Fungi, Fun Guy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


This journal entry is devoted to a discussion of the kinds of exotic fungi populating the Underdark. All material is boosted from the Out of the Abyss hardcover, so credit to Wizards of the Coast and Green Ronin Publishing.

Nightlight: A nightlight is a tall and tube-shaped bioluminescent mushroom that grows to a height of 5-10 feet and emits bright light in a 15' radius and dim light for an additional 15'. A nightlight that is uprooted or destroyed goes dark after 1 round. If a living nightlight is touched either by a creature or an object its light goes out until it is touched again.

Nilhogg's Nose: A Nilhogg's nose is a small mushroom that grants any creature that eats it advantage on Perception checks based on smell for 1-4 hours. However, the creature suffers disadvantage on saving throws against effects based on smell for the same amount of time.

Ormu: A bioluminescent green moss that grows in warm and damp areas, ormu is particularly common near steam tunnels and vents. It sheds dim light in a 5' radius and can be harvested, dried, and made into a phosphorescent powder or pigment.

Timmask: Also known as the devil's mushroom, a timmask is a two-foot tall toadstool with orange and red stripes across its beige cap. Uprooting or destroying a timmask causes it to expel a 15' radius cloud of poisonous spores. Creatures in the area must succeed at a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned. While poisoned in this way, the creature is under the effect of a confusion spell with a duration of 1 minute. When the spell effect ends, the poisoned condition also ends.

Tongue of Madness: Tongue of madness is an edible fungus that looks somewhat like a large human tongue. A creature that eats a tongue of madness must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or compulsively speak aloud its every thought for the next hour. The effect can be ended with a lesser restoration spell.

Torchstalk: A one- to two-foot tall mushroom with a combustible cap, a single torchstalk burns for 24 hours once lit. There is a 1 in 6 chance that a torchstalk explodes when lit, bursting into a cloud of fiery spores. Creatures within 10' of an exploding torchstalk take 1-6 points of fire damage.