“The forest, if you can call it that, blooms out of the plains like a skin malady a sailor caught at a house of ill repute. The great mushrooms that compose the forest give the impression that they are the color of flesh by design, and even though they range from a pallid white to an ichorous orange to the black of a shark’s eye, I always thought they looked like flesh writ large. Just edges of that place have a sepulchral reek, like a cask of beer was toppled in an undertaker’s basement. And within the forest, the smell weighs on your shoulder’s like a soldier’s pack. You can see the spores dangling thick in the air, lazy until something moves passed them and the fat motes rush along with the wind. And when you see the spores rush along, but not what moved them, your mind tries to paint a portrait of what manner of beast resides in this place, and fails. This is where I learned that there are wonders in this world that inspire not the sublime or awe, but rather alienation and a quiet terror that finds no reason to rest upon.”
-from Travels of a Young Bard by Charmaine
The Cogumil Forest is an ancient growth of myconoid plants in the heart of Cairnaytheil. It is a wholly alien place, the origins of which are unknown, but assumed to be a creation of the Nonmen, though to what end is unknown. The air deep within the forest is deathly poisonous to breathe, and the air throughout is not conducive to any life from outside the Cogumil Forest. It is unknown how many different species live within the forest, but at least one, the Mycon Hound, is known to be incredibly dangerous, and all of the rest have been found to be wholly inedible and unable to live outside of the Cogumil Forest. The physiology of the creatures is a matter of great curiosity among scholars, since it is wholly alien when compared to anything else on Ruengoethe, begging the question: if these creatures are magebred, what were the beasts with the strings and wombs used to breed them? There is not seen as much cause, besides curiosity, to venture into the dangerous forest. However, one plant native to the forest, the Cogumil Truffle, is harvested by the very small village near the forest, mainly to be sold in trade. Harvesting the truffle is a dangerous trade, though many think it worthwhile to come out of the forest with a truffle the size of their head.