Dragonflower

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Dragonflower
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Flora
Official Name Dragonflower
Common Name Fireflower, Spice Bloom
Classification Flower
Common Use Utility, Culinary, Decorative
Origins Unknown
Habitat Humid to arid environments

Dragonflowers are a prolific plant that has blossomed across disparate parts of Aloria for millennia. Known for their fiery colors and lust for water, the plants have been attached to many deities and systems of belief over the years. They are also best known for their uses in spicing culinary creations, but can also form fine, flashy dyes and brighten up any home. The plant’s broad spread has only grown with time, and many have embraced it as a symbol to ignite a passion in cooking, fashion, or one’s home.

History

The exact origin of the Dragonflower is unknown, though its common growth in several areas of Aloria suggests an ancient origin point now lost. The plant was first noted by the Altalar of the Allorn Empire sometime around 2000 BC, when the flowers were found growing in the Sundial Isles and the western reaches of Ithania’s desert. Later, Dragonflowers were found to be growing in the southern regions of the Regalian Archipelago and lastly, the continent of Farah’deen. It was there that the ancient Qadir had tied them to deities of the desert and fire, despite the amount of water that the plants needed, with beliefs calling the plant “greedy” for liquid, and a thief of water. The plant, over the millennia, grew important to many subraces and Cultures. For the Qadir, it remained a key seasoning in their cuisine, while for the Suvial Altalar, its spicy kick was adored among the mix of fierce tastes they cultivated. The Ailor embraced the flower most thoroughly of all. Dragonflowers became seen in their society as a living representation of “Dragon fire”, though few if any Dragon species actually breathed that element. Qaarn, the Red Core, is likely responsible for this anachronism as his worship traveled to the Regalian Archipelago at the same time as the Eronidas and others, forming one of the major facets of Dragon Worship. Regardless, the flowers that bore a draconic moniker became well known and used in the cuisine of groups like the Ithanians, Daendroque, and other southern-aligned societies. The plant could not grow in cooler climates and never caught on in such societies. Today, Dragonflowers are still consumed but are more commonly used as decoration to symbolize passion, romance, aggression, or simply because its colors are stark and beautiful. It is also sometimes used in the creation of dyes for beautiful dresses with fiery colors, which is of particular value in Farah’deen with the pyrophile Songaskians.

Appearance

Dragonflowers stand up to one and a half feet tall, with white, curling, and often moist roots anchoring them to the ground. The plant has a long, thin (yet rigid) stem. Its leaves are the most peculiar, angled outward in a curving up rhomboid, with slight spikes that give a small prick to whoever grabs at them unprepared. There are only between two to five such leaves on any one stem. The final feature of the vegetation is, of course, the Dragonflower bloom itself. It is a five-petaled flower, capable of growing up to a diameter of four inches given the right conditions, but this can be hard to measure as the petals harshly curl back from the flower’s center. The color of the petals can vary from light orange-yellows to a deep, rich scarlet. The plant has anywhere between four to six green filaments tipped with a dark brown anther which protrude from the plant, while the flower’s stigma is buried at the base, and deeper into the flower.

Uses and Abilities

The Dragonflower is primarily used for cooking, the small brown anthers quite spicy and commonly ground into Dragonspice Powder (often just called Dragonspice), a substance comparable to cayenne, paprika, or chili powders. The plant’s other use is in the creation of warm-colored dyes for clothing and fabrics, producing rich reds and oranges naturally to the delight of dye makers. Finally, there is the decorative aspect to the plant, where it is kept in pots and more both outside and inside of homes.

Trivia

  • Worshipers of Qaarn, the Red Core are often particularly partial to Dragonflowers, growing them densely around the homes and within their premises.
  • The wide spread of Dragonflower has been suggested by some to be a result of the Seraph, possibly making this species very old indeed.
  • Some claim that Dragonspice Powder can make one breathe literal fire if they drop a tablespoon of the stuff directly into their mouth. This is not the case, and the resulting “fire” is often just the rapidly blasted out Powder as the prank victim rushes for the nearest source of water or milk.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors MantaRey, AlphaInsomnia
Last Editor HydraLana on 07/18/2021.

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