MOSSES OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

There are a variety of useful spongy, sporal growths in Caelereth which can be categorized as moss. Lichens and other low-level plant forms also fall into this category.

Overview. The following kinds of moss have been recorded so far in the Compendium:

BEARBANE, THE
Arctic lichen. Resembles handsize flat grey stone. Stores potable water, strong scent as of ashes. May be found growing almost everywhere above the frost line. Water drinkable by humans if boiled but the scent repels bears, wolves, and most other carnivorous animals. Return to the top
 

The Blackmoss ("Browniemoss")

BLACKMOSS, THE ("BROWNIEMOSS")
The Blackmoss is a plant that grows in moist, forested areas in moderate climates; it is most commonly found in the northern half of Santharia. It is coloured a dark greenish brown, with tiny yellow flowers. Its roots, stalks and flowers contain a pigment, which will become dark black if mixed with a weak acid. The black liquid is commonly used as cloth dye or as cheap writing ink. Return to the top

 

BLAZEBUSHEL MOSS, THE
It's vibrant, colourful and extremely hazardous. Blazebushel moss grows at a slow to modest pace in seculded and unused underground areas, and is native, and exclusive to, the Lower Fores of Southern Sarvonia. Its bright orange hue might make it an attractive decorative plant but only a fool would consider intentionally introducing Blazebushel into their home. This moss has one extremely volatile property: when disturbed, perhaps from an errant step or falling debris, it ignites in an explosive conflagration that consumes the entire blanket of growth, scorching everything around it. The Thrumgolzerim who first discovered the peculiar bushy clumps soon learned to fear the darkest corners of their ancient tunnels. A lesson learned the difficult way. Return to the top
 

The Lightmoss

LIGHTMOSS, THE
The eerie green light given off by Lightmoss is closely associated with the clandestine and mystical chambers of the Thergerim. "UrKurr", as it is known in the dwarven tongue, is a slow-growing subterranean plant native to almost all the underground spaces of Sarvonia. It grows naturally in damp spaces and it can be easily cultivated with just a little watering. It can be gathered into transparent containers for use as a lantern, as it keeps its glow for quite some time after being harvested. The Thergerim often line their tunnels with this moss, cultivating it on ornate lips and sills of stone. Some Thergerim families have also found use for Lightmoss as a light source for growing TolKurr wheat, the resultant bread having a number of interesting and distinct properties.Return to the top
 

The Lythien Moss

LYTHIEN, THE ("LYTHE-GRASS")
The Lythien also known as "Lythie-Loop", "Lythe-Weave" or "Lythe-Grass" is Northern Sarvonia’s most distinctive ground cover. Lythe-grass is actually a type of edible moss. Growing over every nailsbreadth of earth, up to the bases of trees as if trimmed by scissors, and flowing across hills like molten honey, the Lythien creates a luxuriously soft surface for walking, a strangely peaceful if barren landscape, and a nutritious meal for any grazing herbivore. Return to the top
 

The Moonmoss

MOONMOSS, THE
A light silvery grey moss; highly absorbent, delicate finger-long strands growing in thick rounded clumps. Has a reflective sheen to the surface which reflects light in a prismatic sparkle. When dried thoroughly, the moss is extremely soft and absorbent. Humans living in its vicinity have long used this moss to line babies’ diapers and women’s “moon-cloths”, and other sanitary applications. The used moss is dug under inside the treeline of the forest, and decomposes quickly, enriching the area. Clumps are sometimes planted along road-edges to reflect the ambient light at night and aid travellers. Return to the top
 

The Pipe Moss

PIPE MOSS, THE ("SMOKING MOSS")
While travelling around Caelereth one may often encounter Pipe Moss, as it grows lavishly in the forests inhabited by the Gnorian Gnomes. The gnomes make a good profit from this plant, as they have learned how to age and treat the moss into a product they call "Pipe Weed" which can be smoked. Pipe Moss therefore is also often refered to as "Smoking Moss".

Gnomes are the only mass producers of Pipe Moss; their gnomish fertilizing techniques let them grow wide-spread, rich patches of this plant. It is enjoyed by anyone who is able to afford the purchase price, which is on the average a hefty one Su for a package weighing one scup.

It should be noted here that there is a competition in the smoker's market, as there is a common desert weed known as Vhin or Smokeweed which also can be used to fill a pipe. Though Smokeweed can't achieve the same flavor as the Gnorian Gnomes produce in their Pipeweed, it is a less expensive product, and many people who can't afford the moss will buy Vhin instead. Return to the top

 

The Rockmoss

ROCKMOSS, THE ("ROCKWOOL")
Rockmoss is inedible; it is a heavily silicate growth which can be prepared and spun into a thin, strong fiber. The resulting rockwool is then used by the Weavewenders of the community to create the tough, slick fabric which makes up the basic tunics, pants, skirts, vests, and blouses of the Thergerim.

