Saturday, October 19, 2013

d12 Table of Underdark Fungi

For Gorgonmilk's zine:


d12 Table of Underdark Fungi

Ancient lore tells of sundry adventurers who survived their delves into the underdark by subsisting on various fungi foraged from beneath the depths. Why and how these spores spread and sprout is matter for further speculation; suffice to say that only mere whispers of these unusual edibles have been handed down through the ages. Descriptions of these fungi is scant and they are often compared to their more widely known above-ground cousins.

1. Gardak's Brain
Fist-sized mushroom with an irregular, brain-shaped cap, blood red in color. Fatal if eaten raw. Edible only after roasted over open flame for two minutes. Grants the ability to see in complete darkness for 1d4 days.

2. Henry's Bleeding Tooth
Colorless, bulbous fungus with large conical cap. When harvested, seeps a black, mild-smelling, vinegar-like liquid that dissolves tooth enamel upon contact. Must be swallowed whole or take 1d4 chewing damage.

3. Giant's Dingleball
Roughly the size of an orc's head and more or less round, sometimes larger and more blobish. Ranges from grey to dark brown in color. Grants giant's strength for 1d4 days, with 50% chance of Dungeon Funk (link to pdf).

4. Demon's Pipeweed
Pentagram-shaped fungus; considered rarest of underground delicacies. Dark green in color, harvested it fades to dull brown. Fatal if eaten raw. Must be sliced and dried for 1d4 days before consumption, at which point emits smoke and fumes as if aflame until eaten. Grants permanent +7 to CON in exchange for a permanent –1 to STR.

5. Pig's Tail
Stringy, purple fungus, found in small clumps. Often grows in Purple Pig fecal matter. Tastes like soured mead. Heightens hearing and provides +2 to find traps for 1d6 days.

6. Yellow Firelight
Small mushroom with distinctive, flame-like coloration. Poisonous except to elves. Allows eater to recover spells with half-rest for 1d4 days.

7. Dwarf's Beard
Distinctive, gray, beard-like stringy fungus. Grows up to five feet long. Poisonous to dwarves. Provides ability to detect magic for 1d4 days with temporary penalty of –6 INT.

8. Owlbear Beak
Small, phallus-shaped fungus with dark, curved tip. Found growing in moderately-fresh corpses. Not generally considered edible once tip turns dark. Spores grant non-clerics ability to turn lesser undead for 1d6 days.

9. Glowstink
Bright pink glowing mushrooms. Emits false magical aura and smells like rotting corpse. Eating more than 1d6 makes PC bioluminescent for 1d4 days.

10. Flying Amanda
Thin white stalk supports large maroon cap. Grows upside-down from cavern ceilings. Highly toxic to demi-humans. Grants ability to fly at will for 1d4 days with –7 DEX penalty.

11. Garlic Funk
Crusty yellow fungal balls. Roughly hand-sized, occurs in clusters of six or more. Smells and tastes like garlic. Grants ability to bodily repel vampires and attract ghouls for 1d30 days.

12. Gnome Bread
Breadloaf-like white fungal mass. Tastes like buttered sourdough bread. Grants +2 to Saves vs. Spells for 1d6 days.