Dreambloom

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Seed of Dreams
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Area

Densely wooded areas.

Scarcity

Scarce

Nature

Mundane

Plant Type

Flower

Identifying Features

A large white lily-like plant with bright purple stamen that almost glow.

Uses

Medicinal

Warnings

Parasitic

Dreambloom is a difficult to find and somewhat dangerous plant the grows in the Everfree Forest. It was originally used as a medicinal pain reliever herb when used properly and safely, but advances in magical anesthetics have rendered it obsolete and too risky. It is now little known as a result.

Habitat

This plant is known to grow in shaded regions of the Everfree Forest. It is almost randomly dispersed since it relies on other living organisms, commonly animals, as part of its reproduction cycle.

Cultivation

Dreambloom has three distinct stages of life, only two of which it can be handled safely. In the first, most dangerous stage, Dreambloom takes the form of small tear-shaped seeds, which are very thin and so small they can easily be inhaled and swallowed without realizing it.


Its second phase begins once it has found a home inside a living creature. After a three day gestation period during which time the seeds migrate into hair follicles (in ponies, usually those in the mane and/or tail) the seedlings sprout, drawing nutrients from the host creature, and grow over the course of a week until they flower, at which point they release and take root wherever they fall. During this phase, the seeds, aptly named Seeds of Dreams, release anesthetics, pain killers, and other chemicals that place the pony into a deep sleep, during which time they experience very intense, realistic dreams until the plants begin flowering. These growths are generally harmless once detached, and take root as simple flowers.


The final stage, following flowering, may be transplanted, eaten, or otherwise handled until it reach the seeding stage, heralded by three days of the vibrant purple stamen emitting a light described as 'ghostly' to ward off predators. After this, they will release pollen and seeds together whenever vibrations in the soil indicate movement. In potted plants this release mechanism is mitigated, provided the vibrations of the surface it rests upon is cushioned.


Local Lore

There are records of a subject shaking off the anesthetic qualities early, but these cases are rare, and tend to be rife with reports of hallucinations and strange cravings.

Primary Location

Dreambloom is known to grow randomly throughout the Everfree due to its method of reproduction. Animals (and rarely ponies) who have been infected with Dreambloom will show the plant growing out of the ground at the place of death and/or burial. Patches of the flower were often thought of to contain the spirits of the deceased in older times.

Due to being no longer commonly used, exposure to Dreambloom lessened overtime and eventually was only found in infected animals in the Everfree and rare cases are reported in travelers. Dreambloom is no longer found in any large settlements.


Properties

Benign Effects

Dreambloom was originally used for anestheics, but the side effects associated with the plant are now considered too extreme and magical spells now take its place.


Malign Effects

This olden medicine fell out of its traditional use because, though its non-addictive anesthetic properties are remarkable, it sometimes causes horrible nightmares in the subject, and the plant is difficult to remove prior to its flowering stage. Traditionally, it was used to help insomniac ponies, and even to keep ponies in need of significant surgery unconscious and unaware of the pain for the duration and the beginning of recovery. Its place has since been taken with magic and magically produced substances, resulting in this plant growing wild. Hallmark signs of infection include fatigue and slight itching of the skin beneath the afflicted area for roughly a day, and after the anesthetic properties take effect, the sprouts begin growing. In ponies this typically takes place in the mane and tail, sometimes mistaken for wildflowers tangled into that hair. A pony with an advanced Seed of Dreams infection is also known to drink a lot of sugared water and sometimes act erratically when the lines between the dream world during the sleeping phase and the real world once the subject awakens can blur.

Other

Dreambloom is identified as having a lily-like flower with bright white petals and long purple stamen that appear to glow in the dark. As a result, it could be mistaken for a regular flower when the glow or odd color is not noted. It grows close to the ground when not entangled in an infected subject.


Acquisition

Dreambloom is available in rare quantities on the commercial market. Those who wish to experiment with alternative medicine can find one at a rare stores or other hidden peddlers.