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Stemine

A Rose By Any Other Name

  The Stemine, also known as the teleporting rose, is a light blue plant in the rose family of flowers. The flower that sits atop the stem of the Stemine is electric blue, while the stem itself is green. Hot pink thorns dot the stem in sparse bunches.   When one touches the Stemine, they will find themselves teleported to a random place in Totania. There has been no observed limit to its teleportation range. One thing that has been noted is that often it will teleport people into the most inconvenient area possible, be it an area of great danger or an area with little hope of escape. It is unknown currently if it is somehow doing this purposefully, or if this is purely coincidental.   The current theory for why the rose evolved to have teleporting properties is to protect it from predators. The poison from its thorns is nutritious to some of the beasts of the Elven Forest, so to keep them away, it evolved to teleport. It is also possible it was the doing of Sehanine, the Jealous Goddess, whose temple lies within the Elven Forest that the Stemine originates from. Sehanine could have copied the standard rose, made by Melora, and decided to make it flashier.

Spread

  Stemines spread through seeds, however to get a seed requires effort on the part of one who wishes to spread Stemines. Only when one touches a Stemine, therefore teleporting themselves, does the Stemine drop two seeds into the ground where it teleported from and two where it teleports to, beginning the cycle towards regrowing itself. However, only one Stemine of those two seeds can grow. The other seed has been found to be infertile 100% of the time.   It is also found that within a 200 meter radius of a Stemine, another Stemine cannot grow. The Stemine emits a magical aura near undetectable by people, however powerful enough to suppress the growth of other Stemines.

Where is the Stemine?

  Its original place of origin lies in the Elven Forest, however it is unknown whether any remain in the thick vegetation of the Elven lands, as most that aren't Wood Elves have not survived long in the forest, and those that are Wood Elves have refused to comment, saying:
"What does it matter to you? Stay out of our forest!"
The current residence of active Stemines are the Drow caves in Dwarven territory, the office of the Grand Wizard at the Magic College in Zephys, and on each of the Northern Islands. Aside from these, no known locations of active Stemines are available.  

The Uses

  An activated Stemine teleports those that touch it. That is the most basic use of the plant. However, its uses go even further beyond this.   While the initial uses of the Stemine feature it teleporting someone to a random location, this is not the extent of its uses. Talented mages have found that, if they secrete enough Magic as they touch it, they can control to a limited extent where it will bring them.   Not all mages are able to do this. It requires an amount of magic that most people can't reach, though no one has gone through the effort to determine the exact amount, if there is even a specific, general amount or if it varies.
Prayer
by Jarhed

Deactivated Stemine

  When a Stemine has teleported once, it becomes deactivated. Once it is deactivated, it can no onger teleport, and serves simply as a normal rose.

Electric Blue

  Deactivated Stemines are highly sought after by the high society folks of Totania, specifically Elves, Dragonborn, and Kenku. They serve as decorations nobles will use to pretend as if they have gone on adventures, and for this, many merchants with earth magic create fake Stemines, simply normal roses with the same color scheme.   However there is a way to distinguish a real Stemine from a fake Stemine. Its petals hold a special compound in them, known as telero, which produces its trademark electric blue look. It is believed to be the source of its warping powers, though no one has been able to study an active Stemine for long enough to prove that.   When telero is taken out of a Stemine, it is used as a dye. The most sought after dye in the world is the electric blue that telero results in.

Every Rose Has its Thorns

  The pink thorns of the Stemine were considered for a long time to be purely decorative. There was little point to them on the surface, for the Stemine had the defense system of its teleportation powers.   It was found that they only became useful after the Stemine was deactivated. The Stemine can't teleport then, as it has run out of magic. They are a natural defense for the deactivated Stemine, pricking those that try and touch it without care, and secreting a poison that can prove lethal in large enough doses.   This also serves as a defense against mages that try and use the activated Stemine for teleportation. If they touch the thorns on the activated Stemine, the poison manages to mix into the body during teleportation, killing the one that touched it instantly.   The poison of the Stemine is wanted by many assassins, though like the telero from the petals it is very difficult to get. Each Stemine has at most five thorns, and extracting its poison is a task most merchants won't attempt even if they get their hands on the deactivated Stemine.    

