In the heart of the civilized world lies the Great Forest. A natural border between kingdoms and empires, it is also home to the recalcitrant elves, but that is not why it remains so wild and dangerous to this very day. For it is also home to fell beasts and hostile, inhuman creatures. Even as civilized folk move into the edges of the forest, building towns and villages along its rivers, they still call it haunted. Tales abound of ghosts and witches, and the worship of foul man-eating monsters. Even demons walk beneath the treetops in the night, they say.
But there are treasures lurking in its depths as well — gold and jewels buried in tangled roots, or the ruins of a wizard’s tower, still full of sorcerous wonders. And there are even treasures not brought by the hands of man, but merely growing wild! The hearthflower is just one such treasure. Topped by a glowing yellow blossom, this plant has a near-endless list of magical properties to its credit. It is the kind of bounty that alchemists and thaumaturges the world over would pay a king’s ransom for.
How many foolhardy explorers have lost their way between these trees? How many callous freebooters fell to savage urges beneath these leaves? Too many to count! And all for the lust of riches. For not even thick, golden coins can compare to the lure of rare magics. But if these treasures merely lay upon the ground unguarded, who would ever go missing in these woods? There is more to fear in this haunted forest than the odd bear or wolverine. There is much truth in the many rumours of monsters.
The hearthflowers do exist, but only in the deepest, wildest parts of the forest. They do not grow unless there are vast root systems on all sides of them. And while they do appear the same as flowers, they are more like fruit, primarily relying on serpents to consume them and spread their seeds. But not only snakes that crawl upon the ground. The places where the hearthflower grow are also claimed by a kind of viciously territorial monkey — that has seven serpents growing out of its neck, where other monkeys have a head. Can you survive this terrible creature’s wrath, and bring a floral treasure back to civilization?