The Flower in the Sepulcher
The Blossom of the City
Lemuel’s Blossom: This immense flower grows on a sump of vegetation in the middle of the confluence of the Parvolo and the Al-Kadar. Easily three stories tall, it resembles a massive lily with petals of brilliant color that shifts with the seasons. The leaves are as large as men, and the blossom emits a beautiful perfume that blends notes of cedarwood, lemongrass, rose, lavender and tarragon. This perfume permeates the city and repels mosquitoes, making those homes closest to the blossom the most expensive and most coveted in the city. The Blossom is revered as holy by the Lizardfolk, who own exclusive right to harvest its perfume for sale or sacred application. The Blossom is effectively the keystone of the city, keeping away the swarms of mosquitoes for which the Anophelian Swamp is infamous. Its nectar nourishes instead swarms of bees that produce the finest honey in the Known World, its splendor draws tourists from the four corners, and it represents in its towering beauty a unifying symbol for the strange city around it. No wonder it is a common device for tavern signs, coats of arms, weapon nicknames and other local items of color. Swearing an oath “by Lemuel’s petals” in the city is considered a sign of being in deadly earnest.