Anti-Crimson, Cleansing Blossom|
The ruins of Antíël’ígӧ|
Cérá-ac’íon Flowers are rare, if not mythical, flowers said to be able to cure Vampirism simply by orally ingesting it. Unfortunately, this flower exclusively grows in the ruins of the Altalar city of Antíël’ígӧ, which is straddled by the Stone Forest, the deadly region of Teled Methen. It has been years since any have found and tested the supposed major use of the flower, and so it remains largely a myth among the scholars and botanists of the world, even if many Altalar and Yanar still believe in its existence.
Cérá-ac’íon Flowers have long been a legend to many, but at least to start, they were indeed real. Said to be a blessing from Estel to a Magic-user called Cérálla during the era of The Awakening, Cérálla as a daughter of Talea Sunvidal ruled over the city of Antíël’ígӧ. Her reign, one of the longest even by Altalar standards, lasted some 450 years. During that time the flower, regardless of its origin from the goddess or not, was cultivated and grown extensively in the city. However, as the Consolidation took hold, and even in later Altalar eras, the plant remained where it was. For one thing, mysteriously, it couldn’t seem to survive in other areas of Teled Methen. Additionally, the citizenry and the aristocrats of the city saw the flower as theirs, a symbol of their unique connection back to the first Allorn Empress. Eventually, when the Altalar Cults rose, the city became notable as a Loyalist stronghold and the flower as a prominent symbol of that faction. It also seems that, at least in some capacity, that the flower was capable of harming or curing Void-related illnesses and so forth. The metaphorical language of the era often used to speak of the plant is confusing, and was perhaps done in an effort to distort the truth on purpose and thus maintain it as a secret tool of the Loyalists. When the Wildering came to Daen, the city and many of its people were lost. Ever since then, rumors and tales have spread and been told of the flower, and the city which was its cradle. The ruins of Antíël’ígӧ are known to exist, but they rest in the hostile terrain of the largest of the Wolond Walds and near the Stone Forest, meaning that few if anyone have ever explored or sought out the flower since the Cataclysm.
The Cérá-ac’íon Flower is said to have a very exotic look. The plant is generally two feet tall and exists as a kind of shrub. Its leaves grow in a unique pattern, with spiral stems featuring narrow, elliptic leaves up to four inches long. Sitting above these is the flower on a thick, browning stalk. The flower itself is yellow, and only emerges once every eight days, according to Altalar myth. These small yellow, three-petal flowers exist surrounded by a shiny and waxy red, spirally-arranged “cone” at the top of the plant. The flowers are nestled in “tongues”, red, downward curving features of the vegetation. The cone as a whole is decently wide, at least three inches, while its height varies between three to five inches.
Uses and Abilities
The true uses of Cérá-ac’íon Flowers are perhaps lost to time and myth. But the one effect which has remained a common myth tossed among Altalar and Kathar society is the flower’s supposed ability to cure Vampirism, specifically Crimson Witches. There are vague reports of such things happening before the Cataclysm, though most point out that Vampirism wasn’t a major illness until after that world event. Regardless, the flower’s supposed close links to the Exist are said to be able to cleanse Vampires, but also help completely eliminate Void Mutations from a person’s body, if not outright attack and exercise certain types of Aberrancy from the body. Still, it has been decades if not centuries since the flower has been viewed with reliable eyes, and until someone gets their hands on it to do proper tests, all of these uses will remain myths.
- Cérálla was said to be the fourth daughter of Talea, and a devotee to Estel since her earliest years. Her herb garden was said to hold a plant from all areas of the Allorn Empire both in her lifetime and later, when the Empire expanded, the inheritors of the garden maintained that legacy.
- Some wonder if the exotic flower maybe has connections to Wormfern, due to their abilities being set against Vampirism.
HydraLana on 10/24/2021.|
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