Greenthumb Gardens

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Greenthumb Gardens (formerly Verdham) is a town in Dragon Quest VII that is accessible by walking by land from Emberdale, and by taking the bridge from El Ciclo.

History[edit]

Greenthumb Gardens is famous for its herb garden. Burdock is the current owner of the herb garden and is the richest man in town. He has many gardeners to tend it, including Pepe, who works for him as a servant. He lives in a servant's quarters next to the garden with his father and brother.

Burdock has a son, Iwan, who is soon to be married to Linda. Linda's father has accumulated debt to Burdock and so she works as a servant to Burdock. However, Iwan falls in love with Linda. Marrying Iwan would erase Linda's debt. And so, they are to be married. However, Linda is in love with Pepe, who spurns her advances. This makes Iwan jealous. To add to this love triangle, one of the maids, Lavender, is in love with Iwan. She is jealous of Linda and tries to convince Iwan that Linda is being unfaithful to him.

Sometime before the people turn to stone, Clayman and Joseph, former residents of Dialac, warn the populace of the Grey Rain.

Soon after, Greenthumb Gardens is struck by the Grey Rain, much like Dialac. This is caused by the Rainmaker. The Rainmaker turns everyone to stone. Pepe and Linda were outside before the rain struck. When Pepe realized that the rain was turning everyone into stone, he covered Linda with his body to protect her from the rain. However, they both turn to stone along with the rest of Greenthumb Gardens' residents.

Past[edit]

The party enters Greenthumb Gardens to see its people turned to stone. They find the cause of the Grey Rain, Rainiac. After defeating the monster, the party uses the Angel Tear from the top of Burdock's house and restores the people back to normal. However, Pepe, due to his overexposure to the rain, doesn't recover right away. His body is still stiff and he doesn't respond to anything. Linda is horrified that Pepe, who previously had disregarded her feelings for him would try to protect her from the rain. Iwan is jealous that Linda is still spending more time with Pepe, even though he is ill.

The party travels to Emberdale in the past to talk to Pamela. After telling her Pepe's symptoms, she is able to concoct the prescription to cure him. They return to Greenthumb Gardens with the medicine in hand. They feed it to Pepe who recovers from the effects of the Grey Rain. Everyone is excited about Pepe's recovery. To this end, Burdock holds a feast to celebrate Pepe's recovery and announce the engagement of Iwan and Linda. But Pepe is nowhere to be found. Burdock ask the party to look for him.

Lavender is seen trying to convince Pepe to elope with Linda so that she can have Iwan all to himself. However, Pepe tells her that if he leaves with Linda, his father and brother would suffer under Burdock. He leaves her after this conversation.

After witnessing the conversation with Pepe and Lavender, Burdock starts to make his announcements. However, rain begins to fall. Fearing that it is the Grey Rain, the people return to their homes.

Lavender tries to advance on Iwan and kisses him. Iwan refuses to kiss back. She then tells him that what they are doing now is what Linda and Pepe are doing as well. Iwan refuses to believe her and storms out.

Pepe and Linda have a conversation in the rain. Linda tries to convince Pepe to run away with her, but he refuses, not wanting to cause trouble for her or his family. Linda becomes angry and tells him that when she marries Iwan, she will work him to the bone. All Pepe says in response is that she should go back inside before she catches cold. She yells at him, telling him that she never wanted to see Pepe again.

Pepe decides to leave Greenthumb Gardens. When the party tries to convince him that Burdock is a fair man and that running away would be cowardly, he responds that this is all true and that he should have done this a long time ago. But he says that it is too late for him. He leaves without a word to anybody.

The next morning, the party relays this message to his father, who thanks the party for telling him. Linda, after learning about Pepe's departure, is depressed. Her tactics were actually geared towards making him elope with her. But they had the opposite effect. Iwan is upset that Linda still cares about Pepe even though he left her. Lavender is mad at Pepe for not taking Linda along with her. The party leaves Greenthumb Gardens with this resolution.

