|Common Name||Daisy Rose, Lucky Seven|
|Habitat||Across Leutz-Vixe and Dvalan lands|
The Rouzhelle is an innocent little flower, native to a land almost as bloody as its petals seem to be. The ruby-red color makes the Rouzhelle popular in dye making and its scent lends itself well to perfumes, both of which the Leutz-Vixe people take ample pride in. Its discovery is hotly contested, much like the lands the Leutz-Vixe currently live on, as the Dvala claim to have found the Rouzhelle first. Much like both peoples, though, this little flower has spread across the lands as a common, pretty little flower often found for luck.
The Rouzhelle is a close sister to the rose and, according to Dvalan folklore was found beside a rosebush as a sign of the earth’s favoring the Dvalan people. This flower was lifted as a symbol of their Culture, with the red petals crushed into red dye for their identifying flags. However, upon spreading into Dvalan lands and coastlines, the future Leutz-Vixe took the flower and made it to fit their own society, renaming it to the Rouzhelle and allowing the original name to fade into mystery. The Rouzhelle soon became emblematic of the Leutz-Vixe people and their spread, as well as their tendency to claim Dvalan heritage sites and land and call it their own. Today, the Rouzhelle can be found on the banks of any temperate coastline, though it thrives best where these feuding peoples have settled. It is not uncommon to find fields full of Rouzhelle flowers where children run, play, and search for lucky seven-petaled Rouzhelles.
The Rouzhelle is composed of a simple amber-colored, circular center with rounded petals reminiscent of those of a rose. These petals number from six to eight, usually, with seven-petaled Rouzhelles being the most uncommon, and are spread flat. Unlike the roses they’re commonly associated with, Rouzhelles bear no thorns and instead have leaves pointed like a compass. Oddly enough, these leaves always face the same directions, and are always spaced the same distance apart.
Uses and Abilities
The Rouzhelle is often de-petaled and ground into a ruby-red dye used by the Leutz-Vixe in their fashion. Its color is vibrant and the flowers spread quickly and easily, allowing the fashion-focused people to spend more on accessories and trimmings with the relatively low cost. The Rouzhelle dyes often inspire the red-toned heraldry of the local nobility, as the cost of banners significantly lessens when compared with an imported blue or green dye. To the Dvala, local superstition states that only Rouzhelle dyes can create the true color used to represent them symbolically.
The Rouzhelle also naturally carries a scent of sweet vanilla and earthy sandalwood, centered in the cores. Most Leutz-Vixe perfume companies carry a version of this scent, often mixed with light chamomile or lavender, and many Leutzmen abroad associate it with home. Other miscellaneous uses include brewing the petals into tea to lend the drink a pleasing burgundy color, and cultivation in kitchen windows to later use the leaves as a substitute for bay leaves in a pinch.
- The Leutz-Vixe believe that when Bullimelusse ascended from water to the earth, Rouzhelle flowers bloomed where she walked. The Dvala, however, believe that the Rouzhelle was scattered across their shorelines by a union of the Sun and Earth they base their Besas upon, and Rouzhelle bouquets are often present when swearing upon these in particular.
- Seven-petaled Rouzhelle flowers are often picked and pressed, and then encased in clear resin or glass. These charms are then carried on one’s person as necklaces, bracelets, or simply in a pocket for good luck.
- The Dvala will often plant gardens of Rouzhelles outside their homes, hoping that the red color of the flowers will trick any shtriga attempting to attack them in the night into thinking the house had already been attacked and to seek another.