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<section begin=feature />Queensflower is a lethal and highly virulent parasitic fungi that targets mana-bearing creatures.<section end=feature />
 
<section begin=feature />Queensflower is a lethal and highly virulent parasitic fungi that targets mana-bearing creatures.<section end=feature />
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==Life-Cycle==
 
==Life-Cycle==
 
Queensflower is a highly-specialized fungi targeting mana-bearing life. As such, it poses no danger to non-fae beings such as [[ferals]]. It reproduces in the manner typical of most fungi, dispersing spores into the air. The fungus is exceptionally virulent, with an infection rate at or near 100% for those directly exposed to infectious spores. Once the spores have infected a host, progression is rapid, with symptoms of fever and fatigue appearing as quickly as one day after infection.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7038 Amaranth Expedition, page 6]</ref>
 
Queensflower is a highly-specialized fungi targeting mana-bearing life. As such, it poses no danger to non-fae beings such as [[ferals]]. It reproduces in the manner typical of most fungi, dispersing spores into the air. The fungus is exceptionally virulent, with an infection rate at or near 100% for those directly exposed to infectious spores. Once the spores have infected a host, progression is rapid, with symptoms of fever and fatigue appearing as quickly as one day after infection.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7038 Amaranth Expedition, page 6]</ref>
  
Most alarmingly, as infection advances, infected individuals suffer profound effects upon their mental state. Hallucinations, paranoia, and other forms of insanity or dementia appear, limiting the ability of an infected individual to recognize their own symptoms. Indeed, a mere five days after infection, a host's perception and memory has been so dramatically altered that they perceive visible growths as unrelated objects.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7040 Amaranth Expedition, page 7]</ref> Within 10 days, these psychosis advance to such a degree that the host is entirely unaware of massive fungal growths spreading over their own bodies and those of others nearby.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7045 Amaranth Expedition, page 9]</ref>
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Most alarmingly, as infection advances, infected individuals suffer profound effects upon their mental state. Hallucinations, paranoia, and other forms of insanity or dementia appear, limiting the ability of an infected individual to recognize their own symptoms. Indeed, a mere five days after infection, a host's perception and memory has been so dramatically altered that they perceive visible growths as unrelated objects.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7040 Amaranth Expedition, page 7]</ref> Within 10 days, these psychoses advance to such a degree that the host is entirely unaware of massive fungal growths spreading over their own bodies and those of others nearby.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7045 Amaranth Expedition, page 9]</ref>
  
 
==Countermeasures and Treatments==
 
==Countermeasures and Treatments==
 
As Queensflower spreads through direct contact with fungal spores, it is possible to avoid infection by limiting one's exposure. A basic mana shield is sufficient to destroy or block spores, though extended use of such a shield is exhausting; leaving it a short-term solution at best.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7036 Amaranth Expedition, page 5]</ref>.
 
As Queensflower spreads through direct contact with fungal spores, it is possible to avoid infection by limiting one's exposure. A basic mana shield is sufficient to destroy or block spores, though extended use of such a shield is exhausting; leaving it a short-term solution at best.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7036 Amaranth Expedition, page 5]</ref>.
  
==History - Background==
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==History - Destruction of Amaranth==
===The Destruction of Amaranth===
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===Myth of the Flower Knight===
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The true origins of Queensflower is shrouded in myth, though it is known to have devastated the ancient empire of Amaranth. This nation was the former home of Flower Queen [[Blossom]]. Coming to power in her own nation some 500 years after end of the Moon's Age, she bore a profound hatred of drowolath. Despite mounting pressures to produce heirs, no suitable [[dokkalfar]] men remained.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8316 Flower Knight, page 1]</ref> Recalling childhood memories of a beautiful flower and seeking to put an end to the pursuits, she issued a public challenge that any suitor would have to travel to the surface wastelands and return with the flower of her childhood. Though meant as an impossible task to dissuade further advances, the legends state [[The Flower Knight|one knight]] accepted the challenge.
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Though the true tale would become shrouded in myth, by some means the knight was able to return with a specimen of Queensflower, claming the right to stand by the Queen's side as her consort. Despite its extreme virulence, the tales spoke of many years of peace before the infestation brought the nation to ruin, suggesting the myths to be wildly inaccurate.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8332 Flower Knight, page 7]</ref>
 
==History - Moonless Age==
 
==History - Moonless Age==
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{{Main|The Flower Plague}}
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[[File:AmaranthQueensflower.png|thumb|right|Blue Banner relic hunters come into contact with an old infestation.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7030 Amaranth Expedition, page 3]</ref>]]
 
