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[Flora] Saproot!

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 A glowing saproot, prospering within the dark cavern


The Saproot is a plant of introversion, preferring the dark gloom of caverns and caves alike, though their brothers and sisters prove to be a caveat to this. The ~30cm plant oft grows in conglomeration, providing company and light to each other as they hang from the ceilings, prospering from inaudible tunes they sing to each other.


This hooked-sac plant grows in dark places, damp or dry places; and though it will survive if submerged in water, it will not grow or reproduce- perhaps a means of using such plant as decoration without it spreading.


Saproot will die within a day of being exposed to light, and half a day if exposed directly to sunlight; the process a tedious and painful one in which the cheerful glow of the gloomy plant flickers and falters as it dies down, and the hooked end unfurls into a taut and straight end, the insides withering into dust. Perhaps it could provide a unique aesthetic inside a home, dead or alive.


Saproot has many unique features to its plant, its physiognomy one of them: it takes the form of a hanging sac, encased in tough roots and ending in a hooked extension. One side of the sac is formed of a translucent film similar in texture and usability to silk, though using such for any sewing or the likes would be a very tedious task. One would note that within the Saproot, as visible by the ‘window’ of sorts, there appears to be orange glowing veins snaking throughout, forming a nexus which meets in a hub-esque thing referred to as the ‘heart’ of the Saproot. This luminous sap flows slowly throughout the plant, even when it is picked from the cavern roof.


This plant is a rather useless one to the environment, providing little to ecosystems besides perhaps soft lights and little homes to small bugs and critters, some particularly small things perhaps able to make a home within.


Saproot often lingers in little groups along cavern ceilings: for this is how they grow. One living saproot is required for more to grow- which having multiple around are required for the plant to prosper. They reproduce through forming a root system along the cavern ceiling and new formations growing at random from such. There are usually four to seven in a cluster of saproot, though this can vary: usually downwards. For a saproot to grow, they will require the presence of another- which supports the other through inaudible hums and sounds far too high pitched for any mere descendants (and most living beings)- perhaps the songs of the spirits, for these are rumoured to be formed from a naive one. They sing to each other, and after reaching a certain stage begin to merely shine brighter and live happier from such song.

However, at this stage a saproot is liable to the song of the mortals: the descendants. Perhaps an unnatural, arcane aspect or simply an inconceivable facet of nature, the sac of a saproot will begin to swell and grow to about one and half times its size when sung to by a mortal, allowing one to create larger and yield more from a single plant- though tales have been told of cultures discovering unique songs to sing to such peculiar plants to do more than grow them: to shape them. That is something left to discovery however…. (an ET/LT could use this to add flavour to culture and a provide a pretty kind of reward/gift).


The Roots:

The roots of saproot are rather savoury and bitter- an acquired taste to most. They have a rough and chewy texture, akin to biltong or dried meats. It often lightens into a pretty, bright brown when prepared for food.


The Sap:

The sap is often the most sought after yield of the plant, whether for its beauty or ***** uses. It is a wonderfully exquisite shifting orange hue, occasionally graced with brief white sparkles and fleckles. The substance is mildly viscous and usually warm.

When consumed it induces an effect akin to chilli- however, rather than affecting the mouth and taste buds, its spice blossoms when it is being digested: within the stomach and digestive tract. Such is usually quite painful and hard to bare, causing most to retch or become temporarily incapacitated.

Saproot sap, however, takes upon a feature usually best left unsaid- and left to be FTB’d (in a non-promiscuous way, please) - when mixed with creamy or milky substances. Such allows the use of the substance as a severe laxative, clearing the body of all.. Mm and any other nasties within- quite good for a detox, or hippie thing.

While such could never kill, unless one were allergic to such plant, it can be used to aesthetic, utility, or more nefarious means. The former of which particularly true, as no matter the age of the sap, it will continue to hold its beauty.


The Innards:

The rest of the innards of the saproot-sac are fleshy bits of plant and cytoplasm-esque fillings, relatively useless besides providing perhaps a symbol of fire or the likes in alchemy.


The Heart:

The heart of a saproot is a truly beautiful piece of nature, a small berry-esque incandescent orange that always seems to be flowing in a tranquil yet chaotic nature. It is glossy, akin to a gem, and about as hard as a nut. Consuming it would be similar to consuming the sap, though would be accompanied by a rather sweet and peaceful taste to the mouth- yet much more potent spice on the internals of the consumer.


The origin of such a peculiar plant is unknown, some rumour that it is the tear of a spirit who died on earth; a lesser of Freygoth who wandered through nature, and found herself bathing in a natural spring. Another woman, Alemandria, too came across this bathe- as she did oft visit- and the human naturally became friends with the lesser of Nature. They met in secret, playing and coming to life with each other at this water; until Alemandria beg she visit her home.


The human woman was different that day, the spirit could feel it; her soul was strained and the free spirit felt pity. Upon the coming to the cave, the other-worldly being thought nothing of such being a home: for how could it understand human conventions, when it has never met such? They went deeper into the cave until it was nigh devoid of light- yet the lesser was comfortable, as they were surrounded by nature.


Alemandria turned, her visage calm and relaxed, though the spirit could not see such. They could not see more than a foot before them. The human took this turn to strike a unforgiving wound upon the soul of the spirit as she called upon the Aspects of Nature; Cernnunos, Cerridwen and Nemissae, using their power to overcome Freygoth’s lesser; binding it, ironically, within the roots and vines of the floral cave. It screamed and cried, begging for help and mercy, confused and questioning as to why it was betrayed. Alemandria mercilessly bound the spirit to the ceiling, restricting their neck to choke them. As the spirit’s life was stolen by the more-powerful Aspects, she cried and wept and from these tears were formed little seeds; roots encasing the betrayal of her within.


Upon hearing of this heresy, this utter blow upon their lesser, Freygoth was outraged; at both their own lesser’s insolence, and the Aspect’s malignance. In their rage, the Greater Spirit of Nature flung the cave across the world and as it landed, it was upside down; the deceased spirit left to rest peacefully on the floor of the cavern and their tears… they remained at the top; growing into the roof of the cavern, and such was the formation of Saproot.


((This is a rumoured story, the origin is unknown, whether this or not: I repeat, this story is left to ambiguity in regards to canon- it may be true, or may not, the validity unknown)).



- This plant cannot kill one, unless they have an allergic reaction or like choke or somethin’...

- LT Approval is not required for this plant, unless its growth is being controlled/harvested.

- The plant will not survive in excessive light/sunlight (excluding light produced by itself/its species), though it will otherwise not wither.

- The sap is basically an internal chilli, but will not always incapacitate or severely hurt one. It is up to them to decide how their character will react.

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I like this plant, good little piece and looks well written, I dig it. 1.png

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