|True Name||Gonjara, Deathspore Tree|
|Frequency||Common (Kalanos Marshes only)|
The gonjara mushroom tree is the largest fungus in the world. Scholars argue about how to classify this plant. Some believe it's a tree with fungus like properties. Others believe it to be a true fungus, albeit abnormally large. The gonjara resembles a tall, skinny mushroom with a tall smooth cap. It stands 14 meters tall. It has a smooth grey surface which is slightly moist to the touch. The gonjara has a slight odor, not unpleasant, but recognizable. When viewed from a distance, a faint bluish grey mist can be seen descending from the cap, although this mist is difficult to see unless the lighting is right. Gonjara mushroom trees grow in large groups of several hundred.
One peculiar trait of this plant is that it appears to breathe. It rhythmically expands and contracts its stem and cap subtly, in and out, as if slowly breathing. The mist is expelled from the gills under the cap with every exhale.
The gonjara mushroom tree emits a large quantity of spores which permeate the atmosphere around it. Gonjara spores are generally unhealthy to breathe and have a number of physiological effects. Breathing gonjara spores for more than a few hours will result in respiratory infection that slowly drains strength away. The victim will have difficulty breathing, will feel sluggish and will suffer stiff joints. All of this will generally make fighting difficult. While suffering from this gonjara infection, wounds will NOT heal. Even magical healing is less effective. Food exposed to gonjara spores will rot quickly.
Gonjara mushroom trees are found only in the Kalanos Marshes. Several thousand grow in that swamp and poison the atmosphere with their spores over hundreds of square kilometers. People traveling through the Kalanos Marshes will suffer the ill effects of the spores.
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