? It's something I'm wondering while reading and I think the explanation is needed in the article. Maybe by making a special coating on the wood? Or if you put loads of flowers on top of each other and infuse them in water for a while until they dry and then this makes something like papier mâché.  

  • regarding Kefkejaco comment's, I would also vote for "Orchestra of bloombells" as being more fun.
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    25 Mar, 2021 12:02

    Interesting ideas and questions, thank you!   A quote on gardening tips is a great idea! Perhaps it could be from a book or word of mouth from a botany store owner. Definitely, one to add to the list of things to add.   You got some interesting ideas and questions too on how the plant is used for instruments. I was thinking but I forgot to add in, the stem is almost bamboo-like. Once dry it can be turned into a flute. Though now that I'm thinking about it, perhaps the paper mache, or wood varnishing, could be what does it; as a flute would still have the Essence of the plant, which is important to keep.   And, yes, Orchestra is to be the term I use; due to popular demand, apparently :P

    Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
    25 Mar, 2021 10:05

    Another wonderful article Heffe! I really like the uniqueness of having musical flowers that can inspire and potentially be used to make instruments!   A couple of questions, though: do all the bloombells look alike, or is it just by their sound that they are identified as being different? Also, how tall do they commonly grow? I imagine them being as tall as a daffodil but would be good to have a clarification of that.   A wider question for Hefflings in general - how can someone measure or test the level of Essence? I assume the mages do this somehow by magic, but is there a type of technology that can be used?   I really like this article though! Very well done! :)

    25 Mar, 2021 12:09

    Thanks, AP!   You've reminded me of something I completely forgot and I keep forgetting; Appearances! Especially as I would like the different kinds to look different, based on what they sound like. So different shapes, sizes and colours.   As for measuring Essence and the full mechanics of Magic, I'm actually still working that one out. I am leaning towards a fairly open Magic 'system', it really depends on the stories I want to tell and how I want Magic to influence it. A great question and one I need to stroke my bushy beard a few times over.

    Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
    31 Mar, 2021 09:23

    Just read this again with the edits and I still really like it! To the point I wish I could give it an actual extra like :P   I look forward to seeing what you do with the measuring of the Essence too!

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    28 Mar, 2021 11:38

    Great article! I don't think I've read about many plants that make sound. You've really fleshed it out in so many different ways, it's impressive. I quite enjoyed the siege of Emberfall bit, as well as all the quotes that brought the article to life. Overall, a great read and a very unique plant!   While I was reading, I noticed under Dronadil it reads: "Dronadils look much like Belladils, however they can grow up to almost 1[var:units-length-m."

    28 Mar, 2021 11:45

    Oh! Good spot on the small mistake there, thank you :)   I'm glad you like it too.

    Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
    29 Mar, 2021 13:34

    This is such a lovely idea for a plant, I absolutely love that they are referred to as an orchestra! I very much enjoyed reading the small sections on the history and uses of the plant, and you did a great job tying the plant into your world :D!

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    9 Apr, 2021 09:51

    This quote cracked me up xD

    Every, stinking, year. Ding-a-ling-a-ling!
      Overall, the article was really neat. The plant producing sound is fun, and the history & uses make it feel relevant and real to your world. I did find quite a few issues, I think a proofreading round would help improve the article a lot. Here are some of the issues I have found:  
  • The tooltip (?) on "our Mother" shows empty/white to me.
  • This paragraph is missing a name (?) at the start.
  • had found Bloombells within the Golath Forest. This particular bloombell was a Dronadil, which the band hummed a certain tone which was soothing for the animals, and had attracted many. However, this also attracted predators, both Atharian and beast.
     
  • This quote was missing the word "on", I think: "Looking upon a dronadil, I saw the true source of its hum. The bees which feed on these". Additionally, the author of said quote is incomplete. Currently the text reads: " Winnie of Pinecones Cross in her book, the"
  • Also, this last quote also made me unsure of previous things mentioned in the article. Are the bees the real culprit of the sound, or is this just the musings of someone?

    9 Apr, 2021 11:52

    I'm glad you like that quote, it was fun to think of what kind of opinions people could have with such a noisy plant.   Thanks for pointing out these issues, things I'll get tinkering with to fix; thank you!

    Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
    10 Apr, 2021 14:02

    Very well written article about an awesome plant idea. Similar to others i did notice that you start out with a group being called an orchestra and then switch to band. one thought I had is that it could be a difference between a naturally occurring group and a domestically grown arrangement. I personally would use Orchestra for wild formations and Band for domestic formations, but that is just me.

    15 Apr, 2021 11:41

    Oh, I like the idea of using the term Band for domestic formations of the flower. Though I think I'll stick with only using Orchestra. Perhaps the Band of Something could be for something else. Maybe as a bouquet?   Something to ponder about. Thank you :)

    Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
    14 Apr, 2021 17:20

    Hey Heffe! I have you up on Twitch and I realized I hadn't come across your plant article yet. I like the straight forward pleasantness of your Bloombell article, and that it focuses on sound just for something different to read and experience.

    I only have minor notes for you: generally units are not placed immediately next to their value (e.g. 3 cm not 3cm), your tooltips use the French metre rather than meter (cm, m), and you have several orphans:
    -"3in." is orphaned in the second paragraph of "Belladil"
    -"life" in "Sounds of Essense", and -"Atharia." in "Uses"

    I personally think one or two images would be excellent additions but, all-in-all, excellent job!

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    15 Apr, 2021 11:37

    Thank you for your feedback. You've made some interesting points I had to, and still need to, look into more.   I had to look up what you meant by words being orphaned. I have a feeling now that I know of this I won't be able to unsee them. I think that may change once I've completed the CSS revamp I'm working on.   As for metre vs meter, that is the difference between English UK and English US. I write in English UK, as that is how I learned (and grew up) in spelling. The spaces between the number and measurement is interesting too, I perhaps don't need the tooltips either, but I also wanted an excuse to use the Variables feature.   Again, thank you very much for your feedback. I've learned a lot by this.

    Heffé, worldbuilder of The Hefflings
    15 Apr, 2021 14:12

    You know what's crazy? I'm an engineer in Canada that also uses English UK over English US. I have never been corrected, told, or seen metre used in English context (only French). My mistake, I've been doing it incorrectly my entire career/life.   I'm sorry for pointing out "orphans" to you - the same thing happened to me where I was shown what it was and now I see them everywhere. They do help 'clean up' article presentation for relatively little work though (and they're easier to spot than spelling/grammar). With respect to units, you may want to find an equivalent reference to the NIST guide (link below) for your country. I do know that Europe often uses commas instead of periods for decimal places for example (11.1 mm vs 11,1 mm) so perhaps the space thing is similar to the US/UK English situation.   https://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/checklist.html#:~:text=There%20is%20a%20space%20between,superscript%20units%20for%20plane%20angle.&text=If%20the%20spelled%2Dout%20name,of%2035%2Dmillimeter%20film.%22   Regardless I'm glad you found some benefit to my thoughts/comments. Have a great day!

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    15 Apr, 2021 16:19

    Music! That sounds delightful, and a disaster if you're not used to it and want to sleep!

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