Noctis Moss

The Mucklands are rife with oddities, but few are so deceptive and destructive as noctis moss. Wherein the northlands dead trees fall and decay in accordance with the natural order of the woods, in the Mucklands, dead trees often remain standing far after they’ve rotted; this is due to an infestation of noctis moss.

 With a similar consistency and tensile strength to inkpot spiderwebs, noctis moss spins and expands within the rotten pockets and knots of old trees, slowly creeping over limbs and leaves until a tree is entirely consumed within a baleful, threaded sarcophagus. Visually, trees that have ‘gone noctic’ appear encased in cobwebs of varying, muted greens, browns, and blacks–and appear very much alive. However, this is not so. Noctic trees are often entirely rotten beneath the thick skin of moss and are generally inhabited by weevils, beetles, and in some cases, clutches of Scumseer eggs, the spawn of which burst through the decay in springtime, and crawl towards the nearest body of water.

Bushel Brights

Bushel Brights are large, saucer-shaped flowers and a favorite decoration of the Faeire Folk. They are a flower that is always in bloom come winter or summer, flood, frost, or drought. Bushel Brights are used by Brownies, Gnomes, Bugbears, and Faeries for every conceivable celebratory ritual, from weddings to funerals.

The flowers themselves bloom in various colors and have a very distinct scent, unlike any other flower in Eem. Brownies often associate the scent with spring, as it is a bright, clean smell not entirely unlike the pleasant smell of fresh laundry.

In Bugbear society, the flowers are both the most romantic and the most thoughtful gift one Bugbear can give to another.

The flowers represent the kind of friendships that grow over time, despite the wild adversity in the world. Be there frozen hail or blasting sand, Bushel Brights will grow.

Grimly-cap Mushrooms

Named more for their harsh taste than the petrifying poison in their spongy caps, Grimly-cap mushrooms are both revered and reviled among the culinary palette of fairy folk. Grimly-caps are fairly common fungal natives to both Grimly Wood and Dingledell, two expanses of forest reaching across the middle belt of Eem’s western wild country. The rise of Grimly-cap popularity, specifically in food, comes from its use with Kobolds who find the grainy texture, sour stalks, and petrifying result of consumption, a suitable base for a traditional wedding soup called: Bletch.

Contrary, Gnomes of Dingledell are immune to the worst of the strange, stunning effect of the grimly-cap, and instead harvest the mushrooms to mulch into an edible putty. Often spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, the putty is a remarkable loose bowel preventative. The concoction is affectionately referred to as Plugging Pudding, and is a household staple amongst gnomish families, as well as Brownie dairy farmers.