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Edenbloom

Flower of the Mithril Dragons

Written by RiverFang

The Dragons call this valley "the Heavens," where the peaks of the Spine of Kallex reach far beyond most mortals can travel, only reached on the wings of the great ones that have been welcomed into the Council of Metallic Dragons. Once a generation, this valley is filled with the brilliant whites and pinks of heaven's flower blooms and marks the ascension of an Astral Dragon to their place upon the council that makes their home in the northern fork of the Spine.

Few have ever seen the valley of the heaven's flower, but it is said that the blossoms have not bloomed in centuries, not since the ascension of Wenso the Wise to the council. Even so, those of short-lived lives in the eyes of the Dragons' share stories of the Edenbloom, the rarest flower to be found in the wilds of Isekai, something so unique and graced with magic, that even the scholars of the Unending Scroll cannot reproduce it in their halls as they have with dozens of other rare flora.

The magic of the heavenly Astral Dragons graces the fields of the Edenbloom, granting the rare flora the gift of foresight much like the Dragons themselves. As the Mithril Dragon destined for the council comes of age, the blooms slowly unfurl, until their velvet petals are on full display the day that the ascension happens. Rituals surround this flower of destiny, but only the Dragons know of those secrets.

— Appendix A of the Yllvalion Codex, Flora & Fauna of the Metallic Council
  The Edenbloom, also know as heaven's flower to many of the Elder Races, is the sacred flower of the Mithril Dragons. Holding a small amount of the magical might of the Astral Dragons, the Edenbloom rarely blooms, only on the rare occasion that one of the Dragons is ascending to their new place on the Council of Metallic Dragons. The blooming of the flower and the ascension of the Dragon is seen as a sacred rite of the Mithril Dragons due to the long lives of Metallic Dragons and that many on the Council do not step down until their twilight years.

Basic Information

Growth Rate & Stages

It is unknown how long an Edenbloom lives, but it is believed that the delicate flowers have lifespans similar to Mithril Dragons, but few have ever witnessed the death or the birth of one of these rare flowers. Early writings about the "Metallic Council" have noted that an Edenbloom sprouts when there is an egg and one dies when a Mithril Dragon reaches the end of their twilight years, but both of these occurrences are extremely sacred and private to the Mithril Dragons.

Ecology and Habitats

Edenbloom Fields
It is a rare sight to see one of the hidden valleys of the "Metallic Council" in full bloom with Edenblooms. The last instance of this was when Wenso joined the Council of Metallic Dragons.
The "Metallic Council" is a secluded valley, ringed by the tall mountains of the Spine of Kallex. While the center of the valley surrounded by the Eye of Kallex serves as the home for the Council of Metallic Dragons, the edges of the valley beneath the caves and cliffs that house the hoards of the Dragons are vibrant with lush blooms, thousands of flowers making a soft moving carpet across the floor of the valley. Some of these flower fields are tucked within the alcoves of the valley, hidden from view from those not worthy of the magical sight.   Tucked in one of these alcoves are the Edenbloom Fields, a rolling meadow of blooms that only show their true colors in the presence of a Mithril Dragon. Only once in the last millennia have the fields bloomed, exploding in whites and soft pinks as Wenso took his place on the Council of Metallic Dragons. All Metallic Dragons serve their terms as protectors of this sacred place. This hidden alcove protects the blooms as much as the Dragons that stand watch at the entrance to the idyllic location.

Biological Cycle

Edenblooms do not seem to follow the biological cycle that most flowers do as they do not seem to be either an annual or perennial. The creation of a blossom is not integral to the life cycle of the flowers, but serves as more of a marker of the flower's age, if and when it is given the chance to bloom. When the Edenbloom does finally blossom, the shades of pink and white of each individual petal gives an indication of the age of the flower, but that information is well-kept by the Council of Metallic Dragons.   Throughout a normal year, the Edenbloom moves through a few growth stages. Stories have told that Edenblooms do not sprout from seeds, but appear fully grown upon the presence of a Mithril Dragon egg somewhere in the world. Often, the plants are brighter green with a soft velvet along their leaves. As the flowers move throughout their yearly cycle, these traits will change.   In the summer months when it is warmest, the Edenbloom plant is a brilliant emerald green with a soft velvety feel. As the days grow shorter and the year progresses towards the cold winter months, the plant slowly shifts toward a mint green color and loses its soft velvet texture. This transition in the plant does not seem to be affected by whether or not the flower blooms during that year.

