The largest cactus, commonly reaching up to 12 peds tall, and between
0.4 and 0.6 peds thick. This
is the giant in the Cactus world, there is no other
Cactus that reaches anywhere near to its size.
The Agisuhlt is long and round, with arms reaching upward from its mid to upper
sections. There are no arms protruding from below its mid section. The skin of
the Agisuhlt is waxy and soft, with long ridges going downward in rows on its
surface. There are spines along the tops of these ridges that are each around 4
nails breadths long. The ridges are able to expand as the cactus soaks up water.
You can always tell when an Agisuhlt has gone through a drought or particularly
good season by the width of its base. During droughts the base shrinks and gets
a brown leathery skin over it, scarring the Cactus for
life. In good seasons the Cactus may expand and bubble
out quite a lot more than its average proportions.
The tops of the arms and trunk of this cactus grow flowers once a year that
bloom after the sun has gone down and then close around midday the next day,
only opening their glorious blossoms once. It is a very spectacular site to see
an Agisuhlt bloom, and many people marvel at the rich colors that spill forth
from each blossom. Flower colors can range from a deep Santharian purple to a
pale urmarillion, but are most commonly found in oranges and reds. After the
flower dies off, fruit is formed bearing a rich crimson color.
The Agisuhlt must live 50 years before it begins to grow its first arm, each arm
after also takes 50 years to form. The average adult Agisuhlt has about 5 arms,
is about 9 peds tall, and is estimated to be around 250 years old. There have
been Agisuhlts found with well over 10 arms. An Agisuhlt will only die after an
extremely long drought period, lasting over two years. The life expectancy of
these great giants is at present unknown. Some believe these
Cacti live forever, and have been around since the creation of the world.
Many consider the Agisuhlt a sacred Cactus and most
tribes have made it a crime to harm one of these great giants of the desert.
A very long cactus that tends to grow in bunches. The Altling can get up to 4
peds high and 1 hand span thick. It tends to grow in thick bunches with other
Altlings to form small crops of around 20 to 35 cacti. The Altling is a very
slow growing cactus, only reaching 1 ped and thus ready for hallucinogenic use
after 12 to 15 years.
Its skin is cut and used as a hallucinogenic, either eaten raw, or more commonly
boiled in a tea, or dried and then eaten. Many priests and priestesses use this
cactus to aid in creating prophetic 'visions'.
A seed cone shaped Cactus, with many other
"seed cones" attached,
growing low to the ground. This cactus is virtually free of needles, and rarely
pricks the skin or causes irritations. It has the distinct appearance of a seed
cone down to it's very color and could easily be mistaken for a seed cone off of
some odd conifer species. This plant grows out into many branches that all look
alike and are virtually the same size of between 1 and 3 hand spans long. The
Penokino has a very narrow girth and rarely gets larger than 3 to 4 nails
This Cactus has rough grooved brown skin, and no
spines, it is considered a relative of the Penokino due to its appearance. Like
the Penokino it is virtually spineless and has a brown color, however this plant
gets several times larger than the Penokino and can be used for its juice. It
grows between 1 and 2 fores long and 1 to 2 hand spans wide and looks much like
several large brown melons all connected together. It contains
water, like most Cacti
and has flesh like a melon, but with a strong earthy, pickled flavour. It
ferments quickly and is used as a very nasty local form of moonshine called
A Cactus related to but not resembling the Altling, it
provides similar but more intense hallucinogenic and pain relieving effects. It
can be ingested similarly to the Altling, most commonly dried and eaten in
little button shaped discs. Its ped long thick roots are not hallucinogenic and
should be kept in tact in order to encourage the top to grow back again.
The Lofoforalt, or more commonly Lofo, is usually gray to dark brown in
appearance with no needles. Usually growing in an outcrop with several other
Lofoforalts, these Cacti sometimes resemble giant
bubbled rocks. When flowering, this can be quite a fantastic site, the flowers
usually between white and a dark deep pink, with many long thin petals and a
large yellow center. After the plant flowers, it develops dark pink berries,
containing hundreds of white seeds about half a grain in size.
The 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.
A green Cactus with sweet red fruit, completely edible
on all parts. It has very few visible needles, but does have some smaller ones
that can make the hands itch and are very hard to remove. This
Cactus usually does not grow over 1 to 2 peds from the
ground, but can branch out 4 and 5 peds around itself.
The fruit is spineless and its skin can be eaten as a whole with the insides.
The branches must first be skinned and then cooked before they are edible. These
cacti are used in many local dishes and desserts.
A very round golden needled Cactus, usually spherical
in shape. Used as a decoration in some gardens. Its needles are removed and used
for quilting or large needled sewing. It usually grows no larger than 2 fores
around and 1 fore high. It's flowers tend to be a rich orangey or yellow color,
and its fruits are like little yellow berries when ripe.
It is said that the Sepulchura sprang forth from the grave of a very sharp
witted bard with beautiful flaxen hair. Many people still use this plant in
remembrance of that myth, planting it upon the graves of bards passed. No one
knows exactly where this myth first came from, but most believe it was an old
This is a very prickly Cactus with thousands of
needles covering nearly 90% of its surface. It grows like a tree, with one to
two large trunks at the bottom and hundreds of branches coming off starting
midway up the cactus. The Springing Cactus can get over 4 peds tall and can
cover twice as much around with its many branches.
The branches are very sensitive and will break off in the
wind, sometimes to replant in the ground
nearby to create new Cacti or to die and create a very
dangerous area to walk in. If one of these needles gets stuck in you, you better
sit tight and not wiggle it too hard, they just dig deeper, as they are barbed
and poisoned, causing your skin to swell around them. A heavy pair of pliers or
some very skilled hands are needed to remove them. The best advice for the
Springing Cactus is to stay as far as you can from it;
it is most dangerous and a very excruciatingly painful experience to find you've
landed or attached yourself to one of these Cacti.