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|commonname      = Spine Fruit, [[Orc]] Blood Fruit, Crown Plant
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|origins        = Guldar
 
|habitat        = Tropical
 
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|commonuse      = Culinary, Combat
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Sometimes called the ‘king-among-fruit’ for the spiked crown of leaves that protrude from the top of the fruit, the Shurbakal is an orcish plant originally cultivated in the western portions of [[Daen]]. Often overlooked at first due to its hard, spiny exterior and deep crimson coloration, the blood red flesh of a Shurbakal is surprisingly sweet and has been a favorite treat among Orcs since their domestication. Believed to have been brought from [[Guldar]] as one of the few non-aggressive plants by the [[Orcs]] as they migrated to [[Daendroc]], the fruit quickly took to the soft soils of its new home. Its popularity among the orcs grew ever higher once they began not only eating them but using them as a spined club with which to beat the wildlife. Finally, despite the Shurbakal lacking popularity among farmers, as it is difficult to grow, the sweet fruit and juice it produces has seen rising popularity among [[Ailor]] and [[Nelfin]], leading to more and more farmers across Daendroc attempting to produce the cash crop.
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Sometimes called the “king-among-fruit” for the spiked crown of leaves that protrude from the top of the fruit, the Shurbakal is a plant originally cultivated on distant Guldar which has since been transplanted to [[Daen]] by the [[Orcs]]. Often overlooked at first due to its hard, spiny exterior and deep crimson coloration, the blood red flesh of a Shurbakal is surprisingly sweet and has been a favorite treat among Orcs since its domestication. It is difficult to grow, taking plenty of time and care, though the sweet fruit and juice it produces is certainly worth it for many. It has seen rising popularity among [[Ailor]] and [[Nelfin]], resulting in the plant now being farmed across the broad swath of tropical terrain.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Nelfin and Ailor scholars are in agreement that Shurbakal originates from the distant, hostile shores of Guldar. There is no evidence among Imperial Elven records that indicate that the fruit was present in any cities in the region of Daendroc before the Orc’s arrival. The plant's thick shell and spines also indicates a natural affinity towards what most scholars know of Guldar’s natural habitat. After the Orc's arrival, they began planting their first crop, which took to the more fertile soil with ease. After that point, they simply spread seeds whenever they established a new camp and the fruit continued to grow on its own. There are some patches of the coastline that are too thick with the plant to even navigate without receiving a number of cuts and bruises. It wasn’t until around 243 AC when Ailor plantation owners got their hands on some seeds that the rest of the world realized that the plant was more than just a spiky bush. Over the next few decades, a few farmers would begin planting Shurbakal but most limit the amount they plant because the species is known to quickly overtake as much land as possible. With the recent Ailor-Orc alliance, a handful of Black Iron Orcs have begun trading the fruit to Regalia in exchange for some higher quality metals. Whether this deal will last, however, is up in the air.
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Shurbakal originated back on Guldar, the homeland of the Orcs, and represented for them the pinnacle of fruit. Its exotic color was also pleasing, and its use in oral stories confirm these traits and opinions being at least as old as the establishment of civilized Orc society itself. When the Great Leaving came, the plant was collected and consumed along the journey, though most Orc tales report how close [[Aloria]] was to losing the plant forever (though this is likely an exaggeration of its status as a rare fruit by the time the Orcs reached Daen). Upon their arrival, the plant was immediately sown into the ground and as time went on, it became a regal plant, largely only consumed by the top five tiers of the Orcish caste system that now rule their many Pōlorc. However, eventually the plant began to expand beyond the fields of the Estates in the tropical polities. Some became wild and were discovered by those at the borders of Orc territory, while others survived in the desperate baggage of fleeing slaves, with a third vector in common trade between the Orcs and the [[Regalian Empire]]. Eventually, the plant’s fruit lost its special status in wider Aloria, and while it has remained a good for the upper class, that has largely been due to its tropical origin and overall rarity. Still, in most Pōlorc the exclusion practice remains and the plant has earned its many regal nicknames as a result of its association with the top, rather than the bottom.
  