===Amaranth Expedition===
 
===Amaranth Expedition===
 
Untold years after the fall of the great nation, the [[Val'Jaal'darya]] came to rediscover the ruins of Amaranth in the course of her scientific research. With their researchers having rediscovered Queensflower, [[Asira'malika Val'Jaal'darya|Ill'haress Asira'malika]] authorized the study of the flower and its potential as a biological weapon. Leading the research and seeking to study its effects on living beings in person, [[Femi Val'Jaal'darya]] funded an expedition to one of the fallen empire former outposts near the southern border of the [[Nidavellir]].<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7026 Amaranth Expedition, page 1]</ref> Keeping the danger secret from the Blue Banner relic hunter group she had hired, she tasked them with investigating the outpost under the pretense of gathering valuable relics, intent intent on exposing them to the fungal spores within the ruins.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7028 Amaranth Expedition, page 2]</ref> As planned, the mercenaries came into close contact with the spore-laden husk of an ancient victim.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7034 Amaranth Expedition, page 4]</ref>. Though only remaining within the ruins for several hours, each of the mercenaries had become infected. No longer requiring their unwitting test subjects to remain in the are and seeking to avoid their own exposure, the Jaal'darya researched informed the Blue Banner group the they would begin returning to [[Chel]]. Though suspicious, the mercenaries followed their orders, allowing the two Jaal'darya to follow from a safe distance as the infections progressed. Within ten days, each of the mercenaries was visibly infected and suffering extreme psychosis, prompting Femi to declare the experiment a success that would please Asira'malika.
 
Untold years after the fall of the great nation, the [[Val'Jaal'darya]] came to rediscover the ruins of Amaranth in the course of her scientific research. With their researchers having rediscovered Queensflower, [[Asira'malika Val'Jaal'darya|Ill'haress Asira'malika]] authorized the study of the flower and its potential as a biological weapon. Leading the research and seeking to study its effects on living beings in person, [[Femi Val'Jaal'darya]] funded an expedition to one of the fallen empire former outposts near the southern border of the [[Nidavellir]].<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7026 Amaranth Expedition, page 1]</ref> Keeping the danger secret from the Blue Banner relic hunter group she had hired, she tasked them with investigating the outpost under the pretense of gathering valuable relics, intent intent on exposing them to the fungal spores within the ruins.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7028 Amaranth Expedition, page 2]</ref> As planned, the mercenaries came into close contact with the spore-laden husk of an ancient victim.<ref>[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7034 Amaranth Expedition, page 4]</ref>. Though only remaining within the ruins for several hours, each of the mercenaries had become infected. No longer requiring their unwitting test subjects to remain in the are and seeking to avoid their own exposure, the Jaal'darya researched informed the Blue Banner group the they would begin returning to [[Chel]]. Though suspicious, the mercenaries followed their orders, allowing the two Jaal'darya to follow from a safe distance as the infections progressed. Within ten days, each of the mercenaries was visibly infected and suffering extreme psychosis, prompting Femi to declare the experiment a success that would please Asira'malika.
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===A Nidraa'chal Bioweapon===
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In the coming years, the Femi would continue to study Queensflower and its applications as a weapon.<ref>{{ChapterRef|35|19}}</ref> However, unbeknownst to the leaders of the Val'Jaal'darya, Femi had become a [[Nidraa'chal]] agent in service of [[Snadhya'rune]], continuing her experiments within [[Felde]]. As fate would have it, one of [[Wafay Val'Jaal'darya|Femi's own daughters]] became aware of the general nature of the research and sought to warn the [[Sarghress]] before her clan could unleash such a horror.<ref>{{ChapterRef|35|17}}</ref> As she plead her case before Ariel, the only Sarghress Val available, she even revealed her knowledge of her mother's membership within the Nidraa'chal. Though not fully convinced by the words of such a young child, SHIT SHIT SHIT
  
 
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Flower
Moonless Age Fungus
A_Flower_Specimen
Queensflower blooming from a dead drow.
Classification
Parasite
Habitat
Trivia
  • Feeds on other mana-bearing life.

Queensflower is a lethal and highly virulent parasitic fungi that targets mana-bearing creatures.

