A conclusion from an analysis of the lore on the subReddit by one member speculates that,
The Nirnroot is another cousin of the Hist, like the Sleeping Tree and the Umbrielian Hist. It shows far too many signs of being related to not be related. It’s not nearly as smart/sentient as the Hist or even the Um-Hist, but it has the wherewithal to enter a state of dormancy when times get rough.
The following is a summary of the crafting related changes included in Rich Lambert’s recent sneak peek patch notes for Update 13. One minor crafting changes (all poisons will have same cooldown), but significant changes to proc sets.
If you considering farming or purchasing a proc set, I recommend you read this forum post.
The Telvar Merchants allows PVP’ers and PVE’ers who have obtained Telvar Stones in the Imperial City a means to purchase various items.
The General Merchant stocks Consumables, Materials, and Miscellaneous Items. These include Xivkyn Polymorphs, Sigil of Imperial Retreat, Waxed Apothecary’s Parcels, crafting materials (cloth, metal, wood, runes, alliance style stones, and soul gems)