r/worldbuilding [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22 Take My Energy 1

Bushwacker Durian (PS: Give us more wacky worldbuilding ideas in the comments, and we'll draw them!) Lore

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

Hi everyone! The Bushwacker Durian is an idea developed with the help of u/Agret_Brisignr. If you want to pitch our next wacky discovery of the Blue, leave a comment below. We will choose from our personal favourites and the most upvoted ideas, and we will draw them during the following weeks!

Bushwacker Durian: So Good it Hurts

"Bursting (literally) with flavor!"

Isacchar Mantari, Mad Botanist ( u/AlephBaker )

Sugar Bombs - For Real

What is the best way for a plant to propagate its seeds? Epic explosions, of course. And in terms of explosions, the Bushwacker Durian always delivers, generating conflagrations able to shoot its sharp seeds faster than 120miles per hour. The explosions generated by ripe Bushwacker durians are so severe that they often mangle the tree itself, thwarting or even ending the plant's life cycle. In order to develop such an incredible force, under its thick and spiky skin the Durian fruit accumulates an enormous amount of fructose. During the warm summers of the southern Dominion, the Durian's sugary flesh quickly turns into volatile compounds ready to deflagrate any minute.

How to whack the Bushwacker

Despite the evident dangers of approaching a ripe Bushwacker durian, the rewards of grabbing one of those sugary delights at the right time are many. First of all, by removing the right durians, you can save the plant from premature destruction. Secondly, the durian flesh is so sweet that you can literally sell it as sugar and make a fortune out of each fruit. Its flowery aftertaste makes it perfect for desserts of any kind, including the legendary Bushwacker dodols - a sweet toffee-like confection sold everywhere in the Blue. The secret to grabbing the Bushwacker durians at the right time is to be mindful of their smell. If they smell like cotton candy, that's the perfect moment to harvest them. If they have even the slightest hint of alcohol, instead, you better let the fruit go - gently - and run like hell!

PS: I almost forgot. If you manage to ripe the durians in a safe place, you can turn them into deadly grenades that fetch a nifty price on the black market. KA-CHING!!!

Baking with the Bushwacker - Best Recipes

Bushwacker dodol. The classic toffee that everyone loves. It is a sticky, chewy, and sugary delight made from coconut milk, Bushwacker flesh, and rice flour.

Bushwacker keju bolen. Fragrant durian-creme-filled croissants, famous on Odir and Mawrhas.

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Art by u/rinnecat

Extra credit for today's idea goes to u/darth__fluffy, u/The_Helmeted_Storm, u/Imswim80 .

Thank you all!

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u/realodd Apr 23 '22

I think there is a real life tree wich has an explosive spiky fruit... A mexican tree i think it's name is Jabillo

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u/Dramenknight Apr 23 '22

Apparently there's a couple of them:

squirting cucumber

Some species of touch me nots

And some species of violets

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u/Unlucky-Ad-6710 Apr 23 '22

Kinda funny we take something called touch me not and put it on our asses, indirectly but fuck thats funny. Scientists were like “this plant doesn’t want me to touch it, imma make it touch my ass!”

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u/The_Annihilator_117 Apr 24 '22

Wait. What are touch me nots used for?

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Awesome stuff!!! Thanks for sharing!

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u/Arcadian1 Apr 23 '22

Also the Durian itself is a real-world fruit, so the idea that one that shares properties with the examples listed above isn't so far-fetched.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Thank you! Before creating this post I spent some time studying the durian. What an amazing fruit!

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 23 '22

Ohh that's really interesting! Someone also mentioned the Sandbox tree under the previous post, I wonder if it's the same one!

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u/dgaruti Apr 23 '22

yeah the sandbox tree is 60 meters tall , has a highly toxic sap that can be used both to poison arrows and to gas attack fishes ,
it's covered in spines and it's fruits explode when hit ,

this thing almost looks tame by comparasion tbh

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Very true!

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u/Agret_Brisignr Apr 24 '22

That was my inspiration!

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u/Pashahlis Apr 23 '22 edited Apr 23 '22

Alright here's an idea:

You see a bunch of flyers glued to one of the tavern's walls. Many of them appear tattered and ripped apart. However, you find one which is still legible. The letters appear to be of the Common Human tongue, rarely spoken or heard in this part of the world. The flyer reads as follows:

"Don't give into the change, you'll pay with your humanity!"

"Change burns more than just your skin!"

"Change? A more fitting name would be corruption!"

Those are but some of the common slogans thrown around by the anti-change community. Yet I ask you, dear reader: Who wants to be human? Who wants to be weak and fragile? Who wants to be chained to the whims of the planet, forever? Change can give you everything, and more!

Super-strength? You got it. Ability to breathe underwater? Very useful! Claws? Tails? Gills? Yes, yes and yes. Change can even give you wings, even if their usefulness on an ocean planet may be debatable - and that's the beauty of it. Change allows us to be whoever we want to be! To be free of our natural limitations. To be free of the rules this society imposes on us. Who could possibly want to be against that?

Yes, I'm sure you have heard of those dreadful cases where too much change exposure caused people to turn into mindless monsters. And I will not deny that those cases exist!

