Rangers of the North
(S. Arlandal, Q. Ninquetal)
Other Names: None.
Type: General Purpose.
Range/Where Found: This small flower is usually found in woodlands or along mountain slopes.
Foraged: North Downs
Characteristics: The plant is small (no more than 5" in height) and appears delicate and fragile. In contrast to the stalk (which is of a darker shade), its leaves are small and light green. The small flower appears later in the summer and is shaped like a slipper after it opens; it is white with light blue lines along its borders. The plant is hardier than it appears, though easily crushed underfoot. Its flower exudes a pleasant fragrance. Its single, large taproot, extending up to 1’ into the ground, is a thick structure, resembling a man’s thumb in diameter. It must be dug out of the ground. (Attempts to pull it out break it.)
Medicinal Uses: When extracted and dried, the root is a handy remedy for colds and stuffed heads. (The dried root must be boiled. and the vapor inhaled.) It also speeds recovery from respiratory diseases (5x normal rate) and enhances resistancce to the common cold (+20 RR). A dried root keeps for years.
Other Uses: Elves have occasionally used this flower as a subject for still-life paintings for untold generations.
Cost: 1 bp/applicacion for 1 person.
Difficulty of Finding: Extremely Hard.
Warning: Painting a picture of this plant does not automatically qualify the effort as art.