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« on: May 22, 2005, 07:39:36 PM »
The jungle seems a tangle of vines and stalks and leaves. The only way you move through the impenetrable wall of green is with a machete. Hacking with the knife, you can slowly make some progress, but the work is exhausting. Finally, you seem to be reaching the jungle's edge. Only a few heavy vines block your way.
You swing your machete and it strikes the three-inch-thick vine, slicing it neatly in two. Suddenly the jungle around you comes alive. The vines in the nearby trees start moving. You step back, but it's too late. One wraps around your ankle. You raise your knife to cut through it, but before you can swing, another vine twists around your arm, stopping it. A third vine, as thick as a fire hose, curls around your waist and you are knocked off your feet. It drags you into the thick underbrush. Suddenly the jungle parts up ahead and you see an orange pod as tall as a man. It opens and you are thrust into its dark interior. You find yourself waist deep in a sticky liquid that burns your skin. As the leaves close up behind you, trapping you, your fellow adventurers voices can be heard...

This thread is for different plants that can be used in a setting.
I understand that a carnivorous plant would be the most interesting one and that is what my first plant will be. But any kinds of interesting plants
that can be used in some way in a fantasy setting is welcome.

*Plants used as components in potions, spells etc
*Carnivorous plants
*Plants with certain magic qualities
*Rare or extremely beautiful plants

You get the drift


The Corpse Flower


When it blooms, the Corpse Flower can reach at height over nine feet in height and smells like a mixture of rotting flesh and excrement.
And that is exactly what it is, it can take up to three weeks to fully digest
a mature human being.
The pungent odor also attracts bees which are trapped in the flower until they are covered with pollen. Then they are released to fertilize other plants.
A blooming Corpse flower's "flower" (it is technically a leaf or spathe) can be three feet across. It can move slowly around, to slow to catch up with a prey that has already noticed it. But slow enough to avoid being discovered.
It is found in deep woods with heavy underbrush.
The main body of the plant is orange and about the size of a man, this is where the mouth used for meat eating is located. It has ten vines which it can use to catch it's prey. These vines have small poisonous needles.
The vines can also knock out or strangle opponents.
There are no teeth in the plants main body, but hundreds of small needles with poison. There is also much liquid inside the pod used to both intoxicate
and digest the victims.
It is notoriously difficult to kill one of these plants. The only way to permanently kill one is to set it on fire. If slashed and damaged greatly the Corpse flower may retreat into the underbrush again.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2005, 09:18:43 PM »
Sawkin:

Non-intelligent, photosynthesizing plant.

Remarkably unremarkable, Sawkins are dangerous plants that can easily kill any unwanted pests. Small, leathery red berries are located near the stem of the plant, and are surrounded by a thick tangle of serrated leaves. The branches of the plant are remarkably supple and strong, and are difficult to bend or break.

When a Sawkin is disturbed, it lashes out with several of its tough, saw-like leaves. These can cause great gashes and rends in the skin by repetitively rending flesh. It is not uncommon for victims to die later of blood loss or infection.

Mist Flower:

Intelligent, carnivorous plant.

Thankfully rare, a Mist Flower is a large, rose-like plant a meter in diameter. It is perpetually surrounded in a cloud of mist. The mist is actually millions of tiny, hair like vines that extend directly out of the central flower. When a person walks into the mist, he or she is engulfed in a web of tiny tendrils that slowly and inexorably deliver a potent nuero-toxin directly into the victim's system. The victim only becomes aware of his/her predicament when they try to leave the mist- the millions of tendrils hold them fast, paralyzing him/her with brutal efficiency. Within a few minutes, the person dies of asphyxiation and is delivered promptly to the base of the flower as fertilizer.

Fleshroot:

Non-intelligent, carnivorous plant.

Fleshroot is a particularly hardy strain of grass with carnivorous tendencies. Its fleshy coloration, combined with its strange texture, gives it its name.

Whenever anything moves on a patch of fleshroot, several tendrils react to its presence by attempting to burrow into it. While doing this, the tendrils release a poison to deaden any pain reactions. Although the process is too slow to be noticed over a short period of time, if anything is foolish enough to attempt to sleep on a Fleshroot field they will wake up stuck to the ground, roots burrowing towards their heart and brain.

Moss Creeper:

Intelligent, carnivorous plant.

A bizarre, malicious example of a carnivorous plant, a Moss Creeper is a deadly and terrifying predator.

In its natural state, a Moss Creeper resembles a rough, skinless humanoid with arms instead of legs. Bare musculature make it very difficult for it to survive outside of caves and other dark places, where it thrives.

A Moss Creeper usually uses acidic digestive material to dig a small alcove in a dark, damp place. It then grows a symbiotic layer of moss around itself in a curtain, effectively sealing it off from the outside world.

Whenever an adventurer steps to close to a seemingly innoculous patch of moss, he is instantly seized by up to four writhing, boneless arms. They draw him into the moss curtain, where the waiting acidic maw of the Creeper devours him whole.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2005, 05:10:26 PM »
Khyashma Baharavaush
This plant's name is Parsic, and means, literally, "die screaming". It is a large green-blue vine which grows on practically any surface on which there is suitable sunlight, though only in regions (such as Parsis) where the weather is generally very warm and humid.
This plant's unusual name (which is generally shortened to simply "khyashma" or even to "khyash") comes from the heavy, purple-blue fruit which it bears in the early spring. This fruit, while delicious, is extremely poisonous, and causes the eater to die in horrible pains within hours of consumption.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2005, 05:36:29 PM »
Whimsical Flora

All to often, a new magical creature, or plant is not seen with wonder or awe, but rather a keen eye for exploitation. In the often violent and brutal realm of role-playing, the wonders of nature are often overlooked, and never realized. I though I would start this thread to see if anyone else had any ideas along these lines. With that being said, may I present...

http://www.rpgcitadel.com/guild/index.php?topic=1694.0

Currently listing
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2005, 11:54:20 PM »
How should we do this Moon?
Should we separately move our posts into the Whimsical Flora thread?
You kind of left your meaning hanging there...
Could you as a administrator just move this whole thing over?
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2005, 08:51:00 AM »
I was just linking the two related threads.

Wimsical Flora is for "normal" Plant. It seemed this thread was for "Adventuring Plants", since yours will have exotic properties; Plants used as components in potions, spells etc, Carnivorous plants, Plants with certain magic qualities. Your plants are on the equipment/ monster list of the game. Wimsical Flora are "generally speaking" not.  Maybe if you edit the first post and change the title to Adventuring Plants, or something that implies these are the odd and special plants, that will satisify the difference.  

If a plant is too exotic (made of crystal, plants pulsing with light, etc), it should be listed in the Bizzare Lifeform Challange - http://www.rpgcitadel.com/guild/index.php?topic=459.0
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2005, 04:33:19 PM »
Ah, it's all good then. For a moment there I thought I had made a mistake.

Post on!
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