|“||Never go in there, Snicket. It is a wild and lawless place, not fit for man or beast.||”|
The Clusterous Forest is what appeared to be a kelp forest just outside of Stain'd-by-the-Sea.
The Clusterous Forest was created when water was pumped from the valley surrounding the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Instead of the underwater foliage withering due to the absence of water, they instead adapted over time to grow on land. The seaweed now creates a forest several miles in the area.
It has a frightening look that is described as being more like an endless mass of shrubbery. The flashy sea-plant leaves still move and twist around each other as if they are still underwater. The forest smells strongly of salt, fish, and the sea.
It also has the distinct sound of the underwater life rustling about with the wind. This sound is known to vary with the weather and the distance a hiker is from it, but is always rustling no matter what. It has been compared to that of a faint rustling of a heater since they can both vary.
Flowers that attract tiny birds bloom on the seaweed; unfortunately, they would be unfortunate enough to land on the stems and get stuck on the seaweed. They would stick until they starved to death. After a few weeks, their bare skeletons could still be seen, stuck to the seaweed.
Hangfire notes that he spent a long time there, and that he doesn't find it a terrible place. He describes it as a collection of plants that have found a way to adapt and flourish despite the absence of seawater. Indeed, though it looks lawless, there is a small path though it, which Lemony Snicket takes to leave town.