This ring consists of fly agaric mushrooms which grew in fairy ring (elf circle) pattern around a green grass gemstone.
Lightning strikes, meteorites, shooting stars, earthly vapours, and witches have all been proposed as agents of the origin of fairy rings. They were said to be the marks where the Devil rested his milk churn, the site of witches’ dancing on Walpurgis Night. In Europe, the belief that fungi were the work of evil spirits or witches persisted well into the 19th century. Hence the expression “foolhardy enough to enter a fairy ring”. Trespassers would be struck blind or lame, or even disappear to become slaves in the fairies’ underground realm.
Fly Agaric was well known to the Koryak tribesmen of Kamchatka in Siberia. They would drink an infusion made from the fungus and become intoxicated. Both poisonous and hallucinogenic, Fly Agaric seems to impart a feeling of great strength and stamina—a fact that may provide a clue to the ferocious reputation of the Berserkers, ancient Norse warriors who are said to have consumed the fungus before going into battle.
Masters of the Bazaar: A Master-Post Pt. 1 (updated 12/18/16)
MAJOR SPOILERS FOR LATE-GAME FALLEN LONDON/SILVER TREE CONTENT BELOW THE CUT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
This is the updated version of my guide to the Masters of the Bazaar! It includes the information on their domain of trade, their personality, where they can be encountered in game, and some quotes highlighting their nature and/or motivations. This list has some pretty heavy spoilers, so read at your own peril. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an ask!
1. Let’s Turn the Night (feat. The Pit Crew)
2. Ladyboy (feat. Gia Gunn)
3. Tranny Chaser (feat. Joslyn Fox)
4. I Bring the Beat (feat. Vivacious)
5. Superstar (feat. Adore Delano)
6. Click Clack (Make Dat Money) [feat. Bianca Del Rio]
7. Destiny Is Mine (feat. Milk)
8. Devil Made Me Do It (feat. Ben De La Crème)
9. Lick It Lollipop (feat. Darienne Lake)
10. Glamazon (feat. Magnolia Crawford)
11. Main Event (feat. Kelly Mantle)
12. Champion (feat. Courtney Act)
13. Jealous of My Boogie (feat. Laganja Estranja)
14. Cover Girl (feat. Trinity K. Bonet)
15. Sexy Drag Queen (feat. April Carrion with Jipsta)
Hand carved in oxidized silver, this ring consists of fly agaric mushrooms grew in fairy ring (elf circle) pattern around a green grass gemstone.
A lot have been proposed as agents of the origin of fairy rings. They were said to be the marks where the Devil rested his milk churn, the site of witches’ dancing on Walpurgis Night. In Europe, the belief that fungi were the work of evil spirits or witches persisted well into the 19th century. Hence the expression “foolhardy enough to enter a fairy ring”. Many cultures had other weird and wonderful explanations for the fantastical origins of fungi. In parts of Africa, mushrooms were sometimes regarded as souls of the dead, or as symbols of the human soul. In parts of Central America a children’s tale relates that mushrooms are little umbrellas carried by woodland spirits to shelter them from the rain. The spirits leave the mushrooms behind at dawn when it is time to return to their underground world. Fungi have been the focus of many other superstitious beliefs and traditions. In New England folklore, a fungus called the “death baby” growing in the yard is a harbinger of imminent death in the family. In the district of Norrland in Sweden there is a tradition of throwing toadstools into bonfires on midsummer’s eve (June 23) to ward off evil spirits.