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Glacier's Sigh

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The delicate flower of the deepest Arctic, bearing the essence of ephemeral purity.

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In blossom, a fragile, three-petaled flower, as translucent as new-frozen ice, is lifted towards the sky by a slender stalk of a pale, translucent green, enwrapped from below by three leaves of the same pale green, as if the flower itself were a butterfly to be supported with the most gentle of touches.

Surviving only a few short weeks in the arctic, in the deepest parts of Winter, Glacier’s Sigh is remarkably sensitive to the heat, melting away at human touch, and even the heat of the breath of a man many feet away is enough to cause it to droop and wilt, rendering it nearly impossible to cultivate. More, it will only take root in fresh-fallen snow, never melted and untrod upon.

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However, the Glacier’s Breath is not without it’s tenders in the wild, as it is a favored decoration for the fae of the Winter, who’s icy touch can handle it without destroying it.

Over the millenia, the flower has slowly absorbed a small portion of the fae tender’s magic, so exposed as it has been. Thusly, it is prized by wizards and alchemists, who can use it to invoke youth and ephemerability. Properly distilled, an elixer of the essence of Glacier’s Sigh will bestow youth upon the drinker, but also cause them to age far more rapidly.



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Voted Cheka Man
February 9, 2008, 9:42
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A beautiful little thing.
Voted Scrasamax
February 9, 2008, 15:28
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Very pretty, i like the three pointedness of the plant and it's visual appeal, melting at a breath.
Voted valadaar
February 9, 2008, 18:05
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Simple and crisp!
Voted Murometz
February 13, 2008, 20:41
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Short, and flavorful. The plant-absorbing-stray-floating-magic thing isnt new, but this is nicely rendered, and lovely. You get a brief sense of melancholy in regards to its ever so fragile nature.
Voted Drackler
February 17, 2008, 19:39
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Simple and sweet. I have but one question, if the flower melts at the touch of warm-blooded creatures, then how do alchemists extract the essence?
Siren no Orakio
February 19, 2008, 16:59
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Very, very carefully, I would imagine.
Voted manfred
February 18, 2008, 13:35
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Very carefully, of course. A growing plot hook, so to speak. :)

A sweet little flower indeed!

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