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The Faerie Flowers as rendered by Raoul Solomon (with inspiration from Enuryn's drawing)

The Faerie Flowers (first dubbed Alice Flowers by Erin) are a species of magical flowers.

Appearance Edit

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Faerie Flowers by Enuryn the Naturalist

The flowers have a yellow-golden color. They have a spicy smell, instead of a floral one. The nectar fizzes on the tongue. People with a magical sense can feel the flowers being magical[1], which means they are probably bioaccumulators for mana, similar to Sage’s Grass.

The bright, small yellow flowers are much like short dandelions, although the flower petals are much more exotic.[2]

Magical Properties Edit

Almost every bit of the plant is strongly magical and reacts differently depending on how and in which combination it is used.[3]

Turning to Gold Edit

A Faerie Flower can be turned into an illusionary gold piece by speaking the word "gold" when you hold one. This enchantment holds for a day and the gold piece cannot be detected as fake by mundane means, like weighing it, bending it, biting on the gold, tasting and smelling, and several other means.[4]

Limits: Counter-illusion spells have not been tested. Toren was able to see through the illusion as if it wasn't there,[5] so other creatures and Undead that are able to see Mana flow and other magic, might also see through that illusion. Only Erin has been shown to turn flowers into gold, so the trick might be dependent on her skill [Wondrous Fare].

Psychoactivity Edit

The nectar is a hallucinogen, and the entire flower is possibly psychoactive, including the pollen, petals and stem. Known episodes include:

  • After tasting the nectar and expecting something to happen, Erin experienced an illusion of herself shrinking in size during an Alice in Wonderland like episode lasting an hour.[1]
  • Halrac experienced a vision of his deceased love, Ariael, when given a beer with drops of Flower nectar in it.[5]
  • Apista the bee has become addicted to Faerie Flower nectar and has changed since. That mutation is probably also influenced by the highly magical environment of The Wandering Inn and her bond with the [Beast Tamer] Lyonette.
  • Erin creates a weaker more tolerable version of the Faerie drink called Minotaur Punch. Contents: Firebreath Whiskey, a few drops of Faerie Flower nectar, then burn the Flower's remains in the Whiskey with Glory fire. Effect: Imbiber sees a vision of the past, in all its horror and glory. Relative duration unknown, but objective time can be measured in seconds.

Xif confirmed the magical psychedelic nature that even neutralized anti-magic blockers.[3]

Soporific effects Edit

Lyonette could use dead, wilted flowers to create a fire that made Ashfire Bees unable to attack her. Xif later determined that burning a wilted petal created a potent sleeping agent.[3]

Reproduction Edit

The Faerie Flowers that Erin received were able to grow again when they were planted in soil, even after having been slightly wilted. That shouldn't be possible with regular plants.

This ability has been later explored some more when Xif inspected the plants and found out they were all identical, basically genetic copies of them selves that reproduced asexually.

Despite frantic pollination through Apista, the flowers have not produced offspring or fruit so far. Pallass' [Alchemist] Xif suggested that they are not mature plants yet. Their trigger for maturity is yet unknown and may be seasonal or mystical in nature.[2]

Xif has noted how difficult it is for him to cultivate cuttings of the flowers.[3] Whether or not this occurred because he did not fulfill some hidden, non-botanical criteria is unknown at this time.

Chronology Edit

Erin received the Faerie Flowers during her first winter as payment for hosting a Faerie Banquet.[5] She planted them together with Ceria soon afterwards, hoping to still make profit from the economic disaster that came from said festivity.[1] The Faeries begrudgingly allowed Erin to keep the Flowers, having expected her to throw the Flowers away in frustration, as is the traditional human reaction, but ultimately decided the Flowers were fairly given and they could not be taken back.

Lyonette forgot to water the Flowers during Erin's long absence in the winter, ruining most of them. She was however able to rescue the rest, burning the wilted ones for use in acquiring Ashfire bee honey.

Mrsha later took over watering the plants as part of her household duties, becoming a [Gardener] and later a [Druid] from continuing this line of work.

Xif forcibly purchased a single Faerie Flower from Erin for 220 gold pieces.[2]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chapter 2.23
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chapter 6.38
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Chapter 7.11
  4. Chapter 2.31
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Chapter 2.21
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