Harvest Laurel- is a very rare, small plant and can be found anywhere near rivers. It blooms twice a year, for one month. It has small, sickle-shaped leaves, which are usually dark green. It also grows large flowers, which can be silver, light blue, dark bronze, and gray.
Sunny Horse Nettle- a typical, modest plant and can be found in caves and other dark places. It blooms twice a year, for three weeks. It has large, circular leaves, which are usually light orange. It also grows quite small flowers, which can be dark yellow, dark pink and light brown. These plants grow alone, but within a decent distance from each other, but it's near impossible to control and maintain their growth. They can be used as an energizer when eaten.
Bright Gillyflower- an extremely common, modest plant and can be found virtually anywhere. It blooms in early autumn. It has narrow, elliptic leaves, which are usually lime green. It also grows large flowers, which can be dark pink, light red, and light gray. As a defense mechanism, the Bright Gillyflower mimics the overall look of a different, poisonous plant. They rely on self-pollination to reproduce. Once pollinated, they grow relatively large, edible fruits.
Shocking Moss- an uncommon, small patch of moss that grows on the bark of coniferous trees and can be found in cold regions. It has a white, fuzzy texture that is virtually identical to snow, with only small, tell-tale blue specks within. As a defense mechanism, Shocking Moss can emit a short, sharp electrical charge capable of killing some small animals, such as mice, or young squirrels. If ground to a fine paste and burned, the smoke would cause mild hallucinations and euphoria.
Sleepy Bite- an uncommon modest plant that can be found virtually anywhere. It blooms in late autumn and early spring. It has narrow, elliptic leaves, which are usually lime green. It also grows large flowers, which can be dark pink, light red, and light gray. The only thing differentiating Sleepy Bite from Gillyflower is that Sleepy bite has large, brown stamen that grows from the center of the flower. Sleepy bite grows fairly large, inedible fruits that cause numbness, and partial paralysis, and even coma if too much is eaten.
Twin Bittercress- is an exotic, tiny plant and can be found virtually anywhere. It blooms in once a month. It has large, blunt-tipped leaves, which are usually dark red. It also grows decent sized flowers, which can be light brown, dark silver, blue and light orange in bunches of two. As a defense mechanism, the Twin Bittercress grows small thorns. They rely on winds to carry their seeds away to reproduce. Once pollinated, they become relatively large, inedible nuts. Despite a somewhat bitter flavor, the leaves can be harvested and soaked in water to make a potent alcoholic beverage.
Ashen Windroot- is an uncommon, tiny plant and can be found only in some tundras. It blooms twice a year, for six weeks. It has wide, diamond shaped leaves, which are usually forest green. It also grows tiny flowers, which can be gold, dark blue, and silver. Ashen Windroot is often smoked and can have a calming effect on the nerves. Side-effects include happiness, sleepiness, and hunger.
Heart's Hogweed- is an uncommon, modest plant that can be found in most temperate climates. It blooms once every two months for one week.
It has thin, heart-shaped leaves which are usually pale green with blue tips. Heart's Hogweed is used as a common anesthetic packed into bandages to aid in the natural healing process.
Creeping Deadnettle- is an exceedingly rare, massive plant and can be found in caves and other dark places. It blooms when the temperature drops below freezing. It has thin, spoon-shaped leaves, which are usually pale blue. It also grows small flowers, which can be light blue, violet, and gray. As a defense mechanism, the Creeping Deadnettle can collapse its flowers when it detects vibrations. This action releases Creeping Deadnettle spores which can cause infection, which if left untreated can lead to death.
Sour Lotus- is an extremely common, tiny plant and can be found anywhere near the sea. It blooms four a year, for 1 and a half weeks. It has wide, fan-shaped leaves, which are usually bright green. It also grows decent sized flowers, which can be light red, pink and silver. Sour Lotus has a somewhat bitter flavor, but is edible, and often used to spice drinks, teas, and food. Consumption of Sour Lotus often leads to sleepiness and lethargy.
Monk's Pea- is a common, moderate sized bush that can be found virtually anywhere. It blooms twice a year, in summer and winter for three weeks. It has small, circular leaves which are usually a faint red color. Monk's Pea grows pea-like pods that have small, edible fruits the size of nuts inside. Monk's Pea is very delicious, and a staple for some cities, but have been known to be addictive.