Seed of Chaos

Rhoziros Nimphonker
by Jarhed
Stemine seeds can be dug out of the ground before they grow, and if you take a seed before it grows, it won't teleport you. That only happens after it has grown. When taken, the seed has many properties it can be used for.
Of course, primary among these uses is to grow your very own Stemine. There are many mages in history who have tried an act such as this, growing a Stemine as a means of trying to get instant transportation, and many mages who have died for doing such a thing.
However the seeds have further purposes. When consumed, they have been known to fight disease more effectively than most potions created by alchemists. However, side effects include things like people waking up to find one of their internal organs have teleported outside of their bodies, or hiccups that teleport people high up into the air.
The greatest use for Stemine seeds is in alchemy. The Dragonborn village of Tamd, the village known for its prolific alchemists, have on occasion been able to boil down the seed to its most basic elements, and use it for curative potions to prevent disease. The 70th Grand Wizard, Rhoziros Nimphonker, a Dragonborn alchemist from Tamd, was known to have created a sort of panacea from the Stemine seed in a potion, but attempts to replicate it since his death have proven ineffective.

The Stemine Culture

  Deactivated Stemines are held in high regard by noble Elves, Dragonborn, and Kenku as decorations. It is believed that if one holds a Stemine, which Dragonborn nobles colloquially call the "teleporose," then they will be thought of as powerful mages who have managed to survive an encounter with a Stemine. This is especially sought after by Dragonborn, whose society revolves around magic.

In Drow Society

  The Stemine holds a central role in Drow society, as an object of worship. After all, it was the first Stemine discovered in the Elven forest that helped the Drow escape High Elven society, down into the caves of Dwarven territory instead.   It was Chadzar Dalarune that first discovered the Stemine, as he separated from the greater group of runaway Elves. Upon discovering it, its appearance startled him so much that he screamed loud enough to alert his fellow Elves to his location. When they reached him, he was detained immediately for running away. As they held him, he managed to get a grasp of the Stemine. He, along with those touching him, and those that touched those people as they saw them start disappearing, all were teleported away.   This was the foundation of Drow society. Those Elves, who were teleported deep underground into caves, eventually became Drow. The pigment in their skin evolved to conditions that favored little sunlight, and their culture began to revolve around the praise of this flower.

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by genuinetrickster


The Temple of the Stemine

  It isn't necessarily in Drow culture to worship the Stemine, but rather to revere it. This was the flower that helped them gain their freedom from the strict nature of High Elven society. Therefore, it holds a high position in Drow Society.   The first Stemine that brought the Drow to the caves was immediately honored with a temple built around it, and once Chadzar Dalarune and others learned enough about them, they expanded the temple. Now, at the center of the Drow city, a 401 meter by 401 meter temple sits. At each of the four corners of the temple is an active Stemine guarded by guards that are trained for 200 years of their long lives to keep the Stemines safe.     At the center of the temple is the original deactivated Stemine. It has no protective measures around it, for it is a Drow right of passage to travel and take in a small portion of its poison. Every day, a line of Drow come to the temple and build up an immunity to its poison. It is believed that when a Drow reaches the age of 310, if they do their regular travels to the temple, they will be immune to Stemine poison.   On the ocassion that someone has tried to steal or destroy the Stemine, they have been beaten to death by the hundreds of Drow that are waiting to touch the Stemine.

The Exotic Stemine

  The main thing the Stemine does is teleport. This means that, while it originated in the Elven forest, it has spread to many places in the world. Many places that do not have the same perception of the Stemine as the Elves, Dragonborn, and Kenku have.

Elone

  The races of Elone that aren't Dragonborn and Elves rarely get to see Stemines. When Dwarves first saw a Stemine, a deactivated one that teleported into their capital city of Ironforge, they burned it and the Elf who it had teleported.   Conversely, when Humans found a Stemine for the first time, they picked it apart to try and figure out what it was. Twenty humans died of the poison in this attempt, and 13 humans had their hands permanently dyed electric blue. Ever since then, humans adopted the view of Stemines that Elves, Dragonborn, and Kenku have. Gnomes and Halflings have since followed suit.

The Far East

  The Humans of the Jihdi Kingdom in the East called the Stemine "Zhǎyǎn de Zhíwù." This means "Blinking plant." When it first appeared in the Jihdi Kingdom, the observers blinked and found that there was now a rose in front of them, therefore the name it was given. Unlike their western counterparts, Jihdi citizens care little for the dye of the Zhǎyǎn de Zhíwù, instead just taking interest in the teleporting flower power it holds. Many Jihdi have tried to hone its power, but none have been incredibly successful.  

