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{{Info flora
{{Info flora
|image          = Dragonflower.png
|image          = Dragonflower.jpeg
|officialname    = Dragonflower
|officialname    = Dragonflower
|commonname      = Flaming flower, Serpent’s flower.
|commonname      = Fireflower, Spice Bloom
|classification  = [[Flower]]
|classification  = [[Flower]]
|origins        = [[Farah’deen]]
|origins        = Unknown
|habitat        = Farah’deen, [[Daendroc]]
|habitat        = Humid to arid environments
|commonuse      = Decoration, Cooking
|commonuse      = Utility, Culinary, Decorative
|}}
|}}
The Dragonflower is native to the arid deserts of [[Farah’deen]] and are famed for their fiery taste and usage as a vibrant dye for clothing. The plant was found soon after the [[Great Storm]] consumed Farah’deen, leading to it becoming rooted as a staple of [[Qadir]] cuisine before being shipped across the sea and establishing itself in [[Daendroque]] cooking. It has attained popularity with non-culinary people for its use as a vibrant dye for clothing. What started out as a lonesome oasis flower bloomed into an iconic spice added to many Daendroque dishes.
Dragonflowers are a prolific plant that has blossomed across disparate parts of [[Aloria]] for millennia. Known for their fiery colors and lust for water, the plants have been attached to many deities and systems of belief over the years. They are also best known for their uses in spicing culinary creations, but can also form fine, flashy dyes and brighten up any home. The plant’s broad spread has only grown with time, and many have embraced it as a symbol to ignite a passion in cooking, fashion, or one’s home.


==History==
==History==
The Dragonflower was first discovered in the summer of the year 146 AC, a short period after the fall of the [[Sariyd Empire]]. In the dying days of the Qadir’s polytheism, the flower was rumoured to be a remnant of their perishing gods, as the rarity of the flower suggested that it had more purpose than a simple herb. In truth, this was simply because it required water to survive and could only grow by oases for several decades. Throughout the next century, Qadir beliefs were renewed in the form of the creation of [[Esrah Alwattah]], and the significance of the Dragonflower diminished. As a result, the plant was explored more as a resource which led to its use as a spice, becoming a cornerstone of Qadir cuisine. A century after tales of it first surfaced, it make the trek to [[Daendroc]] on newly established trade routes. The Daendroque people had already been influenced by the Qadir in the past and they accepted the plant into their lives as easily as their ancestors had. They also gave it is modern named as the chefs of [[Daenshore]] named the flower after the flames [[Dragons]] supposedly ejected from their mouths. This name then in turn rebounded back to Farah’deen where it has stuck ever since. The plant can now be found growing in those two different locations and frequently used in cooking by the locals. It is also used as a dye, the idea existing with the Qadir and transferred at the same time as the plant to Farah’deen.
The exact origin of the Dragonflower is unknown, though its common growth in several areas of Aloria suggests an ancient origin point now lost. The plant was first noted by the [[Altalar]] of the [[Allorn Empire]] sometime around 2000 BC, when the flowers were found growing in the [[Sundial Isles]] and the western reaches of [[Ithania]]’s desert. Later, Dragonflowers were found to be growing in the southern regions of the [[Regalian Archipelago]] and lastly, the continent of [[Farah’deen]]. It was there that the ancient [[Qadir]] had tied them to deities of the desert and fire, despite the amount of water that the plants needed, with beliefs calling the plant “greedy” for liquid, and a thief of water. The plant, over the millennia, grew important to many subraces and [[Cultures]]. For the Qadir, it remained a key seasoning in their cuisine, while for the [[Suvial]] Altalar, its spicy kick was adored among the mix of fierce tastes they cultivated. The Ailor embraced the flower most thoroughly of all. Dragonflowers became seen in their society as a living representation of “[[Dragon]] fire”, though few if any Dragon species actually breathed that element. [[Qaarn, the Red Core]], is likely responsible for this anachronism as his worship traveled to the Regalian Archipelago at the same time as the [[Eronidas]] and others, forming one of the major facets of [[Dragon Worship]]. Regardless, the flowers that bore a draconic moniker became well known and used in the cuisine of groups like the Ithanians, [[Daendroque]], and other southern-aligned societies. The plant could not grow in cooler climates and never caught on in such societies. Today, Dragonflowers are still consumed but are more commonly used as decoration to symbolize passion, romance, aggression, or simply because its colors are stark and beautiful. It is also sometimes used in the creation of dyes for beautiful dresses with fiery colors, which is of particular value in Farah’deen with the pyrophile [[Songaskians]].


