Saturday, May 11, 2019
Plants, Herbs and Trees Fantastical
As some of you already know, two factions of Druids wrestle over power in the Warholds of the North. These are the Ragged Cloak Druids, who are lycanthropes and The Druids of the Henge, which broke from the traditions of natural magic and were seduced by the Dark, Cosmic Sorcery of the Kingdom of Asmorgar.
All of this comes out of writing up a world over many years which includes notes about whole varieties of plants and herbs which have direct interactions with the world around them. In Chimera you can sometimes tell that an undead creature has risen in a graveyard because the presence and properties of certain plants will tell you this. A knowledgeable player character, someone playing a spell caster with an interest in lore and occult knowledge will pick up in real player knowledge what plants grow where, and why. They can look around the natural world and get clues about what has been happening in an area or at the very least find interesting and useful specimens for brewing their own herbal concoctions.
Chimera has three moons and a wheel of stellar constellations which directly interact with the ancient standing stone circles scattered around the world. Reading the sky can tell you whether a ley line of magic is waxing or waning or whether a new branch may be appearing or an old area of magical power fading.
I have a long list of many herbs and plants from my Dragonsmarch adventures over on my campaign web page. The Dragonsmarch is the heartland of my world of Chimera, made up of the Kingdoms of Daria, Etruria and Kyrene. For the last year or so I have been working hard on adventures more in the North, in the lands of the Warholds of the Northmen and because of this I have greatly expanded upon the original list of herbs and plants written for the heartlands area. Unfortunately time being what it is, everything is a balancing act of deciding where you invest your time. Do you focus on the book(s) you want to get out for the North? Do you write the blog? Do you update the old campaign website? Everything has to be done with a certain care for priorities.
Here are some glimpses into some of the herbs and plants I've made up for my world. At the end of this short sample list I will include a link to the Dragonsmarch list of herbs and plants which has simple rules for what happens when you combine them at the bottom of that page.