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Abeille

Abeille (ah-bay) has recently arrived on Monotropa, when the story starts. She lived on Pasque, before that.

Abeille is our main character. Has Love been found, with the help of Miel[1]?

Poppy is a significant other, as is Ivy, a friend she met on Monotropa.

Daisy is her friend on Pasque, who she played Ringette[2] with, on the team "Snow sirens".

Her sister is Evette, who died tragically and we see Abeille change as she copes with this tragedy, throughout the story (Abeille has traveled to Monotropa to plant a garden in her sister's honor, the implications of which are elaborate).

Her name means "bee" or "honey bee", in French[3].

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Abeille doing the bee's knees dance, beside Ivy.

Abeille is also called "Bumblebee", by Amaryllis and Mallow.

Abeille is on the left, in the image.

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Abeille, startled while eating cake.

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Abeille (adolescence)

Abeille (ah-bay) in adolescence. Abeille is shown having a close relationship with her sister Evette.

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Abeille (childhood)

Abeille (ah-bay) as a child.

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Abeille (ringette player)

Abeille (ah-bay) as a Ringette player.

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Abeille, using her Ringette skills, in the garden.

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Abeille, slaying Miel with her competitive spirit.

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Alien-cow-armadillo

"Alien-cow-armadillo" is never named in the story. They are encountered by Abeille and Miel, while in the forest.

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Amaryllis

Amaryllis (am-uh-ril-is) is Abeille's mother. She lives on Pasque. She travels with Abeille's father: Mallow. Mallow calls her "Ammy".

She might be named after plants of the genus Hippeastrum, which are sold as Amaryllis, or plants of the genus Amaryllis, including Amaryllis belladonna.

"Amaryllis" is a common name for a shepherdess or country girl, meaning to "sparkle, twinkle, glance", as might the eye[4].

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Apios

Apios (ah-pi-os) is Aster's father, together with Olive, Aster's mother.

His name means pear, in Greek.

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Aster

Aster (as-ter) [zie/zer] is a mental health counselor. Aster's parents are Olive and Apios and zer siblings are Tulip and Coriander.

A major story arch involves the relationship between Ivy, Holly and Aster.

Zie is possibly named after a flowering plant of the genus Aster.

"Aster" means "star" in Greek.

Aster was originally meant to be female with the name "Tulip". Ultimately, Tulip was introduced as zer sister.

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Birch

He appears in the Apple festival and is later delegated work by Miel.

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Botan

Botan (bo-tahn) is a manager at Eyebright industries, in the same department as Miel. A major story arc involves the developing relationship between Botan and Clove.

Botan's sister is Tsubaki. His father relates the mini-story "The cornucopia heart".

Botan bares a striking resemblance to a sweet candy.

Botan is named after a Peony flower (Botan means Peony, in Japanese)[5].

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Botan after Clove said yes, to a date

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Botan's ex-partner

He appears in a photo and is visualized when Botan tells Clove about their past relationship.

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Botan's father

He tells the story of the Cornucopia Heart during a family gathering celebrating Cornucopia.

On his jacket, he wears both Camellia and Peony flowers. Tsubaki is Japanese for Camellia and Botan is Japanese for Peony.

The two flowers have forms that are somewhat similar in appearance and both appear in Japanese folk tales.

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Camellia and Peony flowers


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Botan's mother

She is visualized when Botan tells Clove about her. She appears in a photo during the Cornucopia celebration.

The Cornucopia Heart is told in her honor.

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Botan's grandmother

She appears in the family gathering, celebrating Cornucopia.

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Botan's other grandmother

She appears in the family gathering, celebrating Cornucopia.

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(Cameo) Bibesia

Bibesia is a character from the adult comic "Crush" by Gina Biggs, available at 🔞 http://filthyfigments.com.

Bibesia is the deification of wine or drink in Roman mythology: the goddess of wine.

