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{{Info flora
{{Info flora
|image          = Dragonflower.jpeg
|officialname    = Dragonflower
|officialname    = Dragonflower
|commonname      = Lis de Flamme, Drakon Pansy
|commonname      = Fireflower, Spice Bloom
|classification  = Flower
|classification  = [[Flower]]
|origins        = [[Farah’deen]] oasis
|origins        = Unknown
|habitat        = Hot and arid climates
|habitat        = Humid to arid environments
|commonuse = Decoration, heating, culinary
|commonuse       = Utility, Culinary, Decorative
|}}
|}}
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.


The Dragonflower, Drakon Pansy, or Lis de Flamme in D’Ithanie, is a flower held in some noble households because they find its colors, which are a golden orange to sunset red, appealing. It is regarded as being useful to travelers at night in the [[Farah’deen]], when it gets cold, as it emits a shimmering wave of heat at night, the energy of which it had gathered from the sun during the day.
==History==
==Origins==
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]].
Dragonflower was originally discovered by the [[Qadir|Meshket Qadir]], who used it to keep warm during nighttime. Its beauty was then discovered by [[Ithania|Ithanian]] seafarers who had found it on a [[Qadir]] pirating ship which had tried to raid them. It spread to the nobles, becoming known for its beauty, and some [[Etosil|Etosian]] merchants were able to obtain some for decoration. Many [[Etosil|Theodoran]] and [[Ithania|Ithanian]] nobles grow it, but most still grows in the deserts. A few spice merchants also grow small bunches of this plant, as when the roots are crushed, it creates an extremely hot spice. The flower has not adapted from the time when it was discovered, since it had not been found until it had evolved to the point at which it was able to thrive and disperse throughout [[Farah’deen]]. It are these qualities that allow it to survive almost anywhere.
 
===Etymology===
==Appearance==
The plant’s name in [[Human_Cultures#Languages_on_Aloria|Common]] and [[Human_Cultures#Languages_on_Aloria|Theodora]] was inspired by the dragons, as it emits heat like them. The name was influenced by [[Ithania|Ithanian]] culture as well. The [[Etosil|Etosians]] call it the Drakon Pansy, while a family of [[Ithania|Ithanian]] nobles, known as the House De Flamme, gave the flower a name similar to their own.
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.
==Primary Use==
The Dragonflower has a quantity of uses. It’s roots have been found to perform well as a spice and is useful in keeping [[Qadir]] travellers warm during cold nights in the desert. Its main use is for decoration for many noble estates and manors, as it is quite expensive to import due to the fact that it needs sunlight every day which is not easily accessible on the ships that carry it . Some spice merchants go to great expense to procure these plants, as the spice itself sells for much more than the plant, since those who have acquired the flowers to make the spice are quite rare to find.
*The roots, when crushed, create a orange-ish red spice so hot that it causes dehydration. This spice is widely popular among a few groups of people, who will pay quite a sum of money for it.
*A [[Qadir]] merchant, while traveling, picked a few of these flowers along the side of a path he was following. When he accidentally crushed the roots in his pack, the juices spread over some food he had. Upon eating said food, he realized that the roots added a delectable spice to the concoction. Those who eat the spice only eat a pinch at a time, otherwise it would be to much to handle.
*A [[Maiar]] who consumes the spice would have an overwhelming desire for water almost immediately, however it would not die from these circumstances.
*The roots must be crushed into a fine powder in order for them to work as intended. The crushing releases energy stored within the roots that came from the sunlight. If one would not follow this important step in preparing the root for consumption, the product would be intensely hot. Forgetting this step has lent to many burnt tongues as a result.
==Trivia==
*One particular spice merchant tried consuming different parts of the flower, burning his tongue and discovering that the bloom itself can become quite hot, not in the spicy way either.


{{Floratable
==Uses and Abilities==
|name      = Dragonflower, Lis De Flamme, Drakon Pansy
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.
|appearance = Dragonflower is connected at the base, usually splitting off into five thin, two-inch petals, these petals are golden-yellow to scarlet. There is a short green stem connecting to a leafy clump where the stems of several flowers converge. The roots are a pale off-white color.
|habitat    = Dragonflower is naturally found in the several oases dotting the [[Farah’deen]], where it grows in patches of sunlight. It is often moved as all it requires is some dirt to grow in, and sunlight to draw energy from, This water is mainly just stored in the leaves, which are the only part of the plant that actively require a noticeable amount of water. It can be found in several [[Ithania|Ithanian]] gardens, as well as some [[Etosil|Etosian]]. It has recently also begun to become popular in [[Regalia]] itself, both as a spice and as a decoration.
|}}


==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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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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