|Official Name||Song Flower|
|Common Name||Twilight Flower|
|Common Use||Ornamental, Musical|
Song Flowers are crystalline musical plants native to the thick forests and mineral-rich mountains of Fendarfelle. Also known as "Twilight Flowers", they emit a pleasant ringing tone twice a day during dawn and dusk. As a natural curiosity, they have been imported and cultivated as ornamental plants in gardens all over the world.
Song Flowers were first discovered around 200 AC during the Ithanian exploration of the wild jungles of Fendarfelle. Upon setting camp at day's end, explorers would hear soft melodies humming through the thick trees. The songs would last mere minutes before disappearing. At first, superstition led people to believe the jungles were enchanted and watched over by magical beings. Some time later, the source of these phantom sounds were traced to a type of pale, translucent flower growing from the jungle floor. It was discovered that these flowers vibrate and produce pleasant sounds whenever sunlight reaches them during sunrise or leaves them during sunset. Since then, the flowers have been taken and cultivated by homeowners as an ornamental plant that provides a little music to spice up their gardens.
Song Flowers are herbaceous plants that grow up to two feet tall. Usually they have one main stem that ends with a flower, though they sometimes branch into two or even three. Their leaves are roughly the size of a human hand, spear shaped, and have toothed edges. The leaves have a deep green color and grow radially in sets of three. They are perennial tuber plants that may live up to a decade. In their native tropical habitats, they keep their leaves year round while their flowers die off and rebloom every few months. In temperate climates, the whole plant above ground may die off during winter, but the tuber and roots remain alive and grow back the following spring.
The actual flowers of the plant resemble tulips, although smoother. The crystalline flowers start off as buds that grow like regular flowers. Once mature, the petals open into a smooth bell shape, almost like a wine glass. Then they start crystallizing. The separate petals fuse together to form one solid object that hardens into a fragile, glass-like material. The petals come in pale pastel colors, with flowers ranging from snow white to various light shades of red and purple.
Uses and Abilities
Song Flowers are a mostly ornamental plant grown for their music, though the more superstitious may claim that their soothing tones have healing abilities. The healers among them may keep song flowers around their clinics to help their patients recover. The plant is usually kept in the ground or in pots, though cut flowers still sing for about a couple weeks afterwards before wilting.
Song Flowers are more opaque during the night when it is cooler, and turn clear and translucent when warm during the day. It is during the transition in-between, when the first rays of the sun shine upon them, or the last rays of the day leave, that the flowers start ringing. This moment lasts no more than five minutes. Each flower produces the same pitch continuously depending on the shape of the flower; taller, slimmer song flowers produce higher pitched rings while shorter, bulbous flowers produce lower hums. The volume of the ringing rises and drops, with peak intensity occurring shortly after the transition begins. Many gardeners arrange their song flowers to produce simple harmonies when they ring.
- Song Flowers always produce soft and gentle tones. As such, no matter what combination of song flowers are planted, it will always sound harmonious.
- What causes the flower to sing is a change in both light and warmth. Overhangs or walls with shadows large enough to cool the flowers down will also elicit a quick song from them.The flowers won't ring during cloudy or rainy days, of course. They can also be made to ring artificially by placing a bright enough light source that also warms them up.
- While not toxic per se, the plant isn't really appetizing either. Anyone trying to eat it would find it displeasing and bitter.
- Among Fendarfelle locals, there is a rumor that a particularly large breed of song flowers exist somewhere on the far side of Mount Trissilat. These rumors claim that there are flowers as big as heads, maybe even bigger, that ring for hours on end in a more deeper buzzing tone, as if calling out to the unknown regions beyond.