Interim[edit]

Iwan and Linda eventually marry and have a son, who Linda calls Eppe. Burdock dies and sometime before the 30 year gap, Iwan loses the mansion and the herb garden to Kasadol. He is reduced to a lowly worker. Lavender marries Kasadol and becomes lady of the house. Iwan becomes lazy and starts to frequent the bars. After drinking, he starts abusing Linda. Linda gets fed up with Iwan so she leaves him with their son and becomes a nun. Lavender, in the meanwhile, has been poisoning her husband via his food. He is withering to the point where he is bedridden.,

30 Years Later[edit]

The party cross the El Ciclo Bridge and head into Greenthumb Gardens. They notices that many things have changed since their last visit. Thirty years has passed.

They walk into the mansion and hear the maids are talking about throwing out the food that Lavender has made. Cherri, one of the maids, decides to give the food to her dog since it would be a waste to throw out food. As she feeds it to her dog, Kopan, it becomes sick. This is when the villagers realize that the dog was poison. It is given an antidote and it starts to recover. Cherri wonders how the dog became poison when she realizes that the only way that the dog could have been poison is if there was poison in Lavender's food. Cherri realizes that Lavender has been poisoning the food for her husband and sets out to confront Lavender.

Cherri confronts Lavender about the poison. Lavender pales when poison is mentioned, but she becomes defensive and tells the maid to drop the subject or else she would be fired. Cherri doesn't stop, though. She decides to reveal Lavender's plan but she needs proof. She convinces the party to investigate Lavender to see if there is any proof to validate her claims.

The party sees Lavender leaving the mansion to see Iwan. On the way, she drops a purple vial. In it is an addictive poison that causes the body to become weak, wither, and then kill the victim. The party give it to Cherri who sends it to the herb specialist who confirms her suspicions. With the proof in hand, she goes to confront Lavender again. However, Lavender is preparing a meal for her husband, which is laced with poison.

She brings her suspicions to Kasadol's attention. He refuses to believe it until she shows him the vial which Lavender carried around with her. Kasadol recognizes it as the "medicine" Lavender brought with him. Lavender denies that it is poison but Kasadol tells her to drink the contents to prove that it isn't. It is at this moment that Iwan arrives. He tells Kasadol that Lavender poisoned him on his orders. Kasadol throws both of them out of Greenthumb Gardens.

Present[edit]

In the present, Greenthumb Gardens is an open field. Due to the prosperity of Wilted Heart, Greenthumb Gardens collapsed and becomes wilderness.

Shops[edit]

Weapon and armour shop (Past)
Item Price Attributes
Boomerang 650 +15 Attack/+5 Style
Edged boomerang 2300 +26 Attack/+19 Style
Bronze armour 1350 +23 Defence/+12 Style
Iron lance 1000 +23 Attack/+1 Style
Leather whip 1300 +25 Attack/+13 Style
Iron shield 920 +13 Defence/+12 Style
Iron helmet 1100 +16 Defence/+15 Style
Item shop (Past)
Item Price Attributes
Medicinal herb 8 Restores a small amount of HP
Antidotal herb 10 Cures poison status effect
Moonwort bulb 30 Cures paralysis status effect
Holy water 20 Temporarily wards off monsters

Inn[edit]

Price per person
10 Gold Coins

Treasures[edit]

Past[edit]

Present[edit]

Nearby monsters[edit]

Boss[edit]

Notable Residents[edit]

  • Burdock - The owner of the Herb Garden, effectively making him the richest man in town. Burdock is a fair and just man.
  • Carraway - A gardener in Burdock's garden. He is the future founder of Wilted Heart.
  • Lavender - A servant of Burdock's. Her father owed Burdock money and Lavender has been paying it off ever since. Marrying Dill will erase her debt.
  • Dill - Burdock's son. He is to be married to be Cayenne. He is insanely jealous of Carraway.
  • Cayenne - Burdock's maid. She is in love with Dill and wants Lavender, her competition, run out of town.
  • Kasadol - The new owner of the herb garden, 30 years later. He is being poisoned by Lavender.
  • Cherri - One of the maids in Kasadol's house. She has a dog named Kopan.

Trivia[edit]

Maya and Meena, two characters from Dragon Quest IV, make cameo appearances in Greenthumb Gardens.

References[edit]

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