pustuled rose

I have fought bugbears and gelatinous cubes, but I refuse to go near that without a good herbalist in tow.
— Smart adventurer

There are few smells that are as strong as the smell of a pustuled rose. As with other roses the smell is pleasant, with a mossy undertone.

The name comes from the small pustules that grow on the flower petals. When touched they secret a sticky substance that causes inflammation and is notoriously difficult to clean off. If the substance is injested it causes an aching stomach for a day or so, but is generally not deadly.

The substance can be processed further into a valuable anti-inflammatory. This has caused certain herbalists in large cities to specialise in harvesting and processing the secretion from these plants.

Basic Information

Ecology and Habitats

The plant can be found in the middle of open fields, where it stands alone on bare ground, displacing other plants. The older the plant, the greater the radius of bare soil.

Due to the tendency for this plant to appear in open fields it has been possible to cultivate these roses in farmed fields. However, once a rose has taken a hold it is very difficult to get rid of, making it a nuisance for when a farmer doesn't want it.

One reasonable way of doing it is to burn it down, but due to its hardiness one might have to that multiple times a year for a few years, depending on the size of the plant. One danger with this method is that the smoke is very painful when inhaled. It has been described as

A fire in the lungs that does not end.
and in weaker individuals it can also cause the lungs to become filled with mucus.

Due to the difficulty in removing them farmers have learned to check regularely for signs of these plants, be it naturally appearing or artificially planted as a way to sabotage.

Additional Information

Uses, Products & Exploitation

The substance emitted by the pustules has multiple uses. When greatly sped out in oils or fats it can be used as an anti-inflammatory, but when mixed with strong alcohol and injested it can dissolve the stomach lining causing a creature to be painfully dissolved from within, making it a well known assassins tool. However, as a poison it is easy to avoid by abstaining from strong alcohols.


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27 Mar, 2021 17:42

IN the opening quote, i think you meant "tow" instead of "toe"

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29 Mar, 2021 06:47

Yes, thank you for pointing it out so I could fix it :D

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2 Apr, 2021 12:29

Nice plant! Sounds like a real nuisance XD   Has anyone just thrown some seeds into the field or garden of someone they didn't like? XD   " it can dissolve the stomache lining causing a creature to be painfully dissolved from within." That sounds like a very nice way to die XD (btw stomach shouldn't have a e). I imagine that it's used as a poison?   There must be accident with children too, seeing as it looks and smells nice…

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14 Apr, 2021 08:24

Someone definitely has tried to cause mischief, but due to their prevalence farmers check their fields regularly, so it is unlikely to cause significant difficulties.   Thanks for pointing out the typo, fixed now.   Added a bit about ingestion which should answer your question: Yes, they are likely to taste the plant and then they are likely to never do so again.

7 Apr, 2021 22:34

Nice read and great opening quote! Seem like a real nuisance but somehow still useful. I think there is a missing word though in 'to appear in open it', I think you mean 'open fields'.

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14 Apr, 2021 08:25

Yes, thanks for pointing that out. Many things in life are both useful and annoying, so why not fantasy plants as well :)

11 Apr, 2021 01:33

I can definitely tell the use for it, and the way some people will abuse it as poison. It does feel a bit weird that 'it causes bad things' is immediately followed by 'this caused people to specialize in harvesting it', without mentioning the medicinal use until the very end of the article.

14 Apr, 2021 08:26

Yes, that is definitely a structure issue that I have improved upon now. Thanks for pointing it out.

13 Apr, 2021 21:11

So I'm guessing you could sabotage a rival farmer by secretly planting this in their fields?

14 Apr, 2021 08:27

Yes and no. One could try, but it is such a common occurrence that people are on the look out for early signs of these plants.