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|officialname = Shadow Weed
|officialname = Shadow Weed
Dae Galenas (Elven)
|origins = Drowda
Magically- rich forest areas
|origins = Drowda
|commonuse = Medicinal
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|commonuse = Medicinal
The Shadow Weed is a bulbous violet-colored weed which commonly grows within the dense, tainted forests of eastern and western [[Drowda]]. It is easily distinguished by its wide, dark bulb and the four broad leaves which stem from its base. The sepals of the plant excrete a murky, “shadowy” liquid which can be boiled with water and ingested as a form of soothing drug, used to de-congest and relax the lungs alongside producing calming effects.
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is an artificially created plant native to Drowda, having been magically altered by the overwhelming presence of magic within its ecosystem. It survives solely upon feeding from the arcane substances within the soil and air around it, drawing in magically-altered nutrients through its roots and absorbing magical energies through its stigma.
In appearance, the Shadow Weed appears to be a rather stubby plant , possessing a dark violet hue. Found at the base of the plant are four large waxy leaves of a similar dark coloring, broad at the bottom whilst thinning outwards to an abrupt, pointed tip. Alongside these rest numerous murky sepals of the Shadow Weed, stained and blackened by the magically tainted ecosystem. These are the leaves used in the brewing of medicinal tea, and cannot survive for more than five minutes without wilting if not used. Resting in the center lies the head of the plant, somewhat bulbous and with a lighter shade of purple. The “head” contains the curling fronds of the stigma, the tips of each a glowing blue color—from these fronds the magic is drawn in from the atmosphere to sate the plant.
Shadow Weed can commonly be found upon the blackened and frozen forests of the forsaken continent, though it is not rare to see the plant being kept within the rooms of alchemists and healers in the looming citadels of the Drowdar. The sepals contain liquid which have useful properties as a medicine— after the inky-black fluid is mixed with water and boiled, it may be ingested, causing the lungs to soon become relaxed and result in alleviating sensations, which renders it a useful tool for both drug and surgical purposes alike.
Being a plant solely found in Drowda, and given the [[ Drowdar]] tendencies to remain secluded and reclusive in their relentless conflict against the [[Shendar]], the Shadow Weed keeps the [[Nelfin|Elven]] name given to it: Dae Galenas (Literally, Shadow weed).
This plant naturally produces black liquid from the sepals which may be drunk as a tea to decongest the lungs and act as a mild pain relief. Given the relaxing and rejuvenating feelings which course through one's lungs after ingestion, it is often used as a medicine as to relieve Drowdar patients of pain and stress before undergoing surgery or treatment.
*When ingested or drank after boiling with water, it produces remedying and cleansing effects upon the lungs, especially useful for those with tight chests, constricted diaphragms or those who merely wish to relieve themselves of anxiety. It is often used as a medicine as to relieve Drowdar patients of pain and stress before undergoing surgery or treatment.
*Shadow weed produces such thick, shadowy liquids naturally, and has been commonly used within the citadels for medicinal uses or even simply taken as a beverage. It was first discovered recently for such purposes in 280AC by a Drowdar healer who, after accidentally dropping a cutting of the plant into a scalding pot of water, was pleasantly surprised to find the soothing and cooling effects released into his lungs after ingestion.
*All races may feel the calming effects of the shadow weeds though it is not commonly known outside of Drowda. Alongside this, the shadow weed will not survive outside of the magically abundant ecosystem of Drowda; given that it “feeds” off magic.
*In order to access the medicinal qualities, the sepals need to be boiled and drunk as a tea. Therefore the soothing liquid may cleanse the lungs of pain.
|name = Shadow Weed
|appearance = Stubby dark-violet plant. Four broad, pointed waxy leaves at the base with collections of black, murky sepals. Bulbous, light purple head with curling fronds of the stigma, the tips of each a glowing blue color.
|habitat = Can only exist within Drowda, given the plant’s necessity to feed off the continent's magic.