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(Cameo) Catra and Adora

Catra and Adora are characters in She-ra princess of power and She-ra princesses of power.

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(Cameo) Diego and Andrea

Diego and Andrea are characters from the adult comic "100%" by Gutsy, available at 🔞 http://filthyfigments.com.

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(Cameo) Kipo

Kipo is a character from Kipo and the age of wonderbeasts. Chapter 18 page 45

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(Cameo) Layce

Layce is a Love not found reader. She appeared on her birthday!

Lace flower was suggested as a related plant, by a Love not found reader.

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(Cameo) Lilli and Joan

Lilli and Joan are characters from the adult comic "Toil and Trouble", by G. C. Houle, available at 🔞 http://filthyfigments.com.

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(Cameo) Miharu

A little Miharu appears when Abeille is assigned to the Foster program.

Miharu is the main character in "Red String", a long running web comic by Gina Biggs, with 8 volumes or 3 Omnibus collections available on http://strawberrycomics.com.

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(Cameo) Perfuma

Perfuma is a character from She-ra princess of power and She-ra princesses of power.

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(Cameo) Steven Universe and Connie

Steven Universe and Connie are characters from Steven Universe. Chapter 18 page 31

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(Cameo) Wolf and Benson

Wolf and Benson are characters from Kipo and the age of wonderbeasts. Chapter 18 page 45

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Cedar

Cedar (see-der) is the absent father of Poppy. His wife was Petunia, who waits for him to return.

His name probably refers to the genus of trees Cedrus.

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Clove

Clove (klohv) is a coworker of Abeille's, at Eyebright industries.

Early on, he pursues Miel, after carefully and obscurely asking for permission from Abeille.

He is very supportive of Abeille throughout the story.

Clove is almost certainly named after Cloves since the author draws him aside Clove flowers in the bonus content in Volume 1.

Later he meets Botan, and the developing relationship between the two, is a major plot arc.

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Clove (childhood)

Clove's childhood is shown in a visualization, when Clove is remembering his childhood.

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Clove's brother

Clove's brother is shown in a visualization, when Clove is remembering his childhood.

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Clove's foster

Clove's foster is shown in a visualization, when Clove is remembering his childhood.

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Cordia

Cordia (kor-di-uh) and Jasmine, are Miel's mothers.

Cordia and Jasmine, are married.

Significant story line details are conveyed resulting from her direct questions.

Cor refers to the heart in medicine. The plural of Cor is "Cordia".

She is possibly named after plants in the genus Cordia.

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Coriander

Coriander (kor-ee-an-der) is a brother of Aster.

We see little of Coriander, but he works with his Sister Tulip, in a pastry shop.

He is possibly named after the plant Coriandrum sativum, commonly called "Cilantro" in areas of the US, near Mexico. Coriander leaves, roots and seeds are common food ingredients.

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Cornucopia waitress

She may not have chosen her own hat.

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Cosmos

Cosmos (kos-mos) is a person that Abeille tries to enlist in touch activity.

After his initial rejection, Cosmos introduces Abeille to other people with a touch "fetish", from which experience Abeille decides it is not touch alone, in which she can not find love, whilst thinking about Miel.

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Coworker (amiable)

He works at Eyebright Industries, probably as a botanist.

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Coworker (amused)

She works at Eyebright Industries.

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Coworker (bespectacled)

He works at Eyebright Industries, and is often accompanied by "Unadorned coworker".

The two share that Clove is remarkably attractive.

Early on, the two are demeaning to Abeille, so we hate them: grrrrrr!

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Coworker (unadorned)

He works at Eyebright Industries, and is often accompanied by "Bespectacled coworker".

The two share that Clove is remarkably attractive.

Early on, the two are demeaning to Abeille, so we hate them: grrrrrr!

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Curious girl

She appears to want to talk to Abeille and Poppy.

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Daisy

Daisy (dey-zee) is a friend of Abeille, from Pasque, where she played Ringette[2] with Abeille on the team: Snow sirens.

