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Evuron mushrooms

Oh, if you can find some, you'll have a wonderful time.
— Your friendly local back-alley herb dealer
  Evuron mushrooms are seen as a rare species within the Ke'Galan Magocracy, only growing in very specific places. This makes them very sought after and it is not uncommon for shops to have notices open for buying the particular species. As such a sought after species, there is certainly a black market trade of the mushrooms going on, but there is an important difference in the use of the mushrooms by both markets.  

Fiery sight

The main identifying feature of this species of mushroom is the fiery red colorization on the cap of the fungus. The mushroom itself is very squat and low to the ground with a large flat disk as a cap. On the cap, bright red emanates from the center in a radial flame like pattern. This gives a stark contrast with the overall white body of the rest of the mushroom. The overall fungus is, fully grown, barely five centimeter in diameter and stands generally about two to three centimeter above the ground. The spores themselves are also fiery red.  

Difficult hiding place

The most difficult thing about evuron mushrooms is that they tend to be difficult to find. They only appear under rocks and in caves in the temperate decidious forests found around Vestar, of which the Ke'Galan Magocracy has very few. This makes the species rare to come by within the magocracy, but less so in the rest of Vestar.
Average height
2-3 cm
Average diameter
5 cm
Average lifespan
2 weeks
Color
White with red
Location
In moist dark places in temperate decidious forests

Different usages

There are two very distinct known uses for evuron mushrooms. In medicine the spores and roots are removed before grinding the fungus to a paste. This paste can be disolved in warm water to have a calming and relaxing effect on the user, otherwise the paste can be directly applied to the skin to help with local muscle relaxation.   Besides for medical purposes, the spores can be used for recreational purposes as well. The spores will be ground to a fine powder before being bound with a binding agent, before being smoked. A less common, but more effective method is rubbing the fine spore powder directly into the gums. This is generally seen as the more hard-core method as it tastes really bad. So normally the binding agent is used to change the taste of the spores. Most of the time these binding agents are other herbs or eadible plants that bring strong scent and taste when smoked, such as Axu root, which brings a more fresh acidic taste.

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15 Dec, 2021 22:08

I love the diversity of methods the evuron can be used. The problem of their peculiar choice of the habitat adds a nice twist to the potential story or a plot.   Thanks for a good read! :D

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15 Dec, 2021 22:12

Thanks for the comment!


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9 Jan, 2022 01:46

I love the different uses for the mushroom, as well as the different ways it is taken recreationally. It must be really good if people are willing to ignore the taste for the high!

11 Jan, 2022 16:58

Thanks for your comment! Some people do a lot for getting a high, luckily most sane people have the common sense to not do that.


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