Phoenix Bloom

And as I climbed up the mountain in the Razorblade Range,
I saw it glowing in the dusk, overpowering the red of the setting sun.
The flower started blooming.
It opened up its petals, as they changed colour,
from green to yellow inside,
as the older ones faded from yellow to orange,
becoming red to black,
before they fell and crumbeled to ash.
— Explorer Extraordinaire, Erastus Hemmington
The Phoenix Bloom is a rare flower that grows in remote locations where a spark of the core of the Elemental Plane of Fire meets the Prime Material Plane, or in the Elemental Plane of Fire itself. Sometimes, when an Elemental Phoenix is born in the Elemental Plane of Fire, a flower like this is said to pop up in the prime material plane.

Basic Information

Anatomy

The fully-grown Phoenix Bloom has a stem and leaves that vary in color from black, over dark green to dark red, while the flower consists of a hot yellow young bud in the middle, just above that, sits a layer of orange and red, with old black petals to the sides.

Genetics and Reproduction

With the flaming growth process, the center of the flower releases orange and red pollen that look like cinder during the midsummer days. This release happens in both the material plane as well as the Elemental Plane of Fire. Very different to other flowers, the flower of the Phoenix Bloom, puffs half its genetical information in form of a small pollen-like seeding, into the air from the center of the flower, after which this pollen heats up and fades, making its way into the elemental plane of fire.

Once there, it is carried around by the heat and evocation-magic currents in the Ley Field, attracted to hotter locations or places with more evocation magic.

Upon meeting the pollen-like seedling of another flower by being attracted to hotspots, they fuse in a superheated process and melt their way back into the Prime Material Plane where they use the same path they took to find eachother, in order to find a good spot to root, then growing into a new Phoenix Bloom.

Growth Rate & Stages

When the pollen-like fusion of phoenix bloom genetical information takes root, it develops into a bud that develops into a flower within a day, upon which the bud starts rapidly growing and whilting, as if "flaming".

Dietary Needs and Habits

The seed floating through the Elemental Plane of Fire, collects energy, heat, and pressure. This is all the nourishment the Phoenix Bloom is going to receive and needs, for its lifetime.

Biological Cycle

These flowers whither into a pile of ash during the winter season, and rise up again in spring. The flower undergoes a quick process of making and losing leaves that looks like it was an actual flame since it happens so quickly. These flowers live for up to three years, upon which their stored up energy will have burnt up.

Additional Information

Uses, Products & Exploitation


Cinderpetal - Tea

The probably simplest and least dangerous use is harvesting leaves that have achieved a certain stability, flying around near the source plants, which are then used for teas and as herbs called Cinderpetals. These yellow petals are warm to the touch, are said to have healing capabilities and are used as remedies for people who have just experienced frostbite. At room temperature, these petals can be stored for up to twenty years, and are sought after nobility for their slightly spicy taste in both tea and as spices.

Rebirth of Fire

A more grim usage of the Phoenix Bloom is its original namesake. Back when the Dawn War was raging between Gods/Deities and Primordials, the primordials retrieved more Phoenixes from the Elemental Plane of Fire, by distributing these flowers in the material plane as a sort of drop in point for Phoenixes. Using a well-guarded costly ritual, the petals grow in size, as does the flower, while the stem shrinks and whithers away like ashes, before the flower grows and grows until a warm egg is revealed as the last big petals open up.  
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This resulting egg then works exactly as if the phoenix had perished, and been transported into the material plane, immune to any harm, and rebirthing a phoenix into this plane after one to six days.

Civilization and Culture

Common Taboos

Oftentimes, other elementals, or powerful otherworldly beings, will do all in their power to destroy or claim budding Phoenix Blossoms, as their potential could threaten existing powers or bring even more power upon blooming.
Through the ritual described above, with enough time and effort, a phoenix could be called into the Prime Material Plane, an event that for many cultures can mean the end of life as a potential doomsday scenario. Thus, fragments of details of ritual descriptions are highly sought after by elemental and death cults, and thus these flowers are highly endangered by good natured folk, who would very much prefer not seeing their home burnt to a flaming desert of ashes.

