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Herbs of Tamriel -a fieldguide

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Warning: alchemy spoilers of sorts

 

Herbs of Tamriel

-a Fieldguide

 

To Jo’Tian, who was always patient when this one mistook Common Thistle for Blessed or came back with mashed up mushrooms because she had not secured them with enough cotton or grass, and who always told the best good night stories.

 

Introduction

With this book this Khajiit hopes to share her knowledge about the herbs of Tamriel. For every plant with known magical properties she has carefully written down their location, a description, similar plants, with this knowledge it should be easy enough for anyone to find the right herbs. This one has also included the magical properties of each plant, what deadra or aedra the plant is believed to belong to, and which mundus stone is connected to the plant. This one hopes you will enjoy her herbal guide and not eat anything marked as poisonous.

 

 

Water Hyacinth

Location:

Water Hyacinth as the name suggests grow near or in shallow water. It is a very common plant and it is very easy to find, the plant prefers still water.

 

Description:

It has a thick stem and broad crunchy leafs. If you take the stem and break it, it will make a tiny pop sound. Its sap is thick and sticky. Be careful not to get sap on your skin as it can cause a rash if exposed to sunlight. It sprouts four or six leaves near the root of the plant and they surround the stem completely. It you find a plant with a natural occurring uneven number of leafs it has greater potency and should be saved for special brews. The flowers grow in one bunch at the top of the stem. When the plant is about 1½ hand tall out of the water it will produce many small buds which will blossom within days. The color of the flowers varies from a soft pink to a deep purple. The plant should be picked while it blossoms as it is then most powerful. The flowers may look torn and worn, but it is a trick played by the plant. To avoid being picked it camouflages itself to look like an old and worn example of the plant. Do not be fooled by this disguise. The root of the plant is onion shaped with many little white thread-like roots. The plant is easily lifted from the water.

 

Similar plants:

Water Hyacinth is not easily mistaken by other plants growing at the same locations. If however you see a Hyacinth of similar proportions growing far away from any source of water, it is most likely the Blue Hyacinth. The two look very similar, but the flowers of the Blue version will grow to become a bright blue, whereas the Water Hyacinth’s flowers are pink or purple.

 

Traits:

The Water Hyacinth is mostly used for its healing proportions. It can sometimes also be an advantage to chew the leaves for a better aim, but be warned, if the potion is brewed too strong it can cause the user to grow roots.

 

Daedra: Meridia

Mundus Stone: The Shadow

 

Jo’Tian sometimes referred to this plant as “Umaril’s Anchorâ€. It is told that Umaril will forever flow in the waters of Oblivion, and only when he manages to get hold of one he gets a chance to clear his head and remember who he is. Such a shame the roots of the Hyacinth breaks so easily.   

 

While you are near water searching for Water Hyacinth you might also look for Nirnroot. Remember though, Nirnroot is best picked under the moons.

 

 

(I hope to continue this over time, but I realise I'm writing on many things right now :P)

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Nirnroot

Location: Grows near water.

 

Description:

Nirnroot is perhaps the most magical plant growing on Nirn and yet it looks humble in the light of the sun. A small plant, its leafs a faded green, or even almost ghostly white. At night however Nirnroot shines and shows of its magnificent green leafs. The color of the Nirnroot leaf varies from a very pale white to a dark bluish-green. The texture of a full grown leaf is leathery. The shape of the Nirnroot leaf is like that of the teeth of a Senche Tiger.

The roots are long, dark borwn colored and strong. It can be very hard to cut the roots even though they are thin. It is said a Nirnroot if harvested will not grow back again. This is correct, unless you leave a portion of the root system in the ground. Nirnroot is a strong plant, and it will protrude its roots throughout a large area, when the roots gets close enough to the surface they will sprout new plants, and in time the roots will break free and a new plant is born. This is how the Nirnroot is reproducing and thus it has no need of insects or seeds.

The most incredible thing about this very incredible plant is its voice. Nirnroot hums continuously and the tone is said to be capable of making a person listening intently enough become either completely relaxed or infuriated. Monks following the path of Nocturnal often meditate to the hymn of the Nirnroot.

 

Harvest:

Due to the magical proportions in this herb, one has to be very careful when gathering. Nirnroots magic is strongest under the moons, so if you want your potions to be potent, gather this herb at night. If harvested during daylight its powers are as vague as its faded color. Pick the herb carefully and keep it in a satchel made from dark colored wool. Do not keep Nirnroot in satchels or bags made from plantbased materiel as it is said to give or steal the life from other plants, and you do not want your bags to sprout or rot.

 

Similar plants:

Rumors tell of a crimson variant. This one has never seen one, but Jo’Tian was always certain these plants can be found inside active volcanoes. Some say Crimson Nirnroot is connected to Massar, and the paler common Nirnroot is connected to Secunda.

 

Traits:

Nirnroot is very poisonous, so do not eat it. You will need an experienced alchemist to brew you potions with this magical plant, for it to be harmless. If treated properly it will make you fade and seem invisible for a short period of time. If treated wrongly it will rob you of your strength and powers and it will most likely kill you.

