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31  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Death Shroom on: 22 October 2012, 17:27:58
a) Category: Mushrooms & Fungus

b) Overview: 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.

c) Description: The Death Shroom, though rather small (growing to about the ankle of a grown man), carries with it a tenebrous air. Its cap and stalk vary in colour from a dark brown to light brownish-green to a sickly yellow, depending on the amount of light. The cap has no set pattern, but looks as if it was cursorily painted with all the colours of rot and death. It lends to every scene an eldritch and eerie feeling, as though Queprur’s eyes were upon you.

The Death Shroom grows out from fallen animals or rotting flesh presumptuously, with a haughtiness that only Death can assume. It shows no mercy, remorse, or respect for the dead, but slowly feasts upon the remains until the carcass has been reduced to nothing but bone, then it seems to skulk off, withering away as quickly as it arose.

Like many mushrooms, the Death Shroom burrows up first as a kind of arrow or egg shape before opening its rounded cap. The underside of the cap hides brownish gills, the same colour as is roots, which are generally hidden in whatever substance it has managed to dig them into. Some relate that these mushrooms smell of rot and death, though it is hard to know whether the smell comes from the mushroom itself or that which it feasts upon… or both.

d) Territory: The Death Shroom tends to grow in shady or shadowy places: it can be found in dark forests, from the Paelelon Wood to the Shadowlands in the northern lands. However, it need not grow in a forest: it thrives in any place there is death and a little shade. They sometimes grow around fresh gravestones, in the shade of a corpse, and have even been seen in open fields bloodied and corpse-strewn by battles. Though of course, the fungus can’t survive in sunlight for very long without withering.

For those wishing to collect the Death Shroom easily, they can often be found around butcher shops, feasting on the unwanted or unappetizing remains of slaughtered animals, though many purists insist that the wilder Death Shrooms are the most potent—particularly as a poison.

e) Usages: Pray you should never in your life consume a Death Shroom, as it is a particularly awful and dangerous affair. In rare cases, herbalists will use a very small and highly diluted tincture of Death Shroom oils to forcefully expel the contents of the stomach. If, for example, one has recently consumed certain deadly poisons, a small amount of Death Shroom tincture can compel the stomach to push it out of the body. Of course, if you have consumed Death Shroom itself, this is of little use.

In cases of gangrene and other flesh-killing ailments, strong tinctures of the Death Shroom can destroy the dead flesh; however, it must be applied carefully for fear of getting the oils into the bloodstream, which may cause internal bleeding.

The Death Shroom can serve as a powerful poison, though not a very sophisticated one. Death by this mushroom is fairly distinctive, producing brownish-yellow vomit and awful stomach pains that eventually kill the consumer. Once ingested, the Death Shroom can kill in less than an hour. In rare cases, some have survived ingesting the mushroom in small quantities, but generally it kills within six hours. (It is generally assumed that if Queprur doesn’t take you eight hours after consuming the fungus, you will survive, albeit with permanent damage to the stomach).

f) Reproduction: The Death Shroom is generally assumed to create spores from its gills, usually soon after it spreads out its cap. Death Shrooms can turn from spore to mushroom very fast, it is assumed, based on how quickly they appear around the rotting remains of plants and animals. A Death Shroom may appear over-night, and can last several days to several weeks, depending on the amount of flesh it has to feed on.

While Death Shrooms may seem ubiquitous, usually only two or three will appear at any one time. They do not crowd the way some mushrooms do. Once they have consumed their fill, they will wither away.

g) Myth/Lore: The Death Shroom has no particular creation myth, but is very closely associated with Queprur, for perhaps obvious reasons. Among many villages, the Death Shroom is also called Queprur’s Footstool (despite its diminutive size). Much of this association was reinforced during the plague of Nyermersys, when the Death Shroom grew with great gusto around the decomposing bodies of the dead.

Because of its association with death, the Death Shroom has given rise to a number of superstitions. It is believed that if you touch the Death Shroom with your bare hands, death will come quickly to you or your relations. While there is little to confirm this particular superstition, you will rarely find those who tend graveyards gloveless when ridding their lawns of the deathly little fungus.
32  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Pale Frogstool on: 22 October 2012, 11:48:01
a) Categorization: Moss & Fungi

b) Overview: The Pale Frogstool (Blue Mushroom, River Shroom, White Frogstool, Northern Frogstool, etc.) grows primarily around flowing rivers and streams Sthroughout 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 growths.

c) Description: A casual stroll along any river or stream in mid-Sarvonia will likely reveal, at first glance, nothing at all growing about the banks save for moss and reeds. However, a closer look into the shaded nooks of the bank may reveal a curious little growth, often little more than a hand-span high and a palm-span across. This light-faced little mushroom is known as Pale Frogstool.

Pale Frogstools grow out of the banks to soak up the mists and moistures of the rivers around which they flourish. They are pale blue or white in colour, from the edges of their unassuming little caps to their delicate gills (patterning the underside of their caps), to their sturdy little trunks. Even their brief collection of roots is light in colour.

