Strange Happenings


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Post Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:58 pm

Strange Happenings

Something strange is occurring in the fields outside of Runewick. Dark clouds and lightening are appearing around the pillars, and crops are growing at an alarming rate in the fields. The local farmers are curious and concerned. I am hoping some of the local mages could shed light on what is going on for them.

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Post Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:05 am

Re: Strange Happenings

Yes, I, too, wonder what is happening to our fields outside the city. But, if no one cares about the problem, why should I? (( Another example why people may leave the game )). Whatever.
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Post Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:20 am

Re: Strange Happenings

It appears the Academic council hasn't even set foot outside the town, it seems they are more interested in putting indictments on someone for leaving wood around.

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Post Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:43 am

Re: Strange Happenings

Instead of spreading lies here without names and complaining, one could be show patient.
Why that happens there, and how we can do something against it, is not explained in a few days.

So unless you have anything helpful to contribute to solving this case, It would be better to keep silent and be patient.


To you Dantagon, thank you for the report.


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Post Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:49 pm

Re: Strange Happenings

Since Dantagon reported this issue, the appearance of the named plants has already been studied by the Runewickans Djironnyma, Lhosseth, Fressia, Sheldon and myself.

While the mages investigate clues about the effects of mana flow, alchemists will investigate the authenticity of these plants.

As long as the results have not yet been determined, we kindly ask you to refrain from harvesting or processing these occurrences as a precautionary measure.

Please admire the impressive view during this time.

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Post Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:19 pm

Re: Strange Happenings

More plants grew today when Katharina Ross and I visited to have a look at the rumored plants.
These plants took a halfess named Freesia captive, and seemed impossible to cut down, however they surprisingly appeared to be conscient,
as they retracted and hid away upon being threatened that they would be set on fire if they did not stop, freeing the halfess in the process.
Among the newly grown plants were ferns that tried to tie people down, as well as what appeared to be a carnivorous hostile plant.

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Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:26 am

Re: Strange Happenings

If fire seems a threat to the plant growth, why not burn them out and remove the threat? Sounds like its time to pack up my tent and move to some place a lot less hazardous.

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Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:37 am

Re: Strange Happenings

to you unknown

Why do not you do it ? Only whining and moaning brings nothing at all.
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Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:35 pm

Re: Strange Happenings

Burning the plants might be a possibility. However, we do not know what consequences countermeasures can have.

Since we do not assume a natural appearance, caution is advised. For this reason, investigations are planned.

Its wise and recommented to avoid this certain area. Caution is called for when it comes to passages.

Tarias has already proven itself with the care of dragons that seeking for refuge.

Therefore I suggest that he organizes and supervises a self-help group especially for halflings without acres.

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Post Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:50 pm

Re: Strange Happenings

The alchemical investigation yielded the following result:

The plant was investigated, which was already remarkable for its extraordinary aggression towards warm-blooded creatures.

As measures such as disposal by incineration were discussed in advance,
leaves of this plant were fired in a dry and heated cauldron in a controlled manner. Neither reactions occurred in the cauldron nor on the original plant.

The further and determining alchemical investigation showed that the samples taken from this plant do not have a natural reaction when ingesting minerals or do not absorb them as we add them in the form of catalytic gemstone dust.

The product of this reaction could be classified as harmless under current knowledge and is under observation.

Details of the investigation will be presented to the Council on request.

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Post Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:45 pm

Re: Strange Happenings

A small piece of parchment is attached below:
In an attempt to better understand what these plants are I have dug out a tomato plant from the fields and with help of Era and Amira replanted it on the closest of Twin Eyes islands, just after the bridge, near a blackberry bush. We should watch it and see how it behaves away from the columns, if it dies or maybe spreads new strange plants around it.
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Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:43 pm

Re: Strange Happenings

As I will be unable to attend the impending Citizens Meeting upon the morrow, I would like to present this documentation on our newly formed jungle for consideration by all of Runewick.