Suwaru Rin

  The Tortles on the islands of the Abral Empire, the Stemine is called the "Suwaru Rin." This means the Sitting Rin, named after the wife of Yamasaki Teruo, a legendary botanist known for the spread of the cherry blossom tree in the Abral islands. Teruo was once sitting in his garden with his wife, Yamasaki Rin, admiring the flowers, when a Stemine teleported over. After that day, his wife admired not the flowers he had grown for her, but instead the one that had appeared in the garden. Each day, she sat beside the flower, and Teruo sat in his normal spot. No longer did he watch the flowers, but instead gazed at the beauty of his wife in the glow of the Stemine.
One day, the seed from the Stemine grew into a new Stemine. Of course, Rin found herself enthralled by it. She had thought a deactivated Stemine was beautiful, an activated one was something completely different. She couldn't help but want to touch it, and when Yamasaki Teruo went to sit in his normal spot, he found both the Stemine and his wife gone. Days passed, and he stood over that area many times, crying for his lost wife.
It was only months later that the seed left behind grew, thanks to the tears of Teruo, into a new Stemine. Glowing radiantly on its own, in the place where his wife once sat, Teruo finally understood the beauty of the flower. In honor of his wife, whose beauty could never be matched, he named the plant after her and the pastime that they shared.   The garden of Yamasaki Teruo is a national treasure. While the Abral Empire is not a nation that finds itself with many tourists, there are many Tortles who travel between the islands, and Teruo's garden is one of the hottest places to go. The original Suwaru Rin still sits there, preserved by a Dragonborn mage who was asked to teleport it back to the garden so it could not be disturbed again.   The Tortle poet Fujimoto Gina visited the garden once on a trip around the Empire. Many poems in his Fifth Collection of Poetry are about Teruo's Garden, but the most striking is the haiku about the Suwaru Rin.

Suwaru Rin

Teruo's Garden   Magnificent, it all is   Most of all, sits Rin

Udai

  The Orcs of Udai are the only race on the continent of Udai not exposed to the Kenku philosophy on Stemines. Orcs don't have a common name for them, they don't care enough about things like that. Not that they'll see a Stemine long enough to name it anything. It is Orcish tradition to, if one sees an active Stemine, to touch it and be teleported somewhere else. Then the challenge begins of making ones way back to their clan. If one completes the challenge with success, they are often selected as the next Chief.
Stemine
by Max a Million
Deactivated Stemine
Deactivated Stemine by genuinetrickster
Scientific Name
Tilek Walpri (Teleporting Rose)
Origin/Ancestry
Rose
Other Names
  • Teleporting Rose
  • Teleporose (Elone Nobles)
  • Tilek Walpri (Dragonborn)
  • Zhǎyǎn de Zhíwù (Jihdi)
  • Suwaru Rin (Tortles)
  • The Pointy Poofy Thingy (Orcs)

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Cover image: Stemine in a Field by genuinetrickster

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17 Mar, 2021 18:23

now this is poggers

20 Mar, 2021 01:12

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21 Mar, 2021 05:54

#1 stemine fan

RovaRed
Christian Cirone
21 Mar, 2021 05:58

#2 stemine fan

Thicc Shrek
Thicc Shrek
23 Mar, 2021 12:04

Finally, some good goddamn food.

31 Mar, 2021 19:22

Hello, congrats for this entry, and for your use of HeroForges.   I'm wondering about the reasons for such a plants to evolve/to exist. What would it get from being able to teleport people randomly? Or maybe it was artificially created? If so, why would wood elves who want people out of their forest create such a plant?   All in all, you made a very good work on the uses of that plant, and its cultural impact. You could add a bit of precision in one part or another, but that's just my own style and yours works well too. However, most of its biology and reproduction mechanisms remain unknown: if you were to add a bit more info on that plant, this is where I'd suggest you to do.   In any case, good job and thank you for this read!

With love,   Pouaseuille.   I finally participated to The Costume Challenge: here's an entry if you like!
12 Apr, 2021 03:48

Thank you! The teleportation isn't exactly random, it brings people to inconvenient or dangerous place as a defense mechanism. Also, it was likely created by the Goddess Sehanine, who wanted to make something fancy and cool!