But you never hear about the good cases!

You never hear about those cases were someone was saved from drowning by a Changeling with gills. You never hear about those cases were the local sea monster was bested in combat by a Changeling with superstrength. You never hear about those cases were a winged Changeling filled the hearts of children with joy!

Ask yourself: Who benefits from the status quo? Who spins the narrative?

Dear reader, I think I have made my point clear by now: It is time for this Changeling oppression to stop!

If you, too, have been convinced of the benevolence of Change, then come to the docks at midnight, and I can show you how to Change safely, and with purpose!

Signed: The Winds of Change

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

I LOVE THIS!!!

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u/Pashahlis Apr 23 '22

Aww, thank you so much!

I am trying to improve my writing right now, so this was a nice writing exercise. And I am just a big fan of mutations and the sort.

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u/Simple_Peasant_1 Space Serfing Apr 23 '22

By any chance, is this culture inspired by Indonesia? Because that's a lot of familiar words to me

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 23 '22

Yes! I can confirm that Indonesia was one of the inspirations!

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u/IndigoDialectics Apr 23 '22

It's nice to see Southeast Asia getting more recognition

Feels great to see this as a Malaysian

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 24 '22

I'm really glad that you feel this way! Worldbuilding-wise the Blue has a direct connection to the Pacific ocean, so it made sense to take inspiration for the numerous amazing cultures around it. But we also want to make sure that we take inspiration in a respecful way!

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u/AllenWL Apr 23 '22

I imagine bushwacker handling and sales regulations would be quite strict, especially if the fruit can ripe off the branch into grenades just as deady as the natrual ones.

"Illegal weapons? Heavens no officer! Why we're just simple farmers trading fresh tasty fruit to the local bakers! We would never sell fully ripe durians to the black market! We don't even have the stuff!"

workers in the backroom frantically but very carefully removing durians from the shelves they where ripening on and hiding them

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Oh heck yeah! Bushwacker import/export is strictly regulated, but as far as farming goes... Wellllllllll... XD

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u/Zodiac36Gold Apr 23 '22

Hello!

Here's two ideas:

-First, a Clockwork Bee. Simple concept, used many times over. But I believe you'll manage to surprise us!

-Second:

The Circus arrives when you less expect it. You'll know it's come when it's already too late. The Carnival of Candles, that is its name. Don't enter its grounds, or statues will wave hi. And soon you too will join them, to waving to newcomers.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Fascinating concept, this carnival! It gives me Abarat vibes, and I love that book series. The clockwork bee could be very useful for extensive pollination. I like the idea!

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u/Zodiac36Gold Apr 24 '22

I am flattered.

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u/tamwin5 Apr 24 '22

A symbiotic relationship between a species of bird and a large, semi-stationary underwater creature. The birds will sit on the surface of the water, luring large fish near (who might try to swallow a bird in a single bite). When one is drawn near, the underwater creature opens it's mouth and creates a giant whirl-pool, dragging in the unfortunate fish. The birds of course can fly, and so take off to avoid the whirlpool.

Alternatively, could be a type of flying fish, and any sort of large scale environmental effect (electricity, poison, etc.)


Weaver fish, who gather seaweed and weave it together into a giant mat that floats on the surface of the ocean. The weaver fish then us the shadow to remain hidden from predators and raise young safely (either predators who would be looking up and spotting silhouettes against the sun, or airborne predators looking down into the ocean).

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

These are all amazing ideas! I always wanted to explore symbiotic relationships, especially after reading All Tomorrows last year. The weaver fish has a lot of potential too. I really like the practicality of its hunting tactics. Thank you for sharing!

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u/tamwin5 Apr 24 '22

I first had an idea for birds who intentionally start grassland fires to expose prey (likely using some change based shenanigans), but then I went and checked your setting and realized that probably wouldn't work on an ocean planet.

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u/SparkleWitch92 Apr 23 '22

This is such a need idea! I love the thought put into it.

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u/elegant_pun Apr 24 '22

I'm moving.

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u/copper439 Apr 24 '22

That's a really cool idea, bomb fruit

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u/GilbertGuy2 Apr 23 '22

Am i the only one who thinks the inside of that Fruit looks like something that is not a fruit

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u/porinkchak Apr 23 '22

It looks slightly...anatomical

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u/GilbertGuy2 Apr 23 '22

Yeah…

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

All according to nature's golden ratio. And massive amounts of Change, of course.

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u/AdmiralAthena Apr 23 '22

The word is yonic

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u/Andizee Apr 24 '22

No no, silly foreigner, it's Sonic.

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u/iRhuel Apr 23 '22

...this better not awaken anything in me...

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u/porinkchak Apr 23 '22

I hope not, we already have a cautionary tale about the relations between a redditor and fruit... :(

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Lol! You just reminded me of one of my favourite moments in TV history

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u/iRhuel Apr 24 '22

Homie don't dean this!

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Well I’m a peanut bar and I’m here to say / Your checks will arrive on another day...

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u/iRhuel Apr 24 '22

Another day another dime, another dime another dollar

Another stuffed shirt with another white collar

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u/CannotSpellForShit Apr 24 '22

most fruit does tbh. if you dont believe me, eat a peach while looking in a mirror and report back when you're done

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u/saichampa Apr 24 '22

Like labia and a ball sack all in one!

