Askume was a fungus that grew in the Underdark.[1]


Askume grew in patches on warm cavern walls. Each reddish-orange patch was 1‒3 in (2.5‒7.6 cm) in diameter.[1]


Each patch of askume, when crushed, could yield 2–4 applications of a dust that could be blown into the face of an individual. The dust caused an allergic reaction making the recipient's tongue and windpipe swell, leading to suffocation and possibly death.[1]

Those who purposely grew askume and sold it were vigorous in their protection of the patches for a dose of the poison could sell for up to 150 gold pieces each.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chris Perry (November 1994). “Fungi of the Underdark”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #211 (TSR, Inc.), p. 26.
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