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October 10, 2008, 2:28 pm

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Fluffy headed plant things with an equally fluffy headed personality

Where is Yusa?
Don’t worry about him dear, he’s out in the field.
You know i dont like it, there are wyverns about.
Dont be such a fussy pants, there are dozens of dandélions that Yusa and the other children are playing with.
Some protection there.
Dear, you know that the little fluff-heads run at the first hint of trouble, and Yusa knows to come home straight away if his plant friends run away.

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A Dandélion is a child-like Plantkin* with a three foot tall body composed of soft green material that is easily cut or broken. It regenerates from this damage rather quickly, but a determined effort can easily crush one of these plantfolk to death. The head of a Dandélion is a basketball sized puffball of white fibers, it has primitive visual capability and limited speech. Most of the time the creature laughs and runs about like a child playing.

Eventually the seed pod hidden deep inside the head ripens and the Dandélion stops moving and roots it’s feet into the ground. After this the seeds start blowing away, often trailing back along places where the plantkin had been. Once all of the seeds are gone, the stump of the Dandélion sprouts leaves and begins storing energy to grow another seed head.

‘The crops are getting thin this year, the outer fields are half eaten up with Dandélions and ragweed.’ The old groundskeeper scowled, he didnt dislike the little plant things, most of them reminded him of his rambunctious grandson. What he hated was that if he left them alone, they would keep the corn from growing. He would have to see about finding either a druid to lead them to some other field, or a few sellswords callous enough to chop up creatures that only ran and cried when they were attacked. He hated the way they cried, so like a real child. It would be a druid this time, he learned his lesson the last time…

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Dandélions (Dan-DEEL-e-on, not DAN-DE-Lie-on) are not intended to be dangerous, but rather a slightly comical plantform. Like normal dandelions they really dont have a use, are a bit of a pest, but not really a danger. In large numbers, this plantfolk will compete with crops and other plants, but they are easy to keep down in number. Children like to play with Dandélions, and vice versa, while most treefolk consider them nuisances at best, or like pets in good conditions. Their intelligence is on par with a 5 year old child, so their idea of tactics is limited to sneaking, and running away.

*What is a Plantkin?
Plantkin are to normal plants what treefolk are to trees, sentient and ambulatory versions of the basic parent plant.

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Voted Cheka Man
October 9, 2008, 17:19
Little creatures to add carecter to a world.
Voted manfred
October 9, 2008, 18:08
Now that has touched me... a bit silly, a bit pointless, but written with heart and soul. I would like to imagine, that those who would kill them will be marked, repaid by nature some other time. A nice fantasy biology as well.

They indeed add character to a place.
October 9, 2008, 23:23
I would actually be rather disturbed to run into a field full of these, especially given my penchant for blowing the heads off of their non-sentient kin. I would almost say it's *too* fantastic for my tastes, but that sounds ridiculous, so I won't say it. A lovely little color creature.

Also, the word "Plantkin" sounds adorable. It is the new nickname of my houseplant.
Voted Dozus
October 9, 2008, 23:24
And here's the actual vote.
Voted valadaar
October 10, 2008, 10:53
My goodness, I love these critters!

I could see pairing one of these with an old Dwarven Treeherd who would complain about the spunky little Plantkin, but being quite fond of it.

Now this opens the door to other varieties. Poison Ivy plantkin comes to mind. The plantkin would be curious and try to get close to people, but they would not be receptive.. :)
October 10, 2008, 12:14
I have several other plantkin in mind, might have to start a freetext! I like the poison ivy plantkin idea too.
Voted Grey
October 10, 2008, 12:42
I quite like this! I could see it completely putting off a group who's used to fighting anything remotely monstrous without so much as a thought to alternatives.
Plantkin are a very neat idea, I can't help but think that the Deadly Nightshade variety would be somewhat sinister.
Voted Chaosmark
October 10, 2008, 13:10
Creative and innovative. I think these could be a useful addition to any generic fantasy world.
Voted Drackler
November 2, 2008, 21:53
Anyone else think of Smurfs when they read this? I like these as a nice tidbit to add to the world, although as a 'tag-along' NPC it might be a good source of comedy relief.


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