The Bikiri is a nearly extinct fungus, whose spores were once used as fog weapon. Bikiri is a tree fungus which is almost extinct in the
world of Caelereth. Its name is derived
from a long dead language that is not in any recorded library or oral
history known. Though, it has been referred to as "Beautiful Mist" in
ancient magician's texts. The largest number of trees in a forest with
Bikiri growing on them could not be counted - mainly because the people
that kept trying to count them would count the same trees twice, or three
known as Daoles, named "Ghun Daoles" by mist hunters which roughly translates to
the "Cursed Lantern" has only been recorded south of the Deep Winds Portal or
along the southern fringes of the
Mists of Osthemangar. For example, the Daoles produces an eerie, turquoise
glow which encourages small insects to land on its bulbous head. A couple of
minutes after an insect, usually the lightshard fly, lands on a Daoles, it dies.
Although the method through which this is done is not fully understood,
alchemists think that the peculiar phenomena is the plants "hunting system".
Whenever a prey item is lured towards the Daoles it begins to release this weak
poison into the air.
Death Shroom ("Queprur’s
Footstool", "Dead Man’s Cap") grows in shadowy places in mid-Sarvonia,
usually occupying woods and other shady areas from the forests of
Paelelon, where the
Eophyrhim elves reside, to the
dark Shadowlands of the north. While the mushroom may take any decomposing
material as its home, from fallen branches to dead thickets, it is found
most commonly on carcasses, either of felled animals or on corpses of the
dead. They often grow in and around graveyards, perhaps attracted to the
dead bodies beneath the soil. Herbalists will occasionally use the herb to
forcefully expel materials from the stomach (in rare and extreme cases),
though it is more commonly used to remove dead flesh or as a poison.
Mushroom is a large, potbellied mushroom toxic to most races. It is peculiar to
the middle regions of the Sarvonian Continent,
such as upper Santharia and the
Celeste Lowlands. Only the
mullogs of the Silvermarshes seem to be able
to subsist on the Frents.
Frogstool ("Blue Mushroom", "River Shroom", "White Frogstool", "Northern
Frogstool", etc.) grows primarily around flowing rivers and streams
throughout mid-Sarvonia, ranging
roughly from the Dorashi River in the south to the Ulaenoth River in the
north. Known for its light-blue or white colouration, it is harvested for
use as a garnish (usually for taenish or fish), and is occasionally
included in herbal remedies to help reduce or treat tumours and other
Also called Gebl's Nose or Oheh-Gebl: An
elongated edible mushroom with a bright pink cap and fleshy stem. Flavourful,
long growth period, usually found in spored rings about three peds wide in the
late spring. This chewy, delicious fungus goes by a number of names, most of
them unprintable; we have given the politest nomenclature here. It is said to be
named after one Gebl, a Brownie of extreme endowment and assiduous in his
pursuit of life’s pleasures. Eating was apparently his second favorite activity,
indoors or out. The mushroom has no other uses beyond its culinary application.
fragile Glowcap Mushroom (also referred to as "Magecap", "Bluecap" or "Brownies' Lantern") is unprepossessing by day
but glows a delicate bluish-green at night. It is generally found in low-light,
moist areas with a lot of decomposing vegetation in its vicinity. Inedible, the
Glowcap is generally used in a gnome-processed
form to create special-effect makeup for the theatre or in specific pigment
"Pancakes" as they are colloquially known in peasant Tharian ("Griineb" in
Thergerim), are a type of
edible, tree-growing shelf fungus commonly found in swamps and other dank areas
throughout Sarvonia. Although having little
taste of their own, they are nutritious enough and will help to fill out a
The Never-Sit-Still is a moonsilver-coloured
mushroom that has been recorded only in the Goltherlon Forest,
and is known almost exclusively to the resident golgnomes. Its
Tharian name, Never-Sit-Still, is rarely used, as it is merely a translation of
the common name used among the golgnomes:
Ignanok (from “Itgu-Nan-Okin”, Never-Sit-Still). The name refers to
the uncanny property of the healthy mushroom head to unceasingly wriggle about
in small, wavy movements. A second Gnomish name
also derives from this peculiarity: Zpukhavt Vernwirkung (from
“zpukin”, eerie; “havtim”, to wriggle; and
“vernwirkung”, mushroom). The mushrooms are much loved by golgnome
children, who frequently can be seen studying the fidgeting heads in
These mushrooms also have a less obvious characteristic, which well-trained
specialists can exploit for instantaneous long-distance communication: when
picked with the right method, a pair of mushrooms from the same fungus will
always look exactly alike. If you dye or dent one, the other will change colour
or shape accordingly. Inventive golgnomes have
devised a signalling system that allows them to hold a conversation over an
unlimited distance. Mushrooms thus picked and used as for transferring messages
are known by the name Kolibim Mycoi (“Answer Fungus”).
