Herbs Of The Forest

Some seventy years ago Brother Henry Momm, a clerk in the service of the Prelate of Roen and a member of the Order of the Sanctuary spent a good portion of his tenure in Cavaliers Falls researching the specific alchemical properties of the plants of the Forest Kingdom. After repeated trips along the Forest Way and gathering various plants both living and preserved from foresters and goblyn traders, and gathering diverse histories about siele herbalism he penned this treatise, which has become the definitive text on the matter. He wrote particularly extensively about david's oak leaves, firefern, bleechroot, slyph shrooms, stoneflower sap, golden cappers, red cappers, huntsmans fern, siele ivy and scuttlegrass, excerpts from which are reproduced below.

Special Flora of the Forest Kingdom

a treatise by Brother Henry Momm of Cavaliers Falls

Herein being a list of those things living in the earth of that place known as the Forest Kingdom, and of the properties possessed by such plants that could prove to be of use to the healer or alchemist. Identified in this text are those plants unique to this region that have remarkable or specific properties. Many sages whom have put pen to paper upon the topic have referred to the Forest being an extension of that northern place known as the Wood of Stars, and this work has been informed by much of the lore of that place, but all such lore has been confirmed in diverse manner before being committed to ink.

The Leaves of the David's Oak
The David's Oak, a tree of unmatched stature, are dangerous to gather from their lofty canopies, but they fall in the autumn months, and can be gathered from the forest floor. These leaves are waxen and long, and of a light shade. When collected and dried in the sun these can be brewed into a tea the leaves will cure a fever, even one brought on as a result of dangerous malady.

The Firefern Fronds
The firefern is a small plant, easily spotted for it's namesake colour, growing from yellow at it's root to orange at it's tips. Growing in raised, dry places, the plant is dry itself. The underside of the leaves is pale, almost white, and sheds a fine powder when alive. The fronds can be gathered during the rainy season. When eaten fresh these fronds will ease malady of the mind, giving those thusly afflicted periods of lucidity and calm.

Bleachroot is a commonly used ingredient in the bleaching of cloth, and is common to the great fenns of northern Highdunn also. Bleachroot is a squat plant, made up of exposed roots. Boiled in water they make a poisonous mixture that will drain colour from cloth, but when applied fresh as a poultice to a wound they will draw out poisons of the like that come from the bite of a kakker or from a wound exposed to unnatural venom.

Sylph Mushrooms
These grow on ancient siele biers, and are small white unremarkable mushrooms with a bluish hue towards the cap. When gathered under a full blue moon the sylph shrooms will glow faintly with a bluish light. However they take a long time to grow, so it is seldom that a patch can be regularly harvested. Sylph Mushrooms are powerful visionary aids when eaten, granting he who eats them lengthy periods of lethargy and of strange visions of another world. Some have even suggested that these mushrooms could be used to create a potion that could transport a man to the oddewurlde, but I see no indication that these visions are real, though occasionally prophetic. However upon emerging from this trance some men are beset by uncontrollable rage, and long term use can result in irrevocable madness. The yurga of the goblyns use these mushrooms to invite visions from their divh.

The Sap and Blossoms of the Stoneflower
These lilac coloured, fine veined blossoms grow in large beds, however these beds are rare and usually hidden in the gullies created by fallen David's Oaks. The sap of the stoneflower is a potent poison, rendering its victim as still as a statue in the space of an hour, and then slowly killing them. Those few who do recover are forever weaker for the ordeal. I have heard of some dishonourable individuals coating their blades in the sap. The blossoms are poisonous also if a potion made from them is imbibed, but so weak is the poison of the blossom that it must remain present in the potion, making it a favorite of suicides, but a poor tool for an assassin. The only known remedy for the venom of the stoneflower is a potion made from the leaves of siele ivy.

Golden Cappers
The golden capper is a small yellow mushroom that grows in partial shade. Its stalk is white and its cap is a bright yellow, and shimmers almost like gold. Legends say that some travelers lost in the woods in early history mistook these patches for stacks of siele treasure. Golden cappers can be picked and eaten by any traveler, and are relatively common, though unpleasantly flavored. However when eaten with spirits or ale they prevent drunkenness, or at least stop the drinker from becoming intoxicated so swiftly.

Red Cappers
A cousin of the golden capper, the red capper is larger and less rounded with a scarlet top, and often grows amongst the golden cappers. When eaten raw the red capper will cause severe vomiting , desirable had an individual eaten something undesirable, but when brewed with certain secret ingredients as yet undiscovered by myself, it is said that the red capper can create a paste that, when rubbed into the muscles, gives an individual mighty strength.

Huntsmans Fern Roots
The staple of goblyn and siele survival in the Forest, this squat, fleshy fern's fronds cause a sweating fever that can last days, but the fleshy roots are a rich and substantial meal that taste somewhat like mutton. When in a state of exhaustion these roots will also give a man a burst of vigor for a brief period, but after this he will usually fall into a deep sleep.

Siele Ivy
Growing from the branches of the trees in the deepest parts of the forest, siele ivy is impossibly strong, easily superior to a rope, but incredibly hard to cut and slick so as to be unsuitable for climbing. It is said that the siele warriors who still remain in the Forest build temporary hidden shelters by weaving the living ivy over their hiding place. In addition the leaves of siele ivy, when boiled in water, form a broth that will cure a man of the poison of the stone flower.

Scuttlegrass grows along the banks of the streams of the Forest. It is a dense, thin-leafed delicate plant, and the leaves can be difficult to collect, as when broken they release a vapor that puts those nearby to sleep. If the leaves can be cut carefully enough, as they will release their vapor only once, then they can be used by a healer to put his patient into a deep, dreamless sleep, or sometimes to render an enemy unconscious, if one can get close enough.

Type: Manual
Language: Trade-Tongue (Ahlonian)
Forms: Handbook