|Locale||Qeshir and Ithria|
Pod moss appears as thousands of small, dark green spheres that carpet the forest floor in large patches. These small spheres are shiny, smooth to the touch and grow tightly packed together. Under the soil, all of the "pods" in one cluster are linked together be long thin roots. Sometimes, several separate patches in the same immediate area will be linked together with the same thin tendrils.
Each pod is normally filled with air. If any one pod is disturbed (kicked, sat on, burnt, uprooted, etc.) it will contract, forcing the air out with a small chirp. At the same time, it will send signals to the other pods nearby via the tendril network which acts as a sort of nervous system. The pods will all contract, refill and contract in waves as the signal bounces around the root network. When hundreds of these are chirping, the noise can be heard at a distance. Eventually, pod moss quiets down, until disturbed again.
Pod moss is found along the forests, swamps and along the banks of rivers throughout much of Qeshir. Pod moss is easy to grow and has been successfully transplanted to other regions. While it is most prevalent in Qeshir, it has shown up in southern and eastern Ithria as well.
In the wild, pod moss often thwarts would-be hunters be alerting forest animals. Because of this unusual chirping behavior, some castles, forts and wealthy estates cultivate patches of pod moss along walls as a sort of natural alarm system. Thieves climbing the walls will inadvertently drop down into a patch of pod moss, setting it off.
Pod moss is edible and tasty. Several cultures have created dishes featuring pod moss.
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