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February 18, 2008, 2:45 pm

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Whimsical Flora


All too 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…

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In most cases, if a plant or animal is not a "threat" or a "mcguffin" that is required to complete some quest, most gamers just blow them off. Here these plants are just background. They don’t eat people. They might have some function in the ecology, but they don’t boost players or create magical effects. In short, they are normal plants.

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Wild Flower, magical red, white and blue wild flowers
when a bunch is freshly picked and carried in hand, wildly fluctuating bonuses are gained, die in about 2 weeks, lose magic if put down after harvesting.

2014-10-25 08:19 AM » Link: [1426#92462|text]
Sword Fronds
magical sword plant, make 2-6 wildly vary in size and some are more powerful than the most powerful magic sword, blooms on time of need, weapons live about a month.

2014-10-25 08:23 AM » Link: [1426#92464|text]
Oops sorry,din't see the no magic effects line, very sorry

2014-10-25 08:25 AM » Link: [1426#92465|text]
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Broad Oaks By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Forest/ Jungle

There are times at night when you think the evil tree spirits are out to get you. They open their eyes. They reach for you, grasping for your soul. When you try to run, the very ground rebels, you trip and fall, often finding the branches reaching for you in the night air.

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Creepers By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Desert

"It was another beautiful sunset in the wastes. In the distance I could see an entire meadows worth of plants sliding to a safer place for the night." Exerpt: A Prospector’s Tale, VOL XXIII Blue Guild Press

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Dog Pods By: CaptainPenguin ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

A plant named for its gords, both in the smell of wet dog and for their roughly dog like appearance.

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Drooping Trees By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Desert

"Just when I thought it could not get any hotter, we cleared the crest of a small hollow. There was the most magnificent sight, a huge shadey tree hidden in the depression. It must of been there for decades for I had never seen a Drooping Tree that large before and in my decades of prospecting since,"  Exerpt: A Prospector’s Tale, VOL XXIII Blue Guild Press

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Flute Grass By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

The Wastes are never silent. There is always a baleful music on the wind.

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Fydres By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - City/ Ruin

Fydre tried to destroy cities and return people to the Green in his lifetime. His “curse” attempts to drive people out of the cities.

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Glacier's Sigh By: Siren no Orakio ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Tundra/ Arctic

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

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Goldleaf By: Kassil ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Mountains

Prized for the metallic sheen of the foliage, this peculiar plant dwells on the banks of mountain rivers, relying on heavy metals and photoelectric power to spread itself

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Headsmans Tree By: valadaar ( Lifeforms ) Fauna - Forest/ Jungle

A tree of somewhat macabre aspect - its coconut-sized fruit have hair-like fronds hanging down, suggesting decapitated heads dangling from the tree.

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Isuni Meneratt By: Nobody ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Forest/ Jungle

An extremely exotic tree that is unlike any other. It is used world wide in the finest palaces and establisments…

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Jewel-of-the-Mire By: CaptainPenguin ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Water

“Like the Jewel of the Mire, the soul is a bright light along the dark path of time. “
—Scedebus Scholar

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King's Finger By: Strolen ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

It is a squeeky clean flower.

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Liliensa Gigantus Gigantus By: Murometz ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Water

Colossal Water Lilies

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Mistflowers By: Moonlake ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Plains

An addition for the Whimsical Flora Codex (based on my Crunalan society in my Dragon Empire setting)

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Night Eyes By: Kinslayer ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Mountains

Sometimes, someone is watching in the middle of the night.

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Orc Rose By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

A careful forester keeps an eye out for the Orc Rose. The presence of Orc Roses in an area often shows that Orcs have been, or are, in the area. This way they can avoid suprises.

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Orcweed By: Kassil ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

"My god, what is that?"
"Orcweed, sir. Never need a wall with this growing."

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Pixie Flowers By: Scrasamax ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

Pixie flowers are small flowering ground cover. The plant itself is a creeping vine that can cover the side of a building like an ivy.

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Plutonen Bulbs By: Wulfhere ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

One of the more unnerving of fungi, “Liche Fungus” has its uses…

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Prankster Plant By: CirrusWind ( Lifeforms ) Intelligent Species - Forest/ Jungle

A small magical plant with a love for pulling pranks.

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Qanquen Trees By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Forest/ Jungle

The name for and the tree itself come from a land far away. The name means Long Wall in some foreign tongue. It is representative on how these trees grown.

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Rose Tree By: manfred ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

Quote from an idea of Strolen: “A series of trees drop super spiny seeds to the ground. Only the most durable shoes can keep the spines from stabbing through.”

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Samhain's Kiss By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

Samhain’s kiss is an blue starlike flower that signals the end of period of bounty and the period of loss. It is also symbolically linked to “the other side” and is used in a number of traditions.