Additional Information

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Steeped in the ancient magics of Metallic Dragons, the Edenbloom is one of the few species in Isekai that can truly harness the power of the Dragons and utilize many of the same abilities that Mithril Dragons can. To say that the Edenbloom is not sentient nor has the capicity to use such power is as far from the truth as the heavens from the Underdark. These magical flowers have an uncanny insight and the ability to often tell the future if only one wishes to listen.  
For the few of us that remain, the Edenbloom is our connect to the past and the future, speaking the words of the ancient of my kind and the possibilities of the hatchlings that will come.
Wenso the Wise
  It is said that the Edenbloom is the Mithril Dragons' tie to the astral plane, a place that transcends flesh and blood. These Dragons are given the gift of seeing snippets of the future from Kallex, although these snippets are far from the whole truth of the future. The Edenblooms have similar abilities, able to show the Mithril Dragons snippets of the future, often tied to events surrounding the Council of Metallic Dragons or the future hatchlings that will eventually come to live in the "Metallic Council".

Civilization and Culture

History

With lifespans millennia long, Metallic Dragons keep much about their quiet valley hidden from the eyes of those outside of their kind. Little is known about the Edenbloom and its history, except what the Elves were able to gather and record in the Yllvalion Codex. This account is lacking a great deal of information, but it is by far the most comprehensive entry ever written on the flower.  

The Dragons speak little of the blessings they received from the Dragon God Kallex, but the delicate Edenblooms, so heavily blessed with the magic of Dragons, are one such blessing that the Dragons of the Council speak greatly of. Their whispered stories in the presence of non-Dragonkind tell of the valley that was once lush and fertile, but barren of color, something foreign to Kallex. He graced the valley with colors as he placed eggs upon the earth.

Each of the eggs of his children brought forth flowers that shined as brightly as their scales, dancing petals that filled the valley with a rainbow. The final flowers that came forth were the Edenblooms, white as the scales of the Mithril Dragons. The children who brought forth these flowers were special and so Kallex made the blossoms special as well.

As the Metallic Dragons grew, so did their fields, covering the once colorless valley with shimmering hues. Soon the Dragons learned of Kallex's blessing the Edenblooms, feeling the magic of the world tucked in the innocent petals of the flowers. With their knowledge, they tucked the Edenblooms away, hidden from prying eyes and those who wished harm upon the Metallic Dragons.

— Appendix A of the Yllvalion Codex, Flora & Fauna of the Metallic Council
Edenbloom
The Edenbloom is often white or pinkish in color and only blooms upon the ascension of a Mithril Dragon to the Council of Metallic Dragons.
Scientific Name
Draconus Edenie
Lifespan
The average lifespan of the Edenbloom is predicted to be as long as that of a Mithril Dragons, lasting for several centuries or millennia.

Conservation Status
Scholars of the Elder Races have determined that the Edenbloom is the rarest flora in all of Isekai, with only an estimated 300 plants in existence. It is impossible to gather a completely accurate number due to the nearly savage way that the valley of Edenblooms is protected, not only by the Mithril Dragons, but all Metallic Dragons.

Geographic Distribution
Related Ethnicities
Other Names
Heaven's Flower, Edenblossom, Mithrilbloom, Dragon's Flower

"Metallic Council"

Near the northern end of the Spine of Kallex, the mountains split to form a sheltered valley where the Eye of Kallex runs, creating a lush valley. Since the Dragons have been in the world of Isekai, the Metallic Dragons have called this valley home, using the tall peaks and rugged terrain surrounding them to protect the Council of Metallic Dragons and the secrets they harbor.   The flowers of this valley are often rare, unable to be found elsewhere in the world. It is said that these shimmering blooms are the gift of the god Kallex, meant to bring color to a place that was once colorless. The Edenblooms hold a special place in the valley, serving a central role in the raising and training of the younger Dragons.  
"Metallic Council"
Geographic Location | Mar 20, 2021

At the very northern end of the Spine of Kallex there is a valley tucked away between the mountains, shrouded from the rest of the world and nearly impossible to enter. These mountains are the tallest in the world, covered in mist and ice.

