Anglian region of Regalia|
Angle Bushberries are small, red fruits that grow on the similarly named Bushberry Bush. They have long been apart of Ailor culture, especially the Alt-Anglian culture and can be found growing in the Anglian region of the Regalian Archipelago. Serving as the main ingredient in many baked goods, drinks, and decorating Unionist ceremonies, the plant remains a local and national favorite for their abundance, flavor, and simple beauty.
Angle Bushberries have played an integral role to the development of Ailor societies in the Anglian region. Naturally growing in the area for centuries, fleeing Ailor slaves found and settled near this natural resource. It became of religious significance quickly to the people settling there, incorporated into their Old Gods worship. Specifically in the Union of Fire, worshippers would place the berries upon altars to the duology. When Unionism was formed and reached the area, local priests combined the plant into their churches to make it more relatable for the locals. They became decorations on altarpieces, placed at the front and on the interior sills of windows in the churches and chapels. As time went on, the Bushberry also became a decoration for winter festivals in the region. As the Kades grew in power, this Anglian custom spread across much of the Archipelago where it has remained to this day.
The Angle Bushberry is a small bright red fruit often the size of a marble, with the inside of the berry being varying shades of red. They grow in clumps on the branches of the tall Bushberry Bushes. Standing at four to five feet in height, the bushes are rather dense with small elliptic leaves that possess a pale green coloration with a white tinge around the edge. On the underside of the bush grows a layer of thin, pricking thorns. The bush and berries have been known to grow from spring into winter, however the berries grow sour and hard as time goes on.
Uses and Abilities
Angle Bushberries have a variety of uses, mostly culinary but they play a major role in decoration as well. The berries are used in alcohols, pies, cakes, and can be eaten raw as well. When eaten raw, they turn the mouth red. They are often used to decorate the altars of churches in many areas of the Archipelago, and can be found hanging in wreaths or long bands of vegetation at winter festivals. Another more recent use is that some have discovered the plant looks rather similar to blood when crushed and smeared on a surface. Some have used this to fake deaths or create mystery, or in drama productions, produce better effects on corpses or wounds.
- Almost all smaller groups who have broken off from the main Unionist faith, such as the Vultar Heresy, do not use Angle Bushberries to adorn their religious centers.
- Some nobles are known to take Angle Bushberry Bushes and grow them smaller in their homes, but these specimens rarely last beyond a decade.
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Suzzie on 02/17/2017.|
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