Fireshroom

  Fireshrooms are in my humble opinion the most important resource of this time. It finally enabled us to find a way to improve progress without the use of Falls, of which the Humans of Niorath have a far too small amount. It is what made the start of the industrial revolution efficient. Imagine the amount of forest we would have to burn down otherwise.
— Savas Keleris
  Once they were only used as a resource to create fire by the Dwarfs. In their underground realms they had little available wood and the fireshrooms were a nice alternative. Now the fireshrooms are used to fuel the fires of the industrial revolution, giving the less magical inclined races an edge once more.  

Properties

 

Fiery mushroom

The fireshroom got its name mainly because it can be used as fuel for fires. But it also has a fiery look thanks to its red and yellow color scheme mimicking the flames of a fire. When growing it often starts from a single stalk but rapidly expands into several different ones.   Besides the color it has another relation with fire since some of them can be hot to touch. The younger fireshrooms or dead/harvested ones don't have this characteristic. For this reason gathering the mushroom requires a pair of well protecting gloves.   When ingested in large amount it causes burns inside the victim even when the fireshroom was safe to touch. This has, however, not stopped Dwarfs from using it in a very small powder form to spice up their food. If used like this the effects are not worse than eating hot soup.  
Fireshroom by Brad Messer
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Growth

On average it takes about 2 weeks for a fireshroom to mature. Once fully grown they start creating spores which are pretty efficient making the fireshroom a fast expanding species.  

Location

  They perfer soil which is rich in sulfur and are commonly found near volcanic areas. People therefore use these areas as farming grounds. Normally they only grow underground but if given enough care they can be grown above ground under certain circumstances.   Most commonly they are found in the Lower Realms with locations such as the Sulfur Flats being their preferred habitats. Besides those location they are commonly found growing near embercrystal falls, even above ground.  

Magical?

Some believe that the fireshrooms are a type of fungi that were influenced by Magicfall. Although this is not certain the fact that these fungi like to grow near embercrystals gives some credibility to these claims.
 

Origin

 

Deep Underground

  The fireshrooms were first discovered by Dwarfs living in the Lower Realms. At first they tried to see if it could be a foodsource, which did not end well. After seeing the victim's burns they decided to see if they could use it to fuel a fire. Ever since that time the fireshrooms were used to warm the houses of the Dwarfs  
  Putting a fireshroom in your belly makes you warm for the rest of your life.
— Dwarf saying
 

Spread

  Fireshrooms can be found in the Lower Realms all over Niorath which makes some assume that the Lower Realms of the various continents are connected. To this day that connection has not yet been found. They were most commonly found near places that are abundant with sulfur.   The idea of using fireshrooms spread among the Dwarfs. But they never traded it with surface dwellers since they were more inclined to use wood or charcoal    
   
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Crisis in Pavanor

  The Pavan Empire was going through somewhat of a crisis. Not to long ago there was internal strife which led to the disappearance of most casters and besides Divine Crystal Falls, they did not have a large amount of Falls to use.   This was in contrast to the Raitin nation which was going through a rapid technological development thanks to conquest of the Tenari. At first the Pavan Empire tried to keep up by increasing charcoal production but the amount of woods that needed to be cut down was enormous. Fossil fuels were also not present on Niorath and therefore not an option.  

A new fuel

  All of this changed when the Pavan Empire tried to use fireshrooms which they heard were used as fuel sources by the Dwarfs. It proved to be far more efficient and enabled the Pavan Empire to increase their steel production and roll out steam engines across the nation.   They were able to grow the fireshrooms themselves in underground areas with volcanic activity and nearby sources of sulfur. In Farlis, the nation Terios was the first to follow this trend due to the large underground area known as the Sulfur Flats which proved fantastic for fireshroom growth.  


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2 Dec, 2021 13:24

'At first they tried to see if it could be a foodsource, which did not end well.' Hahaha oh nooo.   I love the idea of using mushrooms as a fuel source, especially one that can spread and mature so quickly. I like that you've included the history of their use too.