Hissing Pine- is a common, large tree that can be found in cool, to cold climates. The tree is sturdy, covered in thistle-like needles that are inedible and dropping huge pinecones once a year. The Hissing pine's wood is unusable for most woodworking, but the sap burns twice as long as oil and emits a soft hissing sound as it burns.
Mage Blade- Tall blades of grass that are very similar in appearance to Bitterwood, but much taller with red-stained tips. Mage Blade has no miraculous beneficial or negative properties. It simply is. It can be digested, though it is not recommended for it doesn’t taste very well. It is mainly used as a ‘neutralizer’ in potions, to help give substance to concoctions and dilute or cancel out the more powerful properties of other herbs and leaves.
Goldenglow- Small golden berries that are frequently harvested for the bright yellow pigments they produce in dyes. Ice fishermen often use these as bait, for their vibrant color and pungent odor that attract ‘Brass-eyed Gnu’.
Mock Thorn- Mock thorn at first glance looks to resemble tall weeds. They offer no vibrant flowers, or sharp teeth to frighten off would-be predators. Instead, it is coated with tiny hairs all along its leaves that feel like a soft velvet. If a would-be predator were to come across it and try to take a bite, it would be paralyzed instantly. In small bits, it isn’t too powerful, but a mouthful could prove to be fatal.
Queensfoil- A rare, tall plant that can be found only in frozen lands. It blooms twice a year, for one week. It has huge, egg-shaped leaves with frayed edges, which are usually blue-green. It also grows large flowers, which can be purple and light silver. Queensfoil is a cure-all. The flowers can brew a refreshing tea, but all of the medicinal properties lie in its leaves. When folded in half and cut into, the vein produces a thick, cold, viscous substance that can coat wounds and cool even the highest temperatures.
Floom- Slang term for the highly flammable leaves of the Eiyifer trees. These long, skinny wisps are often stripped from the branches and tied around torches to extend their lifespan. The strips are highly flammable, but sustain the burn for a lengthy period. “Got any Floom?” “A few strips. They ought to last us another couple hours or so.”
Sad Juniper-Small, dwarfish cousins of the Juniper family, standing at three foot tall, these trees can weather even the harshest conditions. Their leaves are plucked when they have turned black with frost, and are used as a spice in various foods and dishes.
Osmier-A semi-rare bush that yields brownish-orange leaves. These leaves are often used as a stimulant but have been outlawed because of the addictive and reckless nature they invoke. Once a soldier uses Osmier, they do not tire for several hours...but the aftershock can be devastating. Most take at least three days to recover from nausea, depression, and sluggish strain it puts on their bodies. War doesn’t wait on those who are feeling ill, and officers need bodies. This then results in further inducing of the ‘drug’ to keep up with demands. After a couple of days of continued abuse, the user will develop jaundice, and their stomachs will swell. Queensfoil can help with the symptoms, but they would have to ride out the pain and nausea for a few weeks. Most tend to relapse before their bodies can heal, and die during the night.
Ribwort- Long, stick like flowering stems, blooming with tiny violet buds. The buds can be crushed into a fine powder, and mixed with a little water to create a thin paste. If this so much as touches the skin, it can induce severe nausea in the individual, causing them to expel the contents of their stomach until they start dry-heaving and dehydrate. Hence the name, where they end up clutching their stomach, or ribs when the sickness overwhelms them.
Pygmy Poppy- Small, white poppies that are rarely seen, and always avoided. Pygmy poppies are a beautiful pest that sometimes blooms over the graves of fallen men and soldiers. They are considered a parasite, as their roots touch down and feed off of the decaying corpses. When the bodies primary nutrients are depleted, and the flower can no longer sustain itself, they die, fading away into the snow. They are in full bloom, around a corpse that has been buried for a couple of days.
Demon’s Polkweed- Demon’s Polkweed is a medium-sized weed that grows in clusters, that offers up small white flowers with powdery stamens. These stamens are harvested and collected in jars, to be mixed into hot teas, bread, and jellies. It is a highly dangerous hallucinogenic when ingested that causes the user to see “spirits” and commune with the dead. This plant prefers to grow in cold, but dry conditions. Too much at once, can, of course, prove to be fatal. The brain shuts down, causing the eyes to roll back in the head and the mouth starts to foam. Once dissolved in hot water or tea, this would leave no trace behind except a white patch on the roof of the mouth.
Fairymoss- Black moss that only grows on dying, or decaying trees. This moss is often scraped off the trunks of trees and smoked in a wooden pipe. It gives off a sickeningly sweet smell, eliciting numb feelings of euphoria from any that inhale the smoke. The high that it gives off causes it to be highly sought after and addictive in nature.
