Description[edit | edit source]
Shedaklah was largely a place of swamps and bogs, with regions of low hills and foggy moors. There was no stars, sun, or moon, and the sky was always overcast. The clouds were often unpleasant and unnatural shades like mud-brown, bruise-purple, or a foul, rotten green, and storms were frequent, with torrential downpours and thunderstorms often flooding the land. The whole realm was very humid, with everything seemingly covered in a layer of moisture, and the temperature was stable at around 90 ℉ (32 ℃).
Notable Locations[edit | edit source]
The layer of Shedaklah was relatively well-travelled for a layer of the Abyss, due to the two branches of the River Styx that flowed through it. One branch formed a boundary between the two warring demon princes, while the other branch went deeper into Zuggtmoy's territory. The branch that formed a boundary was guarded by creatures of both realms, with one shore patrolled by fungi creatures, and the other shore covered in jellies and slimes. The other branch, however, wound its way through swamps and fungal shallows full of floating fungi, mindless horrors, and a tribe of parasite-riddled cannibals.
- The Forest of Poisoned Dreams
- Home to many of the layer's fiendish inhabitants, this was a massive "forest" with tree-sized mushrooms and builder-shaped fungal growths. The creatures that dwelled there constantly roamed the spongy forest floor in search of something edible; with their most common prey being the extraplanar explorers who flocked to the place in search of the phantasmagoric psychotropic fungi that bloomed there, which were the most potent in the known planes. Both addicts and enlightenment-seekers sought this place for the partly-poisonous growths.
- The Ichordeep Entity
- A massive, syrupy stain of purple and black colonial algae that appeared around the time Zuggtmoy was bound in the Temple of Elemental Evil and has been slowly expanding ever since. It sometimes created giant pseudopods to catch prey flying overhead, indicating at least rudimentary intelligence. The Demon Queen of Fungi did not speak of it, however, leading to some speculation among her followers that she could not control it.
- The Slime Pits of Juiblex
- The region separated from Zuggtmoy's realm by the River Styx where the Faceless Lord reigned. There, five bubbling, slime-filled chasms of olive, mustard, green, ochre, and grey coloration led into the twisting tunnels and caves of the layer where Juiblex dwelled. Untold numbers of oozes, slimes, and jellies dwelled there as its servants.
- A ragtag collection of lean-tos and rotting stalk-structures that was home to some 400 mortals, Xhubhullosk was in fact the most notable mortal settlement on the layer. Insane myconids, covered in parasitic growths, considered themselves Zuggtmoy's honored servants and preached to the other inhabitants while helping them separate edible food from poisonous material. The other mortals, humans and half-orcs who were stranded on the layer for one reason or another, were hostile to outsiders, seeing them as competition for scarce food, and would attack any petitioners of the layer on sight.
- Zuggtmoy's Palace
- Rising from the bog at the center of Shedaklah was the palace that Zuggtmoy made out of, she claimed, the largest fungi in the multiverse: two dozen colossal, pale yellow and rancid brown mushrooms that were nearly four miles tall. Bridges of shelf fungi connected the structures, and the swampy land around it was infested with acid puffballs and poisonous vapors. Countless chambers were carved out of the mushrooms, so many that not even Zuggtmoy knew the entire layout of the place, although she claimed otherwise. The palace was also home to a senile, extremely poisonous demon lord called Yibyiru, the Rancid Lady of Bitter Bile, who served as the major domo of the place and was variously said to be either Zuggtmoy's mother or daughter.
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
Shedalkah was, like most of the Abyss, inhabited by a variety of demons: vrocks, hezrous, vathugas, chasmes, and rutterkin were all common on this layer. Additionally, a wide variety of fiendish and half-fiendish fungi such as basidironds, myconids, phycomids, and phantom fungi could be found there, as well as plants such as shambling mounds and red sundew, albeit infested with fungal growths, and rukarazyll and oozes.
Appendix[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Ed Stark, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (June 13, 2006). Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 144–146. ISBN 0-7869-3919-2.
- Ed Stark, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (June 13, 2006). Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 112. ISBN 0-7869-3919-2.
- James Jacobs (November 2005). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Zuggtmoy: Queen of Fungi”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #337 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 54.
- F. Wesley Schneider and Ben Wootten (August 2007). “Savage Tidings: The River Styx”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #358 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 67.
- Ed Greenwood (March 2013). “Eye on the Realms: Abyssal Trade Goods: Not a Bad Thing”. In Christopher Perkins ed. Dragon #421 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32.