Kelpbells are said to grow where Lemicus walked on Surlaenis. Due to their sacred nature they are cultivated but never picked. Sailors sometimes carve kelpbells onto their ships or wear tattoos of kelpbells to ward off Drogor and attract the attention of Lemicus during hazardous sea crossings. Kelpbell earrings are also very popular with sailors who believe that the design will keep the earring safe with them. As a side note of interest, sailors often wear elaborately wrought earrings of precious metals and gems. Sailors will spend their last copper to purchase or have made a beautiful earring set with a rare gem, for the earring is the sailor's only easily stored wealth. Upon the sailor's death, it is the duty of the ship's captain or mate to send the sailor's earring to his family to be sold. Therefore sailors choose designs that symbolize luck for the jewelry. The incorporation of kelpbells in the earring's design shows both piety to Lemicus and a plea to her that at least the earring be allowed to return to the sailor's family. Once received, the kelpbell design tells the newly widowed spouse that the good wishes of their departed loved one are with them. Occasionally wives of sailors choose to keep their lost one's earring and pledge never to marry again; thus the kelpbell is often interpreted to mean a devotion not even death can sever.
Kelpbell jewelry is often incorporated into the design of love tokens given to sailors as well. A shirt hand-stitched with a kelpbell design promises that the one who made it will be true. A weapon sheath or harness embossed with a kelpbell design is often given as a parting gift to a young soldier of fortune as a way of saying "May Lemicus walk with you". A weapon etched with a kelpbell is often gifted to a favored leader or captain by his crew or cohort to show that they are willing to follow him wherever he may lead them.
Most unusual of all the flowers of Surlaenis, this strangely blossomed tree is often seen as proof that the gods once walked the mortal realms. If the kelpbell represents the footsteps of Lemicus and Eluned's tears her sorrow, then truly the sharktooth blossom must be the bloodstained tooth of Drogor.
Found outside of the library:
- Kelpbells normally are found only on isolated slopes of the island, but they grow here in abundance. The pale green stems and foliage support the heavy nodding bell-shaped white-green blossoms. Legend reveals that the plants spring up where ever Lemicus walked and left her footprints. It is also believed one should never pick one, but leave them to grow where they will.
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