 

Council of Metallic Dragons

From deep within their valley tucked in the Spine of Kallex, the Council of Metallic Dragons makes their decisions, some that change the path of Dragonkind while others alter the path of the world around them. These Metallic Dragons are often the oldest of their colors, their centuries of wisdom marking them each as defined scholars. The twelve Dragons that govern from high find many things worth preserving, but very few pique their interest as much as the Edenbloom.   Throughout the years, the Council choses the "younglings" to keep watch over the Edenbloom Fields and protect the delicate blossoms from any harm that may come to them. While Mithril Dragons see this role as sacred, all colors of Metallic Dragons take reverence in the position and serve fully with no reservations.  
Council of Metallic Dragons
Organization | Mar 20, 2021

This council is made up of 12 Metallic Dragons, each a direct descendant of the original Dragons that hatched in this valley. Each of them have lived lives full of accomplishment and fulfillment in accordance with their Metallic subspecies.



Cover image: Flora & Fauna Cover by Landscape via Artbreeder, created by RiverFang

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30 Mar, 2021 23:01

Oh my Lord... the design is amazing, it flows so nicely and the quotes fit as well. you write so well!, The whole article flowed with both infomation but also in general it flowed nicely, Wonderfully done

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Gege Escriva
30 Mar, 2021 23:31

Exquisite entry! The design and the art are really beautiful! Also every trait is described with lots of details in a very fluent way. I like that you information about the Council and the homonym valley... the quotes are wonderful!

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31 Mar, 2021 03:54

Beautifully structured article with a fascinating concept! The idea of this flower being connected to the dragons brings up so many options!


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
31 Mar, 2021 08:01

This is a very interesting flowers and your article looks very pretty! I love the illustrations and the colour combination.   Some notes I took while reading:   You're repeating "reach" twice in your first sentence. You could replace the first one by "rise"   This sentence is confusing "and marks the ascension of an Astral Dragon to their place upon the council that makes their home in the northern fork of the Spine." You could try maybe something like: "to mark their ascension to the status of Astral dragon and the northern fork of the spine becoming their home now that they are part of the council."   In ecology, you say that the flowers only show their true colours to Mithril dragons. Does that mean that they also bloom for them and not only during the ascension of a dragon on the council? N, wait, I think I understand now, I mistook Mithril for one group of the Metallic dragons, but it's the name of the species. Is Metallic Dragon just another name for them then? I think you could add a quick clarification in your introduction.   You say the blooming of the flower is not essential to the biological cycle but a marker of age. However, it must serve some function for the flowers or they would not waste resources doing that. Unless it is 1) some vestigial traits leftover from their ancestors after they evolved or 2) it's something that has been decided by a god? The later seems to be the case here, so you could add that information in in this section.   You're repeating the information that the flower is green with a soft velvety feels several times in the last two paragraphs of biological cycle.   "These magical flowers have an uncanny insight and the ability to often tell the future if only one wishes to listen." I'm wondering how the flowers speak.   So the dragons can already se ethe future without the flowers. Do the flowers enhance this ability? How do the dragons use them for that? Or do they just speak with them about it? I feel that this needs some clarification/additional explanation.   In the last quote you're repeating "blessed/blessing" in close proximity to each other.

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David Alexander
31 Mar, 2021 11:09

A thoroughly enjoyable article! The surrounding context thrown in really rounds out the information in a comprehensive manner which I loved, giving me a nice juicy article to sink in to! (as well as beautifully finish it off.. I mean come on I don't even have OCD and I can appreciate that masterwork)

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31 Mar, 2021 13:19

Oh wow, this article is beautiful! Congrats on the excellent design. The plant is really fascinating too, you have a very good balance in the information you give out.

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31 Mar, 2021 19:54

Great article both in design and content! The concept of the flowers being tied to the dragons is really interesting. The quotes sections add some nice worldbuilding as well.

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5 Apr, 2021 13:23

I love the rich lore that surrounds the flower, and I really like that they seem to be connected with the dragons. <3

15 Apr, 2021 16:27

So gorgeous! The article is well-readable, even the header-font is easy on the eyes.   I am now imagining someone who aims to get a Council dragon killed, solely to be able to see these bloom...

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16 Apr, 2021 21:17

Hey Riverfang!   I am literally struggling on what to say for my comment on your plant article. The feedback of my commentary predecessors has covered all the bases - your art, layout, and writing is all great and I just thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Great work!

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