She is possibly named after the flowering plant Bellis perennis (pretty everlasting) or Leucanthemum vulgare or any of many plants called Daisy, which have white petals surrounding a yellow center.

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Daughter of heaven

Daughter of heaven is the main character in the mini-story "The cornucopia heart", told by Botan's father.

She falls in love with a warlord's daughter and experiences the grief of her death.

Her heart being full of love is represented by a Camellia flower.

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Dryad father

He talks to Abeille after she gently touches a Peapricot leaf. When Abeille asks if it hurts to pull off his own flowers (during the "Peapricot" ceremony), he responds "what is love without sacrifice"? Abeille notes the word "love".

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Dryad mother

She is the first Dryad that Abeille encounters, outside. She attends the "Peapricot" ceremony.

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Dryad sprouts

They attend the "Peapricot" ceremony with their parents. The Dryad's parents pluck the eldest flowers from themselves, as offerings. The sprouts pluck their youngest leaves, as offerings.

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Evette

Evette (ee-vet) is Abeille's sister, who died on Pasque.

Evette (or Yvette) is a feminine form of Yves, meaning Yew.

Abeille travels to Monotropa, to start a garden in her sister's honor. Pasque is very cold. Monotropa is very hot.

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Fern

She is mentioned by Daisy, as another Ringette player.

Her name possibly refers to a Fern plant, one of the Polypodiopsida class.

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Flax

They appear, often with Marigold.

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Lunch lady (blonde)


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Lunch lady (short)


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Lunch lady (tall)


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M. Flore

Zie appears as Ms. Frelon's date.

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Holly

Holly (hol-ee) is a horticulturist at Eyebright Industries. He is a part of a major story arch involving himself, Ivy and Aster. Holly and Ivy live together at the start of the story.

He is named after Holly, commonly seen in Christmas decorations.

Ivy leaves were a common decoration along with Holly. There are traditional songs: "The holly and the ivy" and "The contest of the Ivy and the Holly".

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Holoball girl

She plays holo-ball with Abeille.

After their game, the 2 go to a love hotel where Abeille is rejected with disgust when she suggests touching.

Daisy decries Holoball as "date games".

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Ivy

Ivy (ahy-vee) appears on the first page of the comic and has appeared in every chapter. She interviewed Abeille on her arrival and got her a job. They are close friends.

Ivy works at Eyebright Industries as a horticulturist.

Ivy's sister is named Verbena. Her mother is named Vera and her mother's sibling is named Laurel.

She is probably named after Ivy.

Ivy climbs trees and is prolific.

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Jasmine

Jasmine (jaz-min) is Miel's mother, who he calls "Amma".

Jasmine and Miel's other mother, Cordia, are often seen giving advice to Miel about his relationship with Abeille. Abeille is warmly welcomed.

Jasmine and Cordia, are married.

She might be named after Jasmine plants, which are sought after for their fragrance.

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Portrait of Jasmine and Cordia. Probably a wedding image.

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Laurel

Laurel (lor-ul) is Vera's sibling.

She is possibly named after Bay laurel.

To rest on one's laurels is to rely on one's status, instead of demonstrating one's qualities[6].

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Mallow

Mallow (mal-oh) is Abeille's father. He travels with Abeille's mother: Amaryllis.

He is possibly named after a flowering plant of the genus Malva. Another possibility is Marshmallow.

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Marigold

Marigold (mar-i-gohld) works at Eyebright Industries.

She is possibly named after the flowering plant Calendula officinalis.

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Messy couple

A couple standing near by, when Ivy is contemplating touch and relationships. She wonders why people still fall in love, when it's so messy, while watching the couple.

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Miel

Miel is the love interest of Abeille. He appears in every chapter. His mothers are Jasmine and Cordia.

His name means "honey" in French.

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Miel following Abeille into a tent.

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Mr. Acier

Mr. Acier is a manager at Eyebright Industries.

