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Linaras, 22nd day of Reapember, 432 AC
After Deepwatch Hour falling 6
The Palanthas Herald

Shoikan Grove Seedling Found Outside Grove

by Aspen, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Kirinor, Gildember 31, 420 AC

Palanthas - Early yesterday morning a small seeding was found growing in the middle of a small park on the outer edge of New City, in the Market Street area.

A group of 4 children found the unusual plant sprouted up in the middle of the cobblestone path that runs through the park from Bromen Street to Florela Street. The small tree had not been there the afternoon before. The seeding terrified the children though none could explain why. Several nearby adults responded to the cries of the children, and while not terrified, did describe a sense of unease about the plant.

Just over a year ago, the citizens of Palanthas were lead to believe that Shoikan Grove saplings had began to grow up in the roads surrounding the infamous grove. This was proved to be a hoax orchestrated by the kender cleric of Takhisis, Lily-Ann Sojourner. The saplings that Lily-Ann Sojourner planted were not from the Shoikan Grove, but were infact dormant treants. The seeding found in the Market Street Park was identified by Mistress Jenna, Head of the Conclave of Magic, as a genuine Shoikan Grove tree, sprouted from seed. The seeding was dug out of the cobblestones by six red robed mages and transported to the Tower of High Sorcery of Wayreth where it will be examined and then transplanted into the Shoikan Grove.

Many area residents and merchants are uneasy about the small tree popping up in the Market Street area which is nearly half way across the city from the Shoikan Grove. "What if our park ends up fill of those evil things?" Moinar Sebastin, a local black smith commented. "It would be enough to put me out of business."

Mistress Jenna would not say how the seeding came to be in the park but only that it was an isolated incident. "The citizens of Palanthas should not be concerned."