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.
|Image description. A cabinet with bristly Sou'cald Moss growing on it. Picture drawn by Bard Judith.|
Sou'cald Moss is a small
fungus growth. It is usually of a dark blue color, but the Sou'cald
has also been seen to be a sandy color, earthen tones
and even a frosty, immaculate white. The main body of the Sou'cald is round;
roughly the size of a human palm. The Sou'cald
Moss is flat with minute bristly hairs and it lays
against the surface it resides upon. Anywhere from 3 to 7 palmspan-length "arms"
extend from the main body, this further anchors the Sou'cald
Moss to the surface on which it resides. A single Sou'cald
resembles an awkward, spindly star; it is rare to see a single one in a
residence, however. They are wrinkly and warted to the touch and ooze a small
amount of liquid when petted or prodded. Some assume it to be water-moisture
while others think it a small defense mechanism, for the liquid dries quickly
and becomes tacky to the touch. The tackiness is
easily dissolved with water or saliva (think tree sap, but superweak).
Territory. The Sou'cald Moss lives anywhere where there is a cold surface, air moisture and lack of sun. In natural surroundings it grows against rocks and large trees upon the surface that faces away from the sun. But as populations have grown, so has the residence of the Sou'cald Moss. It now seems to live behind bookshelves, ceiling corners, walls, and other flat surfaces. As of recently the Sou'cald has become attached to unread tomes and journals; defiling the articles and histories with its awkward shape. While one can remove the Sou'cald Moss from the surfaces it is time consuming, tedious and stressful.
However, a slow way to rid one's home of the Sou'cald Moss it to air out the area they reside in; opening books, re-arranging furniture, opening windows; sometimes just moving about in their living quarters on a regular basis will clear the Sou'cald Mss out.
Usages. Some beasts like deer, mimsies and other animals of the forest may lick the Sou'cald Moss for the moisture it excretes. It does not have enough of a body to be of decent nourishment, though. Some birds may pluck off the arms of the Sou'cald to use as nesting material.
The Sou'cald was discovered to produce a greyish-blue dye by the dyers of a small village in the Santharian province of Manthria called Holt. This is one of the only places currently known to encourage the growth of the Sou’cald, both because of the difficulty in growing the moss in climates which humans find agreeable and because of the myths associated with it. The dye is created by harvesting the moss and drying it on great racks within dye sheds. The moss is then left to soak in fermented human urine for up to a month, and the resulting dye is used to dye bolts of cloth, or packaged and on-sold in liquid form.
Reproduction. These Sou'cald seem to have no difference between male and female. Yet somehow they reproduce; and quite efficiently. Spore-release seems to be the consensus: The females receive spores from the males, and then produce young Sou'cald, which quickly attach to the surrounding area and other Sou'cald Moss. An individual moss may live about 6 months, but their reproduction can make it seem as if they never die until their residence becomes inhabitable.
Myth/Lore. Some scholars (who tend to have terrible Sou'cald infestation problems) like to think that these mosses absorb the knowledge of the rooms they reside in; libraries, lecture-halls, and living quarters. Others think it is the touch of Coór slipping into their homes, and take great pains to remove it entirely.