2 Dec, 2021 13:33

One could call that Dwarf either brave or foolish :p   Thanks! I wanted to create something other than a fossil fuel since it would not make sense in my world :)

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E. Christopher Clark
4 Dec, 2021 16:36

I was going to immediately comment, "has Emy seen this?!" and here was my answer. Adding the article to my Reading List, now that the very important work of making sure Emy had already seen it is done. :-)

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4 Dec, 2021 20:48

Yeah of course I had to tell Emy! It is the law! :p

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2 Dec, 2021 21:02

Nice mushroom; gotta like dwarves and their adventurous culinary spirit!   PS: This sentence is missing a dot:

The idea of using fireshrooms spread among the Dwarfs but they never traded it with surface dwellers since they were more inclined to use wood or charcoal

2 Dec, 2021 21:09

They sure like to try stuff! :p   Thanks for the heads up!

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2 Dec, 2021 21:09

They sure like to try stuff! :p   Thanks for the heads up!

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M. R. Struble
4 Dec, 2021 01:47

Very nice article and clean layout. I also love your placeholder image.... Yamaderis needs to keep better track of those images :D

M. R. Struble
25 Dec, 2021 14:40

Thank you! :) Yeah he really does have to learn to not misplace them all the time :p

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4 Dec, 2021 10:51

Definitely sounds like these would become a major commodity in fairly short order, much like coal did at the start of the industrial revolution.   It's particularly well suited to a deep underground culture - wood and coal are both resources more abundant on or near the surface, so you'd need to find a reasonable replacement. Oil and gas might also be viable, but they're much trickier to work with by virtue of not being solid. And oil doesn't burn nicely without a lot of modern work.   In a purely scientific perspective, heating homes should be relatively easy, at least if your world has a molten core. What gets more difficult is more focused heat sources: cooking and metalworking and the like.   On Earth, heat trapped in the core is *very* slowly seeping out to the surface, but there's a *lot* of heat available, which is why we only have a few kilometres of mostly rock-solid crust. Once you're down a couple dozen metres, seasonal temperature fluctuations only really matter in places where you have a lot of airflow (mostly mines with active ventilation systems, but a few cave systems probably manage to scoop sufficient air flow to make a difference naturally) And the further down you go, the higher that stable temperature gets.   Conversely, on a planet with a cold core, like Mars, there's much less residual heat. The people who do terraforming thought experiments have suggested there might still be enough heat available to have a noteworthy effect by digging huge holes to allow that residual heat to be released into the atmosphere more quickly, but it's definitely not the kind of mind bogglingly powerful heat source that our core is.

25 Dec, 2021 14:42

Yes it is indeed a great subsitute for coal which would not be present on my world. Glad you liked it! ^^

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10 Dec, 2021 03:20

Good article. I like the Image you found. A well deserved Like.   Aemon

25 Dec, 2021 14:43

Thank you Aemon :D

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
11 Dec, 2021 17:25

Very interesting use of mushroom :D I love that the dwarves use it as a spice just like we use all kind of poisonous food XD And it's a very original source of fuel and I love the impact it has had on the industrial revolution in the Pavan empire :D

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25 Dec, 2021 14:45

Those dwarves and their special culinary tastes :p and yes it is important since coal as we know it does not exist on this world so by using that they are actually able to increase their output :)

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3 Jan, 2022 16:54

The spice thing was going to be my exact comment. As i am slowly working on the sentient races in my world one of the things i am doing is placing them on a culinary scale with bland at one end and spicy on the other, basically related loosely to how poison resistant the species/race is as a whole.   I also thought the dwarves eating it was funny as depending on how it was discovered i could see that as a logical step.   months into expedition food is low and the scouts come across a new mushroom "Do you think its edible"   "might as well try one and see"

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4 Jan, 2022 10:23

That's is indeed the way it went :p "Allright who is brave enough to try?" "Shame we lost Bardur, but what if we took less of it?" :p

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E. Christopher Clark
23 Jan, 2022 14:15

Great work, overall. I particularly liked the bit about the dwarves using tiny bits of ground fireshroom as a spice. That was a nice touch.

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2 Feb, 2022 10:24

Thank you :) Yeah I just wanted to add something special and I thought it was a good idea to make it a culinary thing if it is taken in modest amounts :p

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24 Jan, 2022 23:49

I like how they find a new thing and one of the first things they try is to eat it xD

2 Feb, 2022 10:22

They are some adventurous Dwarves :p

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