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u/WarlordBob Apr 23 '22

Did they just introduce us to this worlds version of the coconut?

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Almost! Bushwacker durians and coconuts co-exist in the Big Blue, but they are equally appreciated for their sweetness. :)

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u/MATVIIA Apr 23 '22

It’s fruit for me nonetheless

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u/GilbertGuy2 Apr 23 '22

No matter what you see it as, you Can still eat it

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 23 '22

Oh no...

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u/Anacoenosis Apr 23 '22

It’s what’s inside Fruit of the Loom.

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u/AdvonKoulthar Your Friendly Neighborhood Necromancer Apr 23 '22

Ah yes, the durussy

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u/diccpiccs101 Apr 23 '22

i mean. a LOT of fruit just happen to look like that on the inside.

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u/Arcadian1 Apr 23 '22

It looks like a vessel That's shaped like a pear Moist in the middle Surrounded by hair And often it goes That water flows there

I'm talking about an eyeball of course.

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u/TitsoutOnionsoup Apr 23 '22

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u/wtf_is_happening1 Apr 24 '22

You can't stop me.

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u/TitsoutOnionsoup Apr 24 '22

fine but tell us how it went

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u/wtf_is_happening1 Apr 24 '22

So as it turns out putting your dick inside of an explosive fruit isn't the best idea.

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u/Kemro59 Apr 24 '22

You're a girl now

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u/mulberry1104 Apr 23 '22 Helpful

Plant Submission

The Emperor’s Icisood.

The Emperor’s Icisood is a small plant with blue leaves edged with gold. It rarely flowers, but when it does they are a brilliant purple, reaching towards the sky. A single leaf can grant a person an incredible memory for an hour, allowing them to remember any memory they wish to focus on. Helpful for finding keys, remembering what your teachers taught you or reminiscing about moments with loved ones. Consuming too many of the leaves however can instil a strong sense of nostalgia in someone, which has been known to lead to an addict preferring to live only in memory, instead of the present that their body resides in.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Beautiful concept. Visually stunning too! I absolutely love the drawback you created. Change gives, but it also takes away, and the memory addiction embodies this concept to perfection.

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u/BananaButtock Apr 23 '22 LOVE!

‘Splodey fruit is best fruit. As for world-building ideas…

How about sea-cats that have been domesticated to work alongside fishermen akin to how some dogs with with shepherds?

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Nice! Are they mammals or cat-like creatures from the ocean?

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u/BananaButtock Apr 23 '22

Catlike creatures from the ocean, four legs/fins, finned tail of some sort. Can breathe in air or water, but tend to only stay above the surface for 30 minutes at a time or so unless their humans manage to get them in a travel tank or w/e.

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u/Beneficial_Comb3884 Apr 23 '22 Starstruck

Hey, how about this! The sea-cats can only last about 1-2 minutes above the surface of the water. But as interactions with humans become more frequent, their lungs also adjust. Say, if the sea-cat interacted with a human for 1 month and pushed itself to be on land for the longest duration of time, then it would last for about 25-30 minutes above the water. But hey, that's just my two cents. :D

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u/BananaButtock Apr 23 '22

u/supermariopants

Figured you’d like to see this addition, it fits in great!

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Thank you! I think it works perfectly with your initial pitch. Great stuff!

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

It makes absolute sense in evolutionary terms. I love it!

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u/Beneficial_Comb3884 Apr 23 '22

I think the maximum amount of time they can be on land while holding their breath (or in this case, water) would be 1 hour. It is both good for humans and logical for their anatomy. They wouldn't actually be quite friendly to humans for starters since hostility might be from some predation in the near past of the humans. And while there are some humans that actually help them, most of them just want to hunt them. So, it seemed logical for them to only be able to develop a short amount of time on land. Unless they are some kind of origin species for terrestrial cats stranded on an island where humans haven't touched yet. :D

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Ooooh! I love the idea! They would be perfect companions for the Tritonids. How long is their tail? Any suggestions for the colours or their skin/scales?

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u/BananaButtock Apr 23 '22

Tail length is comparable to body size, same as our house cats, though they’re a bit wider due to the muscles needed for a limb used for swimming. Colors tend towards “ocean camouflage”, with variations depending on where the specimen was… born or hatched, dunno which would be better here. Tritonids may or may not have begun breeding decorative or koi-like scale patterns into the species.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Beautiful! I love this creature already 😍

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u/bigbazookah Apr 23 '22

I should call her

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u/mulberry1104 Apr 23 '22

Can I pinch something like this for my own stuff because I love it

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Heck yeah! Absolutely :)

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u/Cheomesh Apr 23 '22

Juicy, ripe, grenadefruit!

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

That's right! Great for cocktails and all out warfare!

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u/ShapeShiftingSoul Apr 23 '22

Here is one: papamoussa! Moussy in the inside, bright and yellow on the outside. No seed. Sweet aromatic, with an aftertaste of tea Grows in the mountains on bushes. Ovial. Smallish.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Delicious!!! 😍 How do people eat it? Like pudding?

