|An Oasis of Sorts|
|Linked to||Mount Palmerston|
An Oasis of Sorts can be triggered in Mount Palmerston by doing the following:
A quiet hollow. A stream of sweet dark water. A grove of parasynthetic fruit trees, boughs heavy with symbiotic fungus.
|Resupply, but keep away from the stream
Trees rarely attack. Fish, as any zailor knows, are chancier.
||Gall-fruits and fresh water
A tranquil hour gathering the lumpy, sweet-tasting stuff from the trees and refilling your water casks. Best mark the spot.
|Fish in the stream
Now and again, lazy, menacing ripples disturb the surface. There's more in there than sticklebacks.
|Almost a monster
The strangling horror that emerges from the water is - you learn later - four feet eight inches in length. Consequently it falls short of the five feet six inches which would qualify it as a monstrosity under Department of Menace Eradication guidelines. This is little comfort to the screaming seaman in whom it embeds its many mouths. You extinguish its horrid life with a flurry of gaff-hooks, but too late for him...
You return to the ship with gall-fruit, gloam-carp and freshly filled water-casks. This has been a good day.