Foulbriar

The Briar Goblins

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The Ruins

If one goes deep enough into the Foulbriar, signs of stonework that predates the goblins can be found. A few of the goblin constructions seem to have been built from scavenged stones, stones that were cut millennia ago. The recent expedition to cut out the heart of the Foulbriar goblins discovered evidence of a prior settlement that predates the thorns, apparently from the time of the Korva Kul.

The Throne: King Skewercoat sat upon a throne that had been present for ages. Although eroded far past the point of distinguishable detail, the throne and the columns seemed to hint that the goblin court was held in a place that was another court long ago.

The Grotto: One of the few surviving structures in the Foulbriar, the grotto showed a series of carvings on its walls that seemed to depict a scene from the Godswar. A heavy-set, antlered goddess battles against two younger gods, one a cloaked male with a spear and a pack of wolves (Alvoran), the other a skull-marked woman with a knife (Namaluk). The horned goddess is wounded in the battle, and flees over the mountains, as the younger gods pursue; her blood falls to the ground, and thorns arise.

Deeper into the grotto, it becomes harder to squeeze through. The taproots of what seem to be some of the largest thorn-tangles of the Foulbriar intertwine tightly here. Only with closer examination does it become clear that the roots didn’t force their way into an existing structure: rather, the grotto was built around the snarled root system long ago, and over time the roots expanded such that they overwhelmed the stonework. Those who can slip through the narrow spaces discover that at their center the roots form a strange flowerlike knot the size of a watchtower, and their texture becomes oddly marked with spiral grooves. A pair of branches looking very much like antlers stretch out from the knot.

The air at the bottom of the grotto is dense and cold, almost liquid-seeming. There is an almost palpable power. An intuition falls on those who look at the central knot, more like remembering than guessing: there is blood still in the roots, and what could happen if they could be coaxed to uncoil?

Foulbriar

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