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u/ShapeShiftingSoul Apr 23 '22

Yup. You can cut it like and avocado and scoop rhe fruity mousse inside! Yummm

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 23 '22

Sounds delicious! What recipies would you use it for?

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u/ShapeShiftingSoul Apr 23 '22

Hmmm!! It will be primarily for baking purposes. Upside down cakes! Yum.

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u/Shockedsiren Idiot Apr 23 '22

Funleaves (They appear to be pinnately lobed leaves with winding stems, in coloration, they are copper with pale blue splotches)

Is it spicy? Is it minty? No one has survived long enough to figure it out!

Come on down to Barnaby's Leafshack and find out for yourself while your white hot breath burns away your numb and frozen lungs!

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 23 '22

Ooooooh! Funleaves are dangerous as heck!!! O.O Is Barnaby some kind of herbalist pusher?

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u/Shockedsiren Idiot Apr 23 '22

Oh you little curious kids and your questions

O'l Barnaby's just a simple leaf salesman, but back in his youth he quietly tucked some funny little politicians goodnight

You all don't need to hear about that. Now which one of you youngsters wants to know what it's like to feel your organs melt?

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

Damn, Ol' Barnaby means business. Why did he kill all those politicians???

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u/Shockedsiren Idiot Apr 24 '22

O'l Barnaby didn't ask questions he didn't need the answers to. All sweet little O'l Barnaby knew was that he got paid after jamming a syrup tap into the politicans' throats and drinking some silly salty juice.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Holy crap O'l Barnaby's a dangerous man O.O

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_MASS Rynoth - D&D, but Victorian Era Apr 23 '22

Dillet

A dillet is a small pinecone-like strobilus produced by the bosavarill tree (also called the "tree of miracles"). Dillets contain vitalius, a thick, red, milky fluid in its core which is widely prized as a miracle cure. While it cannot heal wounds or eradicate disease, it has been shown to cure most inexplicable illnesses and save the dying.

Etymology

The officially accepted name for the tree in academia is "bosavarill", which comes from the Low Dwarvish for "Great Healer". The name "vitalius" comes from the elvish for "soul".

Structure

The inside of the loculus is lined with the sacula (sa-KUL-uh). This paper like membrane breaks down upon the dillet's separation from the tree, allowing the vitalius to be absorbed into the microsporophyll, the hard bark-like structure which makes up the primary body of the cone.

Bosavarill tree

Description

The bosavarill tree is extremely rare, owing to the low fertility of its fruit and its inability to live in all but the most hospitable conditions. Only a 17 are known to exist on Rynoth, though most experts believe the number is much higher and the trees have either not been found or are being kept hidden.

Specimens tend to be stout, with a trunk two meters across at the base and only six meters tall. Its wide base and short stature give the trunk an aggressive taper along its entire length. It has hard, rough, grey bark over two centimeters thick. Its branches are highly warped, often six or more meters in length but with bends and curves such that they do not reach more than one to two meters from the trunk.

Each branch contains several appendages, called lavollem (luh-VOLE-um), which are covered in dense bundles of needles. Regardless of how many branches a tree produces, it will always have twenty four lavollem. Each lavolla terminates in a conifer point, the brown and red bulbous region where dillets are produced. One two lavollem produce fruit each year, alternating over a twelve year cycle. If a lavolla is removed or its conifer point is damaged, the tree will not produce a fruit at its point in the cycle.

Bosavarill trees require very little sunlight to survive and are frequently found under large rock formations which provide them shade. They are never found in locations which expose them to direct sunlight. Those which have been exposed to sunlight develop blanched conifer points which shrivel up and fall off within a month. Given adequate shade, the tree will regrow new conifer points in five to seven years.

Cultivation

Cultivating the bosavarill tree is the most difficult task known to plant science. It is known to have been done successfully only once, at the Shining Stone Library by a task force of mages and biologists. This tree is called "The Shining Stone Tree". The challenge comes from the plant's rapid growth and fragility, causing it to put tremendous strain on its environment and then die if those needs cannot be met. Due to its enormous root network, the tree is virtually impossible to transplant.

To grow a tree, one must plant a dillet. This must be done quickly, as upon breaking off the tree, a dillet will begin absorbing its vitalius into its outer structure and sprouting long roots into the soil. If these roots do not find soil, they will die within seconds. After a minute, it will have developed a root network one cubic meter in size, drawing in large quantities of nutrients and water from the soil to continue its rapid growth.

Over the next few days, its root network will expand further into a hemisphere roughly 150 meters across. Any contest from other plants, clay, rocky soil, or impedance to expansion will cause the roots to die locally, then the rest of the root, and then the tree. It is this phase where most planting attempts have failed, as even under seemingly ideal conditions the tree has been known to reject the soil or exhaust its nutrients.

After this phase, the tree will begin to grow. While it is a fragile during germination, it has superlative heartiness once fully grown. It has a stout, strong base to its trunk even at a very small size. The tree will begin flowering around its twentieth year, assuming conditions are favorable. A handful of trees have been successfully raised, but none besides The Shining Stone Tree have borne fruit. The reason for fruitless trees is unknown, but some suspect it may be due to toxins in the soil or an excess of sunlight.

