Good morning, starshine... Mistland says hello!
In today's update we will get more familiar with some of those who make Mistland not so deserted place. Despite the fact that Mistland was severely devasted during a series of wars, and during the time of Knite it looks more like a post-apocalyptic wilderness, there is still a lot of living creatures of various levels of intelligence and friendliness, who either live in seclusion or set up settlements scattered all over the continent.
Well, here are two to start with.
Fen gazers, or simply gazers, are quite common creatures that can be found mainly throughout marshlands and wet regions. They got their name after their strange habit of climbing out of a swamp upon hearing someone's presence and unceremoniously staring at whoever it is until they lose them out of sight or get distracted.
How could such stupid and careless beings survive after years of wars, famine and mass migrations? In fact, they never were the object of hunting for anyone. Gazers are extremely poisonous and their skin glands produce paralytic toxins that make every sane Mistlander avoid any contact with them.
Good news is that gazers are non-aggressive at all and quite easy to kill if you have a weapon long enough to hit them without touching. And, of course, enough cruelty to murder a helpless animal.
The Gardener is a creature of unknown origin settled in Blackwoods in days gone by. Besides shadowy silent beings called lunars he is the sole inhabitant of the Garden. It is uncertain whether the Garden already existed before the Gardener came, or the Gardener was, in fact, the one who created the Garden. Anyway, at the current time the Gardener and the Garden are almost synonyms, as no one has ever seen the Gardener outside his domain and, actually, no one around would be happy to bump into the Gardener even in a bad dream.
Nobody has ever seen the face of the Gardener as well, yet there are some claims that he is leper or even an undead and therefore never takes off his mask. The latter is doubtful as the undead don't breath, while the Gardener sometimes sighs and coughs disturbingly noticeable. He also doesn't feel any fear against the Sun or anything else. Quite the contrary. All other beings, even dark creatures of Blackwoods desperately try to keep out of the Garden and its owner. His rare guests usually come during new moons and look as terrifying as the host. The sentinel trees around the Garden seem to be far more agile than ordinary Blackwoods trees, so it's very hard to sneak into the Garden and oversee what happens inside. Some daring adventurers claim to have seen wonderful orchards full of gleaming fruits and strange flowers, though.
The voice of the Gadener himself is low and enthralling, it's usually heard when he sings one of his strange songs while working in the Garden. It is unknown how old he is, whence he came and what his business in Mistland is. However, he was once heard to say to one of his late night visitors, "The mystery of life is something I am yet to figure out. I spent centuries trying to unravel it, and it's still not enough."
Nevertheless, the Gardener did figure out something important during his long fruitful life. If you manage to break through the dangers of Blackwoods, deadly traps and vigilant sentinels, you will have a chance to have a chat with an old man.
Ok, I think that's quite all for today, see you in the next update!
Summer ends. Soon the autumn winds will blow. The fall is at the gates. Not so much time left for those who forgot to unearth the cursed treasure. Grab your shovels, take your maps and waste no time while the soil is still soft!