The Dark Side of Ix has a very different ground cover than the Light Side.
Dark Ix has a scaled substrate, easy to walk upon, yet shows no signs of wear. So I wondered, does it possibly mean that the ground is simply the skin on some giant creature? I decided to ask native Ixopod Helga, who lives in Dark Ix.
Her response was disconcerting to say the least—not because I was right, but because she found my conjecture to be very amusing, and Ixopod laughter is, well, something I don’t want to see again anytime soon. At least, I think that’s why she was laughing.
Apparently, the ground cover is a type of succulent moss. The Ixopod term for it is “Scales of the Fhtagn”. Helga translates “Fhtagn” as “dreaming”. It was unclear whether the scales are used in some kind of sleep tonic, or what, but my attempts to get a sample were unsuccessful. At first, Helga tried to dissuade me from taking the sample, saying something about “Rejoice that he sleeps!” I figured that it was a slow-growing, precious resource that Ixopods would rather not have exploited and overharvested by Glitchen.
I later went to East Spice to sneak a sample, but found the surface of the scales impenetrable to every attempt to even scratch them. I would imagine that the Ixopods have some biochemical means to harvest what they need, since tools were not useful.
Further research is needed regarding the Scales, as my Glitchy sense tells me that there is a much bigger mystery to be uncovered here.