Life-Cycle

Queensflower is a highly-specialized fungi targeting mana-bearing life. As such, it poses no danger to non-fae beings such as ferals. It reproduces in the manner typical of most fungi, dispersing spores into the air. The fungus is exceptionally virulent, with an infection rate at or near 100% for those directly exposed to infectious spores. Once the spores have infected a host, progression is rapid, with symptoms of fever and fatigue appearing as quickly as one day after infection.[1]

Most alarmingly, as infection advances, infected individuals suffer profound effects upon their mental state. Hallucinations, paranoia, and other forms of insanity or dementia appear, limiting the ability of an infected individual to recognize their own symptoms. Indeed, a mere five days after infection, a host's perception and memory has been so dramatically altered that they perceive visible growths as unrelated objects.[2] Within 10 days, these psychoses advance to such a degree that the host is entirely unaware of massive fungal growths spreading over their own bodies and those of others nearby.[3]

Countermeasures and Treatments

As Queensflower spreads through direct contact with fungal spores, it is possible to avoid infection by limiting one's exposure. A basic mana shield is sufficient to destroy or block spores, though extended use of such a shield is exhausting; leaving it a short-term solution at best.[4].

History - Destruction of Amaranth

Myth of the Flower Knight

The true origins of Queensflower is shrouded in myth, though it is known to have devastated the ancient empire of Amaranth. This nation was the former home of Flower Queen Blossom. Coming to power in her own nation some 500 years after end of the Moon's Age, she bore a profound hatred of drowolath. Despite mounting pressures to produce heirs, no suitable dokkalfar men remained.[5] Recalling childhood memories of a beautiful flower and seeking to put an end to the pursuits, she issued a public challenge that any suitor would have to travel to the surface wastelands and return with the flower of her childhood. Though meant as an impossible task to dissuade further advances, the legends state one knight accepted the challenge.

Though the true tale would become shrouded in myth, by some means the knight was able to return with a specimen of Queensflower, claming the right to stand by the Queen's side as her consort. Despite its extreme virulence, the tales spoke of many years of peace before the infestation brought the nation to ruin, suggesting the myths to be wildly inaccurate.[6]

History - Moonless Age

Main article: The Flower Plague
File:AmaranthQueensflower.png
Blue Banner relic hunters come into contact with an old infestation.[7]

Amaranth Expedition

Untold years after the fall of the great nation, the Val'Jaal'darya came to rediscover the ruins of Amaranth in the course of her scientific research. With their researchers having rediscovered Queensflower, Ill'haress Asira'malika authorized the study of the flower and its potential as a biological weapon. Leading the research and seeking to study its effects on living beings in person, Femi Val'Jaal'darya funded an expedition to one of the fallen empire former outposts near the southern border of the Nidavellir.[8] Keeping the danger secret from the Blue Banner relic hunter group she had hired, she tasked them with investigating the outpost under the pretense of gathering valuable relics, intent intent on exposing them to the fungal spores within the ruins.[9] As planned, the mercenaries came into close contact with the spore-laden husk of an ancient victim.[10]. Though only remaining within the ruins for several hours, each of the mercenaries had become infected. No longer requiring their unwitting test subjects to remain in the are and seeking to avoid their own exposure, the Jaal'darya researched informed the Blue Banner group the they would begin returning to Chel. Though suspicious, the mercenaries followed their orders, allowing the two Jaal'darya to follow from a safe distance as the infections progressed. Within ten days, each of the mercenaries was visibly infected and suffering extreme psychosis, prompting Femi to declare the experiment a success that would please Asira'malika.

A Nidraa'chal Bioweapon

In the coming years, the Femi would continue to study Queensflower and its applications as a weapon.[11] However, unbeknownst to the leaders of the Val'Jaal'darya, Femi had become a Nidraa'chal agent in service of Snadhya'rune, continuing her experiments within Felde. As fate would have it, one of Femi's own daughters became aware of the general nature of the research and sought to warn the Sarghress before her clan could unleash such a horror.[12] As she plead her case before Ariel, the only Sarghress Val available, she even revealed her knowledge of her mother's membership within the Nidraa'chal. Though not fully convinced by the words of such a young child, SHIT SHIT SHIT




This article reflects events up to Chapter 56.

Sources:

  1. Amaranth Expedition, page 6
  2. Amaranth Expedition, page 7
  3. Amaranth Expedition, page 9
  4. Amaranth Expedition, page 5
  5. Flower Knight, page 1
  6. Flower Knight, page 7
  7. Amaranth Expedition, page 3
  8. Amaranth Expedition, page 1
  9. Amaranth Expedition, page 2
  10. Amaranth Expedition, page 4
  11. Chapter 35, page 19
  12. Chapter 35, page 17