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Stranglers
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Official Name: Stranglers
Common Name: Maita liantë, Angry Sweetie, land squid
Classification: Flower
Common Use: Ornament
Habitat: Warm, humid environments
Origins: Daendroc, magically altered

Stranglers are carnivorous plants found in Daendroc. Stranglers are epiphytes, growing in the air attached to trees as opposed to being rooted in the ground. The plant emits a strong, sweet scent to attract prey. The most notable aspects of this plant is its bulbous flower and its tendrils, which hang down from the plant and allows it to capture its prey.

Origins

The strangler is native to the dense jungles of Daendroc. Records of the plant precede even the Elven Empire. It was most likely magically modified sometime during its evolution. The details of its origins are unknown though most scholars assume it was one of the earliest attempts at creating a moving plant.

The plant is assumed to be somewhat magical. Not only do its tendrils move with unusual speed and force, but the plant also seems to have some level of awareness. Stranglers are able to detect and differentiate between prey, capturing only animals that are both near enough and not too large nor too small.

A wild strangler grows to be about a quarter-meter wide. The plant grows attached to trees, usually atop a branch. The plant is not parasitic and merely uses the host tree as a home. Its roots snake out from beneath the plant, clinging onto the tree and absorbing moisture from the air. It is a succulent plant, growing thick leaves that hold water. A strangler’s flowerhead is a bulbous structure consisting of five thick petals around a vase-shaped central body. It is from within the diaphragm that the plant emits a strong, sweet scent which attracts various insects as well as birds and mammals. Underneath the main leaves, tendrils emerge from the stem.

The tendrils are best described as modified stems that share characteristics of roots. They can grow to more than a meter long. They are as thick as a human finger and have jagged edges to help latch onto prey. Stranglers often capture birds or small mammals. The tendrils hang down from the plant when dormant. When a suitable prey is detected, they quickly ensnare it by closing in on it in a twisting motion. They then continue to twist and tighten, choking the animal to death while piercing its skin. The tendrils then remain where they are, giving the plant the peculiar appearance of an arm frozen in reach. They will remain this way place until the plant absorbs enough nutrients and the prey is no longer desired, at which point it will untangle, falling back into its dormant position and dropping whatever remains of the prey.

Etymology

Stranglers have been present in Daendroc for centuries. It was originally known as maita liantë in the Elvish tongue, meaning “hungry vines” for the tendrils’ resemblance to an arm reaching out when it captures its prey. Yanars have given it the rather tongue-in-cheek nickname of Angry Sweetie, or simply “sweetie.” After the colonization of Daendroc by Humans, the plant became known simply as “stranglers.”

Sailors often refer to the plant as “land squid” or “squid plant”, comparing it to the eponymous sea creature and exaggerating the dangers of the plant when passing tales of Daendroc.

Primary Use

Gardeners have been known to keep smaller breeds of stranglers in specialized pots that let the roots and tendrils hang down. It is rarely kept outside of Daendroc due to the fact that the plant can only survive in hot, humid environments. It is kept only for ornamental purposes or as a curiosity by those willing to put up with its needs and temperaments.

  • Stranglers are usually dormant and won’t move at all unless capturing prey. Movement is usually a sign that something is wrong, whether they are threatened or otherwise feel uncomfortable.
  • Stranglers have been kept as pets for as long as they’ve been around. They seem to be aware that they have caretakers and often act more favorably towards them, being less likely to attack if approached by one.
  • Potted stranglers are usually too small to ensnare most races though they will still attempt to attack if one is perceived to be a threat.
  • Stranglers only attack once someone comes within range of their tendrils. Some plants may flail in warning beforehand.

Trivia

  • Stranglers have been known to possess some level of awareness:
    • Some stranglers are picky eaters, preferring certain types of animals while ignoring others.
    • Stranglers have varying levels of boldness. While most only go after prey that they are guaranteed to capture, others may take more risks and attempt to ensnare larger animals.
    • Stranglers can defend themselves by using their tendrils as whips. Their tolerance varies; some plants do not react if approached but others may try to attack if something gets too close.
    • Stranglers seem to be capable of memories and recognition. One keeper recalls an incident in which a friend accidentally tore off a tendril. The strangler attempted to choke the man before the keeper pried them apart. On subsequent visits, the strangler plant would flail and attempt to whip the friend whenever he came close.
  • Among the rumors spread by seafarers include the false idea that stranglers can detach themselves from their host trees and move around.
  • There are also unconfirmed tales of stranglers killing people.
  • Stranglers and felines are not particularly fond of each other and will often fight when kept together.
Name Appearance Habitat
Stranglers, Maita liantë, Angry Sweetie, land squid Leathery, bulbous red and pink flower. Roots that help the plant cling onto a host tree. Long vines, up to a dozen, drop down from the plant when inactive. Naturally found only in Daendroc. Requires warm, humid conditions to survive. Will not do well if conditions are not met. Can survive without prey but will not be as lively.

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