Crossing of the Skelk

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Once the skelk population, the Martian Rat, was so thick in the Muvari City of Ledgrim that they were said to descend upon nurseries and carry off babies. The shaman Nodrid Garl was said to have exerted his mental power over the horde of skelks and lure them all into the lava pits beneath Ledgrim. However, the mental exertion was so great that he toppled into the pits, himself, and was immediately devoured in the magma, along with the tens of thousands of skelks who died there. There is a bronze statue reared in his honor at the Crossing.

 

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Ascarna Tree

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The Ascarna tree is prized for its hard dark wood that polishes to a sheen. However, the Ascarna tree is very dangerous, plucking up unwary travelers or flying creatures (such as birds or the pictured pesthule) with its jagged branches and draining the blood from them.

To harvest such trees stakes filled with poison are planted near the tree, but out of reach of the branches. Gradually, as the tree dies, stakes of poison are placed closer and closer until the tree is completely dead and can safely be cut and harvested.

 

Echum Tree

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Echum Trees are named after the intrepid explorer Yuic Echum who traveled widely through the Martian canals, collecting various species of plants. In a cavern hidden away from the light of the red sun, she discovered a grove of sickly looking trees that despite their pallor seemed to be thriving away from the light of the sun. She brought a pair of seedlings back to Ledgrim with her and began planting these in the caverns. These took well to their new environment and propagated, providing a source of oxygen.

 

Jotham of Bathos

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Due to an unfortunate incident where he was called out to hunt down Lothar, who was reported to be breaking contract with both the Warriors and Thieves Guilds, Jotham lost a leg.

After this, he was relegated to minor duties where it was not expected he would be required to fight. During a guard duty where he was assaulted by a multitude of assassins he proved he was still capable of being an effective fighter and has since risen to a position of prominence within the guild.

 

Animal Shaman

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Animal shamans are rare individuals who are able to communicate and often command animals mentally. This is a difficult skill to learn and to teach. do take apprentices, but

Animal shamans do take apprentices, but usually they are contracted for years. Some animal shamans do indeed teach the art of communicating with animals—usually a shaman develops an empathy with one specific sort of animal—but other shamans exploit their apprentices and never teach them the art, either because their apprentice proves incapable of communicating with the animals or because they never intended to teach their apprentice the skill, instead utilizing them as a servant to clean pens and cages.

 

They Sleep Deep as the Mists in the Rift

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The great gate to the city of Ledgrim lies over the Rift, which drops a mile into the crust of Mars and is always shrouded with mist and smoke because of the volcanic activity at the bottom.

When it is said that someone sleeps deep as the mists in the Rift it means they are heavy in slumber or it can also mean that they are dead.