beautiful flowers are not only pleasant to look at, they serve quite a few other
purposes as well. The vine can be woven into a very strong rope. The petals can
be used as a hallucinogenic drug or be made into a dreadfully lethal poison.
Only with great familiarity and much experimentation could one find the darker
purposes of this flower. Thin petals of a hypnotic, nearly
nor'sidian hue grow from a
broad-leafed green vine. One can catch a glimpse of these gorgeous plants in
nearly any temperate climate. Queprur's Blight is also known as "Lethal
Pulchritude", a name given by Sir Lorek Sarnif. The
elves call the plant "Ishím Aváth". This name literally translates to mean
plants are famed widely for their colour, a deep purplish midnight blue that is
almost black. These treacherous beauties possess five petals of this odd colour.
There are eleven snow-white stamens and a single pistil the colour of
fresh-flowing blood growing from the center of each flower. The flowers tend to
grow in clusters of five to eight on a vivid green vine. Each portion of the
vine with a blooming flower contains a cluster of five leaves nearby. The broad
petals flourish outward and up, almost like a near black campfire. The flowers
never measure more than one and a quarter
palmspans across. Quite
frequently the plants grow so closely together that their vines become
intertwined, choking out other plants from lack of
water. These vicious violets can cover an area of near fifteen
peds square. The vines have
a tendency to grow across the ground, though climbing is not unheard of. The
vine is about as thick as three human fingers around and grows to a length of
almost six and one half peds.
The main roots grow deep into the ground and the secondary roots look like short
hooks of wood. Each of the roots is only about four
nailsbreadths long. They
come from the bottom of the vine, from one end to the other and dig into the
earth. The secondary roots anchor the vine
into the soil.
These lethal lovelies grow only in very favourable temperate climates where the
winters aren't too harsh. They mostly grow in forests all over Southern
Sarvonia. Their boundaries are the
Celeste Lowlands for the north,
Ancythrian Sea for the east, Salsair
for the west and Marcogg for the south. In
the wintertime, the flowers close and shrink into a bulb shape the size of seven
nailsbreadths round and curl
up into the vine. These deadly graces are sometimes raised in gardens for their
looks; the happy green-thumbs being unaware that the plant is a capable poison
and highly addictive drug.
The flower can be made into a vile poison that the
Kasumarii have favoured for
generations. It is also used by many necromancers in the practice of their
depraved craft. The well-earned nickname of this concoction is “Void Liquid” as
it can cause death to a target in mere minutes. The assassin coats their chosen
weapon in this poison, and then uses it on
unsuspecting targets. The poison works by attacking the target’s muscles and
sending them into agonizing convulsions. The body tenses up and becomes a cage
of misery. Breathing then becomes laboured, blood flow slows, and then death
comes for the victim only minutes later.
The result of these wounds is not always death; mild poisonings can result in a
horrible sickness that lasts for days. Severe nausea, burning pain in the
muscles, and blurred vision are the most common symptoms. This state of illness
is commonly called Fate's Grip. There is no known antidote. Only mild relief is
to come by way of a pain killer administered by a healer. The most commonly used
is one made from the canelvous herb.
The process for producing this grotesque poison is a closely guarded secret
among the Kasumarii
and necromancers. The Kasumarii
tribe has used this poison for countless years in their practices of
assassination. It has also been given a degree of praise among necromancers,
being whispered across the lips and to the ears from one magus to another for
The flower can also be picked, allowed to dry and smoked in a pipe. It is
sometimes mixed with regular pipeweeds, though most prefer to smoke it alone to
fully enjoy the satisfying taste. When this is done, it clears one’s thoughts,
enhances the senses and induces a state of euphoria. Usually only one petal is
needed to achieve this effect, however, more experienced users require more of
the flower to get this feeling. The smoking of these flowers can occasionally
induce hallucinations. This use of the plant is famed amongst scholars for the
effect of mind clearing so they can focus on their tasks at hand. Many mages
also put it in their pipes to help them think more clearly for casting and
researching spells and reagents. Using the flowers for this purpose can rapidly
cause dependency. Should an addict refrain from its use for more than a week,
they will find themselves unable to focus clearly for just about a month. Severe
headaches, chills and the shakes are also common side effects. On more rare
occasions, temporary insanity can occur, as well as the inability to sleep.
After the same amount of time, the addict returns to normal.
One can take the vine and weave it with care into a rope of great strength. The
rope is ten times stronger than normal rope at only one quarter of the
thickness. It is not only durable but flexible as well allowing it to be made
into bowstrings. It is also highly revered in shipyards for loading heavy cargo.
Many a farmer uses this rope to tie his or her horses to a wagon to help with
plowing fields. It can also be used for grappling hooks in siege warfare, should
the need arise. A drawback is that in the production, the vine emits a dust that
if inhaled in large enough volumes, can be lethal. The death is a slow painful
one that involves coughing up blood, sore throat, headaches and eye cramps. This
dust is also irritating to human skin and will leave a great quantity of small
red bumps that excrete pus.
Queprur’s Blight flowers have one of the oddest forms of reproduction ever
documented, as they rely solely on death to spread the vines. Many types of
birds eat the stamen and pistil parts of the flower because of its alluring
scent, thereby getting the seeds pollinated in their system. Their body is
unable to digest the seeds due to a waxy substance over them. Then the plant
begins to grow inside the bird. Finally, the infant vine bursts out of the bird,
killing it. This process is how these unique flowers gained such a devious name.
The most common birds killed by this plant are
aelirel birds. They catch a whiff
while hunting, are lured to the plant and indulge. Since the flowers taste
sweetly to them, the birds suspect nothing.
The main myth that surrounds this plant is that
Queprur herself planted the very first
vine to strangle out other plants and serve her fatal purposes. From this first
vine, many grew and began to do the work of the death goddess.
Another far more disturbing myth is also spread about this plant. It is rumoured
that if one receives a flower picked from this plant as a gift, they will die
before the next dawn. This ancient tale is spread because famed assassin Veljik
Liferipper gave one to each of his wives before he killed them. Not only was he
a great contract killer, he was also a sadistic fiend.
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