|Official Name||Triclone Orchid|
|Common Name||Common names|
For centuries, the Triclone Orchid has been an aid to both healers and commoners alike. With its powerful numbing capabilities, the intricate flower has become a staple in healing clinics and medicine cabinets. It was first discovered in the Dorinn region of the Regalian Archipelago, where the orchid continues to thrive today. The Triclone Orchid grows high up in the mountains, where it is cultivated by the Dorinn monks which take residence there. Its unique name stems from the fact that the orchid flower branches into three identical buds, creating an odd yet aesthetically unique flower.
Records suggest that the Triclone Orchid was first discovered between the years 135 AC and 150 AC by a monastery of Dogartan monks. The Triclone Orchid’s numbing capabilities were not discovered until 185 AC when an artist was attempting to create a dye out of the deep blue Orchid flower and accidentally spilled some of the water onto his hand, making it go numb after a few seconds of contact. It did not take the monks long to realize the potential medical use that the Triclone Orchid might have, whereupon they started to cultivate it.
As of now, Dogartan monks in Dorinn are still the sole provider for the Triclone Orchid, despite it being a rather profitable market. The Orchid can only grow on mountains or other areas of high altitude, and generally need access to large amounts of water to properly grow, hence why few take up the challenge of growing the Orchid for a profit. Unfortunately, the many wars that the Regalian Empire has fought in the past decade have further impacted the availability of the Triclone Orchid by damaging the environment of the local populations.
The Triclone Orchid has a distinct appearance that makes it easily distinguishable from the ordinary flower. The Triclone Orchid has a five-to-six inch stem that is relatively thick, allowing it to withstand the harsher mountain climate. It bears three identical flower heads at the top of the stem: one in the center, and then one on either side of it, with each flower having the appearance of a small trumpet. The flowers are a deep blue, almost violet shade, and measure approximately four inches across.
Uses and Abilities
The Triclone Orchid's primary and most treasured use is as a topical numbing agent. It is frequently used by healers to make intense medical work more bearable, and has been found to relieve the pain of an injury proportional to the amount used. When the flower of the Triclone Orchid is pressed, it releases a thin, water-like fluid with a cyan tinge. The flower’s substance alone has strong numbing capabilities when directly applied to the skin, however, it will evaporate slower if made into a salve or soaked in a rag. A small thimbleful of the liquid is enough to quell the pain of minor injuries such as bruises or papercuts, whereas larger amounts rubbed into the skin can numb the significant pain of open wounds. The Triclone Orchid is safe to be ingested, and possesses a mildly bitter taste—though it's medicinal qualities are less effective when diluted with tea.
- A Triclone Orchid flower is ready to be harvested when its flowers are a deep blue, and if they are harvested before this occurs then the potency of the water will be greatly weakened.
- A healers clinic once purchased a flask of what they thought to be Triclone Orchid water but was instead just plain water. Interestingly enough, the people who drank it felt much better afterward. Turns out these people were mostly just dehydrated.
- The height, weight, and race of a person will determine how much of the Triclone Orchid water needs to be applied to the skin. A bulky Dakkar will need considerably more fluid compared to an average Ailor.