==Appearance==
==Appearance==
The Dragonflower is a five petaled flower, with a long, thin stem that has a slight droop due to the weight of the flower it holds. The flower can grow to have a diameter of about two inches on average, though it has been recorded to grow up to four inches across given the right conditions. The color of the plant can vary from light orange-yellows, to a deep and rich scarlet. It is not uncommon for a single plant to have flowers of various shades growing on it. The leaves of the plant are the most peculiar, appearing much like the wings of a [[Red Fire Dragon]], and they have slight spikes that give a small prick to whoever grabs at them. The roots, likely the most crucial part of the plant, grow like curled up snakes, and when freshly picked have a slight slimy texture, giving rise to the name “Serpent’s flower.
Dragonflowers stand up to one and a half feet tall, with white, curling, and often moist roots anchoring them to the ground. The plant has a long, thin (yet rigid) stem. Its leaves are the most peculiar, angled outward in a curving up rhomboid, with slight spikes that give a small prick to whoever grabs at them unprepared. There are only between two to five such leaves on any one stem. The final feature of the vegetation is, of course, the Dragonflower bloom itself. It is a five-petaled flower, capable of growing up to a diameter of four inches given the right conditions, but this can be hard to measure as the petals harshly curl back from the flower’s center. The color of the petals can vary from light orange-yellows to a deep, rich scarlet. The plant has anywhere between four to six green filaments tipped with a dark brown anther which protrude from the plant, while the flower’s stigma is buried at the base, and deeper into the flower.


==Uses and Abilities==
==Uses and Abilities==
The Dragonflower is primarily used for cooking, though it does have some minor uses that are not as commonly found. The flower is sometimes crushed to produce a brilliant scarlet dye, often used in dying clothes. The dye is tasking to make as it requires a large amount of the flowers, and typically sells for a large amount of coin. The most common use of the flower is in the production of a potent spice. Easy to make, the spice is sold for a low price in sharp contrast to the dye the flower can create. Often, even the lower class families have a bottle of the spice, and given how a small pinch to a dish could warm one up from the inside out, it proves to be cost-effective.
The Dragonflower is primarily used for cooking, the small brown anthers quite spicy and commonly ground into Dragonspice Powder (often just called Dragonspice), a substance comparable to cayenne, paprika, or chili powders. The plant’s other use is in the creation of warm-colored dyes for clothing and fabrics, producing rich reds and oranges naturally to the delight of dye makers. Finally, there is the decorative aspect to the plant, where it is kept in pots and more both outside and inside of homes.


==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*A myth states that the Dragonflower only re-appeared as a symbol of the falling of the Qadir people’s 2400 gods, noting that their were initially only 2400 appearances of the flower before it was commercially produced and cultivated in mass.
*Worshipers of Qaarn, the Red Core are often particularly partial to Dragonflowers, growing them densely around the homes and within their premises.
*In large enough doses, the spice produced by the Dragonflower can inflict burns to a person’s mouth and throat, just like an actual flame. It became a challenge among Qadir children to see how much one could take before tearing up from the pain.
*The wide spread of Dragonflower has been suggested by some to be a result of the [[Seraph]], possibly making this species very old indeed.
*It is believed that fabric dyed with Dragonflower retains its potent spice, and wearers of the fabric are often seen cleaning their hands after touching it to prevent stinging of the eyes. As a result of this near-obsessive cleaning of the hands, this rumour remains a myth to most.
*Some claim that Dragonspice Powder can make one breathe literal fire if they drop a tablespoon of the stuff directly into their mouth. This is not the case, and the resulting “fire” is often just the rapidly blasted out Powder as the prank victim rushes for the nearest source of water or milk.
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[[category:Flora]] [[Category:Flowers]] [[category:Farah’deen Flora]] [[category:Ithania Flora]] [[category:Daendroc Flora]] [[category:Hyarroc Flora]] [[category:Sundial Isles Flora]] [[category:Regalian Archipelago Flora]] [[category:Etosil Flora]] [[category:Essalonia Flora]] [[category:Hadaria Flora]]