Cotton and other above-ground fabrics are commonly traded for to produce softer smallclothes (underwear) and children's garb. Babies often go naked for several years, as they are kept in the communal nursery, a moss-lined pit close to the hearth. Any sanitary indiscretions are quickly absorbed by the Moon-Moss, which is changed daily (dug under into the gardens to enrich the soil).
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The Silken Moss

SILKEN MOSS, THE ("WOOD CARPET")
Silken Moss, as the name indicates, forms carpets of soft, silken growth that covers the forest floor. It is most commonly found in the northern part of the Sarvonian continent, especially in the dark groves of the Shaded Forests where it is also known as Wood Carpet. Return to the top
 

The Slyrking Moss ("Walking Carpet")

SLYRKING MOSS, THE ("WALKING CARPET")
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econd name ("Walking Moss") of this strange creature gives away the debates over its nature that scholars have engaged in. Considered an animal by one, but a moss by the other, it is still not entirely clear where this creature should be categorized. However, nowadays most scholars tend to agree that the fact this creature does actually move defines it more as an animal, rather than a plant. Return to the top
 

The Sou'cald Moss

SOU'CALD MOSS, THE
The Sou'cald is a bristly moss that grows in dark, aged places like castles, libraries and other large, dank buildings and homes. The Sou'cald Moss' unique dark-blue color and living habit allow it to grow unseen and unchecked throughout its sheltered home; colonies of hundreds of individual Sou'cald can grow in a small corner or behind a bookcase. The Sou'cald Moss is not poisonous, but it is unsightly; the only way to ensure that the Sou'cald does not grow is to keep air circulating. Return to the top

 

The Squrim Moss

SQURIM MOSS, THE
Squrim Moss is a moss growing in Northern Sarvonia, particularly in the east, growing around the Vindel Mountains and the open plains and heaths around that area. They are in some areas also called “Stone Moss” for their growing on stones and even pieces of clay or bits of gravel - though they shouldn't be confused with the similar sounding rock moss (rockwool, weavemoss). They tend to take on a dark gray coloration, often with hints of green near their tips. The Squrim Moss tends to grow small patches, but may grow close together on the same rock. Return to the top
 

SYRRUS MOSS, THE ("CLOUD MOSS", "GROTHAR'S BEARD")
Syrrus Moss (Hérin’més, Styrásh lit. “Cloud Moss”, or "Grothar’s Beard", "Hoary Moss") grows deep in the forests of southern Sarvonia, particularly in the eur'oak trees so ubiquitous in elven habitats. The plant derives many appellations from its appearance: the moss itself is a greenish gray and often appears like tufts of clouds willowing in the wind, or else like a soft beard draping from the branches of trees. Its tendrils are thin and wispy, lending it an airy appearance. When the moss dies, its thin grey-green tendrils whiten. The elves who harvest it often weave the soft white tendrils into cloth. Return to the top
 

THORN MOSS, THE
It has been said that nothing in the Hovel Frond, a dangerous forest just north of the Tandala Highlands, has been untouched by the corruption of the Diorye'oleal's magic, and the Thorn Moss is a strong argument for the validity of that statement. A fibrous mass of dark tangles and poisonous thorns, it is thoroughly unnatural in appearance, one could go so far as to call it nightmarish, and most definitely it's quite unlike any other known moss. The elves of the Hovel Frond harvest the moss for its poison and various alchemical uses. Return to the top
 

The Tol Kurr Moss ("Dwarven Wheat")

TOL KURR MOSS, THE ("DWARVEN WHEAT")
Tol Kurr (also commonly called "Dwarven Wheat") is an edible variety of moss and is widely used by the Thergerim to make Borwul, the dwarven "bread". It only grows underground and needs just a small amount of light and lots of moisture to survive. The moss is large, thick, and dark green in colour. Return to the top
 

THe Xeua’taean Moss

XEUA'TAEAN MOSS, THE
A thick green moss. Composed of tightly curled fronds which form a lush, spongy mass. Likes low-light and high humidity conditions. Grows well under thick pine and Adlemir copses.

Commonly found in the Quallian forest, near the coast. Ylfferhim elves have discovered that Xeua’taean has sophorific qualities - in other words, induces relaxation and sleep. It is unclear exactly how the moss is prepared but the current theory is that it is dried, burned and inhaled, rather than drunk or consumed. Humans have not experimented with this theory as of yet.
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 Date of last edit 3rd Fallen Leaf 1671 a.S.

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