The Alth’tiert is
a large plant commonly found around the vents of volcanoes in the Celeste Mountains. The name
Alth’tiert, Kuglimz'seitre for "Yellow
Plant," derives from the colour of the leaves and the
dye they produce. The Alth’tiert is notable for its reproductive cycle.
This plant does not fertilize through insects like the malise that carry pollen from plant to plant;
instead, the mature Alth'tiert bursts open when a nearby vent becomes too hot,
releasing the pollen into the air to float to other plants. It is used for trade
and dye by the Fird’gormz, a
Kuglimz tribe residing in the
mountains in Northern Sarvonia.
Appearance. The Alth’tiert grows to a height and width of about half a ped. It has a shallow root system that spreads out in a circle. This allows it to get as much nutrition from the topsoil as possible in its harsh environment. It has long leaves that are a finger’s length at their widest, and a usually a fore long. The plant’s appearance give it its name, the Yellow Plant, the leaves have dark yellow streaks throughout, with a darker stripe of yellow running down the middle of its long leaves. The unique colouring is thought to arise from the plants constant exposure to the brimstone reek wafting out from the volcanoes. The leaves are actually very thick, so as to give it a natural protection from any foraging animals. There is no observable stalk for the leaves to attach themselves to; rather they all tend to come together in a massed jumble at the base of the plant. The plant lacks any flowers, and only the leaves grow from the base.
Territory. Alth’tiert plants are found in volcanic areas, especially in the Celeste Mountains at the southwest of Northern Sarvonia. They do not grow in masses, but seem to cluster around vents leading directly to the heart of the volcanoes.
Usages. The Alth’tiert is a main trade item of the Fird’gormz, who trade it to the Helvet’ine. The Helvet’ine use the leaves of this plant to make a yellow dye for clothing and rugs. Special Helvet’ine Dyers begin by soaking the leaves in water for a few hours, and boiling the enlarged leaf with a small amount of water, the yellow juices of the plant are boiled out. When egg yolk is added, it will give the mixture a little more hold. It is then set out for several hours, and a rich golden dye is thus formed from it. There are no other known uses for the plant.
Reproduction. The reproduction process differs from other plants. As these plants grow near volcanic vents, they are constantly subject to sudden fluctuations in heat. When the heat reaches certain temperatures, older plants (which are not as resistant to these temperature changes) will burst open. Pollen is stored at the base of the plant, so when it explodes, this pollen is released and drifts over the volcano to other plants. In order for a new plant to form, the ground must be heated more or less constantly, which is why most of these plants are found around vents of volcanoes. The Alth’tiert plants usually live up to a year.
will reproduce three out of the four seasons. Most of the plants survive the
bitter cold of the North
Sarvonian winter. The Alth’tiert will force itself into a hibernation,
a type of sleep, where it will produce no pollen, but has a higher chance of
surviving than normal in the harsh winter. During summer, the reproduction
rates of the plants nearly double compared to the fall or spring, the higher
temperature weakening the resistance of the base of the plant and allowing for
lower temperatures from the vents to force the Alth’tiert to
Myth/Lore. In the Kuglimz tradition, the colour yellow (or gold) is dedicated to Sur’tyan, the All-Father. By dyeing patterns in their clothes, the Helvet’ine men show their respect to All-Father. The women usually do not dye their clothes with the gold dye, although there is no law or rule prohibiting it, but it is more socially acceptable to display the colours of the All-Mother. The Helvet’ine men wear the gold colour proudly, showing their love and honour for Sur’tyan.