|Official Name||Grand Papillon|
|Common Nicknames||Leaf Butterfly, Esseinsëccssátӧs Mëssipossá bennësios posso Estel (Green butterfly blessed by Estel)|
The Grand Papillon is a vibrant butterfly that can possess colorations of yellow, green, red and brown in a black framed body. It has survived many disasters, from the devastating war between the Varran and Elven Empires, to the Cataclysm, to the recent military conflicts of the last two decades, such as the Ranger Crisis. It is also known for its large size and currently stands as a symbol of nature to the Faith of Estel while others view it as an excellent pollinator.
The Grand Papillon is originally from what is now known as Ithania. The Varran Empire left the large insect alone, though their children often chased, batted and then ate the creatures. With the rise of the Elven Empire, however, the Faith of Estel professed the butterflies to be living leaves, gifts from Estel herself due to their leaf-green coloration and presence in pollination. Following the war between these two states, the animal was spread down south through Daendroc, reaching Teled Methen, and even reaching a few islands in Hadaria. The animal grew into a minor symbol of Estel, living in and around great sites of nature and the Nenya. Unfortunately, the Night of the Fallen Star began a period of decline for the winged insect. The future Kathar devastated these nature sites and furthermore, less than a century later the Cataclysm and the resulting civil turmoil severely limited the populations of the Grand Papillon. Back in Ithania however, chaos had been averted due to the blend of Ailor and Elven cultures found there, and by 100 AC, the Grand Papillon began to recover as Ithanian populations once again spread south. Today, the Grand Papillon is admired by Faith of Estel worshippers across Daen, but ironically some things haven’t changed. They still pollinate, and Varran children still play with the poor creatures.
The Grand Papillon is the largest butterfly in Aloria. It possesses a wingspan of one foot, with a black-haired body four to five inches long, mainly comprised of their large yellow-lime green abdomen. Three pairs of spindly black legs support the creature while its head possesses red-tinted compound eyes. Their antennae are thin and wispy, extending at a gentle arc away from their head while their proboscis is wound up tight to the body when they aren't feeding. The animal also has remarkable color schemes on both genders as it features a substantial dichotomy like most butterflies. Males possess shades of green and light yellow across their wings while females are light brown with minor streaks of greens and yellows through their hindwings. Both genders have their colors accented by black cells, veins and spots as well as a single spot of red on their backs along the thorax.
As previously mentioned, the Grand Papillon possesses a heavy gender dichotomy as each gender of the insect has very different colorations. In addition to this, males fall more on the smaller side when compared to females. Their gender numbers are equal.
Life Span and Development
The Grand Papillon begins its life as a small white egg about a centimeter in diameter found in low lying shrubs, trees and greenery. With time, the egg will eventually hatch, and the larvae found within will consume the greenery around it for two weeks, growing in size to around 6 inches long. It will then chrysalis itself in a subtle space close to the ground, and over the next two weeks, the chrysalis around it matures and grows in size. Ultimately, it breaks open and out emerges an adult Grand Papillon. They usually live anywhere from six months to a year and can mate at any time. Once mating has occurred, the female spreads her dozen or so eggs out onto greenery, with the cycle beginning all over again.
The Grand Papillon is an exceedingly simple creature, as many butterflies are. However, each gender does demonstrate minor differences in activity. Females are more sedentary, resting far more than males who do the majority of the traveling in their lifetimes. As adult butterflies, the Grand Papillon moves about to various flowers to drink nectar as well as finding trees to drink at exposed tree sap. The animal is overall very docile, not attacking anyone and not able to defend itself easily due to its large size.
Territory and Groupings
Grand Papillons don’t have formal group structures, though they often cluster up together into small groups, especially when males are flying toward a new location.
- The Hadarian populations of Grand Papillon were extinguished by the Chrysant War.
- Grand Papillons are sometimes confused for leaves by unaware travelers so more than a few have been terrified when several leaves suddenly lift off and start flapping in their face.