Már’kál (Styrásh for
"Waterfruit"), also sometimes referred to as "Demon
Fruit", is one of those desert plants which contain moisture and is often used
by the nearby fauna as a water source. A
paradoxal plant, for its hostile appearance often wards travellers away while it
is in fact one of the most handy plants in the desert. The thorny plant has
fruits which look like small dark pompions which contain drinkable
water. The plant is often found in the
Ráhaz’Dáth area, but is known to appear
in other desert-like territories as well, such as the
Zhunite desert in
Nybelmar. The Már’kál is mostly used by
desert creatures, who have become accustomed to the harsh conditions of the
sandy dunes of the great deserts. One of those creatures is the
sandroller, in whose life the plant
fulfills a great role.
The Már’kál simply looks hellish. The plant usually grows to a
height of one fore, and is
often overlooked by hurried travellers. A dark stem, wrought with thorns,
flowers which look like they have been through the
Foiros and had been twisted and corrupted by the
Dark One himself. Its fruit is in the shape
of small lymmon-like objects, but, unlike the
lymmon, the Már’kál fruit is not readily taken
for a harmless fruit. The fruit itself is dark red, a sinister colour indeed.
All across the fruit are veins of blackness, like the veins on a leaf. This only
adds to its dangerous appearance. This “Demon
Fruit” usually is a little short of one
The Már’kál has a short lifespan, as it thrives in the desert. It usually only
lasts a couple of seasons and then withers away. This short span is balanced by
the number of seeds the Már’kál bears. The seeds are situated at the edge of the
fruit, so that if the fruit falls or is bitten off the seeds get scattered. The
Már’kál carries approximately two dozen of seeds per fruit. You can imagine that
this is one of the causes why the plant still manages to survive in the desert.
The Már’kál is a purebred desert plant. Therefore it is
predominately found in desert conditions only. The area where this plant is
mostly known is the Ráhaz-Dáth Desert,
but the Már’kál has also been found in other desert-like areas, being the
deserts on Nybelmar and other regions with
the same climate and conditions. Another example of this are the Nyvian Plains
in Aeruillin, this region also has the prerequisites necessary for the plant to
live. In those regions there is no real specified location as to where the plant
thrives, being near a watersource or in
the heart of the heat and the sand. The only thing known is that if you spot one
of the Már’kál, you will likely encounter more in the immediate vicinity, which
is due to their rapid reproduction.
The Waterfruit, as the name suggests, is used for its
water-filled fruits. Because of its
hostile appearance, the Már’kál is usually only consumed by the fauna which
lives nearby. Travellers are often just frightened by the appearance of the
Már’kál, which has earned the plant its other nickname: "Demon
Fruit". The lymmon-shaped fruit is filled with
water. How it comes by such an amount of
water will be explained in the
The Már’kál has a strange way of living. Its lifespan is very short, due to the
fact that it kills itself by letting all its
water flow into its fruits. The plant is very adapted to the desert, and,
without its fruits, should be able to survive a long time. But when the Már’kál
is ready to bear fruit, it sucks itself dry in order to fill its fruit with
This short lifespan is however compensated by the number of seeds which are
scattered every time one of the fruit is pulled of the plant. This made sure
that the plant has survived this far, and that it has become one of the
ever-present elements in the world’s deserts.
The Már'kál does not have an elaborate history or myth. It is
often spoken of as the "Demon Fruit" though
and many travellers who have not yet seen the plant often ask why this name has
been given to the Már'kál. It is considered sport amongst the people of the
desert to conjure up wild stories about demons
and blood, horrible tales of slaughtered villages at the places where the plant
grows, etc. This is however seems purely due to the imagination of storytellers.
The plant is simply called the "Demon Fruit"
because of its hellish appearance.
Falling Leaf 1666 a.S.
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