History

The first time these flowers were used, was a result of the Primordials fighting the Gods, deploying phoenixes to burn the land they so desperately wanted in their elemental claws.

...and as the highpriest removed the charred fabric from the flower, which then started flaring up again, blooming, and searing as the highpriest spoke the lines.
The recounting of the phrases, it's not a voice, it is a mix of crackling, chirping, spitting, as the Primordial words, in an Ignan dialect.
Like a flare, the flower lit up, the bud growing, revealing
something
something
moving in the egg that grew out of the opening flower bud.
— Recounting of a dodged Doomsday Event
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Lifespan
1 - 3 years
Average Height
6 - 8 "
Average Weight
0.127 lbs
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Soon, the inner yellow petals of the bud open, turn orange, then red, wandering outside, before they turn black and fall off, to whither away once more.
All the while, new yellow petals keep reforming in the center of the flower.

This process only takes a few seconds and repeats until the flower runs out of heat/elemental energy, and looks like the flower is burning based on the movement, quick aging and colour changing, as well as the ashen whilting of old petals.
Discovered by


Why the flower blooms in the Material Plane:
The Phoenix Bloom was and is used by Primordials to bring Phoenixes as weapons into the Prime Material Plane.
While the Dawn War is now over, the flowers remain, and are a popular target for cultists.
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27 Mar, 2021 18:20

Very cool concept. Will try to leave better feedback when i am more awake/less sleep deprived. but i like the idea of its reproduction happening mostly in another plane. also, the fact that it is sort of a "landmine" able to be used to summon/birth an actual phoenix

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28 Mar, 2021 09:22

Thank you so much! (And I am really looking forward to that feedback :D)

10 Apr, 2021 14:42

Gah......, it took me to long to get back to you (the joys of moving) But all the changes that you have made with the coloring of the text and additions of the quotes are awesome. I appreciate that you used pollen/pollen-like correctly as cells for sexual reproduction as opposed to how many people have been using it as interchangeable with spores. While I wish the geographic distribution had a map (personal preference), the fact that you linked articles mostly makes up for it. The lighter yellow in the last quote is a bit hard to read. (All the other feedback i had written down was covered by other people). As said before though, cool concept and great article.

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11 Apr, 2021 14:00

Holy moly thank you so much (also no worries I feel you, haven't gotten around structural edits) Unfortunately I: 1. Haven't yet come to make the structural changes 2. And cannot diclose positions (although I LOVE the idea) because it might tempt the players in the campaign to seek them out before any cult can get em :D I will definitely work over the yellow and the other feedback right now! Thank you once more

30 Mar, 2021 18:51

Neat flower! I really] enjoyed the pollen shifting back to the fire plane. And the flower colour changes making it look like fire, that was a cool twist from the reader's expectations   I think the text could do with some "tightening" as there are some concepts that are repeated throughout the text. For example, the colour changes are described several times. While it is indeed quite important, as it is a major feature of this plant, it can get a bit too much when described with the same words and cadence.   I personally am not a fan of sentences like "This is further described down below as one of the many ways this plant is used."
They take me out of thinking about the plant and being immersed in the text (unless the whole text is written to be read as an in-world encyclopedia or similar). However, and more important in this case, you never actually explain the why. Not clearly anyways. Why do the flowers go away from the fire plane? Is it because once upon a time they were distributed in the material plane?   Also, seeing your use of colours, I am going to venture that you probably have use of the "full footer" feature. If you were to add everything under "Additional Information" and below, I think the final formatting of the page would look a lot neater (basically, there would be no empty sidebar space). Also: I loved your use of colours in a small but significant way to punctuate the flower changes!

