the strange flora spreading across the coast must be stopped

Cliffsides collapsed in the wake of the meteor are barren for long months.

With the spring warmth, wetness, and overgrowth the following year though, small seedlings appear on many cliffside crevices facing the water and the invisible crater in the sea. The seedlings do not grow quickly, but even as the summer tames the algae and bacteria of surrounding areas, they grow. They grow to be unassuming weeds, and in the winter darkness, they are nearly invisible against the cliffs. Though sunlight is sparse, they continue to grow.

Steadily now, they are sure to become large plants. Small flower buds appear at the end of stalks when the solstice comes. The stalks are as tall as the average Luperci, and the flower buds grow heavy with the January moon. Petals emerge, eventually. The flowers are strange and massive in full bloom, colorful and sweetly scented, otherworldly, in many ways. The cliffs are cracking and crumbling as the flowers' roots grow deep in its crevices. The stalks loom high overhead. The flowers' scent is overpowering.

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Luperci activity on the southwest coasts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick wanes in the wake of the 2016 meteor impact. Many areas are unstable and dangerous, not fit for predator or prey to explore. Even two years after the impact, the effects of the meteor have yet ended. Pieces of the peninsula continue to break off into the sea, some coming together to form new islands, while others vanish entirely. The Bay of Fundy is tamed by the formation of a archipelago, and the land seems ever changing.

New flora has grown along the coasts in this time, largely unnoticed among more tumultuous changes to the territory. Luperci still continue to avoid the area for the most part, and it is not until unnaturally large flowers begin to bloom that they are finally drawn to see. The scent of the flowers is thick and dizzying and carries far on the spring wind. Fauna of all sorts, including Luperci, are drawn to it.

The heavy scent is intoxicating. Deer and horses walk to their deaths in the sea, falling from the cliffsides as they wander mindlessly towards the stalks growing from deep crevices along vertical drop. Birds as big as eagles fly straight into the face of the overlarge flowers and disappear into the petals, none to return. And Luperci, too, are rendered unthinkingly foolish by the crushing scent.

Most Luperci are able to regain enough sense to stop themselves before hurling themselves into the sea, and a small number seem entirely immune to the effects of the flowers. Early attempts to destroy the flowers, however, are ineffective. Their height is far beyond a Luperci's now, stretching high overhead, even as their roots are buried deep in the cliffside. The stalks are a foot wide at least, with leaves and petals bigger than horses. Tooth and blade have little effect, and sticky sap secreting from the stems douse any incoming flames.

The flora seem invulnerable. They continue to grow, and the scent grows stronger with it.

Even those that are able to regain their senses before imminent death begin to lose their grip if they remain in the flowers' vicinity too long. It's only a matter of time...

the story continues in spring

or does it?