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10 Apr, 2021 01:42

Quite an interesting plant! First of all you added some great heroforge art and made some nice additions yourself :) The impact that the flower has on different cultures is quite nice and extensive. I still wonder though why it teleports. Is that kind of a defence mechanism and why does it only do it once then? Or was it magically created by accident?   I noticed you changed the layout a bit which is nice but now the titles look a bit smaller so you could consider making them bigger or using the higher headers.

Feel free to check out My Ship entry if you want to see what I am up to!
12 Apr, 2021 03:40

Thanks! Yes, it only teleports as a defense mechanism, but it has only enough magic to do so once. It simply attempts to make the best use of that by bringing the one that touched it somewhere dangerous.   thanks for the note on the headers! I was having a bit of trouble with those :)

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10 Apr, 2021 22:25

Hey Jarhed! Your creation is wonderfully chaotic, and I will probably drop it into the homebrew of my D&D campaign. I appreciate your effort to include your own art, and you hit me right in the nostalgia with the animated pixel image (which I think was added since my first readthrough). I did suffer some eye fatigue with the combination of font selection and font size, and I think you would benefit from additional line breaks between your headers/paragraphs but that's a personal preference. Well done!

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12 Apr, 2021 03:38

Oh thank you so much! I'm excited to hear that you're using the stemine! This was not all my art, some of it comes from my players, who are credited with their world anvil names now (that was my bad before). And yes, thank you for the advice on the font! I'm still getting used to this new layouts.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
11 Apr, 2021 21:48

This is a great article! I love that rose and all the stories and traditions that have evolved around it :D It also looks very pretty in all of your drawing (do you have author credits somewhere for all the illustrations? You have to add them even if you are the author or you'll be disqualified from the challenge).   "Sehanine could have copied the standard rose, made by Melora, and decided to make it flashier." XD   " Its original place of origin lies in the Elven Forest" How do people know that if they're not sure how they were created/have evolved? – later you say that that's where they saw the first one. Do all the other originated from the one that allowed the drow to escape? Otherwise, the stemine could have already been in other places without them knowing.   The stemine doesn't teleport with the person it is teleporting right? That wouldn't be a very efficient protection mechanism. So if someone want to get one, they need to get someone else to touch the stemine first. Do animal also count?.   " They serve as decorations nobles will use to pretend as if they have gone on adventures," lol, great idea, they would totally do that XD   " When telero is taken out of a Stemine, it is used as a dye. The most sought after dye in the world is the electric blue that telero results in." that must be super expensive, given the number of flowers it would take to get enough dye…   " There was little point to them on the surface, for the Stemine had the defense system of its teleportation powers." I'm not sure it's such a great power, given that it can only be used once. Unless the flower has a very short lifespan, it's going to be threaten more than once.   " If they touch the thorns on the activated Stemine, the poison manages to mix into the body during teleportation, killing the one that touched it instantly." Nice XD   " However, side effects include things like people waking up to find one of their internal organs have teleported outside of their bodies, or hiccups that teleport people high up into the air." Such a shame XD The story of the Drow is very cool. I love that they worship the stemine and that they beat to death anyone who tries to steal it XD   " Twenty humans died of the poison in this attempt, and 13 humans had their hands permanently dyed electric blue" XD   " The original Suwaru Rin still sits there, preserved by a Dragonborn mage who was asked to teleport it back to the garden so it could not be disturbed again." How did they manage to find that original one and distinguish it from all the other? Or did they find the body of the wife near it?   " Then the challenge begins of making ones way back to their clan. If one completes the challenge with success, they are often selected as the next Chief." Nice XD

12 Apr, 2021 03:35

Thank you very much for the telling me about the credit, and for such extensive feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed my rose! To answer some questions, all stemines began in the elven forest and were transported from there. The Drow one is just the first one that was recorded.   It does teleport with its target, however it teleports them somewhere dangerous which is why this serves as a defense mechanism, and then the poisonous thorns are the defense that comes after that.   And also, yes sadly they found the body of this poor old tortle woman next to the stemine. They're quite large, so it's hard to miss her body :(

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14 Apr, 2021 22:43

I really like that you have art from some of your players. That's fun! :D   Really detailed, interesting article. I like the different names different species have for them, and the fact the plant becomes deactivated after teleporting someone away.

14 Apr, 2021 23:39

Thanks! My players were really interested in the concept, especially when it showed up in a session, and they really wanted to contribute to the article. They're fantastic!

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16 Apr, 2021 20:43

The Goddess that create this flower is a sadist. O_O But it's a really neat defense mechanism, and that poison sounds real useful.

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