31 Mar, 2021 16:35

Thank you for the in-depth feedback! Now that you mention it, I think I had no idea where exactly to put the "blooming/burning" concept so I kept circling back to it whenever the headline suggested it might fit. I'll work this over! I will try to find the places where I do that and fix it :D   "I personally am not a fan of sentences like [...]" Very good point! I usually tend to write in here as information for my TTRPG players, which I think molded my writing style in a certain way. It is really bad that I don't notice things like this, but I guess that's what these prompts are also partially about, training. I'll attempt to remove that where I find it! Thank you for bringing it to my attention!   "However, and more important in this case, you never actually explain the why. Not clearly anyways. Why do the flowers go away from the fire plane" I will elaborate a bit more on that, since I apparently did not take that down: the transition to and fro Elemental Plane of Fire has both a historic reason (In the war of Primordials and Gods as a way to disperse troops (phoenixes) into the Prime on demand as drop-off points), which is why the material plane is where they bloom, and a biological reason for their lifecycle, because this is where the pollen gather the heat/energy to burn for their rather short lifespans, once they make their way back into the material plane to grow and bloom to repeat the cycle.   Damn, you are definitely right, I gotta make use of that if I have it! Time to use the space better! (Also thank you very very much on that last one, I thought I'd overdone it a bit hehe)

6 Apr, 2021 18:15

Hi Namako! Your article was the first Peculiar Plant entry I read. I absolutely love the 'watercolour' cover image and sidebar photo especially since it pairs with the coloured text you use in your quote and sidebar. I do suggest darkening the yellow in your sidebar as it's difficult to read against the light colour background.   One miniscule design detail I thought may be cool is if you change "ash" to a dark grey in italics to give an extra layer to the dynamics of "crumbling ash" and distinguish it from the final "black" colour of the flower before it disintegrates.   Overall, I really like how you adapted the real-world mythology of a phoenix to the behaviour of a flower. Especially one that is also a secret weapon of war.   -Mark

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7 Apr, 2021 05:00

Hello Mark! Thank you for the praise and the feedback! I was actually looking for a way to round it out nicely, but didn't think of dark grey for whatever reason honestly. So will do that, thank you so much!

7 Apr, 2021 12:00

This is a really fascinating plant! I love how you use actual colours to highlight your descriptions, I don't think I've seen anyone make use of that before in an article ^^. The art is also really gorgeous!

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7 Apr, 2021 12:52

Thank you so much <3 That means a lot to me quq

7 Apr, 2021 18:35

Very cool plant idea. It is nice how the plant actually looks like fire. The art you provided was also very neat and fitting to the plant! The pollen travelling to the elemental plane was a nice idea as well.   One tip though would be to make the yellow text a bit darker since that is difficult to read in some places.

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7 Apr, 2021 19:59

Thank you! I should view the article more in between instead of the preview feature. Your support is highly appreciated!

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7 Apr, 2021 21:42

Your article looks very pretty, I your drawings and the colours. The only remark I have is that the yellow in the side bar is almost impossible to read but I can guess that it's the word yellow anyway.   Your plant is very interesting. I like the reproduction process, and the history bits about it being used in the previous wars to involve phoenix.   Here are a few notes I too while reading:   The reproduction process is really interesting. However, I had to reread it several times to make sense of it. I think the way the first paragraph is written is a bit confusing and it would help if you say in one sentence that the flower both produces the pollen and the pollen-like seeding called "female pollen" or something like that (if indeed all flowers produce both, as it could also be that you have male and female flowers – that could also be an info you can add).   "When the pollen-like fusion of phoenix bloom genetical information takes root," this also feels awkwardly formulated. Here you mean the pollen of the pollen-like seeding fuses, and so do the genetic information contain within them. (it's also genetic rather than genetical).   You could also add mouse-hover snippets to explain briefly what the Plane of Fire and the Prime Material Plane – of if not, add a small explanation in the text.   "This is all the nourishment the Phoenix Bloom is going to receive and needs, for its lifetime." Do you mean that once it germinates it won't feed at all anymore, or that it will feed from the some kind of stuff?   "These flowers whither into a pile of ash during the winter season, and rise up again in spring. The flower undergoes a quick process of making and losing leaves that looks like it was an actual flame since it happens so quickly. These flowers live for up to three years, upon which their stored up energy will have burnt up." This whole thing is very cool! XD   " and are sought after nobility for their slightly spicy taste in both tea and as spices." You have a "by" missing   Do you mean that some people destroy the flowers so that there is no risk of another war?

13 Apr, 2021 19:15

Oooh, that multi-planes reproduction process is nifty! Anyway, normally with lifethreatening plants I'm all 'burn it with fire', but somehow I doubt that really works here? XD

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13 Apr, 2021 19:57

The only situation where this might just do more harm than good ;D