Puraanabee was originally discovered by the Asha millennia ago, but the Altalar soon came and took the plant for themselves. They renamed it using the Suvial tongue and have since been responsible for the plant’s pollination across Aloria where it finds use by many all these years later. While capable of being used in cooking and minor artisanal ways, the plant’s primary use is in the creation of the fabric known as linen, which is known to hold the manifestations of faith on the material rather than the skin of the wearer, as has often been the case. This has led many religious figures to at least carry a stripe or flap of the material on their robes and uniforms to help provide some impact when they engage with their faith.
Puraanabee is one of many ancient plants first cultivated by the Asha rather than the Altalar. While its exact purpose is unknown, it was likely used in the same ways it is today. When the Allorn Empire conquered the Asha, their use of the plant was virtually erased from the annals of history. Claims would come in later centuries that it had been Suvial botanists, working to catalog the array of plants the Asha “had ignored or misused in their savage love of cold metals” that Puraanabee came into being. This claim, while false, holds a shred of truth since Suvial working on the mainland were major proponents and growers of Puraanabee in the centuries after its transfer to the Altalar. The plant spread across the Allorn Empire and into lands beyond Daen over the years, where it became commonly used by the Ailor in their many minor nations or stateless villages across Corontium, Oldt Era, and beyond. The Altalar themselves barely used it, as the linen it produced was broadly viewed as crude and lesser, instead being used to clothe their millions of slaves and provide cloth to these groups when it was needed. It was seemingly also the Ailor who uncovered linen’s unique gift to hold and maintain beautiful manifestations of faith when their wearer has that power. With the rise of Unionism, linen became a key fabric in the robes of the religious groups of the faith and gradually was adopted, at least in part, by other groups to emulate this success. Today, Puraanabee is grown for a range of uses by a multitude of peoples, spread far and wide and barely impacted by the many world disasters which have shaken the world in the past three centuries.
Puraanabee grows up to four feet tall with a slender pale green central stem coated in similarly slender, blue-green leaves. The plant’s branching top is dotted with pale blue, five-petaled flowers. The plant’s seeds grow in small brown capsules which serve as the plant’s “fruit.”
Uses and Abilities
Puraanabee’s most common use is the creation of Puraa Fabric, also known as linen among the wider world. Crafted from the bast of the plant, linen is often firm and used as a base in the building of modern garments or for the creation of embroidered works. This also ties into its ability, once it has been processed, to hold icons and images granted by Holy Manifestation 1 on the fabric rather than on the skin of the power’s bearer. As a result, priests of all stripes make use of linen, at the very least in stripes, to grant them a more miraculous appearance and to create an impact when they desire. Puraanabee can also be used in culinary works, its seeds the main focus in these efforts, or being processed into an oil. This oil has also seen some use by artisans in varnishing or paint-creation, but the main niches continue to be fabric and culinary.
- There is some belief that Asha burials once used strips of Puraanabee in the wrapping of their dead which were inscribed with holy words. In this way, the plant’s fabric has long been associated with people’s religious faith.
- The Altalar priesthood is the sole religious group to actively avoid using linen as much as possible, since it is still ironically considered a slave’s fabric.
- Several special shrouds of linen cloth have emerged over the past few decades which claim to have the imprint of the faces and bodies of those holy men and women laid beneath them, and also to produce the effect of Holy Manifestation 1 these people were once capable of producing. This should not be possible now that they are dead, and such reports remain unconfirmed.
HydraLana on 02/6/2022.|
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