Ah, my only thought is that perhaps instead of including it in a sting, take an example from the real-life Bombardier Beetle. Let the bugger fire off blasts of the Fireleaf liquid instead of using it in a sting. Less dangerous to the warriors that way. Go to Comment
Great critter! Great detail! I have already made up an order of northern monks around the Burnbee. Bee-keepers of a sort. They sell the prized honey to southerners, and 'keep warm' during the harsh winters, by using the fifty or more bees method you describe. Fireleaf is great too btw! Go to Comment
Probably would have been a point less if it wasn't an artic plant. That defined it better for me and helped it make more sense in the scheme of everything instead of just a plant with special traits amongst others.
I like it for any artic adventures when the players could use it to survive the artic cold. Perhaps they grow in groves and hold their own small ecology of creatures. Almost like an oasis in a desert, with travelers going from Fireleaf grove to Fireleaf grove to travel across the inhospitable area.
I have never been in an artic adventure so could be modified to only gain the described traits in the winter months in order to use it without it being too much. Go to Comment
The arctic aspect was one of the key points. A lot of things in arctic conditions shy away from unnaturally hot things, the heat generated by the chemicals in the sap allow it to keep growing even during the coldest part of winter without freezing or getting stopped by frozen soil, and anything foolish enough to graze on it will, at the least, get a nasty burn inside the mouth, and more likely through the entire stomach and throat region.
Although I can picture a native of the region, angry at a visitor from the warmer lands, carefully cutting a leaf from one of the plants and saying something like "Here, chew this, it'll warm you up." Go to Comment
I'd considered the idea of a creature adapted to eating Fireleaf, but I'm not sure how it'd work out yet. Maybe some kind of insect that drains the chemical pockets and mixes them internally to keep warm during the cold months, the same way the plant does... Go to Comment
Only if they damage the pockets holding the chemicals; the stalks themselves only have a small amount of the compound in the sap to keep them from freezing. Admittedly, a lot of armies are rather careless, but unless the leaf pockets are ETREMELY frail, it'd only work once - and then you'll eventually end up with burnbees. Go to Comment
Unlikely. The individual pockets each contain only one part of an exothermic compound. It would be more likely to harvest the individual chemicals and use them to fill a breakable jar that's divided to keep them apart, then use that as a grenade-like splash weapon; the substances doesn't actually burn or explode, it just gets really, really hot. This is the 'warefare' use noted in the entry, as the reaction tends to run out quickly enough to not harm the plant after browsers burn themselves on it. Used in steady moderation, it makes a pleasant, smokeless heat source, but never quite makes it to the boiling point of water. Go to Comment
Technically it is a plant for the Tundra (or permafrost environments), rather than a real arctic environments... as these need soil to grow.. rather than out on the ice. There is only so deep things can pull through the ice to reach rock and sand under the artic snow and ice.
The heating chemical could be drained and possibly used, if treated and stored correctly. That could make stands of these plants very useful to the indigneous people.
If these plants do exist, I am sure something is around to eat them... perhaps sucking up the heating liquid to keep itself warm. Just a thought. Go to Comment