Fauna & Flora
Lifestone A unique stone was found on the Hydro Stratum called Lifestone. These stones are a deep black and are found mostly on the cavern ceilings. It is very porous and seems to hold water. The area between the floor of the Lake Stratum and the ceiling of the Hydro Stratum is thick and has rich soil. The Lifestone holds the soil in place and has created the most magnificent wild forest growing upside down. Piper Vines Great vines weave around the plants both to feed on them and to hold them in place. These Piper Vines are very thick and weave over most of the larger plants feeding off of them. They create a weave around creating a security mesh that connects to the stone and walls. These plants grow a selection for wild fruits and vine vegetables, some get eaten by local wildlife, others drop to the floor and create a new layer of soil and plant life. Price of Progress The massive Lifestone Forest was originally mined for the stone and transported to create farms and grow food. This began with mixed results and foresters did not seem to understand the stone well enough to manipulate growth from it. After 40 years of research, people realized the damage that was done to the Lifestone Forest. It had shrunk by almost 30 percent and the farms were struggling to produce the food they lost through the mining. Eventually the people demanded the mining stop and the Forest be left to grow on its own. The mining did not stop, but did slow to a crawl and the people just studied the farms they created. The Hydro Farms finally started creating life and growing food.