 

Daedra: Nocturnal, Massar and Secunda, Arkay, Kynareth

Mundus Stone: The Mage

 

Many stories are told about and connected to the magical Nirnroot and this one will not tell all of them here. She will tell you only one story and it has to do with how the plant got its voice. In the oldest of ages, before men or mer, the Nirnroot grew upon the face of Nirn. It was the very first plant and for that it had great pride. When other plants where created Nirnroot felt these plants where its children, and that it was its responsibility to take care of them.

 

So it happened that beasts arrived and began feasting upon the children of the Nirnroot. As the Nirnroot felt the pain and suffering of its children, it had to do something. Since it could not move its children to a safer place and it could not hunt down the beasts eating them, after a long time pondering the problem, it found that the only way to help its children would be to ease their pain. As the Nirnroot had been along for a long time, it knew many things, among these it knew how powerful a song can be in arousing feelings. So the Nirnroot decided to learn how to sing, and thus be able to either calm or excite its children.

 

Norturnal one evening heard the calming song of the Nirnroot and she was enthralled by the chime. She sat for days and nights listening to the tiny pale plant singing its childrens pains away. Nocturnal then took Nirnroot as her sacred herb and since its voice was so beautiful decided to give it the gift of the moons, and since then the Nirnroot shines under the moons.

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Mountain Flower (Dibella’s Rose, Dibella’s Gift)

Location

As the name suggests this plant is found mostly on higher ground. It grows well in very little dirt and can grow directly on sides of mountains and rocky ground. It needs very little water, does not mind direct sun or wind.

 

Description

Mountain Flower comes in many colors: red, blue, purple, yellow and orange exist throughout Tamriel. The most common variety outside of very hard to reach mountains in the north is a hybrid between the red and yellow north variants; it has beautiful orange flowers which in the wind can look like a tiny flickering flame. This one will continue with a description of this variant of Mountain Flower here, since the true Mountain Flower variants are rare outside of the most northern parts of Cyrodiil and Skyrim.

Lowland Mountain Flower grows on straight stalks, unlike its northern sisters, who have a more bushy appearance. Its leaves are small and greyish-green of color, they can seem sickly as they crumble in on themselves and their edges are rippled without a clear pattern. This form is better suited for a windy place, where large leafs would be torn and break. The flowers are similar small and the petals have the same ripples edges to them, this adds to the trick of the eye, where the plant can look like a small flickering flame. The plant has two kinds of roots. Long thin grey and very strong roots that tangle together and can reach far from the plant. The other kind is long and thin also, but has little round bowl shaped parts on their ends, this shows cleverness in the plant as it uses this second root system to grab hold on things. Do not worry; it can’t grab you, as other more bloodthirsty plants might.

 

Similar plants

The rare red, yellow, purple and blue Mountain Flowers. The lowlands Mountain Flower is a hybrid from the northern red and yellow kind. It is hard to say if they share the same magic abilities; it has yet to be tested.

 

Harvest

As the plant stores its magic in the flower heads it is best to harvest this plant during daytime and on days with a clear sky. Rain seems to wash the magic from the flower. The flowers magic is strongest just around the time where it attracts bees. It is possible the magic resides in the flower dust bees collect from it.

 

Traits

Mountain Flower can be poisonous, so when working with this plant you need to be careful. The poison can make muscles weak, and if taken in too large amounts it can be lethal; you will have to eat a lot of flowers though.

It is used in alchemy however, since it has much greater good traits. It has healing and refreshing abilities, and according to the time of harvest can heal quite dangerous wounds. If used in teas it refreshes and wakes up tired people, as an ointment it has great healing potential, but it will most likely also cause the patient to feel heavy in his limbs. Brewed in a potion it both refreshes and it strongly helps with the healing process of smaller wounds.

 

Divine: Dibella

Mundus Stone: The Tower

 

Mountain Flower is said to be created by Dibella, and is also sometimes called Dibella’s Rose or Dibella’s Gift. Flowers of all kinds are often said to be the work of Dibella, as she is attributed all things of great beauty, and thus many stories are told of how she created this flower or that. This one will tell the story of how the northern Mountain Flower was created.

 

Dibella was wandering through the lands of Nirn seeking out all parts, to gaze upon its beauty and taste its wine. When she reached the northern parts, she fell in love with the magnificent beauty of the snow clad mountains and trees. She stayed many months in the cold part of Nirn spellbound by the shining snow.

 

Spring came and the snow began to melt, revealing a greay dull muddy landscape. This saddened Dibella and she mouned for the people who lived in these parts. She hoped for spring to bring forth an abundance of flowers, but only green herbs and brown fungi shot through the earth. Dibella then decided the grey rocky areas would be more beautiful if it had more color. She tore off her necklace of small gemstones and threw the gemstones out from the highest mountain in Skyrim and the next spring flowers of all colors shot through the ground making the great mountains magnificent during both winter and summer.

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