From what has been done by others, I have gleamed the following information. The Arcane Study held by the Dean has concluded that the plants are not magical in origin. Deanna's Alchemical Study has concluded that the plants do not hold any special alchemical properties and that the minerals in the soil have not affected the plants in anyway.. In fact, in her attempt to determine this, the offending jungle plants changed from solid leaf matter to gooey slime. She has also pointed out that some of the jungle plants are pitcher plants. Naturally pitcher plants are strangely carnivorous, but feed only on flies and other insects. The ones found in the fields are unnaturally large and seem to have a taste for elves and halflings. Furthermore, Ranger Olaf conducted an experiment that involved moving a tomato plant from the fields to a plot further away in untilled soil. The once thriving plant is now wilted. This leaves the finial school of study involving the Divine by Alrik, which has not yet been conducted. Though I do not wish to rule out the possibility, I find the thought that the gods desired to create a jungle in Runewick to be highly unlikely.

I, myself, have made further attempts to investigate the surrounding area. These issue seems to be centralized around the columns and their portals. A warning was issued that the increased concentration of mana in the fields could cause accelerated growth in plants. This appears to have occurred and the majority of the plants are quite possibly forgotten or dispersed seeds that never took root. What is strange is that these jungle plants are not native to any place I know of on Illarion. Although some oceanic coastal species have seeds that float from shoreline to shoreline, these do not appear to be related.

One theory I have considered is that the intense concentration of mana in the area has caused the plants to mutate unnaturally. What was once an onion seed or a hops plant has been affected from an exceedingly large dose of mana and has caused it to change. Furthermore, the jungle plants have proved to be highly unstable in that when separated from the parent plant they even change from. This is evident from the slimes that boiled up in Deanna’s experiments. Should this be the case, the high concentration of mana shall have to be contained or dispersed before removal of plants can occur.

There are a few possible ways to deal with the mana overflow within the area. The simplest of solutions is to of course remove the pillars and their portals. This is, of course, not the preferred method, as it will simply result in the pillars appearing elsewhere. Short term, the excess mana makes for a grand spot to conduct rituals. Rituals hold the possibility of helping to disperse mana from the area. Another option would be to create an artifact, or even a series of artifacts spread throughout the fields that absorbs and contains mana. This would help stabilize the area long term.
Once the area has been stabilized, the fields can be cleared. There are two possible routes that I can think of. The quick way, and perhaps most volatile, is to do a controlled burn on the area. This will clear the field of all plants, but if not properly controlled, will do more harm than good to the area. Alternatively, each plant could be dug up and disposed of one by one. This will take a bit more time, but will protect the naturally occuring flora. At the same time, care must be taken to dig up all of the roots. Some plant species have the ability to regrow from remaining roots. Because of this, it is not impossible for the fields to still need to be cleared again later. However, if the excess mana has been dealt with, even if the plants do regrow, it will not be at an accelerated rate.

One finial item to note. Three independent studies of three different fields have been, or are to be conducted to determine the causation of the Runewick Jungle. In my mind, it only seems pertinent that these three fields of academia continue to be represented. Deanna appears to have extensive knowledge of alchemy, plants, and druidic matters, and has been a long standing citizen of note in her leading of the Rangers of Runewick. I would gladly look to her for guidance in these fields that I have little knowledge of in the future and have found discussion with her to be quite insightful.

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Post Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:25 pm

Re: Strange Happenings

Unfortunately, due to my trip I was not able to attend the last town meeting, at least not in time. The reason for my trip was to ask my uncle and former teacher for advice. Laraméen is not a magician, not a alchemist nor a priest, but he is a savant of nature and plants. For example, he knows how to listen to trees.
I was worried by the fact that these wild plants were moving towards Runewick, I collected some samples of the wild leaves so that he could examine them.
Already after a few days he came to the realization that this movement should be stopped in order to save the town from overgrowth, should this not be desired.
After further days of reflection, he advised me to build a wall from plants in front of the one between the city and the approaching plants, comparable to a counter back fire in case of a forest fire. After examining the samples he was sure that at least these plant species would not migrate to the already overgrown area. We can control the spread of our own plants without any risk.
Fressia had concerns about this proposal that we could not pass this wall of plants. A magical portal on both sides would be conceivable. I would be very happy to discuss the next steps with Amira and others.

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Post Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:32 am

Re: Strange Happenings

Before we decide how to solve that problem we have to understand it, mostly we have to know sure about the source. Currently all we have are hints and theories. We will wait for the results of cleric Grimlers investigations. Then everyone who is interested to help will be invited to a meeting to create a plan how to deal with that problem.

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