Acier means "steel" in French.

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Ms. Frelon

Ms. Frelon is a manager at Eyebright Industries.

Frelon means "hornet" in French.

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Olive

Olive is the mother of Aster, Tulip and Coriander. Her partner is Apios.

She appears in a dinner gathering, where she invites Holly to cook with her (cooking is an unusual activity). Like Aster, she and her other children appear to have no aversion to touch.

Olive says she has no interest in sex, preferring other ways to connect with her partner.

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Petunia

Petunia (pet-oo-nya) is the mother of Poppy.

Her partner was Cedar, who abandoned both after Poppy suffered an injury.

She is possibly named after a flowering plant of the genus Petunia.

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Poppy

Poppy was met by Abeille on her trip to Monotropa. She traveled from the planet Hellebores.

She is possibly named after a flowering plant of the sub-family Papaveroideae.

Remembrance day is also known as Poppy day, and Poppies are worn in remembrance of soldiers who fell in the line of duty, during World War I. Corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas) bloomed between trench lines on the western front[7].

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Poppy, with longer hair.

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Poppy (adolescence)

Poppy's history is told in a series of visualizations, beginning in her childhood.

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Poppy (childhood)

Poppy's history is told in a series of visualizations, beginning in her childhood.

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Rose

Rose spends the night with Abeille, early on. She, pronounces Abeille's name wrong when explaining why she needs to leave, in the morning[8].

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The N3

The N3 are mentioned once, by Ivy Chapter 4 page 6. The author revealed that they are Neo-Natal-Nurses, which is intriguing, with Ivy referring to them as possibly being people who would not be repulsed by the old way of reproducing. Perhaps they were rogue Doulas. They do not appear in the story

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The PSC

"The PSC" is an unnamed character that suffers from "planet shock".

An early instance of touch without shame is when Aster grabs the PSC's hand to calm him.

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Thistle

Thistle is possibly a native plantoid. His wife is Vine.

Abeille encounters Thistle in the woods after a date with Miel, in which she has an identity crisis. Thistle relates that humans are social creatures.

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Tsubaki

Tsubaki is Botan's sister.

"Tsubaki" means Camellia in Japanese. Her father wears a Camellia flower, while he tells the story of the Cornucopia Heart. In the story, the daughter of heaven's heart being full of love is represented by a Camellia flower.

"Botan" means Paeony in Japanese.

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Tulip

Tulip is Aster's sister.

She is seen with her brother, Coriander, working in a cafe.

Like Aster and Olive, Tulip appears to have no aversion to touch.

She is possibly named after a flowering plant of the Genus Tulipa.

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Vera

Vera is the mother of Ivy and Verbena. Laurel is her sibling.

Ivy and Verbena have different fathers, neither of whom lives with Vera. She "keeps her sex life and family life separate" Chapter 14 page 34

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Verbena

Verbena is Ivy's sister. Her mother is Vera.

Verbena appears to fear being seen as inferior to Ivy. Verbena persuades Holly to tell Ivy he is not ready for a relationship.

She is possibly named after a flowering plant of the genus Verbenaceae.

Ivy calls her Vee.

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Vine

Vine is the partner of Thistle.

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Warlord's daughter

The Warlord's daughter is the lover of the daughter of heaven, in the story: "The cornucopia heart" (she is on the right, in the image).

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Notes

  1. Her honey.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ringette describes the game. There are many interesting videos on youtube.
  3. It also means, "a writer who's style is as pure as honey".
  4. Amaryllis etymology cites pastoral poetry in making this claim.
  5. Fun fact: ボタン (bo tan), is how "button" is transliterated from English
  6. Laurel wreath attributes a meaning to the phrase "resting on one's laurels".
  7. Papaver rhoeas and Poppy describe Poppy symbolism related to Remembrance day.
  8. A Rose is possibly the most obvious flower used to symbolize a significant relationship.

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