Feverfew- Powerful anesthetic that likes to grow in small clumps in wet, dark areas like caverns. Feverfew are small clusters of bur-like flowers, which when touched to the skin, release a bit of their natural numbing agent to dull the nerves around that patch of skin.
Lover’s Knot-Fickle, but beautiful flowers that only grow on the tops of snowy mountains. They are bright red, with purple streaks in their petals, two flowers to each stem. Lover’s Knot is often used in the courting of lovers. If a man or woman climbs to the top of a mountain, picks the flower, and successfully returns as per tradition, they will be bound to their loved one for the rest of time-this age, and into the next.
Bitterweed-Used to counteract Ribwort. It is a somewhat hard to find, due to its appearance that blends in with the rest of the decaying plant life. Relatively short, tall, brown, grass-like. It should not be eaten, but chewed on, tucked into the back of the mouth and sucked on, to extract the properties slowly. To make this a bit easier, you can wrap it up in a bit of gauze or hemp, and tuck it in between your gums and your cheek. It is disgusting and gives off a terrible stench when chewed, but the effects are instantaneous.
Snakeroot- A flowering plant whose roots are used in poisons. The shavings of a snakeroot plant can be ground into a fine powder that when blown into eyes causes immediate blindness and dulling of the senses. The powder can also be slipped into a drink and bestows an instantaneous dizzy quality to its unfortunate drinker. A small dosage would cause its drinker to pass out and sleep for a little over thirty minutes. Anything past that threshold would cause them to fall into a coma, while the poison seeps into the bloodstream and slowly kills them in their sleep. It is seen as one of the more humane poisons to use, as the user isn’t in pain and never truly knows what hit them.
The Devourer - Origin Story | Orcs
The Orcs of the Numb are not known across Ohr for their intelligence, but for their hot-blooded nature and raw physical power. To be an Orc in today’s world is to be met with immediate distrust, suspicion, and fear by other races who have heard tales of their ferocity and rage. Almost all Orcs are born and bred in the Numb, an unforgiving, rocky, frozen wasteland nestled in between the spiked walls west of Whitestone Canyon.
A legend passed down amongst their people suggests that they were born in the gut of a great deity referred to as ‘The Devourer’. The Devourer had grown jealous of the plan the Maker had for the Orcs, and consumed them whole when the Maker laid down with the stars for the night. When their eyes opened, the Orcs were greeted with darkness and the stench of rotting flesh all around them. Rather than being digested like many of the other races, they clawed and fought their way through his stomach, eventually spilling forth and bursting out into the world. Once thought beautiful, their smooth skin had become pocked and greenish-gray from the many years spent in bile. They turned on the Devourer, uniting together in a combined rage to take revenge on the god that had robbed them of their future. The Maker was overjoyed with the return of his lost children, but wept when he saw their weapons coated with the blood of his brother. Because of this, the Maker turned his gaze away from the Orcs and disappeared from the north. The warmth of the north left with him, and all of the flora and fauna withered away into nothingness, leaving The Numb in its barren state that we see today.
Having been abandoned by the walking gods, the Orcs follow no deity or patron-alive or dead. They rely on their own brute strength to overcome the harsh environment of the Numb. Today, the Orcs have grown in size and number-a terrifying force constantly at odds with the world around them. They do not care much for the affairs of the other races, preferring to take care of their own instead and reap the benefits of others misfortunes. Orcs of the Numb are known to be fierce barbarians, quick to act on impulse and violence rather than wait around and risk giving their enemy the upper hand.
Recently, there has been some dissent among the clans, and many Orcs have begun to leave their ancestral home in search of more. To leave the clans, Orcs must participate in an event simply referred to as a ‘blood-battle’, watched over carefully by the Chieftain. To gain their freedom, rebels must fight and kill a fellow clan member. If they succeed in this task, one of their tusks are sawed down, and they are granted their freedom-only to be exiled from the clan and The Numb. Opponents do not fight to kill, only to disable and deflect. If the rebel loses, one of their tusks are still sawed down, but they may remain in the clan. This maiming of their natural defense serves as a constant reminder to the orc and to those around them, that their relationship has been forever changed within the clan. They are still a member of the clan, but will face ridicule for the rest of their life. For this reason alone, most orcs would rather fight to kill and retain their pride at the cost of their family. These orcs will be forever known as ‘blood-traitors’ to their clan and the world.