 
==Appearance==
 
==Appearance==
The plant grows to be roughly a meter tall when with fruit, or a half meter without, and up to a meter across. At the base of the plant is a thick, woody stalk from which the long, green, fluted leaves of the plant extend outwards in all directions around the stalk. These leaves have a series of small thorn-like hooks along the sides that often snag passersby. Without fruit, the plant is relatively short, with most of the leaves hanging to the sides instead of shooting upwards. Twice each year, once around March and again around August, the budding of one to three flowers forms at the center of the plant. These flowers resemble a bell and are a bright pink coloration with a deep red base. After a few weeks, these flowers begin to turn into the initial stages of the fruit, which take roughly two months to grow to maturity. The fruit of the plant is roughly a half a meter, with the fruit being a quarter meter length and the fronds of the fruit another quarter meter. The outside of the fruit is a deep crimson color, and covered in a hard spiny skin. This skin is incredibly durable and takes a large, sharp implement to break open. The flesh of the fruit is an equally dark crimson color, and is rather stringy. The center stalk of the fruit is a harder texture but is said by those who manage to chew through it to be sweeter than the rest of the fruit. The fronds of the plant are a light pink in coloration, similar to that of the flower of the plant.
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Shurbakal grows to be between three and four feet tall. At the base of the plant is a thick, woody stalk from which the long, green, fluted leaves of the plant extend outwards in all directions. These leaves are anywhere from one and a half to two feet long, resulting in the plant’s circumference being roughly the same as its height. These leaves have a series of small, thorn-like hooks along the sides that often snag passersby and are thought by some to perhaps represent what the Orcish stories say when the nature of their land “turned against them”. Twice each year, once around March and again around August, the budding of one to three bright bell-shaped flowers form at the center of the plant. These flowers have a bright pink coloration with a deep red base. After a few weeks, these flowers begin to turn into the initial stages of the fruit. It then takes roughly two months to grow to maturity, the flowers ultimately all fusing together to create the final product. The fruit of the plant, known as a Shurbu, is roughly a foot tall and can weigh as much as ten pounds, with an egg-shape topped by a thick top of green brittling leaves. The fruit’s skin is red, as are its insides, but the external skin is covered in highly durable brown spines which protect the plant from most animals.
  
 
==Uses and Abilities==
 
==Uses and Abilities==
Shurbakal has found two primary uses; one as a food source, and the other as a beating implement. In cooking, the flesh of the fruit is incredibly sweet, yet tangy, and offers a unique flavor. It can be cooked to caramelize some of the natural sugars, however most Orcs prefer to simply eat it raw. The skin of the plant offer minor nutritional value, but the fronds are occasionally boiled into tea as a means of easing minor headaches. The central stalk of the fruit is considered a delicacy among Orcs, as it is stores a majority of the sugar of the plant. They have created a special dish, known as Shur-Drak, which is the dried central stalk cut into thin strips. These are often brought on campaign and used as an energy boost on long marches. Some non-Orc farmers have even begun drying it as well, but instead of slicing it, they grind it down to produce sugar, finding that the tanginess of the fruit carries through to the finished product. In combat, the fruit has found use among the orcs as a cudgel. The thick skin of the fruit allows the wielder to hit a number of softer targets without breaking the fruit, and the spines cause some additional damage. This method of combat, however, rarely sees actual usage in warfare, but instead is used when hunting or as a last ditch effort.  
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Shurbakal is primarily used in cuisine, with the Shurbu it produces being a sweet and tangy substance. They are commonly cut open and eaten the traditional Orcish ways involving such fruit, but outsiders largely just cut them into triangles or keep them as rings. In addition, the fruit’s juice is an exotic ingredient drunk whole (though rarely at  a very high concentration, for it is often deemed unsavorialy tangy in the opinion of all), but also sometimes incorporated as a sweetener into an array of treats. From candies to ice-related dessert dishes, the Shurbu has many uses. However, the Orcs have developed even more culinary uses for the plant which wider Aloria has largely not adapted to. The central stalk of the fruit is also considered a delicacy among Orcs, as it stores a majority of the sugar of the plant. They have created a special dish, known as Shur-Drak, which has the central stalk dried and cut into thin strips. These are often brought on campaign and used as an energy boost on long marches. They also find themselves capable of producing crude sugar through the grinding of the dried stalk, allowing for them to sweeten dishes but also harvest something else of value for export.
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*To say that Orcs “farm” Shurbakal is like saying that Regalians “dabble in” war. The most tending they do with the crop is the initial throwing of a bunch of seeds onto the ground, after which they simply wait until the crops grow to maturity.
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*Shurbu juice is occasionally kept in bars to be mixed with a dark rum. The resulting beverage is called a “Setting Sun”, as the Shurbu juice mixes with the rum creating a similar appearance to the sky at sunset.
*Shurbakal are an invasive species in Daendroc, and have quickly claimed large patches of fertile land along the western coastline. Since the orcs do nothing to tend to the plant, it grows unhindered bar the occasional wildfire that sweeps through the region.
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*Shurbakal sugar is often assumed by [[Regalian]] traders to be sugar that the Orcs have stolen from [[Altalar]] or [[Cielothar]].
*Shurbakal juice is occasionally kept in bars to be mixed with a dark rum. The resulting beverage is called a “Setting Sun”, as the Shurbakal juice mixes with the rum creating a similar appearance to the sky at sunset.
 
