Mandragora, also known as "Onion Children" and "Evil Tarutaru"
Seeming to originate from somewhere towards the east, these little bipedal monsters are now common thoughout the Mindartia continent. Coming in both white and black forms, these small menaces are known to provoke mischief among the five primary races.
Through the process of evolution, this sentient form of plant life has developed its own independent culture; the society boasts clothing, homes, and a form of extrasensory communication. While seemingly cute and harmless in appearance, the Mandragoras' sense of values differs greatly from that of people or beastmen. These differences often cause friction between the species. The Mandragora receive nourishment from the sun via photosynthesis, which occurs in the leaves that grow on their heads. Merchants treasure these rare leaves, which can be sold for use in medicines and perfumes.
The Mandragora family boasts one of the most robust subspecies list, currently sitting at 5 thusfar discovered types and can be distinguished via a few outstanding features.
Korrigan feature a black tint but retain the iconic sprout that the Mandragora have, while Lycopodium, Pachypodium and Adenium all appear to have flowers springing from their heads but have white, black and pink skin respectively.
Seed are a particularly rare strain that have a translucent appearance, almost seeming to glow and glimmer in the light. Scholars have yet to pinpoint their origins.
Mandragora officinarum, or the mandrake, is a plant called by the Arabs luffâh, or beid el-jinn (i.e. genie's eggs). The parsley-shaped root is often branched. Magicians mould this root into a rude resemblance to the human figure, by pinching a constriction a little below the top, so as to make a kind of head and neck, and twisting off the upper branches except two, which they leave as arms, and the lower, except two, which they leave as legs. This root gives off at the surface of the ground a rosette of ovate-oblong to ovate, wrinkled, crisp, sinuate-dentate to entire leaves, 6 to 16 in. long, somewhat resembling those of the tobacco-plant. There spring from the neck a number of one-flowered nodding peduncles, bearing whitish-green flowers, nearly 2 in. broad, which produce globular, succulent, orange to red berries, resembling small tomatoes, which ripen in late spring.