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Beatrix Potter uses she / her / hers pronouns.
She is a very big deal in the local ecosystem. Ask her and she'll tell you. Also has an honorary seat on the board of Keep Kalopsia Beautiful, but doesn't do anything with it besides pull rank on strangers that she assumes don't know how important she is.
Affiliations Keep Kalopsia Beautiful, Inc.
Appearance Her truest form exists somewhere in the treespace between physical red maples. The form she has made for interfacing with humanoids and other walkabouts is a healthy yellow-green with lots of thick matted hair filled with twigs and leaves and maybe bugs, with maple bark covering those parts of it that humanoids get really obnoxious and fussy about even if she doesn't need it because the air isn't even that dry anyway.
Abilities She's good at lots of things! So many things.
Super strength. Regenerates amputation-level injuries in bright sunlight. Regenerates even minor injuries very slowly in darkness. Can teleport between red maples. Inhales CO2 and exhales O2.
Strengths She can quickly heal the minor injuries of others, but whereas she can heal herself until she's better she can only magically heal a particular injury one time and if she can't totally fix it then you need to find another way to fix it. She cannot heal someone else while she's healing herself.
Beatrix can purge infections or infestations, enforcing her superiority over lesser natural creatures to commit bacterial or fungal genocide. Take that, vancomycin-resistant MRSA.
Beatrix Potter is actually a hive of multiple humanoid bodies which share a consciousness, so no matter how many there seem to be there is always only one Beatrix Potter dryad (just like the individual blooms on a plant are not separate organisms). She has four humanoid forms that she can use simultaneously as long as she can use trees to transport them.
Also she can count to twenty and spell her name and can explain the Krebs cycle in three different languages. (English, Spanish, and Pueblo.) This is because she is really smart and very educated because she is ancient and wise.
Weaknesses Fire. Herbicide. Being dragged too far from red maple trees is really bad. Mature red maples typically have a root system that extends about 80 feet out from the trunk, so as long as Beatrix is within that space she's all right. If she's further out than the reach of the roots for more than a minute, that body will die. For a young red maple, she'll have to stay closer to it because its roots don't reach as far. Her humanoid bodies also get hungry, and have a short list of things they can eat. They eat flower petals and raw meat and drink water. She also requires human (or close to human) DNA to grow a new humanoid form, which is easiest to get from gametes because they're conveniently already haploid cells. If all of her bodies die, no more Beatrix Potter. It takes her two days to grow more, so if she's down to one she's going to be hiding until she can grow a new one. While she is making the effort to grow another body, her other healing powers turn off because she's trying to grow something very important.
She also has to abide by a set of ground rules. One, if you find a dead human body, don't eat it. No, not even just the hands and feet. Leave it where you found it and tell an adult. Two, there are certain parts of those bodies that we are going to need you to cover with something (we don't care what). Three, don't let people pollinate you if they are younger than eighteen full solar years old. These rules are all stupid and inconvenient but people yell at her and threaten to cut her branches off if she doesn't abide by them, so she reluctantly complies.
NPCs / Close Relations beatrix potter
More InfoThe nymph that hangs around Kalopsia is a descendant of a lonely red maple that was growing in the Gorey Gardens. Nothing changed for a very long time. People nearby disappeared, other trees grew in where they had been, different people came back and killed other different people, and one of the first type buried someone of the second type under the tree.
Tree roots dove down into it and pulled it apart, and something in the tree recognized something within the fertilizer that it could use. It cobbled together for itself something rather like the creature that it was digesting. Obviously this was a terrible haphazard job, and it took a long while even by tree standards to get it right. Turns out that gametes are the cells that are good for replicating, because the code is already ripped in half and there's only one of everything so there's no need to pick through it. The tree got to have much more control over what came out, too, which helped a lot with refining the results.
Once the entity had figured out a form that people actually wanted to talk to, it realized that they were really wonderful! The little people seedlings were so sweet and enthusiastic and the females it modeled its most successful bodies after seemed nice, but it was the males who liked her best. They were very nice, and some of them even donated new gametes to replace bodies that got damaged or destroyed because they understand their place in the ecosystem.
She didn't have a name for years, though. There was only one of her kind in the area. Who else would they be talking to? It wasn't until sometime in the 1940's when she was talking to a little girl in her backyard about this when she realized she absolutely must have a name. Madison wouldn't have told her that it was necessary if it weren't, so she had Maddy give her a name. Because Madison was eight, the dryad was named Beatrix Potter.