Nightgrape is a fungus that grows on cave walls and ceilings, preferring the
dark to the sunlight above ground. It will
keep growing unless pruned if being cultivated for food and sticks to the walls
and ceilings. The "grape" is usually grown by
dwarves as a food and for making wine and vinegar. If a piece becomes
detached it will keep on growing and create a new plant.
The Nightgrape naturally prefers deeper caves that are naturally formed because
of the protection from the elements. Most of these caverns are vast and can be
as big as whole cities. The remoteness of these caverns and caves are not helped
by the fact that they can only be accessed through miniature tunnels. Even
though (not sure how to word that) the nightgrape has been harvested and
carefully moved to the dwarvish cities
willing to undertake the task of growing and harvesting the fruit. Because of
this the Nightgrape is relatively well known plant that dwarves have harvested
for many years.
Queprur's Love is a small mushroom that is used
to induce trances and to commit suicide, named after the
Goddess of Death, Queprur. Highly toxical.
Queprur's Love is a small fungus about the height
of a dwarf's thumb. The thickness of the
stem is two grains,
and the cap is one
nailsbreadth and two
a non-descript plant, in a dull grey colour, slightly paler gills.
Used to produce a potion called "Trancedrink", which has very different effects
on various races.
Mushroom" is actually a rather poor translation of the
orcish name "K'arg'Batuk" (lit. "attacking
vegetation"), which somehow seemed to stick in the minds of those who heard it
and gradually became accepted. Some also call it "Flesh-Eater Fungus" or
“Sorcerer’s Pet” (see Myth/Lore/Origins). It is a
small, hardy fungus found only within the Mists of Osthemangar in
Northern Sarvonia. The dull,
grey-brown lichen of the main plant is the exact colour of the plains
themselves, allowing it to lie hidden against the ground and prey on anything
which comes to pick its deep red fruits. It can kill and devour
apes and even very young spine worms with a noxious gas it releases from these
large red pods. This gas somehow contains the fungus itself, which then eats
into living skin and flesh, slowly devouring the victim.
Squilla (plural: Squillae) is a fungus that grows thickly all over
Sarvonia, from the
Celeste Lowlands in the north to
Cape Strata in the south. It is an edible fungus with a delicious spicy flavour
that makes it invaluable to Sarvonian
cooks. Most races in Sarvonia, including
hobbits, and Thergerim, as well as
humans, enjoy this fungus as a spice for
various foods. It is also known as "Shelfung" (Tharian) "kroch'tlor" (orcish)
and "urtumua" (ThergerimTaal).
is a full-flavoured, giant mushroom which grows well in moist, low-light
conditions. It is a favourite of the Thergerim
and is almost exclusively cultivated and traded by them.
These mushrooms grow well in any moist climate with little or no sun, but the
underground caves of the Thergerim
seem to be their favorite habitat. One such mushroom makes a meal, with its wrist-thick stalk and
cap the size of a half-melon.
small, ugly, pungent fungi are one of the most expensive foodstuffs in the whole
of Santharia. Vast sums of money (or
goods) regularly change hands for what are, basically, growths on the diseased
roots of trees. They come in two colours, black or the rarer (and therefore,
more expensive) white, and can be found only in certain areas, from the
Bolder Forest in the North, to
Manthria in the South. They are a cousin of
the mushroom, and have a similar smell, although somewhat stronger, and taste
more earthy or even woody.
A fungal growth which flourishes on decaying trees under certain atmospheric
conditions. It is bracket-shaped (like a round-cornered triangle) with a
deep purple top and white underside. Strong acrid scent, pale white spores
and deeply fluted gills.
Zerixas, unfortunately, has only one use. It is highly poisonous. Its spores
sprinkled into water will stun fish, and when distilled by even the most
amateur (unless they manage to kill themselves by breathing the steam) forms
a lethal poison also called zerixas. Its one drawback is that it has a
strong unpleasant flavour, and it is not undetectable, as it leaves the
victim’s tongue and the capillaries in the eyes a dark purple.