(also called "Footsbane Flower" or "Rik'jyrl" in
Kuglimz-Seitre) is a
nasty, thorny plant, growing low to the ground, and killing almost every plant
within a ped of its seed
pod. It spreads quickly, and can cover
perries in mere months.
Hematia has a strong, fibrous root that is great for making cord and thread. The
plant grows mainly in the North of
Sarvonia, but has been seen more than once in the South, as well as in
Nybelmar. It grows from treeline to
sea-level, except where the water would
submerge it more than once a year.
is a sickly-looking gangrene plant, with shiny, teardrop-shaped leaves two
nailsbreadths wide and three long, all of which grow in a circular mat on the
ground, a fore and a half in
diameter. A brown, spherical seed pod, approximately as big as the circle made
by one's thumb and forefinger, grows on a stalk in the center of that mat. Under
each leaf is a two-nailsbreadth-long
thorn that, when stepped on, will break off inside the skin. The thorn, which is
not unlike those of the Lashardia plant, punctures the leaf above it, which
contains a powerful toxin that causes excruciating pain in an open wound. The
toxin also causes the victim's blood to
flow more freely, causing them to bleed very profusely. While this has never
been said to kill anyone, a victim will usually be weaker than normal for up to
two weeks afterward, while they regain the lost blood.
The plant's root system grows a ped in all directions from the central seed pod,
and Hematia will kill anything within that radius, by making the soil very
aceedic as well as taking all of the area's water for itself. The roots
themselves are fibrous, shiny and almost pure white, making them look rather
nice when used as stitching on some clothing. Hematia has killed entire
harvests' worth of crops for some Northern farmers, and has indirectly led to
the production of many utensils to quickly get rid of the plant - thus the plant
among many farmers is called the "Footsbane Flower". Only a few of these
actually work.. These also tend to be spiked and rather menacing, and would make
good weapons in a pinch.
The Hematia plant can grow almost anywhere.
It is, however, surprisingly rare outside of a few parts of
Sarvonia's North, and has been
spotted growing in Nybelmar. It would grow
to the treeline in most mountain ranges, and can survive second and third frosts
that would kill weaker plants. The only mountain range that it is a common sight
in is the Caaehl, however. It is
also relatively common in the lands of the
Kruul Peninsula, before the land
becomes infertile. It is also seen in the
Celeste Lowlands and the
Kuglimz lands, and is scattered
around the Kanapan Lands. Its
toxin is actually more potent in the
wintertime, under snow, and has been said to kill some small animals under these
circumstances. The only place it will not grow is one with a moving waterline,
like a swamp, or a particularly active floodplain. The plant drowns easily, and
being submerged for so much as mere minutes in warmer climates leads to
significantly raised chances of it dying of fungus.
The Kanapan tribe of
Northern Sarvonia sometimes makes
cord out of Hematia, and the Kuglimz'ura
are sometimes fond of the use of Hematia thorns as decorations, and they also
make arrowheads out of them that will break off in the skin. The Kuglimz'ura are
also fond of mashing together huge pots of the
toxin found in the leaves before a battle, and dipping blades and arrows in
it. It does a fine job of nearly immobilizing a foe, even from a minor wound or
glancing shot. The Kuglimz'ura also
tend to use the white roots to stitch their clothing, as it adds a nice accent.
The root is impossible to dye, though, so it isn't all that widely used.
Trolls have been seen using whole Hematia
plants, tied onto their margh
grumph fist weapons, where it may be a better addition then the
Its main use, however, is its poison. As the
Kuglimz'ura use it, it cripples foes
with the sheer pain, and it is useful for torture for the same reason. Some of
the Kuglimz and the
Arthyrón have been known to
concentrate the toxin, boiling the leaves for hours, replacing them when
necessary, and removing the leaves so that the
water boils away. A sticky paste is left that will burn bare skin when
exposed to it. When boiled into a tea, it causes painful ulcers, bloating, and
can leave one bedridden with pain and sickness for days, depending on whether it
is administered more than once. The
Arthyrón once hated the plant, and saw no good in it, but have grown fond of
its poison, using it mainly as an enhancement to their arrows, and find it
invaluable in driving off the greater hooded trolog.
The Hematia plant grows a seed pod about two days after the mat of leaves grows.
Once this seed pod reaches its height of about a
fore, it starts to grow
seeds. Two weeks after it starts, the onion-like outer
layer falls off, and the seeds leave the pod by
wind or whenever the seed pod is bumped into. The cycle will repeat three
weeks after the first seed is released, meaning that it will deposit seeds every
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