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Warning: This page concerns archaic world setting information from the I.C.E. Age of GemStone III. It is not canon in contemporary GemStone IV, nor is it canonical for Shadow World as the details may be specific to GemStone III. It is only historical context for certain very old parts of the game and these things should not be mixed.

Modern Usage Note

For modern usage, see Delphira on the Elanthian Flora Guide.


In the original Shadow World history regarding flora, Delphinuris was a poisonous moss, which grew in pillowy forms that seduced those who passed by to lay down and rest on it. The weight of their bodies would secrete an oily toxin that caused several days of amnesia. It is still represented this way on the Coastal Cliffs, being one of the few I.C.E. Age terms that was never changed. It is one of several examples of dangerous plants being used in areas associated with Bandur and Kestrel Etrevion for symbolic reasons, but whose hazard was left mostly implicit in the background lore.

I.C.E. Age Example

[Coastal Cliffs, Overgrown Path]
Soft pillows of Delphinuris coat the rocks and rises underneath the shade of arching branches.
Obvious paths: southwest, northwest

Behind the Scenes

Delphinuris is a term originating in the flora sections of I.C.E. source books and was never given a new term in the De-ICE transition of GemStone III. In the modern history of Elanthia the unchanged word has been retconned to be a ground cover plant that the Ardenai elves regard as a symbol of peace. Much later Prelate Chaston Griffin notably had his procession tossing them before giving his speech in Wehnimer's Landing in Lumnea of 5116 Modern Era, which was ironic because it is widely assumed his power of persuasion over crowds had some root in mind manipulation magic.

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