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Scarlett Call By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

Scarlett Call: Also known as Blood Tangle, Tryms Mark (Trym being a god of Battle), Hunter’s Eye,Krell’s Mark (Krell being an Evil Spirit whos worship has to deal with blood), Widow’s Tears, Scarlet Call, and Earth’s Wounds. When blood has been shed in anger or waste, The Scarlett Call will be there.

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Silverblooms By: Phoren ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Plains

The basis for many a bardic tale of courting and love, these beautiful small flowers symbolize new love to many.

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Sky Pods By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

A strange sight of the wastes, long green streamers pinned to the sky floating on the wind.

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Tatterdemalions-of-the-Flailing-Leper By: Murometz ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Swamp

A higly misunderstood flora.

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The Wizard's Rube By: Strolen ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Forest/ Jungle

A bright red flower that faces certain directions all in unison.

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Thorn Rolls By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Desert

"Tumbling dang danger" the old old prospector said.

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Torren Mangrove By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Swamp

“Evil” often infests swamp. This tree thrives when the other plants wither under the presence of true Evil. However, this is not an evil plant, but a land healing one as nature attempts to reclaim its own.

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Treller Vine By: MoonHunter ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Any

Treller Vines are impressive enough in the jungle, where they wind along trees adding a riot of color. Then they moved to a new neighborhood.

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Winded Warrior Resthouse By: Stephie ( Locations ) Establishment - Forest/ Jungle

The establishment is run by an elderly goblin named Sax Stoneswiller.  Providing this service to non-goblins is much more lucrative than what he was able to receive with his clan.

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Wyvern's Lure By: Maggot ( Lifeforms ) Flora - Other

“ew. What is that smell? Where did it come from?” 
“Where did that wyvern come from!”

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Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
November 8, 2005, 19:47
Wow, look at that thing there.... It is really beautiful.....
Lets hack it down and sell it in town!
December 5, 2008, 22:13
well-said, Mike. lmao
October 14, 2006, 18:41
BUMP! One comment is too little for this nice post, it is proof that the 'common' can be interesting as well.
Voted manfred
February 12, 2007, 5:15
And I can vote!

What a great list of colorful plants, often with good uses, but not needing them to stand out. I like this one very much.
August 16, 2007, 16:44
Whimsical Flora from The Wastes

Drooping Trees
Flute Grass
Sky Pods
Thorn Rolls

Ocadian plants

Quilan Shrubs
Ocadian Fungi

Someday, when stubs can be added to a codex, they will be added.
February 18, 2008, 14:49
Looking at all these plants, we really like to find the useful (or potentially useful) properties of everything. Often being guilty of this crude approach, I like this list nonetheless. :)

A mighty BUMP!
Voted Murometz
December 5, 2008, 22:19
Only voted
December 17, 2008, 12:20
Excellent trove of plants! A Vote and a BUMP!
March 13, 2014, 20:44

Hmm, trying to link Prankster Plant to this and failing succeeding!

Voted valadaar
October 24, 2014, 10:04
Revised vote, and an HOH!
Voted Aramax
October 25, 2014, 8:20
Voted Alensande
November 2, 2014, 19:42
Nicely done :) I have a reputation for using plants in unexpected ways in game - my players will be quite...entertained... with these ideas.

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       By: Monument

When the characters approach a clearing in the forest, they will see 4 ogres who are guarding, and preventing from escape, 4 human males, and 3 human females. The ogres will see the party and leap to attack. The females will scream "OUR SAVIORS!!" and run screaming straight across the currently forming battlefield, in between ogres and party members, to hide behind the rearmost party members. They will be safe there. The males will try to skirt the battle to the north side to join the women.

To the south, giants will be hiding in the thick underbrush until the party has engaged the ogres and then attack the most opportune target EXCEPT the ones that the females are next to.

It should be noted that the female commoners are not female commoners at all, nor are the male commoners actually male commoners. The female commoners are the hags, who have polymorphed themselves as the commoners in their stewpot to escape detection. The males skirting the battle are actually MORE ogres, the hags were in the process of polymorphing ALL the ogres into regular humans for ambush purposes. The REAL commoners are already dead, having found their way into the coven's cauldron for dinner.

The hags (the women) will position themselves near to any spellcasters in the rear first, and then near anyone else in the back of the fight. The ogres (the men) will wait until the hags shift form, and then attack first the rear folks, then shift into the melee.

It is possible that the characters, as they approach the ogres, will notice the giants in the bush, and be able to warn the others of the ambush.

GAME NOTES: If you sell the screaming women correctly, they will not even be suspected until it is too late. Therein lay the problem. This encounter is ESPECIALLY deadly to the rear eschelon of the party. It is entirely possible that the hags will finish off half the party before they even realize they have been duped. Caution is required if the game master wishes to avoid a TPK(total party kill).

Encounter  ( Forest/ Jungle ) | July 14, 2005 | View | UpVote 2xp

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