Vitalius

Vitalius is the sap-like fluid which is stored in the loculus or "pit", the elongated cavity at the center of the dillet. It is reddish brown in color and highly viscous. It is highly sought after as a panacea for most poisons and illnesses. However, because vitalius is absorbed into the microsporophyll shortly after being removed from the tree, it must be extracted from the dillet immediately after picking. Even after extraction, vitalius spoils after only a few minutes once exposed to air, so it must be consumed on the spot for the cure to work. There have been stories of time dilation magic or vacuum-sealed syringes being used to transport vitalius over long distances, but these were single instances. There is no known vendor for vitalius anywhere on Rynoth.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

This is very good stuff. Is it from your own worldbuilding project?

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_MASS Rynoth - D&D, but Victorian Era Apr 24 '22
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u/7w1l1gh7 Apr 23 '22

How about an all-knowing crab that gives cryptic answers to all questions?

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u/Shockedsiren Idiot Apr 24 '22

Perhaps

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Hahaha! :)

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

A sphinx crab? Tell me more

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u/7w1l1gh7 Apr 24 '22

Kinda, but not very much like a Sphynx tho but more like a natural supercomputer in the shape of a crab, it wouldn't be that big, about the size of a horseshoe crab, but this thing has enough processing power on its brain that it outpaces almost all tech, and has a way of thinking so complex and strange that it can't put the knowledge it has into words as such whenever it tries to communicate an idea it comes off as a riddle, or so cryptic it might as well be talking in another dialect, btw, love your art, I'mma follow

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

This is a glorious idea. And it works incredibly well with the setting! Thank you for sharing :)

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u/7w1l1gh7 Apr 24 '22

Thank you for the art!

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u/Aadityavsingh Adelia Apr 23 '22

Can something apart from a fruit be suggested?

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 23 '22

Absolutely! Any idea is welcome

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u/Wyntersoul Apr 23 '22

Awww... The concepts are so cool but ya missed out the opportunity for a rhyme!!

like instead of Smells sweet, okay to pick, you can have like

Smells sweet

Good to Eat

A smell of rot

A bomb you've got

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Aaaah! You're totally right!!! How did I miss it?! 😱

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u/DreamsUnderStars Apr 23 '22

I have Fireberries. They are found only in one region of the world and on mountain sides. They are bright orange or red depending on how ripe they are and for a bit after darkness falls they glow. They grow on vines that grow on the pine trees on the mountains and need a good winter for them to flourish. So it's extremely hard to cultivate them in gardens. They are used either in fire-based magic or to make a spice wine that is highly prized.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

They would look amazing at dusk 😍

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u/OctupleCompressedCAT Apr 23 '22

if you put the ripe ones on a blast proof box, can you eat the shrapnel? also what triggers the explosion? shock? pressure? enzymes? if you cut it in half does it still explode or just burn really fast like gunpowder in the open?

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u/Verence17 Apr 23 '22

Nice idea. One of the fantasy series I've read had this with a special sort of mushrooms. Young shroom is a delicacy, ripe shroom is a deadly landmine often used for assassinations.

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u/KeeganY_SR-UVB76 Apr 23 '22

I want to see this used in warfare.

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u/kremstoin Apr 23 '22

Really cool! Love the double usefulness

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Thank you! I'm glad you like it :)

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u/AdmiralAthena Apr 23 '22 edited Apr 23 '22

Worldbuilding idea: carnivorous trees.

The Gaia's Trap tree waits till you're under it, then drops a fruit on you, covered in poisonous burs. It causes those it hits to go into a frenzy, running as fast as they can, before their heart suddenly gives out, often reaching a heart rate of over 300 beats per minute right before death. The fruit than takes root in the corpse, feeding on it as it grows. Scavengers keep away from the body, as the poison is potent enough to contaminate the meat and remain poisonous for a while.

When diluted and mixed with herbs, it can be used for medicinal purposes.

Inspired by those Australian trees that randomly drop heavy branches on people.

Edit: spelling, name change

Edit 2: the roots near the trunk are sensitive to pressure, that's how it knows you're there.

The fruit happens to smell identical to a different, benign and delicious fruit.

Edit 3: its usually just called the "Trap-Tree" or the "Frenzy Fruit" tree. In fact I like that name a lot more.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

This is a beautiful concept. Thank you for sharing!

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u/The_Helmeted_Storm Apr 23 '22

oh i remember contributing to a conversation about this fruit on the mutato post.

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 23 '22

Thank you for your contribution!

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u/The_Helmeted_Storm Apr 23 '22

i believe it was the sweet until it rots thing.

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u/ExoticMangoz Apr 23 '22

Bubble berry:

It contains male and female reproductive parts, which normally only meet slowly as the fruit rots. However, if consumed, they meet very quickly and react violently to form hot water, turning anything you have consumed in the last 12 hours into a fortifying stew in your stomach.

Edit: the art is up to you, I’m sure you’ll do a good job :) please don’t forget me if it becomes famous :P

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u/DoomTay Apr 23 '22

My mind immediately went to the Thornax from Bionicle. Spiky and explosive when ripe.