*According to rumors, a clan of Orcs have carved out the core of a Shurbakal and replaced it with a stick of dynamite, which they lob at their enemies. They’ve taken to calling them ‘exploding pineapples’.
 
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 23:01, 14 February 2020

Shurbakal
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Flora
Official Name Shurbakal
Common Name Spine Fruit, Orc Blood Fruit, Crown Plant
Classification Shrub
Common Use Culinary
Origins Guldar
Habitat Tropical

Sometimes called the “king-among-fruit” for the spiked crown of leaves that protrude from the top of the fruit, the Shurbakal is a plant originally cultivated on distant Guldar which has since been transplanted to Daen by the Orcs. Often overlooked at first due to its hard, spiny exterior and deep crimson coloration, the blood red flesh of a Shurbakal is surprisingly sweet and has been a favorite treat among Orcs since its domestication. It is difficult to grow, taking plenty of time and care, though the sweet fruit and juice it produces is certainly worth it for many. It has seen rising popularity among Ailor and Nelfin, resulting in the plant now being farmed across the broad swath of tropical terrain.

History

Shurbakal originated back on Guldar, the homeland of the Orcs, and represented for them the pinnacle of fruit. Its exotic color was also pleasing, and its use in oral stories confirm these traits and opinions being at least as old as the establishment of civilized Orc society itself. When the Great Leaving came, the plant was collected and consumed along the journey, though most Orc tales report how close Aloria was to losing the plant forever (though this is likely an exaggeration of its status as a rare fruit by the time the Orcs reached Daen). Upon their arrival, the plant was immediately sown into the ground and as time went on, it became a regal plant, largely only consumed by the top five tiers of the Orcish caste system that now rule their many Pōlorc. However, eventually the plant began to expand beyond the fields of the Estates in the tropical polities. Some became wild and were discovered by those at the borders of Orc territory, while others survived in the desperate baggage of fleeing slaves, with a third vector in common trade between the Orcs and the Regalian Empire. Eventually, the plant’s fruit lost its special status in wider Aloria, and while it has remained a good for the upper class, that has largely been due to its tropical origin and overall rarity. Still, in most Pōlorc the exclusion practice remains and the plant has earned its many regal nicknames as a result of its association with the top, rather than the bottom.

Appearance

Shurbakal grows to be between three and four feet tall. At the base of the plant is a thick, woody stalk from which the long, green, fluted leaves of the plant extend outwards in all directions. These leaves are anywhere from one and a half to two feet long, resulting in the plant’s circumference being roughly the same as its height. These leaves have a series of small, thorn-like hooks along the sides that often snag passersby and are thought by some to perhaps represent what the Orcish stories say when the nature of their land “turned against them”. Twice each year, once around March and again around August, the budding of one to three bright bell-shaped flowers form at the center of the plant. These flowers have a bright pink coloration with a deep red base. After a few weeks, these flowers begin to turn into the initial stages of the fruit. It then takes roughly two months to grow to maturity, the flowers ultimately all fusing together to create the final product. The fruit of the plant, known as a Shurbu, is roughly a foot tall and can weigh as much as ten pounds, with an egg-shape topped by a thick top of green brittling leaves. The fruit’s skin is red, as are its insides, but the external skin is covered in highly durable brown spines which protect the plant from most animals.

Uses and Abilities

Shurbakal is primarily used in cuisine, with the Shurbu it produces being a sweet and tangy substance. They are commonly cut open and eaten the traditional Orcish ways involving such fruit, but outsiders largely just cut them into triangles or keep them as rings. In addition, the fruit’s juice is an exotic ingredient drunk whole (though rarely at a very high concentration, for it is often deemed unsavorialy tangy in the opinion of all), but also sometimes incorporated as a sweetener into an array of treats. From candies to ice-related dessert dishes, the Shurbu has many uses. However, the Orcs have developed even more culinary uses for the plant which wider Aloria has largely not adapted to. The central stalk of the fruit is also considered a delicacy among Orcs, as it stores a majority of the sugar of the plant. They have created a special dish, known as Shur-Drak, which has the central stalk dried and cut into thin strips. These are often brought on campaign and used as an energy boost on long marches. They also find themselves capable of producing crude sugar through the grinding of the dried stalk, allowing for them to sweeten dishes but also harvest something else of value for export.

Trivia

  • Shurbu juice is occasionally kept in bars to be mixed with a dark rum. The resulting beverage is called a “Setting Sun”, as the Shurbu juice mixes with the rum creating a similar appearance to the sky at sunset.
  • Shurbakal sugar is often assumed by Regalian traders to be sugar that the Orcs have stolen from Altalar or Cielothar.

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Processors FireFan96, WaterDruppel
Last Editor HydraLana on 02/14/2020.

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