The Voluun Flower is a naturally sticky flower, with small hairs trapping insects and more along its surface. It was the Teledden who discovered that the Flower’s processed form could create a putty-like substance when combined with paints, effective in forming marvelous pottery. The substance is commonly used to help teach junior potters and children in the modern day, but more sophisticated uses of the material are also known.
The original continent that held the Voluun Flower is lost to time as, by the era of the Allorn Empire, the plant was already populous across Daen and other continents. Its strange appearance largely saw it ignored by the Teledden and other Nelfin Races, even in their early days, but once the Consolidation was in full force, several painters sought to create dyes and colors from the odd flower; the resulting paste revealed the plant’s thickening nature, and it was embraced as an artistic tool with a heavy tie to several Estellon deities. As the Allorn Empire decayed though, other Races and areas came into contact with the flower. The Ailor, following the Cataclysm, soon learned of its thickening potential, resulting in it becoming a common ingredient in colorful (albeit simple) clay creations which gradually grew more sophisticated. Today, the Voluun Flower is still a wild plant, going relatively undisturbed in the wider world, save by artists, pottery makers or those seeking to teach the young on the creation of art.
Voluun Flowers sit anywhere between one and a half to two feet on a bushel of stems, from which grow pale green, circular, jagged-edged leaves about two inches in diameter. These leaves are also hairy, covered in thin, small, white, or transparent hairs that extend all over the plant, which possess a slightly sticky quality. Each stem’s top has a cluster of the plant’s flowers, which are made up of strangely shaped petals, each two to three inches long, colored yellow and speckled with red dots. The shape of the petals is that of a U, with a closed “cylinder” of petals sitting above two to three outward extending petals, upon which sits the sticky yellow pistil.
Uses and Abilities
The Voluun Flower, when processed, creates a slightly yellow, highly transparent, gel-like substance with red flecks scattered within. When combined with paint, the substance rapidly clots the coloration, creating a putty-like substance easily manipulated in one’s hands, and easily smeared along a surface. The substance can also be fired in a kiln and used to make simple pottery. However, it takes highly sophisticated techniques to create notable works with this material, so it is often used as a teaching tool to young artists, or children when used in pottery-making.
- The strange shape of the Voluun Flower has led to some colorful folktales about what caused its shape and strange coloration. A common tale is that the flower is sick with pox, and is so lonely in its illness that it hugs all who touch it (explaining its stickiness).
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HydraLana on 11/26/2022.|
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