The Cursed Beast of Quelldrie House
One or another of Narngi’s fiances gave her a cursed beast.
A blossomary, for those of you who live on worlds where the
animal and vegetable domains are not the provinces of a pair
of well-intentioned but sometimes cranky and quarrelsome
deities, is a mild-mannered weasellish sort of an animal.
Except, of course, that where any self-respecting weasellish
sort of an animal has fur, a blossomary has flowers: tight
little frondy-petalled flowers, but undeniably flowers.
Sprillet is an undeniably cute cursed beast. His flowers
are white and pale purple, in chevron patters down his back,
and smell of lilac and pseliocynth. His face has a target
pattern of brighter and paler purple. I did not know that
we had so many nitches and holes in the parlor … well, in
the Arena of Massacres and Spectacles of Blood, I guess
we’re calling, though after some actual blood was drawn
there we might want to rename it.
Blossomaries are, however, cursed. According to a popular
children’s story, Virid created the blossomary fairly early
on, before primes — the natural philosophers agree with
that, by the way. She showed it to Kvarse, the Corpador
goddess. Now, this was at the very start of the rivalry
between Kvarse and Lenhirrik, and of course the blossomary
was half-animal half-vegetable. Kvarse didn’t like it, and
poked it with a pointy clawed finger. It bit her. Kvarse,
quite reasonably, took a fit, and threw the blossomary
at Virid. And that, say the children’s stories, is why
blossomaries have such a low resistance to Corpador magic
considering that they’re half Herbador.
I don’t know if it’s true. I do know that blossomaries are
remarkably unremarkable elementally — just as easy to use
magic on as if they weren’t half plant. Ordinarily you’d
need to use both Herbador and Corpador on them; but you do
not. This is crucial, because I daresay we’re going to need
to cast a finding-spell every day or two to collect Sprillet
out of the top of the ancient and cubbyful cabinet of
In any case, Sprillet has made up his mind to displace
Pazi-Pazi from everyone’s affections. (Pazi-Pazi
enthusiastically agrees, of course; she did not want those
affections anyways!) Sprillet has been squiggling around
the house, nuzzling against every ankle he can find. In the
case of the Herethroy, extra ankles were made for
him. (Monsters, note: Herethroy can go on two or four legs.
Both Dustweed and Agrimony were observed to drop to four
legs whenever Sprillet sleegled into the room. Three times
in Agrimony’s case!)
I recommended immediately that we get a couple of petals –
she drops a a dozen a day, and grows new ones — for use as
connections to find him. He immediately demonstrated just
why he is cursed. He decided immediately to take a couple
of feathers for use as a connection to finding me.
Two of them were immediately removed from his mouth. The
third of them we found stashed in a cubbyhole a couple hours