Lilliënmark Blom

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Lilliënmark Blom
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Flora
Official Name Lilliënmark Blom
Common Name Regal’s Blossom , Winter Daisy
Classification Flower
Common Use Decorative, Utility
Origins Genevaud, Regalian Archipelago
Habitat Irole Alps

As small and stout as the Lilliënmark Blom appears to be, its significance and symbolism in certain Ailor Cultures is much greater. This purple petaled flower almost appears as a shrub, growing close to the ground in the winter time high above on the peaks of the Irole Alps. While the Genevaud people have claimed to have discovered it in their region, the Leutz-Vixe people have taken sentimental ownership through deep incorporation of the Lilliënmark Blom into their own Culture. The flower became a fashion statement for them to show their dedication to the Regalian Military, and which has given rise to it becoming a symbol of Imperial support. Its popularity only grows as more people adopt the Regal Culture and it has gradually become a staple in their society.

History

The first sighting of the Lilliënmark Blom can be traced back to explorers of the insular Genevaud people, a Variant of the Wirtem who emerged in the last days of the Wirtemcaller Kingdom. Trekking through the mountains that made up their isolated region, they found the flower growing throughout the spur of rocks now called the Irole Alps. They noted it as beautiful, but ultimately, passed it by to continue their work. It wasn’t until decades later, during the emergence of the Leutz-Vixe Culture in nearby lands that abutted the Irole Alps, that the flower would be noticed again. The Leutz were taken by its rich purple petals and dense pattern of growth, with weavers across the Brissaud region soon exploring the creation of dye using Lilliënmark Blom petals. The result was a rich purple color, easily acquired from a local source rather than the expense of importing Black Orchid dye from Killrallis, in The Azoras. However, the raw plant itself also took off in popularity due to its shape, the Leutz beginning to use it to adorn their hair or hats as to show support for Imperial on their December holiday, Enn vun allem Dag, the time when the flower would bloom. As the years passed, the Genevaud eventually caught wind of the flower’s use, and also put it to work, sometimes decorating their hats and hair with it, but largely ignored its use as a dye to instead buy the finished cloth from the Leutz. Today, the Lilliënmark Blom can still be found in the Irole Alps where small patches grow wild amongst the rocky terrain albeit sparsely. However, they are more commonly grown for industrial purposes in fields at lower altitudes in Leutz territory in the shadow of the Alps. They are also planted in public or private gardens due to their beauty in the heart of winter.

Appearance

The Lilliënmark Blom is a small and delicate flower and can be missed if not looking carefully at the ground. The flower grows in clumps across the terrain while standing at a height of eight inches, its slender pale green stem supports a lone flower bulb with a golden yellow center that is surrounded by five to six rich purple petals that grow up to one inch in diameter. Dark green linden-shaped leaves grow at the base of the flower, and can reach a length of two inches, which helps protect the flower's roots from the enviroment and from being uprooted.

Uses and Abilities

The main purpose of the Lilliënmark Blom is to be a fashion statement. Because of its rich purple color, the Leutz people have made it into a symbol of support for the Imperial Family, Court, as well as Regal Culture. For women, the flower is usually pinned into their hats or hair. While for men, a simple brooch is made to be worn on the front of their jackets. The Lilliënmark Blom especially becomes more popular around the time of Enn vun allem Dag, a Leutz-Vixe holiday that occurs on December the 2nd. While this holiday is the most appropriate to wear the Lilliënmark Blom on, it is not uncommon to spot the flower in other seasons. Another common use of the Lilliënmark Blom is to use the flower for dying fabric. The flower is first dried out before being depetaled and ground up into a fine powder of a rich purple tint which is used to then dye clothing into a deep dark purple. However this process is very strenuous and time-consuming as the purple dye takes several rounds to soak into the fabric. Due to this and how rare the flower is, the dye and fabric is very expensive and hard to come by for the common folk and most who adorn the colored fabric are aristocratic or nobility.

Trivia

  • While the rich purple is the most common flower to be found among the Irole Alps, it has been discovered the Lilliënmark Blom can sometimes also grow to be pink or blue. However, these colors are rare finds.
  • It is said that the reason the Leutz-Vixe people took a liking to the Lilliënmark Blom was how similar the flower’s nature is to the Culture's own upbringing. The small flower somehow manages to grow in the roughest environment and blooms only in the winter when it should not. This can be taken alike to the Cultures own survival and persistence in the swamps of Maraisburcke from where the Ithanians and Wirtem combined together and called that place their home.

Accreditation
Writers RaggedyGrace
Processors HydraLana, LumosJared, BillyTheScruffy
Last Editor HydraLana on 04/29/2022.

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