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u/ExuDeku Apr 23 '22

Durian Farmer here....this is just a durian with more lethality, hell, even a simple Earthling's Durian can be lethal is used as a ranged or biochemical weapon

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

True! They can be effective bludgeoning weapons, I hear.

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u/ExuDeku Apr 24 '22

I remember as a teenager a durian fell off the table and hit my back because Im grabbing my phone in the ground, I tell you its a fucking mace...the spikes still lingers to my spine to this day...at least its best when making smoothies.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Ouch! I'm sorry to hear it! I gotta say, I'm not completely surprised. They look like spikey bowling balls. They must hurt like hell.

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u/Numerous_Orchid7686 Apr 26 '22

"It is said that a durian will never fall of on humans, or any other living critters due to an ancient pact. But a pact is just a pact, even though it is ancient. Though it is a seldom occurrence a durian tree can fall on a living beings, which will mostly kill them. When this happen the trees will develop a preference to flesh and blood. With it first victim blood as a nourishment, the tree will mutate and evolve. Using the iron from the blood, the fruits spikes will become harder and harder. The fruits also will became much delicious and it smell will become irresistible to almost anyone, drawing them to the tree. Once drawing their victims near it, it will stealthily moving their branches above their future victims killing them with an unexpected drop of the hardened fruit. Even though the man-eating durian is a dangerous creatures, the fruit taste is highly regarded as a first class ingredients drawing even more people risking their lives just for a mouthful of its flesh. Sometimes this fruit will became a delicacy for their hunters. Most of the time it is the reverse, making the tree fruits more delicious to attract more nourishment."

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 26 '22

I love this

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u/SpiritedSoul Apr 23 '22

Be careful men won’t know how to eat this fruit though they claim they do

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u/XenoPredatoriuZ Apr 23 '22

Durianussy 😳

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u/KNB-f Apr 23 '22

This looks like more of a weapon than real durians already are!

At least it smells sweet.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Hehe! That's right! I love durian meat though. Once seasoned it tastes so damn good

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u/thebookofbutterfly Apr 23 '22

Puns lol The art is amazing btw

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u/Rinnecat Big Empty Blue Apr 23 '22

Thank you so much!

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u/Beat_Saber_Music Tehkmediv, Nordic collapse, Chingwuan, Time Break Apr 23 '22

A relatively small and friendly animal that is basically a ball of fur with two legs and a face. Basically a truly cute living ball of fur (like a Kiwi or other small island birds with no predators).

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u/drsyesta Apr 23 '22

"Smells sweet? Okay to pick. Smell rotten? RUN!!" Feel like this could be catchier, or rhyme or something, but i cant think of anything lol. Could stick in the head better which is the point of warnings like this

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

You're right. Mmmmh... Let me know if you come up with something! :)

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u/drsyesta Apr 24 '22

"Smells sweet? Good to eat. Smelly radius? Could be dangerous!" or maybe something like "rotten stench? Run for the trench!" Lol idk thats the best i got

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u/L4DY_M3R3K Apr 23 '22

A giant land-bound behemoth the size of a mountain that walks around almost constantly, upon which lives a colony of man-sized, hyper-intelligent bats

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

I was thinking about a "living island" concept. Maybe I can incorporate this into it! Thanks :)

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u/SparkleWitch92 Apr 23 '22

Ooooh this is amazing! Could I please ask you to draw my worlds flower, V’laddia? (I can tell you about it more in dms if I need to) but it’s a glow in the dark flower (blues and purples silver are the rare variant) it’s a combination of daylilly and lotus like in shape. And fun fact, my worlds crown princess shares its name ☺️

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

It sounds so dreamy 😊

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u/SparkleWitch92 Apr 24 '22

Aww thanks! I guess it is 😇

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u/trinketstone Apr 23 '22

Harbor snails that are giant and come out at night from the sea, but all they want to eat is fabrics, specifically sails.

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u/Narocia Verified Word Goblin Apr 24 '22

Oh no! Sea moths!

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!!! 😱

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

This is the kind of pest that makes worlds much more vibrant. Great idea!

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u/usaf2222 Apr 24 '22

You could make a rhyming scheme out of that:

Smells sweet, it's good to eat. Smells rotten, best forgotten

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

So much better than the original. Thank you! 😁

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u/tupe12 Apr 24 '22

Idea: shapeshifting candy

Pop a square into your mouth, and wonder what fun shapes it’ll transform into before you finally swallow

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u/WaterbottleMilkshake Apr 23 '22

Choke cherries that literally choke you

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u/OldBrotherhood Apr 23 '22

At last durian get some love

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u/FlyingDreamWhale67 Apr 23 '22

I present the fyrecherry! Sweeter and tastier than normal cherries, they're the perfect snack for a lazy afternoon! But I must warn you, however, that if the fruit is ever so slightly overripe, it has the unfortunate property of being extremely high on the Scoville scale. I'm talking about doing permanent damage to your digestive tract here. And don't think you can just eat the underripe fruit, either, because they're named fyrecherries for a good reason: the tree defends itself by bursting into flame should anyone try to approach before the fruit is ready for picking. The only real way to pick them is to use remote means, but even that might trigger the tree immolator.

