Lightning Flower Seeds
These extremely rare and strange flowers are thought to originate from
T'Shadin T'Shorak, the Mountain of Storms. This fabled mountain lays
hidden in the Evermounts where it is said a tribe of gnome-like beings
make their home. Legend has it that on top of the mountain lives the King
of Storms, deity to the gnome-men who live below, and that it is from there
that all of the storms which rage over the Sea of Lost Souls originate from.
The story goes that there is a place called
Tu'maran, the Rift, which is deep beneath the waves which run turmoil over
the Sea of Lost Souls. There lives the T'kraku, a terrible beast. Once the
gnome-men lived on the shores of the Sea of Lost Souls and the T'kraku fed
upon them by crawling ashore at night and scooping up their homes into the
sea. The gnome-men eventually fled deeper and deeper into the hills, but the
evil T'kraku continued to slink from the sea's waves to dine upon them at
nights. Finally the gnome-men came to T'Shadin, the Mountain, a place where
fierce lightning struck constantly. Tales of an immense creature of shattered
lightning flying among the clouds spread among the gnome-men and eventually
one of their Shaman gathered his courage and climbed the mountain to see what
beast lived there.
The creature of lightning called itself Tu'Renan
T'Shorak, or the King of Storms, and it craved to dig into the mountain to
claim the endless veins of gems and precious metals which were found within,
but could not since it required the power of being struck by lightning to fuel
and feed its being. The gnome-men agreed to mine forth the vast wealth which
the King of Storms could not get to in return for protection from the T'Kraku.
So the King of Storms summoned forth a tremendous
and ever-lasting storm to torment and stir the waters of the Sea of Lost
Souls; across the entire breadth of the great sea he caused darkness and
terrible winds to blow, stirring the sea so thoroughly that T'Kraku became
lost in the churning waves and could not find its way ashore. When T'Kraku
did find shore, the King of Storms struck at it with many painful strokes
of lightning until it retreated back into the waves, blinded by the bright
T'kraku was however, and though it was blinded
it would smell out the gnome men and gobble them up any time they came too
near the waters to fish. But the gnome-men needed to fish for food to help
them survive and food in the Evermounts is scarce and too dangerous to hunt.
So the King of Storms allowed the gnome-men to pluck from the top of the
mountain his rare lightning flowers so that the gnome-men could use them
against T'Kraku. The seeds let the gnome-men cause lightning to come down
from the sky and strike the gluttonous T'Kraku when it came ashore to eat
up the fishermen. T'Kraku, blind from the lightning that the King of Storms
had struck it with, was tricked into thinking that the King of Storms still
waited on the waters edge when the gnome-men used the lightning flower's seeds
against it, and so it quickly retreated back into the waters.
Whether true or not, there are still perpetual
storms which rage over the Sea of Lost Souls, and those who fish it's
un-navigable waters from the shore do speak of a great silvery serpent
which can be seen in the waves and chill waters from time to time. It is
also said that only lightning which comes from the seeds can trick the
clever T'Kraku who knows the difference between natural lightning and
that of the King of Storms.
When the pearly, round seeds of the lightning
flower are hurled at the ground or an enemy there will strike from the sky
a stroke of lightning, harming everything within 10 feet of where the seed
pieces landed. Any creature within this area suffers 10d10 points of damage
from the stroke of lightning. There need not be clouds in the sky to use
these magical seeds, though one does need to be under the sky for the King
of Storms has no power in places where the sky is not visible above.
Lightning flowers stand a little over a foot
tall, and atop of their stalk is a beautiful white flower which turns blue
towards its center. The flower looks something like that of a rhododendron.
A single flowering plant will yield 1d4, 1/2 inch across, seeds which dangle
from the underside of the flower. The seeds are light and can be thrown like
small stones. Again, such lightning flowers are very rare.
Caster Level: 5th;
Prerequisites: Craft Wondrous Item, call lightning;
Market Price: 1,500 gp (each);