The mordax plant is an odd sort of climbing vine that seems to thrive in extremely acidic bogs where little else might otherwise grow. After taking root, the plant feeds not only to typical nutrients, but also leeches acidity from the soil. It will grow upward by climbing over anything it can. If nothing is present upon which the vine can climb, it will eventually fall under its own weight and continue creeping along the ground as it continues to grow.
Mordax plants are perennials that drop their leaves and seem to die back to bare vines during the colder months, but sprout new growth after a period of dormancy. In an interesting cycle, the mordax does not seem to compete much with other plants. Rather, it actually encourages other plants to grow in its area. As it leeches acidity out of the soil, it creates an environment safe for plant life that would never have been able to take root in such caustic conditions.
Once out of its dormancy, the plant begins to grow fruit, the pomme mordax. Pomme mordax fruit are typically green or purple, depending on ripeness. They begin as small as acorns, but mature to roughly the size of a grapefruit. While the fruit is small and green-colored, it is safe to consume, if a bit bland. Animals eating the green fruit and defecating the seeds within is how the mordax propagates itself.
Once the fruit deepens to a purple color, no animal will touch it. Inside the smooth outer rind is a thick liquid so caustic that it burns almost anything it touches instantly. Near the end of the growing season, the mordax plant will droop under the weight of dozens or even hundreds of pomme mordax and will begin dropping the engorged fruit. This has the effect of disintegrating nearby plant life and re-acidifying the soil. The mordax vine then lives through dormancy on the nutrients of the dissolved plants and begins the cycle again.
The fruit of the mordax plant, pomme mordax, are typically hard and green as they grow, but begin to soften and deepen into a purple color as they near ripeness. A pomme mordax fruit may be thrown as a splash weapon identical to a flask of acid. The fruit are delicate and begin to break down quickly after being removed from the vine. 1d3 days after being harvested, pomme mordax will burst open, spilling their corrosive contents and dealing 1d6 damage to any creature or object that shares its space.
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