Dharamotee

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Dharamotee
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Flora
Official Name Dharamotee
Common Name Miltee Grass
Classification Grass
Common Use Culinary
Origins Sundial Isles
Habitat Various

Dharamotee is an ancient grain originally native to the Sundial Isles of The Far West. It was rapidly domesticated by the Altalar and has ultimately spread across the world into a range of strains that see growth in a variety of climates. Known for their hardiness, individual Dharamotee strains have other visual features from breeding the plant in a variety of ways by those who have grown them over the centuries. The plant commonly sees use in various cuisines across Aloria, and it remains one of the major grains of the world.

History

Dharamotee was originally a species of wild grass native to the Sundial Isles, utilized by the Nasha but not intensively cultivated. When the Altalar arrived at the dawn of the Consolidation, they preferred controlled nature and rapidly domesticated the plant. Dharamotee was ultimately spread across the Allorn Empire, and eventually surpassed it, diversifying into a number of substrains known to wider Aloria. One species even managed to make it to Farah’deen, where it ended up thriving in the desert climate, and even surviving the Great Storm in decent condition. At the same time, back in Daen and The Far West, Dharamotee was changing. The lockdown of the Sundial Isles as the Allorn Empire collapsed saw the need for the grain on the Isles to nearly double. Around 300 BC, the Sundial Strain of Dharamotee grew pale and reacted to the presence of the Void, bending away from those mutated or afflicted by it. There is some debate whether the plant had always had these traits, and its proliferation across Aloria saw other specimens lose said abilities. Regardless, the Dharamotee native to the Sundial Isles now served as a symbol of rejection for the Void as the Suvial grew to loathe the corruption of this Plane on their world. Following the Cataclysm and the rise of the Void-outs launched by the Kathar, the plant became a folk warning system, rumored to tell the launch of such a devastating weapon from the distant continent of Rokhara. In reality, the plant only appears to be able to detect the weapon when it is nearing the downward trajectory of its arc. Dharamotee has remained common across Aloria over the centuries and will likely continue to be, even in a region as ecologically damaged as the Sundial Isles, or as arid as Farah’deen.

Appearance

Dharamotee has a range of appearances between strains, but each have general features which remain the same between the groups. The grain stands between five and eight feet in height with a series of long, thin pointed deep green leaves coating a central, rigid stalk which is a similar tone. The top of the plant is where the primarily grain material is found, with a cone of seeds that sprouts during the appropriate season.

  • Sundial Strain: The Sundial Strain is the oldest variety of the grain, but also the group most affected by magical forces. Its leaves and stalk are streaked with thin white lines, while the grain seeds themselves are a solid white. It also curls and bends away from the Void or anything touched by it, even to the point of breaking its own stalk.
  • Common Strain: Originating from Daen, the Common Strain is closest to the Sundial Strain but remains untainted by Magic with a much wider spread across Aloria. It has a large seed head, but has standard characteristics otherwise.
  • Farah’dhara Strain: The Farah’dhara Strain is the variety of Dharamotee most cultivated in Farah’deen by both the Qadir and the Songaskia. It is known for its split head, with several downward curving seed clusters, its ability to survive droughts, as well as its long-lasting nature once harvested.
  • Eastern/Sihai Strain: Developed by the Sihai of The Far East after contact with the outside world, the Sihai Strain is capable of extreme growth with very little water. It also has the most divided head of seeds, whose weight droops the top of the plant in a particular direction as a result.
  • Sorga Strain: The Sorga Strain is believed to have originated in more arid regions of Daen among the ancient Asha, but this is poorly sourced. Many more contend the Sorga Strain is an offshoot of the Farah’dhara Strain, though the grain can now be found in both regions. Its visual characteristics see divided, dark seed heads, capable of reaching towering heights.

Uses and Abilities

Dharamotee’s main use is in cuisine. As a grain it has a broad range of applications across a range of recipes, and in the kitchens of many Races and Cultures. Its most common use is in Suvial cuisine as a flat base upon which the copious regional spices can be lathered on, while overall it is known to be used in breads and porridges. Dharamotee, like other grains, can also be used to feed animals, in addition to helping make some regional alcohols most common in Farah’deen and Suvial communities. The sole ability of Dharamotee has been mentioned frequently, and only occurs in the Suvial Strain, which is reacting to the presence of the Void. Note: If Dharamotee exists In-Game, it can only exist in a purely aesthetic way, and cannot be used to out an individual hiding Void-related traits or any Afflictions. Instead, only when an outwardly and clearly Void-ridden individual approaches and consents OOCly can this plant bend away at their approach.

Trivia

  • Dharamotee of the Suvial Strain is said to be so potent that even the very seeds, once being harvested and dried, would roll away from one of Void nature if they were to approach. Of course, few Suvial have attempted this, and others would contend that blowing air, or slanting floors might be where the urban legend found its origin.
  • The Eronidas have greatly taken to Dharamotee since their arrival in Daendroc, and it is one of the more notable crops they grow on their Estates.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors Azas, WaterDruppel, MantaRey
Last Editor HydraLana on 02/6/2022.

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