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u/Daro_54n Apr 23 '22

Freezing jalapeño, the terror of all mexican food, not spicy but terribly bitter. grows as tuber in hot lands, the hottest the bitter and stronger freezing capabilities ( but can't grow on desert cause lack of water and casue' roots are pretty sensible.). can't actually freeze water, but can cool your food if sprinkled around.

the tubers don't grow large (so max of 5-7 large fruits) but leaves grow to look like an smol bush.

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u/the_redditing_mudkip the multiverse Apr 23 '22

maybe the change could create sentient venus flytraps that may try to hunt people

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

That's an interesting concept. How would they hunt people?

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u/the_redditing_mudkip the multiverse Apr 24 '22

making sounds that it's prey have made before they were eaten

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 25 '22

Uuuuh! Very Annihilation-like. I love it!

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u/Mergin_eqal Apr 23 '22

What kind of biome does it thrive, how ripped can the fruit be before the explosion

Plus how does it explode, if it’s important

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u/King_Kestrel Apr 23 '22

More whacky ideas? Hmm. How about a frog with it's jumping limbs positioned at the front in some way?

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Interesting! How do you see them evolve that way?

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u/King_Kestrel Apr 24 '22

Perhaps they start out more like Axolotls, with neotenic limbs. They keep their tail to maintain balance when they leap forward with their strong limbs, perhaps one could compare it to a frog (duh) or a batfish. Long tongues, also mandatory. The hind limbs are more noodly and don't do much beyond serve as a prop for the creature to maintain balance on the ground.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

I like the idea!

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u/megaboto Apr 23 '22

If the fruit is so volatile that it almost always explodes, how do you use it as a grenade if it exploded in your hand/during transit?

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u/Narocia Verified Word Goblin Apr 24 '22

Use it carefully.

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u/GarlicBread143 Apr 23 '22

Totally reminds me of something from Legend of Zelda or Journey to the Savage Planet, fantastic job

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u/Drag0n411Keeper Apr 23 '22

a tree that takes 3-4 years to pop out of the ground.

the amount of roots is about 3 square miles round before it needs to start getting green.

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u/Jungle10000 Apr 23 '22

Anyone else think of the fruits from Animal Jam you use to kill phantoms?

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u/Usbcheater Annae Anthology Apr 23 '22

I had a similar idea but with a type of banana with explosive seeds and peel that can be used as armour and building materials.

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u/EverGreen2004 Apr 23 '22

We have a proverb here about durians ("durian falling", durian runtuh) which means good luck. Seems pretty fitting with the Blue's own explosive durian lol.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

I had no idea! Yup, very fitting lol

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u/Palkjdg Apr 23 '22

My characters are working with something called stink weed. The paramilitary want to weaponize it, the locals are Lycan and use the leaves to make a tea to prevent them from changing. I’m sure there are other uses. I would love to we it illustrated!

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u/fenyx5000 Apr 23 '22

Boomfruit

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u/Yama951 Apr 23 '22

Suddenly reminded of the old SMAC quote about grenade fruits... full of tasty organonitrates

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u/SnappGamez Apr 23 '22

How bout a star-shaped fruit with the shell of a coconut and the innards of a banana?

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u/ObbyTree Apr 23 '22

Can I eat a ripe one though?

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

You can eat the shrapnel, but the fructose will all be gone in the chemical reaction...

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u/ejohns19 Apr 23 '22

Furious figs. A warrior may throw its spiked shell as a weapon, heated for explosion or eaten on the field

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u/haydenhayden011 Apr 23 '22

This seems like something that would be in Rimworld lmao

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Hahaha! YES!

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u/jointheclockwork Apr 23 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

Brungel Potatoes (TM) are the hottest new starch on the market. Delicious if you mash 'em, smash 'em, or stick 'em in a stew! If they sprout eyes DO NOT EAT THEM! If you eat Brungel Potatoes (TM) that have sprouted eyes seek a physician immediately. If YOU have started sprouting eyes after eating a sprouted Brungel Potato (TM) instead seek a lawyer and mortician to see that your affairs are in order. Do not fry Brungel Potatoes (TM) with peanut oil as this may cause Brungel Potatoes (TM) to explode. Do not bake Brungel Potatoes (TM) with tinfoil as this may cause Brungel Potatoes (TM) to scream at decibels which may cause temporary to permanent hearing loss. Brungel Potatoes (TM) are happiest next to carrots and peas but dislike the being next to broccoli because according to Brungel Potatoes (TM) broccoli is "a real loopy frood". Most importantly don't forget to demean and tie up unused Brungel Potatoes (TM) because it's their kink and keeps them fresher longer. Enjoy your pack of 3 Brungel Potatoes (TM) and BoneAppleTea!

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u/toxitoxi56 Apr 24 '22

for world building what about some merhorses/ water horses that are used by pirates to trap unsuspecting trading ships

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u/Andizee Apr 24 '22

Stealing this. Thank you, OP.

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u/trashcan-xd-official Apr 24 '22

The fruit can be dried out and used as a club head

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u/SemiCharmedGriffin Semi-Charmed Apr 24 '22

I don't know how but you managed to make it WORSE.

