"By the gates, Ruby, what is going on with the trees!?" Ruben Severlin resisted the urge to touch the black veins covering the bark of the elm in front of him, each dark, jagged strand erupting from a strange growth that had the apparent consistency of a mushroom and the shape of a lily-like flower of purple hue.His sister grabbed him by the shoulder: "Step back, Ruben! Something is happening to the forest!" Fear quivered in her voice.As he looked about, the blackness suddenly pulsed, permeating their surroundings, and the forest, once so friendly and inviting, now dark and foreboding, suddenly collapsed all around them, each tree turning into a tiny heap of ash. There was no brush, no leaf, no blade of grass left, and to his horror, Ruben could see several strands of Ruby's beautiful black hair whiten as the blight licked her soul. In her terrified gaze he could see that he, too, had not been spared this horrifying fate. But the worst was yet to come: the forest, now turned into a barren plain, revealed to them the war band of Kaltani they had tried to outrun. They could no longer escape their pursuers.
The DiseaseBrynwain Fever is a parasitic fungus that can gorge itself on soul power1
Special IncidentsAn infamous epidemic of Brynwain Fever occurred when the magical storm Asteria Magna carried infected pollen all the way to the Glade of Druith2
Transmission & VectorsBorn from powerful animancy6
TreatmentBrynwain Fever caused a lot of problems for the enemies of the Nordmen. Entire crops were lost in the Middle Lands and the Yamato Mountain range, and orchards were ravaged left and right. In order to combat this pressing issue, the margraves of the Middle Lands called a special magus council into session to research counter magic that could combat the condition. In addition, the grand druid Brynwain was declared enemy #1 of the Allied Forces, even before Allfather Odin, the most feared general of the Nordmen. In the end, a time intensive treatment was devised where a Brother or Sister of the Null has to completely nullify all magic within an infected area; then workers have to cut the brynwain lilies diligently out of the infected plants. A more common treatment, though costly, was to simply burn the fields or orchards down to reclaim the soil, which would otherwise have been tainted for some time. This of course still caused huge loss of crops, putting the food supply during the war time in danger.
Affected GroupsAll flora was affected: trees, grasses, brushes, even algae. In the wake of sudden, deliberate outbreaks of Brynwain Fever, whole patches of land would take on the form of gray and black barren patches of death.
HistoryDeveloped in 114 AH, the Brynwain Fever ravaged many crops for several decades, until its creator and proliferator, grand druid Brynwain Jarlsdytr, was killed during the Odenwald Battle in 178 AH. By then, much of the war effort had been made possible by her persistent attacks on the enemies' food supply.
The Brynwain Fever was feared by the population. As black discolorations would grow in intricate patterns from the brynwain lilies, the vegetation would grow darker and more threatening, and people close to large outbreaks would grow sick and feeble; some of them would even develop spellblight, the most stigmatizedsickness in all of Aqualon. This was caused by the fungus absorbing latent soul power from not only the plants and animals in the area but also the people to gorge itself and ultimately run its course. There were also unconfirmed reports that larger effected plants, such as old trees, emitted an aura of malice and even attacked people before ultimately turning to ash, so fear of Brynwain Fever was prevalent throughout the Age of Heroes.7
Grand Druid of the Kaltani Brynwain Jarlsdytr
The magic of Aqualon comes in several forms, but all of them share the same nature. ~ 1450
My eyes are blue now / yet, there is no innocence / and on the magic do I vow / to make them pay forever hence ~ 1922 Words
The Middle Lands
The Middle Lands are the most powerful region of the Great Land, which encompasses most inhabital parts of the Southern Hemisphere of Aqualon. ~ 459 Words