The Gemflower is considered one of the most
unique plants in all of Caelereth. It has a
delicate sort of beauty that can be found in few other things either natural or
artificial. The most surprising thing about the plant is the fact that it
develops a large crystal that is perfectly round in shape. These have peculiar
magical characteristics, though different for every plant and every location.
The flower is supported on a
stalk that may be almost a ped
wide, although the average is around a
The flower itself can be one and a half
palmspan wide in rare
circumstances, but is normally just two to five
nailsbreadths across. They have three main petals, each of which is colored a slightly
transparent lavender color. They also have three secondary petals that are very
light blue and just as transparent. Their leaves are a jade green with a hint
of gray. The flowers grow upon a moss-like substance that looks like glass fibers,
but is in fact their root systems. Used mainly for gathering rain from the sky
and sunlight rather than moisture from the soil, its only other purpose is to
hold the plant onto the mountainside, as it requires little minerals from the
soil. However, the plant does get things from the soil by secreting acid. This
allows it to take minerals out of the soil as well as becoming more firmly attached
to the stone. It takes minerals such as carbon and silicon, and it turns them
into gemstones through a process that is both magical and chemical. The jewels
are located at the top of the stem of the flower, just below the flower. During
certain seasons, the thin membrane surrounding the gem is clear enough that
you are able to see the quality of the jewel. These crystals may be green, blue,
or purple, or even swirling mixtures of the three. Very few are purely one color,
and on the other end of the spectrum, it is rare to see one of these gems with
a perfect mix of the three.
The stones created by the plant give the flower its name. But the magic used in
the process is imbued with the crystal, creating talismans that have some
magical powers. However, if the crystals stay inside the plant for long enough
without harsh weather or animals killing them, the crystal will become more and
more powerful. Eventually, the plant will be able to have no more powerful magic
inside it, and it will wither. These stones, by this time about two
nailsbreadths in diameter,
are perfectly round. They hold various powers that are based on the
type of rock upon which the plant was growing.
Territory. This herb only grows on the island country of Qelítraíloh, and there just in
the Stormcrag mountain range at the center of the island. Gemflowers grow at high
altitudes, mainly on rock faces. Sometimes a traveler will come upon a valley
nestled between mountains whose entire floor is covered with these plants. But
the crystals that have any power to speak of are still fairly rare because of
the time needed to create the gems and the size the flowers must be to support
a powerful enough gem. The first leader of Qel'tra'loh had a flowergem set in his
sword, which has been passed down from the time the country was founded.
The Gemflower is prized by all people of Qel'tra'loh, and would not be cut down.
In fact, killing one of these plants is a crime, and is punishable by banishment
from the country. For this reason, few are killed every year, and the plant still
survives in its delicate balance against the weather. Still, when a plant dies
a natural death, people are free to take the crystals that come from it, since
it cannot reproduce more and has no use for them.
The plant divides as soon as the "moss" gets far enough away from the
base of the stalk. Then, another flower will start to grow after their root systems
separate. Eventually, the gap formed by the split will be crossed, and the moss
will be unbroken. Thus, other plants can only be formed near the original. The
entire population of the gemflower goes through a certain cycle. For years, there
will be many Gemflowers, and the number continues to increase. Then, it will change,
and they will begin to die out. This is attributed by most of the people who study
the rare herb to the general climate changes that naturally occur over a long
period of time, though it has never been proven. Because of this the colonies
of the plant are found in many locations rather than in just one large patch.
It can also die if the gem is removed, because though it feeds energy into it,
the crystal also serves as a storage location for bad years. It helps it overcome
the general fluctuations between day and night, stormy and sunny. Without this
stabilizer, it cannot cope, and dies within a few days.