All about Runewick and its Guilds. / Alles über Runewick und die Gilden in Runewick.
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.
Jupiter wrote: ↑Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:18 pmTo the citizen of Runewick,
today, my student Falyame, and me visited what could now be called the Jungle of Runewick. It is our wish to inform you on our findings, and to let you know what seems to be the best course of actions in accordance with nature.
The fields of Runewick are very fertile grounds. Furthermore, it seems that many magical studies over the years left a taint on the flora of this area. To these two aspects, a third one joined: The unnatural presence of the pillars and their wicked magic. The pillars initiated the abnormal growth, as well as the creation of partially unusual plants. We have listened to the earth and it is clear that the growth will continue, possibly becoming faster and faster.
The first step to solve this issue is to remove the pillars as soon as it is possible. There is no question that their presence harms the plants, and ultimately, all other living beings. The second steps is to wait and let nature takes it course. You must not harm the plants. You must not try to destroy them. True, they will, for a certain period of time, continue to grow, and we do not know the final state in which it will come to rest. Yet, it was the reckleness of your actions that caused this. The plants are not to be blamed for that. Just as you would not murder a deformed infant, you are not to murder deformed plants. It is crucial that you understand this second step to be as important as he first one. Compare it to an arrow in your leg. The arrow need to get out, and the sewn wound then needs time to heal. In case you decide to get rid of the plants, you might end up facing even worse consequences.
Merung Harbes and Falyame
An die Bürger Runewicks,
heute besuchten meine Schülerin Falyame und ich das, was nun wohl der Dschungel von Runewick genannt werden kann. Es ist unser Wunsch, euch über unsere Entdeckungen zu informieren und zu erläutern, was das richtige Handeln in Übereinstimmung mit der Natur zu sein scheint.
Die Felder Runewick sind sehr fruchtbarer Boden. Weiterhin haben die magischen Studien über die Jahre einen Fleck auf der Flora in diesem Gebiebt hinterlassen. Zu diesen zwei Aspekten kam ein dritter: Die unnatürliche Anwesenheit der Säulen und ihre verdorbene Magie. Die Säulen läuteten das abnorme Wachstum ein, so wie die Entstehung teilweise ungewöhnliche Pflanzen. Wir haben der Erde zu gehört und es ist eindeutig, dass das Wachsen weitergeht, womöglich immer schneller und schneller.
Der erste Schritt dieses Problem zu behaben ist die Säulen so schnell es geht zu entfernen. Es gibt keinen Zweifel, dass ihre Anwesenheit den Pflanzen schadet und letztlich auch allen anderen Lebewesen schaden wird. Der zweite Schritt ist zu warten und die Natur ihren Gang nehmen zu lassen. Ihr dürft den Pflanzen nicht schaden. Ihr drüft nicht versuchen, sie zu vernichten. Es ist wahr, sie werden für eine bestimmte Dauer weiter wachsen und wir wissen nicht, in welchem Zusatand sie ihre Ruhe finden werden. Doch es war euer rücksichtslos Handeln, das dies verursachte. Die Pflanzen tragen daran keine Schuld. So wie man einen deformierten Neugeborenen nicht ermordet, so darf man auch deformierte Pflanzen nicht ermorden. Es ist entscheidend, das ihr versteht, dass der zweite Schritt so wichtig wie der erste ist. Vergleicht es mit einem Pfeil im Bein. Der Pfeil muss entfernt werden, und die vernähte Wunde bedarf dann der Zeit zu heilen. Solltet ihr doch euch entscheiden gegen die Pflanzen vorzugehen, könnten die Kosequenzen gar drastischer werden.
Merung Harbes und Falyame