DescriptionThe plant colloquially known as deadbane is actually the buds of the plant; the entire plant is a fern-like shrub that contains several long serrated fronds surrounding the central stem. The buds grow along the central stem, with the length of the stem giving an indication of the age of the plant.
Habitat & EcologyHumid environments are ideal for this plant, with long rainy periods giving it adequate water to grow its long leaves. They often grow at natural breaks in the forest canopy, their long fronds providing shade to small woodland creatures or frogs. Many grow near ponds and rivers as well, where they can shelter fish eggs.
UsesMost notably, the plant is used in rituals warding against the undead. If a singular bud is placed in the grave of someone, a necromancer or lich is incapable of raising the body. For that reason, it is heavily used in funeral traditions regardless of culture and distance from the natural growing area of the plant. In berilar culture, if you receive a deadbane flower as an anonymous gift, you certainly have an enemy; it is often a portent of death, to the point where the dark blue colour of the flowers is often associated with death.
- A plant may live for decades.
Distribution and SaleDeadbane is native to most of the equatorial forests of Sedesta, as it requires that humidity and rain to be able to survive year after year. Due to its demand outside those areas, it is often dried and ground or baked into cakes.
Seasonal Change & GrowthThe plant is perennial, so the seasons have very little effect on it. There is still an effect however, as the buds are only available for a short time at the beginning of spring. After that they flower and their magical effect is lost, although the dark blue flowers are still very beautiful regardless.
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