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The Emperor's Pride
|officialname = Pride
|classification = Flower
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|classification = Flower
Isle of [[Regalia]], temperate
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|commonuse = Decoration,
|commonuse = Decoration,
The Emperor’s Pride is a rather plain but prolific flower found on the [[Regalia|Regalian Isles]] and, since more recent times, upon the continent of [[New Ceardia]]. It received this name in honour of the Emperor Theon Ivrae after the [[Five Family Rebellion]], though it now is more generally a symbol of [[Regalia]] and [[Unionism]]. It is a simple, purple poppy, typically shorter than most, with delicate and rounded petals.
The Emperor’s Pride is not well adapted, has a short life span, and since [[Human]] occupation of [[Regalia]], is frequently trampled by the settlers. It makes up for this with its rapid rate of reproduction, spreading the species across the [[Regalia|Regalian Isles]]. It is unknown exactly how this poppy came into existence, but it is thought that its predecessor had a much slower rate of reproduction, thus being heavily out-competed when The Emperor’s Pride came along. It had not found notable purchase outside of Regalia until [[Humans]] started populating [[New Ceardia]], where it has not been quite so abundant but is present nonetheless.
The Emperor’s Pride received its current name after the [[Five Family Rebellion]], whence all five families wished that a reminder be created of the sweet resolution, which was not so sweet, but the families wished to present it in such a manner.. Therefore it was chosen that the flower would commemorate not the war but the promise of hope that the installation of Emperor Theon I offered Regalia’s people. The flower was, and still is, greatly abundant across the [[Regalia|Isle of Regalia]], as well as a number of the surrounding islands in the Regalian Archipelago. Before it had this name, it had a [[Human_Cultures#Languages_on_Aloria|Regalisch]] name, lilasus. This roughly translates to ‘sweet purple,’ a reflection of the flower’s sweet smell as well as the colour of the petals.
The Emperor’s Pride has two main uses. Firstly is its more decorative, ceremonial use due to the flower’s symbolism. It is frequently used to decorate religious and Imperial institutes, particularly during festivals. Some like to wear it upon their clothes as well.
The plant’s less famous use, though still quite popular, is grinding down the petals and mixing them with wax to produce scented candles, and it was with The Emperor’s Pride that this technique was first tried. The smell produced is a very sweet one, though not too strong. When the petals are combusted they give off a scent.
*The petals must be combusted to give off a scent, usually in powder form as this strengthens the scent.
*This was discovered about a century after the Regalian archipelago was first settled upon, as the people had begun to experiment with luxury products.
*Many non-Humans, as well as some Humans, dislike the scent, particularly due to its association with Regalia.
*The powder need only be combusted for the scent to be produced, but it is consumed very quickly and thus it needs to be mixed with wax to elongate the effect.
One revolt ground down very large amounts of the petal, releasing it into the air before setting it alight in a symbolic act, also managing to seriously injure a small number of people from the flame.
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| valign="top" width="200"|The Emperor's Pride
| valign="top" width="200"| This short poppy has very delicate, rounded purple petals atop its dainty green stem.
| valign="top" |The plant is not very resilient to even the slightest difference in temperature or weather, being only adapted to very temperate, moderately wet and slightly humid climates. It is well suited to the Regalian Archipelago and [[New Ceardia]].
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Purple Poppy, Imperial Poppy, Lillasus|
Decoration, Cosmetic, Narcotic|
Emperor’s Pride is a purple flower that grows across the Regalian Empire well known for its ties to the Imperial Family and the faith of Unionism. A simple wildflower, its ascent to importance has also seen it have a wide variety of uses, from a symbol of allegiance to use as a weaker strain of Opium.
Emperor’s Pride had a very unremarkable early history as a wildflower found in the Regalian Archipelago, often used by the common people as a piece of decoration or to create dye like most other flowers of the era. In the wake of the Five Family Rebellion, however, and the rise of Imperial Purple to represent the new Regalian Empire, the flower was quickly singled out as a powerful symbol. It became part of the propaganda machines of the different Houses, as it was used to represent the Five Family Concordant and the hope Theomar I had for the future as a result of it, where the Empire would spread its dominion over all Ailor of the Regalian Archipelago. The flower also gained religious symbolism after the birth of the Unionist Cult in the capital, before being closely tied to the Ivraes. In the two centuries that followed, the plant spread with the Regalian Empire across its various conquests and colonization efforts, so long as they were in temperate zones and the plant’s uses were similarly expanded. The plant remains a symbol of the Regalian Empire, the Spirit, and imperial power to its subjects in the wake of the Kade Settlement that made House Kade the new Imperial household of the Empire. It is likely to continue in this importance.
Emperor’s Pride is seen as a distant cousin to the Poppy, as both have a similar structure and appearance. The flower bulb is made up of four to five petals of various shades of purple centered on a black carpal with small black filaments tipped by white anthers around it. These flowers grow up to two inches in diameter. The plant grows up to two feet tall, with several strong but thin stalks rising up from its base where several pinnatipartite leaves grow. The stalks are dotted with small white bristles but are largely a normal to pale green color, the same bristles and coloration appearing on the plant’s leaves.
Uses and Abilities
Emperor’s Pride has a variety of uses. In its raw form, it can be used to decorate homes or locations seeking to make their Imperial allegiance clear. In a processed state, the plant has several uses. It can be used to create a pleasant smelling incense known as “Emperor’s Contemplation,” a fine smelling perfume known as “Imperial Scent #6” or its seeds can be used in baking. The plant can also be used to make Opium, but this variety has almost no potency and is sometimes used as dummy or purposefully fake Opium to trick others. It can be mixed in with real Opium though always has a weaker effect, so it usually kept separate.
- During the reign of Cedromar I, Emperor’s Pride became somewhat of an underground symbol of homosexuality among courtesans and the upper class. Since his descension from the throne though, the plant has largely returned to its role as an Imperial symbol.
- Despite not being a marshland plant, a large amount of religious artwork shows the Ivrae’s sigil of a stork with Emperor’s Pride on the river bank if not growing somewhere from the water.
HydraLana on 10/24/2021.|
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