Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Miracle Leaf Plant
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; The Sorrows of Young Werther


Bryophyllum pinnatum plant


Emotional replication and linking.


Emotional amplification, hive mind formation.


Giving to another.

Collected by

TBA (Out and About List)


TBA (Archived for Eden-0208G)





Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) was a German writer and statesman who also worked in anatomy, optics, and botany. He is well known for a long string of unrequited loves and failed relationships, which greatly influneced many of his works, such as his telling of the legend of Faust and his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

The Sorrows of Young Werther is a loosely autiobiographical epistolary novel focusing on the titular protagonist's unrequited love for a woman already in a relationship with another man. At first, Werther attempts to befriend both his love and her chosen partner, but is only pained seeing them together; he then leaves town, but her absence causes him as much grief as seeing her does. Finally, when he learns she is to be wed to another man, his despair overtakes him and he commits suicide.

The novel became immensely popular upon its release, and incited a cultural phenomenon where readers wished to dress and act like its characters, resulting in a popularity of Werther's style of dress and the creation of merchandise ranging from prints to vases to even perfume. However, this also resulted in a wave of people, particularly young men in love, committing suicides just as Werther did, often with the novel being found with their bodies. This was one of the first reported instances of copycat suicides, and thus the phenomenon is also called the "Werther effect."

In the realm of botony, Goethe was "passionately fond" of the plant Bryophyllum pinnatum, also named "life plant", "miracle leaf", or the "Goethe plant" thanks to him. Goethe greatly enjoyed the plant's method of reproducing via creating replicas of itself stemming from its leaves, and frequently gave samples of it to friends so that they could grow one for themselves.

Effects[edit | edit source]

When someone gives a sample of this plant to someone else, it creates an emotional link between them through which connected persons can experience the same emotions, which the plant also amplifies.

Extended use increases the chance of an emotional hive mind being created, where all connected members experience the same all-consuming emotions together as one.

Collection[edit | edit source]

This artifact has yet to be collected in canon.

This artifact was collected by the Warehouse from Bobby Busecki in Portland, Oregon. 

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This artifact's origin and effects were inspired by the first artifact Bobby Busecki used, Edgar Allan Poe's Pen, and both Busecki's and Poe's focus on depression and unrequited or lost love.
  • The plot of The Sorrows of Young Werther, and Goethe's common theme of unrequited love, are also somewhat shared in both the Double Danger Arc and Beginding.

See Also[edit | edit source]

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