- Mar 6, 2021
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- Faerin Vinyre | Onve Saevel | Park Ara-Yeong
Tundra's Heart, a flower that was previously abundant pre calamity, was ineffectively harvested into near extinction due to its pretty appearance, and highly sought-after properties. Although it was known for being an endangered species, the population began to rise due to a seclusive botanist who lived in the Northern Tundra. With the botanists' efforts, along with the lack of civilization due to the calamity, the flower began to flourish, from being an endangered species, to a threatened species. Although, due to the lack of genetic diversity within the Tundra’s Heart’s population, weather phenomenon, and invasive wildlife, the flower’s population is growing at a slower rate.
Tundra’s Heart bears eight, snow white petals, and looks identical to the 8 petal Mountain Avens, excluding a few anatomical features, and the flowers overall size. Mountain Avens range between 2-3cm while Tundra’s Heart is about the size of an adult male’s palm, 9-10cm. The first of the anatomical features refers to the thick, leathery petals. These petals require a bit more effort to tear or pick off. The second anatomical difference is its enlarged ovary and ovule(seed). It’s speculated that this is due to the overabundance of nutrients it takes in.
The reason the flower was so sought after, was due to it being able to enhance the duration of an elixir's effectiveness and aid in minor heat resistance, providing a body cooling effect that allows resistance to arid or hot, dry environments when imbibed. Although the flower was seen as somewhat of a blessing by alchemists, it was quite the opposite when eaten raw, it being poisonous. The poison of the flower is correlated more with the ovule, rather than any other part of the flower. If eaten, or applied to wounds as a standalone, it can cause swelling of the wound, severe hallucinations, temporary blindness, and extreme nausea. Although eating any other part of the flower only causes a minor headache and hives around the face.
Effect(s) and Uses
Effect(s) and Uses
Being the main reason the flower’s name is what it is, one can assume that it resides in the Tundra and mountains of the North. Although it was discovered for the first time near the old dwarven nations, it now resides near the Fyrmani ruins, and at the top of mountains. Due to its white petals, the flower tends to blend into its snowy surroundings, making it hard to spot if you aren’t looking for it.
- If not harvested correctly, the flower withers and becomes extremely fragile, crumbling into a fine dust powder, being completely useless.
- The aftereffects of potions that contain this flower are similar to the effects of eating it raw, but on a lesser scale.
- The flower's effects lessen with the longer you keep it before actually utilizing it, making it extremely hard to store.
- Tundra’s heart has very specific environmental needs to survive and reproduce, attempts to grow the flower on your own will practically always end in failure.
- The flower takes about a half a year to grow but dies off rather quickly.
- If used in alchemy, its nectar may be slightly implemented into a combative elixir to extend its duration by a mere ten seconds, or a more slow-acting potion or powder to extend its effects by an hour. However, if the elixir involves components of heat (boiling, steaming), it only provides its negative effects.
- If it is used alone, it can provide a resistance to ambient heat, such as that of deserts, the imbiber's body cooled down for an hour per dosage. This can, however, accelerate hypothermia in cold environments.
- If overused in an elixir, it will provide intense negative effect, possibly killing someone from overdosage.
This is an idea that I've had for a while, but I've just recently actually decided to expand on it. I'm very open to any type of constructive criticism, since this is my first attempt at player lore. Pictures will be added between now and tomorrow.
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