It is rumored that the Eastern Black Marshes were once thriving farmland around a lake. Sages have dated relics from that period to at least 1000 to 2000 years ago. Historians cannot agree if the farmland was run by a tribe or was in fact a town or city, but what they can agree upon is that around 1000 years ago a huge magic battle took place there.
During this battle, the very fabric of reality was tampered with and ancient sorcerers pulled upon magical forces in their most raw form. The end result caused a devastating explosion, destroying the farmland, gutting the terrain and spreading the lake out into a rotting, fetid marsh. Legend has it that only one being survived the destruction, a creature now known as the Writhing Pine.
Half man, half tree, the creature rests at the epicenter of the marsh (and probably the ancient explosion). The needleless pine tree looks as if it’s dying and on its surface is a face of wood that appears to be in agony.