Torrylin Cairn

orrylin Cairn is an ancient mound on the southern tip of the Isle of Arran. A minor faerie lord holds his court within, and the local clansmen know to avoid taking the gold and silver treasures that are occasionally seen, half-hidden in the soil.

Dandelions and Vis

Each spring, the cairn grows a thick covering of dandelions. Although they lose their petals and turn into balls of white fluff, their seeds never blow off in the strong sea wind. Instead, on the day before imbolc, every dandelion on the cairn releases its seeds simultaneously, creating a vast, choking cloud that covers the nearby fields for a few minutes before dispersing in the wind. For over a century, the magi of Crun Clach used auram magic to gather the cloud and harvest the auram vis it contained.

As the power of Crun Clach began to wane, the magi of Alerock took interest in the site. Although they were unwilling to risk a direct raid during the collection of the vis cloud, when powerful magi might be in attendance, they did consider it worth the risk to experiment with harvesting un-seeded dandelions. After a few initial attempts, they established that wine made out of the pressed dandelions contained both muto and herbam vis.

In 1245, Gehygda ex Bjornaer and Aine ex Merinita fought a certamen duel for the right to harvest vis from the site. Significantly outclassed, Aine contested valiantly, but ultimately lost. The magi of Crun Clach still retain a grudge over what they consider to have been an ambush, and have announced plans to re-contest ownership of the site, though they have not been forthcoming about the specifics of their plan.

Alerock currently harvests approximately two thirds of the dandelions prior to their seeding, yielding two pawns each of muto and herbam vis when the wine finishes fermenting in the winter. The remainder is allowed to seed and gathered magically, yielding two pawns of auram vis.

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