*OOC Note: This location requires a moderated thread.
THE MISTY MIASMA
There are a number of swamps to be found on Idalos. But none are as peculiar, or as mystifying, as The Misty Miasma. Having no set location, it comes out of nowhere, for no reason, and extends longer than any common theory can explain. This is because its origins have nothing to do with the geophysics of its random surrounding countryside. It is not a result of a segment of the land sinking due to being undercut by some hollow in the bedrock. Nor is the composition of the soil inclined to prevent drainage of what runoff is diverted from any nearby river. There is no back-current stifling and stagnating the progress of the water as it moves through this inhospitable circuit.
The actual cause of this vast fen is the same as many of Idalos’ other oddities: The Shattering. Where many individual immortals wandered the face of the world in solitude or in pairs. There was a gathering of many of these deities together in fellowship in one location on that fateful day. The cataclysm swept over them en masse, shredding their essences and combining their domains in a storm of horror, despair and disbelief. The resulting swirl of fractured elements changes the land, the water, the creatures, and even the very air, wherever it appears.
Theories abound that its seemingly random locations follow some pattern based upon the domains of the deities that died there. But since none know which deities these may have been, this is of little help. One can only assume that their collective domains spanned numerous spheres of both geographical and conceptual influences from all over Idalos. At any rate, this phenomenon can appear anywhere in Idalos, with no predictable pattern to its location.
The change in the land itself was probably the least remarkable. But only in that the sucking, murky muck that replaced the original firm, rich topsoil is not really any different than the mud which can be found in any swamp. Again, it is only that there is no natural cause for this change to have occurred. There are paths of stable ground that wind through the mire, but they seem to change direction on the whims of mischief. And quicksand can turn up at any time. Even those few experienced outdoorsmen who have traversed The Misty Miasma before will find the paths altered the next time they encounter it.
Nor does the water follow the expected current. It switches back on itself in patterns that may seem random. But even a random series of back flows and redirections should occasionally lead a person out. The currents in The Misty Miasma will lead you away from where you planned to go far too often to be coincidence. But this detail is not that well known because it would not be wise to travel by boat anyway.
THE RAZORFIN THE IRONSCALE THE CRUSH VINE STRANGLER THE MISTY BOG MOLO THE FOGWEAVER NEEDLE MIDGES CANDLE BLOOMS BRUMMAFERN DIPLOMAT SCROLL LILY THE COLONY