Wang Mian’s Plum Tree
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Origin

Wang Mian

Type

Plum Tree

Effects

Either boosts or removes a person’s competency in a certain field of study

Downsides

Alterations are permanent

Activation

Smelling the blossoms

Collected by

Warehouse 10

Section

Eden-0208G

Aisle

Arbor-41072E

Date of Collection

March 15, 1704

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Origin[edit | edit source]

Wang Mian was a court painter and poet to the Yuan Dynasty, specializing in painting scenes of plums blossoms and bamboo to accompany his poems. He originally intended to rise from a farmer’s son to government official or military advisor, but was pathetically incapable for both. His later attempt to impress Ming Dynasty founder Zhu Yuanzhang as a military aficionado was brief and fruitless.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Smelling the blossoms makes the user into a veritable authority on a subject or miserable washout, forever. The user will become more creative, intelligent or adaptable depending on the specific subject. Selection seems to be based on what currently intrigues a person, although who is helped and hindered seems more random. The changes are not immediately known to the user until they happen to do that altered activity. Can be used multiple times but will affect something different every attempt. All changes are permanent, even after neutralization.

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