Pale Frogstools tend to arise out of the banks with unaccustomed celerity (though perhaps the speed might be viewed as usual for mushrooms). In mid-growth, they look like rounded arrows popping out of the earth, before blooming into a round, open cap.

d) Territory: The Pale Frogstool grows around rivers and streams throughout mid-Sarvonia, ranging from the Dorashi River in the south to the Ulaenoth River in the north. It has many names, depending on whom you talk to and where you go. Among much of the Santharian population, it is called the Pale Frogstool or the Blue Mushroom—or sometimes the White Frogstool by smaller villages particularly among Caltharians living near the Cylian River and hobbits in the Silvermarshes. The Kuglimz tend to know it as the River Shroom.

The Pale Frogstool tends to choose the shadier banks as its home; it shrivels under long periods of direct sunlight. Shady over-hangings or parts of the banks that turn away from the sun are most apt to host these little fungi. And of course, they love the moisture of their homes on the water, and would soon perish if drought turned the rivers dry.

e) Usages: In the remedy of boils, tumours, and other growths, your local medicine man or woman is likely to recommend the consumption of the Pale Frogstool in some manner or another. Unusual or unnatural growths are often treated with this fungi, particularly if it is accompanied by dry skin. For topical treatments, they are occasionally boiled: when boiled, they excrete a slightly translucent, white-ish oil that can be ladled off the top and bottled to be applied atop a growth. (In extreme cases, this oil may also be consumed, though it tends to be ill-tasting and difficult on the stomach).

Herbalists will often use the mushroom in tincture form, combining it with alcohol that helps to preserve it for long periods of time. While not as potent as fresh Pale Frogstool oil, it is believed to reduce growths and can be taken orally (often mixed with other herbs) or topically.

For preventative treatment against tumours and growths, mushrooms can be collected and dried, then used as a garnish. They are most popular with taenish and fish. It is, however, a rather bland-tasting mushroom in general, and isn't a common food source for this reason.

f) Reproduction: The reproductive cycles of the Pale Frogstool have not been widely researched, or regarded by anyone with much interest due their ubiquity. It is generally assumed that, like many fungi, they have small seeds or spores released from the gills. When these spores are released in a Frogstool’s lifecycle is unknown, though the timing is assumed to be highly depending on weather conditions and the time of year.

Pale Frogstools grow most rapidly and in greatest quantity in the spring and fall, when temperatures are moderate. They rarely grow in snow, and tend to be small or short-lived in summer. At their longest, they will last several weeks before dying off; at their shortest, they last only a few days.

g) Myth/Lore: The Pale Frogstool, being a rather common fungus, has a number of common stories regarding its creation. The most popular, known widely through villages throughout northern Santharia, is the story of the Pale-Skinned Frog. It is often told as a fable against vanity and laziness to children, and while it has many adaptations, the following is perhaps the most popular:

Once upon a time, there was born a pale-coloured frog. She was regarded as quite beautiful for her pale-coloured skin, but the one who regarded her as beautiful among all others was… herself.

“There is no frog more beautiful than me!” she would croak, and would sit upon the bank so all the other frogs could see how lovely she was. Occasionally she would plop into the waters to return the wet gleam to her lovely pale skin, then climb back on the bank to try to attract admiring looks from the other frogs.

“Won’t you help us catch flies and bugs?” the frogs would ask her.

“Oh no,” she would protest, “I am far too beautiful for that.”

And she would sit upon the bank, regarding her reflection in the water with much admiration.

“Won’t you help us care for our tadpoles?” the other frogs would ask her.

“Oh no,” she would protest, “I am far too beautiful for that.”

And she would sit upon the bank, regarding her reflection in the water with much admiration.

“Won’t you help us build our lily-pad homes?” the other frogs would ask her.

“Oh no,” she would protest, “I am far too beautiful for that.”

And she would sit upon the bank, regarding her reflection in the water with much admiration.

One day, a little girl with sea-blue eyes came to the river where the vain little frog was sitting. The little girl held a little golden marble, which fell from her little hands and rolled into the river. “Oh no!” the little girl cried. “I have lost my marble! Oh, little pale-skinned frog, would you be so kind as to go in and fetch it for me? I would be ever so grateful.”

The pale-skinned frog looked at the little girl contemptuously and said, “Oh no. I am far too beautiful for that.”

