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September 16, 2006, 12:44 pm

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Sleep with a cloth wrapped around your face or you’ll be a frungy garden in the morning…

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Chokesprout is a fast growing fungus that requires only two things to flourish, moisture and warmth. It spreads across the surface of muds and shallow bodies of water in a fibrous carpet of white tubules.

Chokesprout originated in the Gant swamps where it grows on the thick armored carapaces of the meter long swamp insects as well as creating entire fungus bogs. The insects there devour the fungus at a voracious rate, which is the main reason why the fungus grows so rapidly. A spore to grow to fruiting size in a matter of a few hours, growing as much as two inches as hour in ideal conditions.

Conditions within a normal human, or demihuman mouth closely matches the ideals for chokesprout growth. This is where the fungus has gained its name. Many an explorer has awoken with his mouth almost closed off by fibrous growths of the plant. Removing it is generally unpleasant as many small fibers have generally infested the mucus membranes of the mouth and nose, making the matter dangerous and painful.

On rare occassions said explorer hasnt awoken in time and ends up choking to death with his mouth and nose completely obstructed by the stuff. To prevent this ignoble fate, there are a number of things that can be done. The most common cure is to wear some sort of covering over the mouth and nose in areas where the fungus is known to be a problem. this is also done by avoiding areas where the thick white mats are found. Only a fool sleeps in a fungus soft bed.

Other remedies include drinking some sort of acidic beverage, with fruit juices or a dilution of vinegar being popular. This makes the mouth too acidic to support fungus growth. A folk remedy is to avoid cheeses and milk before sleeping as this alters the pH in favor of the fungi’s growing conditions.

Plot Hooks
Fungi Bogs - The PCs crossing a swampy region find a thick fungus bloom that makes the ground look solid until they reach a deep spot and vanish through the previously solid seeming mat. After they leave the bog, all of their clothes and gear are infested with the spores. Wet food goods sprout tubules in a matter of hours, and they run the risk of a choking death from the stuff.

Bad bad Salad - After a long rain, farmers find chokesprout bubbling up from the soil, and it is spoiling their crops. Its not long before the cost of basic non-preserved foods goes through the roof. Options for food on the road fall to smoked and dried goods, stores that were intended for the winter. A small famine ensues with the PCs feeling a little leaner for it. What if the PCs are the ones who brought the spores from their previous encounter in the bog.

The Fungi-Golem - a demented swamp gnome has constructed a golem from the chokesprout and blackwood. When the weather shows signs of rain, he unleashes the pale monster to rampage, and in its wake the fungus sprouts in profusion. fighting the monster is difficult as it can fully heal its wounds in an hour, no matter how grevious.

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Voted Cheka Man
September 4, 2006, 22:16
*scratches itchy fungus in rl* Quite a horror. 5/5
Voted manfred
September 5, 2006, 3:06
Not bad, though somewhat less attractive than the other fungus of today. Oh, and maybe you should link it here, since you used it in the summary. :)
Voted Murometz
September 5, 2006, 10:30
I agree with manfred. The other fungi seemed a bit more interesting, but this is funky too! Love the plot hooks, particularly Fungi Golem, and the opening line.
Voted Dozus
September 5, 2006, 10:39
What a way to go.
Cheka Man
March 28, 2008, 18:25
What if someone ate a Chokesprout by mistake?
March 28, 2008, 19:33
I think it would be simply digested. The problem is, if some part was left among the teeth, it may start to grow - not to life-threatening proportions, but very nasty all along. The victim may require some special medicine to get rid of it.
March 29, 2008, 11:45
Probably tastes good fried with some salt and butter, but like Manfred said, better brush your teeth afterwards, and gargle something astringent
Voted Silveressa
May 14, 2008, 16:25
Nasty stuff, I particularly like how it;s non lethal yet of a serious nuisance.

on a side note, other places on the human body are also of similar moist wet conditions as the mouth, so a surprised adventurer could well find this growing in unexpected places after a trek through some. (Between the toes or the groin area, which would be extremely unpleasant for females.)

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       By: Monument

When the characters approach a clearing in the forest, they will see 4 ogres who are guarding, and preventing from escape, 4 human males, and 3 human females. The ogres will see the party and leap to attack. The females will scream "OUR SAVIORS!!" and run screaming straight across the currently forming battlefield, in between ogres and party members, to hide behind the rearmost party members. They will be safe there. The males will try to skirt the battle to the north side to join the women.

To the south, giants will be hiding in the thick underbrush until the party has engaged the ogres and then attack the most opportune target EXCEPT the ones that the females are next to.

It should be noted that the female commoners are not female commoners at all, nor are the male commoners actually male commoners. The female commoners are the hags, who have polymorphed themselves as the commoners in their stewpot to escape detection. The males skirting the battle are actually MORE ogres, the hags were in the process of polymorphing ALL the ogres into regular humans for ambush purposes. The REAL commoners are already dead, having found their way into the coven's cauldron for dinner.

The hags (the women) will position themselves near to any spellcasters in the rear first, and then near anyone else in the back of the fight. The ogres (the men) will wait until the hags shift form, and then attack first the rear folks, then shift into the melee.

It is possible that the characters, as they approach the ogres, will notice the giants in the bush, and be able to warn the others of the ambush.

GAME NOTES: If you sell the screaming women correctly, they will not even be suspected until it is too late. Therein lay the problem. This encounter is ESPECIALLY deadly to the rear eschelon of the party. It is entirely possible that the hags will finish off half the party before they even realize they have been duped. Caution is required if the game master wishes to avoid a TPK(total party kill).

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