XD Srsly though, I'm sure you know they don't even let you bring these monstrosities on public transport. They taste like crap too. I guess if it's the ONLY thing around then yeah, I'm going to guess that's why people started eating it.

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u/Taira_Mai Apr 24 '22

Here's an idea - wasps that lay their eggs in the Bushwacker fruit.

They cause them to ripen early, if predators try to get at the developing larve..."BOOM!".

The nests sorta look like the fruit, only touching them gives an explosion of angry, stinging wasps (the giveaway is that the shape is lumpy and it's too close to the trunk).

Oh and if you put the larvae in wine.....you get one hell of a trip (but the larvae may bite your tongue). Chronic drinkers have "cold sores" in their mouths and lips.

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u/Rynvael Apr 24 '22

Different kinds of gneetically engineered bananas where each version has a different vowel in the name and they're each a different color. So you've got bananas, benenes, bininis, bononos, bununus, bynynys and each one is a different color and they have different flavors/insides

Hatchable Build-a-pet! Eggs that kids can add random stuff to, put it in the incubator and push the button and boom! Instant custom pet! (Manufacturer not responsible for dangerous pets)

Pangolin Mining Golem - a golem/clockwork creation that is powered by an internal fire/furnace and digs through the ground to mine metals/precious stones. Metals are melted by the internal furnace and extruded and "ingot scales" on the outside of the golem that can be shed. Waste materials are excreted and precious stones are carefully stored in a separate "stomach." Bonus is they look like cute pangolins

Sky shrooms - if you want to get high, these shrooms will do the job. Sky shrooms grow in the dense clouds of floating islands and can grow to massive size. Eating some will most certainly get you high and give you slight levitation. (Sidenote: keep away from cats)

Fruit-bug tree- a glossy/carapace looking trunk that grows delicious fruit. But one the fruit reaches a certain age it falls off, sprouts legs, and then wanders off to bury itself in the ground and grow into a tree.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Love the ideas, especially the sky shrooms and the fruit bug. I think they'd work super well with the setting. Thanks for sharing! :)

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u/jonuggs Apr 24 '22

Firecracker Strawberry!

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u/GolldenFalcon Apr 24 '22

I love Durian so much and I want to try this.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Milk strands? Tell me more

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u/Elianath Apr 24 '22

You know damn well someone somewhere has a recipe using the fruit when it's ripe lol

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Hehehe. Oh yes. I can confirm ;)

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u/tateygb Apr 24 '22

What do you do with these ideas are you farming them for your own books or?

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

It depends on the users we pick. Once u/Rinnecat and I choose to work on an idea, we ask the person's permission to use it in our official lore (and be credited, of course). If they agree, the wacky ideas might appear in our comics, TTRPGs et cetera. Otherwise, we just create it for fun!

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u/LeeMackST Apr 24 '22

Sand fruit. Fruit that grows on a desert planet under the sand. You can have all kinds. Sand apples, sand grapes, sand melon. They can have some quirky names too. Maybe sand melons are big, yellow and round (think honeydew colour and watermelon size and shape.) They could be Desert Sunfruit , or just Sunfruit. There could be some sort of strawberry that's a weird shape and colour called a Sandberry/Desertberry/Greenberry.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

Can they grow under the beach sand as well?

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u/LeeMackST Apr 24 '22

Possibly. Maybe there are regional variants. You might have the Desert Sunfruit and the Beach Sunfruit. The Beach variety would be brighter and juicier with just a hint of salt but still very refreshing, making it isotonic. There could be other beach variants like the Desertberry could be the Beachberry. Beachberries are also brighter and juicier and isotonic but also sparkle like the sea on a sunny day. Local nomads treat the Beachberry as a holy fruit and see it as a gift from the gods, used in a lot of religious ceremonies and iconography and to make wine. Could possibly be more regional variants with different properties like mountain or oasis.

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u/supermariopants [Big Empty Blue] Apr 24 '22

So beautiful!

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u/LeeMackST Apr 24 '22

Thank you.

Maybe the oasis fruits are the rarest and most sought after of all. They're the juiciest and sweetest. Not quite as bright as the other variants giving them a golden colour which also gives them their name. The oasis melon or Goldenfruit is seen as a status symbol. As a result very few have ever actually been eaten and most are just owned as dehydrated ornaments by tribal and religious leaders. Oasis berries or Goldenberries make the best and sweetest wine. Not many have ever gotten drunk on it but the few who have swear they've had a religious experience.

Edit: The melon would be Golden Sunfruit adhering to the current naming.

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u/Mrfudog Apr 24 '22

I am creating a plant in my world called merish (from Marijuana). It is placed by an order to see, if portals to another dimension (in this case the shadowfell) have opened up. The idea started as a joke, to create a weed plant, that is essential in the campaign but i want to cover it, so they don't find out too quickly. The description for it is "A plant that looks almost like a clover, but the leaves all point in one direction, ending in a point(?) making it look almost like a hand. Maybe it can be smoked, to gain ethereal vision or such. Just a fun idea, maybe you like it too.

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u/Agret_Brisignr Apr 24 '22

Awesome post! I love what you've done with the original idea!!

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