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The Shademurk Bog[1][2][3] was a corrupt, thickly-wooded swamp[4] in the Feywild that later became the Shademurk Forest after the source of the corruption was destroyed.

Description[]

The trees of the Shademurk Bog had thick trunks with sagging canopies like weeping willows. Black, sticky, tar-like ichor coated the vegetation and seeped into the ground.[5] This viscid substance could impede foot travel; Scanlan, for example, tired from repeatedly extracting his feet from the tar.[6]

History[]

The Shademurk was once a very beautiful landscape, the fountain heart of the Gilded Run that provided the flowing rivers that spun throughout the entire region. There was an Archfey many years before who was spurned by his beloved and grew spiteful, so full of angst and anger and vengeful thoughts that it turned his heart dark and black and he began to spill black ichor into the fen around him, corrupting the land. It was then that the lands became the Shademurk. Dryads turned foul and shadowed. Other creatures began to crawl up from the bog itself, and to feed off the life of those they could reach. The only thing that held its spread at bay was the Gilded Run, the rapids. The area had found balance, did not pose an immediate threat, and served a purpose. But it was dangerous, akin to wading through an oil slick. To enter was to walk into a hungry swamp that never gave up its need to feed.[7]

After Vox Machina slew Saundor, the black ichor that seeped out of the plants of the Shademurk Bog ceased flowing and started hardening like amber.[8] Using Commune with Nature, Keyleth confirmed that the surrounding plants of the bog began to relax upon Saundor's demise.[9]

When Vox Machina returned to the Feywild about a year later, they found that the corruption had entirely receded. The area looked like a normal forest by Feywild standards.[10] The Shademurk Forest seemed to have some level of intelligence and recognized the people who freed it from Saundor's influence. As Vox Machina were making camp for the night, one of the trees bent its branches in a certain way to make sleeping more comfortable.[11]

The Shademurk - Artagan

source=The Tales of Exandria: Artagan #3

Decades later, during the trial against Artagan of the Morncrown, the archfey used a fight that had people distracted to run away; however, he was stopped by Keyleth, who wasn't very willing to let him leave, until he reminded her that his crime against her (choking Vax'ildan) had led to them returning to Exandria in time to save the world. The archdruid then brought him to the Shademurk to speak. The domain was still swampy, which disgusted Artagan, but it generally looked more golden, healthy, and luminous, so mortal and fey stayed there for their conversation, until Keyleth sent him to the Material Plane.

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 220. Saundor was given a title "Master of the Shademurk"
  2. Spelled "Shademurk" in the sourcebook. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 123.
  3. In the unofficial transcripts, it was spelled "Shademirk"  See "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) at 1:33:49.  Also see "Uninviting Waters" (1x62) at 10:26 and "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 2:42.
  4. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 0:02:46.
  5. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 0:02:46.
  6. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 0:10:50.
  7. See "Heredity and Hats" (1x60) at 1:33:49.
  8. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 3:57:37.
  9. See "The Echo Tree" (1x63) at 3:53:27.
  10. See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 0:39:37.
  11. See "The Fate-Touched" (1x103) at 00:49:20.

Art:

  1. Screenshot of the Shademurk Bog, by Titmouse from "Echo Tree" (LVM2x08). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
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