Appearance and Use
Oat corn grows on pale yellow stalks. The grains are small, round, and pale yellow. The grain can be milled into a coarse flour, although milling is very labor-intensive as it must be done by hand. Oat corn meal can be baked into bread. More commonly, the grains are soaked and cooked with milk to make porridge.
Space for agriculture is very limited in the Realm, and villages generally do not have enough space to rotate crops. For this reason, oat corn is best grown alongside Grape Squash, a nitrogen fixer which is also used as animal feed.
Like other plants, oat corn can carry plague and spread it to other plants and animals. Infected plants can be identified by their dark color and overly sweet smell. Infected fields, if detected, are burned and left fallow for several years. An infected crop can destroy a village, as many of the residents will leave for a village with a stable food supply when there is an oat corn infection.
Humans and animals can catch the plague from oat corn only by eating it. Cooking the grain does not remove the infection. Humans who have eaten infected food show the usual progression of corruption. Crops usually become infected through a curse of Yon, God of Air, or Haama, Goddess of Earth.