The Black Orchid is a flower that has long been a part of the island nation of Kilarallis
. It was originally discovered by the Elven Empire
, who found the plant distasteful and so spread the negative opinion on to their slaves. After the Cataclysm
however, it became a popular dye ingredient on the island which soon spread offland to the Regalian Empire
due to the rich and dark purples the flower could produce. Kilarallis now guards this source of income zealously, sending agents and spies out after those who steal the plant or who cultivate stolen seeds or specimens. Despite this dark practice, the Black Orchid remains a positive symbol of Kilarallis.
The beautiful Chrysant Flower was once one of the most populous flowers of Hadar. The plant commonly grew in southern Hadar and appeared as an important part of Nessrassian
festivals and Allar traditions across the island groups. By the time the Chrysant War
had come to an end however, the flower was transformed into a symbol of victory for the Regalian Empire
and a painful reminder of the past for the Allar and Slizzar. To this day, the Regalian Empire proudly uses the flower as a constant reminder of their victory, despite the fact that the Regalians nearly drove the flower to extinction following the war.
A staple in Farah’deen
cooking, the Dragonflower has wormed its way to fame both for its practical use in the common kitchen, and its stunning appearance. What started as a mere oasis flower has become an iconic spice among many, along as a beloved prize-garden gem.
Fireweed is the name for a fiery plant that originated on the Daendroc supercontinent which has since been transplanted to regions of New Ceardia
. Useful as an antiseptic once distilled, it has been known in the driest points of the year to burst into flames and further spread its seeds out across the area.
A delicate and rather unassuming plant, the Fly Orchid was once a common, ordinary piece of flora. When the Cataclysm came, it was granted a strange new ability. Found out in fields, Ithanian
vineyards, and farms across the continent, it releases sweet scents to attract insects to it’s center and away from other plants. It can also be used to create a useful bug poison is broken down.
Known throughout Aloria
as a miracle herb, the most prominent feature of Lady’s Shine is its ability to counteract most toxins barring the more potent like Nightshade
or Jīnyú dú
which have cures far more specialized. Lady’s Shine is a flower of great renown to the Altalar
as it is a cultural symbol, that of their heritage and lost empire. To the Cielothar
, they revere Lady’s Shine as a spiritual flower given to them by Ceá’llë-maenë.
Lorwick Thistles are an invasive species of weed found in eastern Daendroc
and the island of Kilarallis
. They are a particularly large and fast-growing breed of thistle that can be used as a defensive hedge with proper maintenance, but can also become problematic as they have a tendency to grow rapidly and engulf the land around them if left unchecked, pushing out other native species. Lorwick Thistles have vibrant flowers that, along with the rest of their menacing appearance, have earned them some interesting nicknames.
Nearly every assassin and aristocrat has heard of the deadly plant known as Nightshade. Even fewer still know that the plant originated out of Farah’deen
. Originally kept as a houseplant for the Sultan’s palace, Nightshade has developed and adapted to more temperate environments, and is commonly seen growing in the wild, though it will not grow in freezing temperatures.
The Poppy is an old flower tied back to Daen
history and the Allorn Empire
. Poppies are believed to have been discovered by explorers of the Allorn Empire in Daen, centuries before the events of the Cataclysm
took place. The plant was then discovered to be processable into an effective stress and pain relieving drug known as Opium. It came to be used by many cultures, most notably those under the sway of the Regalian Empire
, who were introduced to it by the Daendroque
descendants of some of the slaves who originally cared for the plant. The plant is also notable for being the product which helped put House Anahera
on the map.
The Ruby Flower is a common sight to both Nelfin
. It is the most elementary herb used in the healing arts, capable of alleviating a wide variety of illnesses. The flower is a type of marigold with a deep red color, said to be blessed by the Altalar
deity Orelaben. Today, the flower is heavily cultivated and used by all healers.
Song Flowers are crystalline musical plants native to the thick forests and mineral-rich mountains of Fendarfelle
. Also known as Twilight Flowers,
they emit a pleasant ringing tone twice a day during dawn and dusk. As a natural curiosity, they have been imported and cultivated as ornamental plants in gardens all over the world.
Stonepetal flowers are a staple of Hyarroc’s
Stone Forest, and are indispensable to any traveler who wishes to survive within it. First spotted in the aftermath of the Cataclysm
, the shrub has grown all over Llíü’raëth’s rocky floor since. A succulent-petaled flower that glows with an obscure light, the Stonepetal is a strange and mysterious plant. Upon consumption it affects the consumer by imparting the ability to see through the ever-present fog in the Stone Forest. The only drawbacks are the long-term hallucinations that plague whomever consumes the plant, and the Wolond Kathar
that so jealously guard it.
The Torsian Rose is native to Essalonia
and was once confined only to the nation of Torse
, leading to its name. This pale pink-colored flower grows from shrubs, which also produce red hips that have several uses. The plant is also considered to be a physical representation of good Soldi by the Kingdom of Torse and has long been a symbol for their people of their justness in the face of constant warfare with Arlora
. But that foe is now long dead and so their beliefs are now more general in what the plant represents.
Often included in water decoration, the Water Lily is a fast growing aquatic plant that is found throughout Aloria’s still waters. Though pretty, the Water Lily is classified as an invasive species in many areas due to its ability to cover the surface of entire bodies of water. In truth, the plant originated in the Daen
continent, though the flower was artificially spread as people began planting it as decoration, often unaware of its hardiness and viciously fast growth. Today, the Water Lily is seen in most developed parts of Aloria, carefully tended as seemingly delicate decoration.