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The Shadow Weed was once a plant used to represent the Drovv, and later a symbol of Altalar dominance over that distant Race when the Allorn Empire grew it in their gardens. Over centuries it was abandoned, becoming little more than a weed until the extreme magical energies of the Fifth Void Invasion altered it. It is now an agricultural crop of both the Kathar and the Sihndar and exists in two different, but not dissimilar, environments where it serves medicinal and culinary roles in those two different societies.
Shadow Weed likely began life as a species of flowering water flora native to Drovv lands. Attested to as “Drovv Water Blooms” when translated from Allorn Altalar records from the height of the Allorn Empire, the plant was sent across the Altalar lands as a unique visual flora of a conquered people. However, as the Void Cults grew in power, this symbol of domination over a foreign Race grew in significance in the lands these Cults dominated, which eventually became localized in Rokhara. However, even this proved a passing fad, and by the end of the Allorn Empire, the plant was growing wild and as common as a weed. This was also true in Drovv lands, as earlier symbology was discarded with time to focus on more martial imagery, as it seemed the Drovv could sense the danger the world was increasingly in. Thus when the Fifth Void Invasion took place, Shadow Weed was truly known as such, a weed not native to Daen and The Far West where it had taken root, and dismissed by those in its home territory.
But the Invasion changed things for the species. For one, it grew in size, altering its color scheme while likely boosting nascent traits within the substance. Why the plant was not morphed into something like the Reaper is unknown, but what is certain is that the force that altered it was at play both in Drowda and in Rokhara, as the plant underwent the same changes in both locations. Following the Cataclysm which reshaped the world, it took time for the Shadow Weed to be noticed by the different societies suffering and undergoing their transformation into the modern Kathar and Sihndar known today. Who discovered which traits first is known, but among the Kathar, both are said to have been discovered by a follower of Lumeria, Sire of Want called Keshan’rahnor, while for the Sihndar it was a female member of the Tribe of Gladrin named Jass’mayner who learned the plant’s healing properties before her son, Torr’mayner, later discovered its culinary potential. Since that time, Shadow Weed has been cultivated in both regions for these varied uses, with some exchanged with outsiders for different supplies. However, it cannot be naturally grown in other areas of Aloria without specific transplantation and growth conditions being met, making it a rare plant to see in full beyond the Essence-soaked lands it hails from.
Shadow Weed is a slim plant that can grow up to two feet tall, extending up from small, thin tubers in the ground from which its roots sprout. Above this grows four spear-shaped leaves with parallel veins, with the plant’s central stalk growing out of this bush. This stalk is peppered with minor leaves barely an inch large at most and peeled stalk coating from the plant’s gradual growth into maturity. The pod, also sometimes called a “flower,” which grows at the top of the plant is peculiar, with a diamond or shield shape with the same texture and span of colors as the leaves, from pinks to purples to tainted oranges, along its thin membrane walls. The pod often remains closed, with a net of sticky, stringy fibres ending in the plant’s other well-known product: its seeds. Shadow Weed seeds, which can be harvested from the thin-walled pod with ease, are shiny and black with spots of purple.
Uses and Abilities
Shadow Weed has a pairing of uses much like other flora in Aloria, one in the sphere of healing and Alchemy and another in the culinary scene. Shadow Weed roots and their large leaves have uses in general healing practices, from natural remedies to alchemical creations to sometimes even wrapping an injury in the large leaves themselves. The culinary use for the plant, on the other hand, comes from its pod and seeds. The flower-like pod can be used to make a relaxing tea, capable of calming nerves, while the seeds can be ground up and are often used in recipes calling for poppy seeds or similar agricultural products.
- Rumors persisted for years that the plant was toxic to non-Sihndar and Kathar, all after an Ailor got food poisoning from a meal with a Shadow Seed loaf involved, when it was instead the poorly prepared oysters. This myth has largely been squashed in the modern day.
- Some claim there are varieties of the plant which exhibit heavy Exist-centric alterations in color and form within the most Essence-soaked areas of Drowda.
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