The nomenclature of Sproutling encompasses a much larger variety of sub-species than any other faerie creature we work with here at the Menagerie. Therefore, it is important to note that all sproutlings share certain characteristics: a sproutling is the result of astral radiation mutating a terrestrial plant into a new form of organism. Therefore, all sproutlings are plant-based, sharing some lineage with a known earth plant. Each sproutling can move and interact with the world around it, but none of them need to eat. Instead, sproutlings take in sunlight, water, and nutrients from soil through their porous skins. The following are some of the more well-documented sproutling sub-species.
Arid climates, most noticeable after heavy rainfall. They prefer to live near bodies of moving water such as creeks, streams, and rivers. Mandrakes will bury themselves entirely in mud, with only their leaves showing above the ground.
Mandrakes come in several varieties, including Autumnal, Turkish, and Mandragora. Some of the first sproutling hybrids ever discovered, mandrake roots have potent magical properties. Sheddings from their skin can be used to cure all manner of maladies, including insomnia and indecision. Mandrakes make great familiars for those wishing to bring more clarity and calm into their lives as their auras tend to make other beings feel relaxed in their presence.
The Pacific Northwest rainforests. They grow predominantly in moss-covered areas such as old tree trunks or forest floors. The best time to observe this sproutling is early spring.
Amanita sproutlings are the flashiest members of the mushroom sproutling world. Though they're not toxic to the touch (like their name-sake mushroom), these sproutlings do retain some of those mind-altering properties. Keeping an Amanita around can open up the third-eye and make the caretaker more broad-minded and introspective. In extreme cases, Amanita sproutlings have even been reported of causing vivid day-dreams in their human companions.
Bleeding Tooth Fungus
Forest floors and occasionally backyard gardens.
Hydellum Peckii is a fascinating earth mushroom that appears to ooze blood (really just a red colored, nectar-like liquid). Commonly nick-named the Bleeding Tooth Fungus, these sproutlings come from that same odd flora. Quiet and shy in nature, Bleeding Tooth Sproutlings are more rare than their Amanita relatives. The nectar that secretes from their bodies is an excellent potion ingredient for any witch or wizard looking to bring good luck. Having a Bleeding Tooth Fungus in your home is a great way to increase your prosperity and attract opportunities. Just be careful not to pop any of those bulbous red bubbles!