Latest revision as of 14:42, 18 July 2021

Dragonflower
Dragonflower.jpeg
Flora
Official Name Dragonflower
Common Name Fireflower, Spice Bloom
Classification Flower
Common Use Utility, Culinary, Decorative
Origins Unknown
Habitat Humid to arid environments

Dragonflowers are a prolific plant that has blossomed across disparate parts of Aloria for millennia. Known for their fiery colors and lust for water, the plants have been attached to many deities and systems of belief over the years. They are also best known for their uses in spicing culinary creations, but can also form fine, flashy dyes and brighten up any home. The plant’s broad spread has only grown with time, and many have embraced it as a symbol to ignite a passion in cooking, fashion, or one’s home.

History

The exact origin of the Dragonflower is unknown, though its common growth in several areas of Aloria suggests an ancient origin point now lost. The plant was first noted by the Altalar of the Allorn Empire sometime around 2000 BC, when the flowers were found growing in the Sundial Isles and the western reaches of Ithania’s desert. Later, Dragonflowers were found to be growing in the southern regions of the Regalian Archipelago and lastly, the continent of Farah’deen. It was there that the ancient Qadir had tied them to deities of the desert and fire, despite the amount of water that the plants needed, with beliefs calling the plant “greedy” for liquid, and a thief of water. The plant, over the millennia, grew important to many subraces and Cultures. For the Qadir, it remained a key seasoning in their cuisine, while for the Suvial Altalar, its spicy kick was adored among the mix of fierce tastes they cultivated. The Ailor embraced the flower most thoroughly of all. Dragonflowers became seen in their society as a living representation of “Dragon fire”, though few if any Dragon species actually breathed that element. Qaarn, the Red Core, is likely responsible for this anachronism as his worship traveled to the Regalian Archipelago at the same time as the Eronidas and others, forming one of the major facets of Dragon Worship. Regardless, the flowers that bore a draconic moniker became well known and used in the cuisine of groups like the Ithanians, Daendroque, and other southern-aligned societies. The plant could not grow in cooler climates and never caught on in such societies. Today, Dragonflowers are still consumed but are more commonly used as decoration to symbolize passion, romance, aggression, or simply because its colors are stark and beautiful. It is also sometimes used in the creation of dyes for beautiful dresses with fiery colors, which is of particular value in Farah’deen with the pyrophile Songaskians.

Appearance

Dragonflowers stand up to one and a half feet tall, with white, curling, and often moist roots anchoring them to the ground. The plant has a long, thin (yet rigid) stem. Its leaves are the most peculiar, angled outward in a curving up rhomboid, with slight spikes that give a small prick to whoever grabs at them unprepared. There are only between two to five such leaves on any one stem. The final feature of the vegetation is, of course, the Dragonflower bloom itself. It is a five-petaled flower, capable of growing up to a diameter of four inches given the right conditions, but this can be hard to measure as the petals harshly curl back from the flower’s center. The color of the petals can vary from light orange-yellows to a deep, rich scarlet. The plant has anywhere between four to six green filaments tipped with a dark brown anther which protrude from the plant, while the flower’s stigma is buried at the base, and deeper into the flower.

Uses and Abilities

The Dragonflower is primarily used for cooking, the small brown anthers quite spicy and commonly ground into Dragonspice Powder (often just called Dragonspice), a substance comparable to cayenne, paprika, or chili powders. The plant’s other use is in the creation of warm-colored dyes for clothing and fabrics, producing rich reds and oranges naturally to the delight of dye makers. Finally, there is the decorative aspect to the plant, where it is kept in pots and more both outside and inside of homes.

Trivia

  • Worshipers of Qaarn, the Red Core are often particularly partial to Dragonflowers, growing them densely around the homes and within their premises.
  • The wide spread of Dragonflower has been suggested by some to be a result of the Seraph, possibly making this species very old indeed.
  • Some claim that Dragonspice Powder can make one breathe literal fire if they drop a tablespoon of the stuff directly into their mouth. This is not the case, and the resulting “fire” is often just the rapidly blasted out Powder as the prank victim rushes for the nearest source of water or milk.

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Writers HydraLana
Processors MantaRey, AlphaInsomnia
Last Editor HydraLana on 07/18/2021.

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