The Journal of Old Hamm
The Journal of Jessit Hammerick, Old Hamm
I’m keeping this journal to outlive me, as the exact nature of this place that I have chosen to take as my grove is both unusual and unlikely for my brethren to find. This city is such a mixture of various different kinds of being and environments that I’m often surprised that it survives on such a delicate balance. This place most exemplifies that.
The most obvious feature of this cavern is the duality present. One part of the cave is filled with light and life overflowing in the middle of this city, while the other is in perpetual darkness and dankness. The two exist to underscore each other in a delicate balance that seems to maintain itself, with or without my aid. It is like a single picture encompassing the cycle of life and death that we all are embraced by.
Showing this relationship most fully, is an odd fungus that I have been unable to find reference to elsewhere. I’ve performed numerous experiments and divinations surrounding this mold and have decided to name it “deathmoss”. Normal molds and fungi represent the cycle and turn the unliving into material suitable for life to continue.
This mold is, in a certain sense, however, undead. Instead it seeks to convert living essences into more necrotic energies like itself. Luckily, the conditions it needs for growth are extremely limited. Most life force is too strong for the mold to take hold, and it requires an environment already suffused with darkness and necrotic energies to even survive. It seems to me like this may be one of the few places where such a creature could exist, and in fact may be the reason this place CAN exist, as it seems to help maintain the delicate balance that maintains this place and it’s two gates. Later in this journal I’ve outlined the results of my studies on the deathmoss.
Most of the rest of the journal speaks of the specific flora and fauna found existing in harmony in this cave, many of whom would not normally share spaces with each other.
After this section, which seems mostly complete, the writing changes to a different hand.
It seems a member of the cult of Shar found this place after a dream from his Goddess guided him here on a divine mission. She told him that here he would find the means to return the Threnullim and her influence to the world. He believed that he could eventually work magic and rituals to modify the deathmoss so that they could work use It’s modified abilities to convert the energy of feygates towards the Shadowfell, pushing the Feywild every slightly away, and bringing the Shadowfell ever so slightly forward, perhaps to the point where they could bring the Threnullim back from their entombment.
Most of the rest of the document seems to outline a number of rituals and tests performed on the deathmoss, and the breakthrough in discovering a way, at great expense to convert some of the deathmoss into an agent that could be used to make the Ritual to push away the Feywild and pull forward the Shadowfell infinitely easier to perform. In fact, with the modified deathmoss, a single talented individual could perform the necessary ritual, instead of the 77 Nightsingers it normally took.