Fairy Flower

Fairy Flower is a multi-purpose flower, spice, and incense across Lossul. Though it is only found in the northern jungle, nearly everyone native to Lossul knows what it is by sight. Depending on how it is prepared, this magical plant has a plethora of uses - whether it is helpful or almost poisonous. Given that it requires a tropical, humid climate to grow, it is not usually successfully grown south of the jungle.   This vine-like plant with dark green leaves and bright pink flowers is named so for its sweet smell and enchanting quality - often distracting unwary travelers in the jungle. Though the plant in and of itself is harmless, larger predators are generally drawn to it in the hopes of catching an easy, entranced meal. Many of the creatures that call the jungle home have either some resistance or immunity to the plant. There are a few brightly colored hummingbirds of a similar bright pink coloration that usually call the vines home, relying both on the smell of the flower and the presence of larger predators to keep themselves safe.

Location

Northern jungles of Lossul  

Alternative Names

Fairy, Pink Haze, Fairy Sweet  

Average Length

One mature sprig can grow to 3-4 ft.
"You can always tell what part of a city you're in by the smell. It's not just about body odors, fish, the sea... But the sweet, alluring call of the Fairy in the entertainment streets. Follow the pink smoke. You'll find it."
- shipmate to another
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Basic Information

Growth Rate & Stages

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Fairy Flower is primarily a vine, with each individual 'sprig' running roughly 3 to 4 feet in length before it will split and start another sprig. It prefers to hang freely, creating curtains of flowers in the jungle where small hummingbirds flit.   Each individual 'sprig' of Fairy Flower can, and usually does, take root if it is in a place to do so. Preferring tree bark or soft, fertile jungle soil. It can be a tempermental plant to try and cultivate. No one has successfully done so outside of the norther jungles. The roots are small, delicate things. The plant can easily be pulled off any perch it finds itself - so the 'sprigs' of the Fairy Flower never get too long or grow too crazy so as to weigh itself down. In that way, the plant grows in neat curtains. Growing out and creating a new 'sprig' only when it must. Thus, it is not necessarily an invasive vine either.   Though it has never been successfully cultivated, it has been observed growing rather quickly to claim whatever available space before simply existing in flowering cycles. The curtain will bloom in the rainy, hot seasons of the jungle then go through a dormant phase, before repeating. There hasn't been an observable end to the Fairy Flower. It has only died when brought out of the jungle and grown by human hands.

Additional Information

Uses, Products & Exploitation

Commonly

Grown wild, the flower has a sweet, enticing smell that draws all manner of animals and pollinators. This smell is a mild aphodisiac for most humanoids and, in high concentractions in certain portions of the jungle, it's been known to cause hallucinogenic affects. While in and of itself harmless, it's led many explorers and adventures into dangerous situations with predatory flora and fauna that linger in these areas, hoping to prey upon anything that is inebriated off the smell.   In the nearest villages and cities, people collect the flower for sweet teas and incense. Diluted, the fairy flower is just a pleasant drink that usually doesn't require any sugary additives or a floral, albeit unique, smell. Close to the jungle, it's a commoner's drink and smell.
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by Dimitri Bong
 
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by Paul Einerhand

Purified

The farther south in Lossul, where shipments from the jungle are rare and thus ingredients are more expensive, fairy flower is shipped out in a dried form and broken down into powders. Crushed, compressed, sifted, and crystalized, the flower becomes a sweet alcohol or pink-smoke drug with mild depressive affects that is easily identified by the fragrant, sweet smell that lingers in the air. It's rather popular in the entertainment areas of large cities since it is relatively harmless and has a very inoffensive smell.

Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms


Fairy Hummingbirds

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These bright, small birds are only found around Fairy Flowers. Aptly named, they survive exclusively on the nectar produced by the Fairy Flower and are immune to its mind-altering allure. If anything, that is what draws lost or displaced birds to the Fairy Flower's location. The bird's life cycles reflect that of the sweet smelling vine. When it is blooming, the birds are most active. At the height of the plant's bloom, they mate and construct hanging nests amongst the trees the vine hangs on. When the vine goes dormant, the birds go into a sort of quiet stasis. Hybernating until the vine starts to bloom and provide for them once more.
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Comments

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
9 Apr, 2021 21:37

You have a great css and very nice pictures, I love the look of your article!   " bright pink flowers is names so for its" should be "named"   " The curtain will bloom in the rainy, hot seasons of the jungle then go through a dormant phase, before repeating." Do the hummingbirds leave during that time? Without the flowers, they stand rather exposed with their bright colouring…   " hoping to prey upon anything that inebriated off the smell." I think that should be "that is inebriated".   " Close to the jungle, it's a commoner's drink and smell." Does that means that it's more expensive in the city and so not affordable by everyone? – ah never mind, you mention that afterwards.   This is a nice flower, it sounds (and looks from your illustrations!) to be very beautiful when it forms curtains in the jungle :D Great article!

12 Apr, 2021 23:59

Thank you so much for pointing out those mistakes XD   You also inspired me to write a bit more about the cute birdies. :3 I appreciate the comment / feedback.

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Sage SailingOcelot
Sailing Ocelot
9 Apr, 2021 22:40

Wow, looks like the Fairy Flower is a very important species in Lossul. You've described it well!

~~~~~~~~ SailingOcelot
13 Apr, 2021 00:11

Thank you so much for takin' the time to read and comment.

What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark?
10 Apr, 2021 11:43

Nice article! The layout and the image you provided are pretty neat. The text is well divided and pretty easy to read. Quite interesting to have animals and humans be entranced by it and having predators use this to their advantage.   I noticed a small typo in the beginning though 'is names so for its' should be 'named'. In all nice read!

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13 Apr, 2021 00:12

Thank you for pointing out the typo! Such things are so easy to just read over. ._.   Glad you like the little flowers. ^^

What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark?
10 Apr, 2021 11:54

Lovely plant! I'd be curious to know about the origins of its name, especially considering how interesting and telling it is.

Author of Interarcanum.
14 Apr, 2021 21:07

Hrm. That is definitely something to consider adding!!! Thank you for the thought and the comment.

What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark?
12 Apr, 2021 20:30

I love the pictures you've chosen. I really like that the flower is used to make tea, rather than the leaves. The way you describe it I kind of imagine it like cherry blossom tea. <3

14 Apr, 2021 21:06

Thank you! I really wanted to tie in the pink color throughout everything that the Fairy Flower... was used for. So! Pink drinks, pink smoke, pink... everything. \o/

What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark?
16 Apr, 2021 18:08

So gorgeous! I can imagine that it's dangerous solely by getting distracted by it!

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Stephanie (she/her)
17 Apr, 2021 04:29

Lovely article! I enjoy the tidbits of your world in this article. I am intrigued by the Fairy hummingbirds!

Warmest Wishes, y'all