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Lake Icavor, with its saltiness, is an ecological wonder with its complete difference from the environments in which most people live. The water is undrinkable. There is little flora and fauna growing in the vicinity other than in a few areas with the soil cleansed by nearby springs or the daily rains. However, the lake is teaming with strange organisms designed to survive and thrive in such inhospitable conditions.

Reeds line some areas of the shore. Their otherwise normal stalks are blue instead of green. I tasted the sap from one of the plants. It was salty. The top of the stalks bore red seedpods. Curiosity led me to cut open a seedpod. Inside was the nesting place of an unhappy worm with sharp pincers, most likely the young of a biting fly native to the region. It bit my hand and injected a salt solution into the wound. It was, fortunately, not poisonous, but Elendra’Tel did give me something to dull the pain from the burning salt solution.

We have not yet seen any spoonfish in Lake Icavor, but there are small fish that somehow survive. I suspect they eat the blue algae and some of the other small organisms that thrive in the lake. The blue algae have a strange effect on the water. It thrives in large colonies, and the water around the colonies of algae seems less salty. I suppose it could be removing the salt from the water, and providing a better habitat for what few creatures can live in the lake.

Because of the size of the lake, we are barely any closer to our destination. It will be sometime next month that we turn east and follow the southern shore of the lake, and Pelmarco claims it will take another two months just to get to the Icavor River. I expect we’ll arrive at Sehol around the end of the year. With such long distances to travel, I wonder just how many years my exploration of this land will take.