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Category:Agricultural
Size:Huge
Condition:Overgrown
Inhabitants:Fruits, Vegetables, Cucumbers, Fauna

The Overgrowth


The Overgrowth sits along the far bank of the southern river. The area is overgrown with abnormal vegetation, presumably due to its proximity to the highly polluted river it grows along. While it is not entirely understood why the Overgrowth does not extend into the city of Columbus, the ruins of pre-plague farms and food stands located on the southern bank suggest an interaction between the crops present during the outbreak and the polluted river and diseased water.

Vegetation

The very edge of the river presents a thick tree cover, accentuated by the height of the grass and weeds sometimes reaching upwards of 8’, make navigation extremely difficult. In less grass heavy areas, heavy vines creep about the ground, climbing up trees or old-world structures that are still present, creating natural barriers against would be explorers. Old-world road systems are considered one of the few viable ways of traversing the overgrowth, as they provide a clear path and direction, and have avoided being entirely taken over by the encroaching wilderness.

Outside of the heavy tree cover, extending south for miles, lay the wastes of old-world farms. Vegetation resembling old world produce, such as pumpkins and corn, can be found in mass, though highly misshapen and unpalatable. Consumption of these hyper-polluted produce has been found to cause a variety of symptoms, sometimes leading to death. It is considered extremely dangerous the navigate farm fields due to the threat of hidden pumpkins.

Common Vegetation

Some of the most commonly found vegetation include:

Glowing Tomatoes – Containing a slight bioluminescent property, and having ballooned to the size of bowling balls, overgrowth tomatoes are enjoyed for their benign properties. If one find themselves in the overgrowth at night, it is encouraged to seek refuge near a bunch of tomatoes for their provided light.

Hidden Pumpkins – Can grow as large as a small old-world vehicle, and develop underground, allowing only the topmost part of the fruit to break the surface. After its initial growth period, the crown of the gourd reduces into a thin membrane, and it often covered by brush. A creature stepping onto the hidden membrane of the fruit risks breaking the thin cover and plunging into a thick, highly toxic, highly acidic soup. The largest hidden pumpkins are known to grow in old-world farming fields, and it is thus encouraged that travelers avoid all unmapped farming locations.

Cucumbers - Mostly normal.