Say it with Flowers
Knowledge can be intoxicating. It's addictive, destructive, but at the same time enlightening and soothing. Yet you mortals don't know whether you want to know it all, or ignore the truth to put in your own reality. How peculiar...
Memorillies, sometimes named Thought Takers, are a type of plant only found in the Faelands. Growing around the Fae's reincarnation pools, many deem them as the key to remembering long-gone memories. And in some circles, the key to understanding Fae themselves.
Keepers of Knowledge
Most Memorillies grow in large clusters together near the pools where Fae emerge from. While they come in a variety of colours, ranging from red to purple, the most common variant is the paper white one.
What's unique to the Memorilly is the fact that its petals have writing on them. Most of it is written in Sylvan, or a dialect of it, recollecting scattered thoughts. Some are only a mere words, others tell entire stories on their petals.
Ecology & Habitat
Memorillies only grow around said pools, finding nourishment from the thoughts and memories of Fae. Anywhere else has them wither in mere days, regardless of how much one takes care of one.
However, in some situations, the plants showcases parasitic traits. Once attached, it will siphon any memory the host has to sustain itself. Long-term effects of this tend to be memory loss, with the worst cases making one forget basic functions like breathing.
Uses & Cultural Significance
Due to the Memorilly's ability to eat memories, many consider it a valuable plant in the research of amnesia and recovering memories. On the medical market, living samples are rare, but highly sought after. A single flower often sells for thousands, if not more.
By grinding the petals into a drinkable medicine, one can use it to help recover memories. The medicine itself is able to cure all forms of memory loss, often in a couple of days. Though depending on the severity of the memory loss, results can vary.
In some circumstances, it even allows one to gain new ones. What a person learns is pretty much randomised, but they can learn anything from a historical fact to a whole new language.
The danger is that overdosing leads to inconsistencies in one's memory. Personality traits might develop or multiple can manifest as a side-effect. At worst, insanity kicks in.
A particular side-effect of Memorillies is that non-sapient being ingesting it can gain sapient thought. Most show semblance of understanding others, while some even are able to speak or use tools. Extreme cases downright can cast spells, but those are rare.