As soon as these words were spoken, the little girl changed, revealing herself to be Baveras in disguise! “Your vanity and sloth have made you unkind,” she told the frog, who was ever so sorry for what she had done. As punishment, Baveras turned the frog into a frogstool, so that the frogs who worked very hard could crawl upon her every once in a while, and take a rest.
33  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Xeuá - Revision on: 14 September 2012, 16:28:39
Just a short note: yes, all comments at once. I'm not sure when I will have time to get to them. Between my crazy work schedule, community projects, limited internet, lack of convenience stores ( cry ) and lots of work, it's hard to find time to get here on a regular basis--but when I do, perhaps I can address everything at once. I just can't make any promises as to when I'll be able to get to it!  undecided
34  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Ska'kalin revision on: 05 September 2012, 18:28:02
Is there a reason why the creatures were removed from the Island of Akdor?  undecided Nice revision, BTW!  grin
35  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Xeuá - Revision on: 05 September 2012, 15:17:55
Changes integrated. I've colored all the but ones involving capitalization of xeua or lower-casing of soor and ahm. Let me know if there's anything else that looks amiss or anything else I can help with!
36  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Sage Artimidor's Natal Day of Celebration on: 29 May 2012, 12:38:12
Alas, late again! I hope you'll forgive me.

A feast laid out for all to eat,
with berry sauce and roasted meat,
A hobbit flute and elf guitar
play merrily, and friends from far
Are gathered here to celebrate
the birth of one so wise and great--
Who is it we are gathered for?
Why for our Sage, Artimidor!

Happy Birthday, Artimidor. You are wonderful--particularly to withstand occasional torrential raynes.  rolleyes  Thank you for your kindness and your sensitivity, and I hope you had a wonderful birthday!  heart
37  Santharian World Development / Languages and Runes / Re: New styrásh (elvish) vocabulary here! on: 18 May 2012, 04:55:43
To be clear: my issue is not that there are constructed words. It's about what words are roots and which are constructed.
38  Santharian World Development / Languages and Runes / Re: New styrásh (elvish) vocabulary here! on: 18 May 2012, 03:52:01
I've given my reasons why I think that words like blood or star can very well be composed words
Were there any reasons you gave that I did not address? I thought I made a pretty good argument, but if you think I responded incompletely or incomprehensibly,  please let me know. I feel my argument is very strong, and don't want my ineloquence to get in the way of conveying it.  :)

The question however remains, when one should be allowed to compose what words and when not and what to do with lots of other already constructed words.
Well, I already made a proposal in that regard:

I think the words for "caravan", "corset", and even "store" would probably be constructed in Styrash, as they are 1) not related to nature and 2) not frequently found in elves culture/society.

Constructed words should be used to relate things that are part of elven culture and nature to things that are not, not to relate things that are more distant from elven culture/nature (gems) to things that are closer (star).

Would it be acceptable for you guys if there were both roots and compound words for such concepts?  As I mentioned near the beginning of this discussion, real languages do contain synonyms. 
I don't mind synonyms; I think there may already be a few in the dictionary.
39  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Ximaxian Lecture: The Fabric of the Dream on: 18 May 2012, 03:16:42
Science deals with the physical world most, and a scientific view of magic deals with more physical affect: those you can perceive through your five senses. However, you can't perceive someone else's emotions with your five senses. Hence magic is not solely scientific, but also philosophical. Does this make sense? You have to look at the natural logic in the progression and in the sentences.
40  Santharian World Development / Languages and Runes / Re: New styrásh (elvish) vocabulary here! on: 18 May 2012, 03:13:47
That sounds good: very useful to know. But that wasn't quite the issue we were discussing: recall that we were trying to decide which words should or should not be created--specifically, if words like "blood" and "stars" should be compound words or should have their own word. Naturally, these are probably rather ancient words, fundamental to life and elven nature. I believe that they should probably have their own word, and not be constructed from other words.
41  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Ximaxian Lecture: The Fabric of the Dream on: 18 May 2012, 01:30:48
What explanation exactly?  huh I think the denotations of "philosophy" and "science" can be read from the context of the lecture (i.e. "Every oún has a spiritual dimension. Every cár'áll has spiritual effects. ... That is why the Ximaxian system isn't a scientific system, but a philosophical one.")
42  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Xeuá - Revision on: 18 May 2012, 01:04:28
Are there any lingering issues with this entry? The Xeuá entry on the site is so out of date, and really needs to be replaced!
43  Santharian World Development / Languages and Runes / Re: New styrásh (elvish) vocabulary here! on: 18 May 2012, 01:03:22
Did the issues here regarding compound words for basic concepts get resolved?  undecided I don't see an resolution in the discussion..
44  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Ximaxian Lecture: The Fabric of the Dream on: 18 May 2012, 01:01:11
So... I assume "science" is all right in this context?  buck
45  Santharian World Development / Magic in the Lands of Caelereth / Re: Ximaxian Lecture: The Fabric of the Dream on: 17 May 2012, 01:31:48
I suppose I viewed philosophy as the logic or study of things which can't necessarily be perceived through one of the five senses (truth, for example). I view science as studying and drawing from things that are. I see science as utilizing experimentation, while philosophy would likely more often utilize logical argument. (The science schools at many institutions include subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, etc.--but not philosophy.)

I'm hesitant to make a new word for "science", since it's more of a concept rather than a 'thing'.  undecided
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