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Twisted Confessional | Hazaril

Magic Trees

Ecological Resources

Here we will find plant products of the magically-infused ecology of Hazaril, that have been domesticated or otherwise harvested by the native civilizations, as well as the uses that have been made for them. This page is flora of all kinds; for fauna, visit Magic Animals.

Major Trees

Thunderoak (fire/air)

  • The thunderoak (or the Blue Oak) is an oak tree that acts as a lightning rod, attracting any lightning strikes that might happen in the vicinity, protecting the forest around it. Its wood acts as a capacitor, storing the energy from the lightning until triggered. It releases whenever foreign living material touches the wood, acting as a deterrent, like the spines of a cactus.
    Domestically, the thunderoak is grown in large groves in remote areas, far from most settlements. The cultivation process includes regular uses of weather-magic to increase the incidence of lightning strikes, helping to increase the capacity and charge of the trees.
    • There are methods for carving and treating thunderoak lumber that restrict and direct the stored energy in a particular direction, as well as reducing the incidence of accidental discharge. These become bolters, ranged weapons that arc lightning bolts into their foes. Most bolters are side-arms, about the size of a sword - but they can be of almost any size.
    • Like all oak trees, thunderoaks produce acorns on a regular basis. Acorns from the same thunderoak tree seem to resonate on the same frequency. Tapping two acorns generates a spark - and if these two acorns are from the same tree, this spark is mimicked in every other acorn from the same tree in range, which is roughly one mile.

Liftwood Birch (air/night)

  • The liftwood birch (or the Thora) has developed certain buoyant properties, allowing it to float on the ether of the night. At first this might seem a useless quality, since the tree is quite firmly rooted into the ground. However, this quality is vitally important to the liftwood cycle, as it is shared by its fruit. Every night, the seeds rise into the air are pushed east by the setting sun (in the west), and then pushed west by the rising sun (in the east) - in the meantime buffeted by wind. This spreads its seeds far and wide, good since the liftwood has very specific nutrient requirements.
    Domestically, orchards of liftwood trees are rare, as soil in which the tree can grow is not common, but as large as can be made. This leads to interesting effects on the balance of power between nations, as liftwood is vitally important. Thus, where liftwood can grow, it will be cultivated.
    • Liftwood lumber is used in the construction of airships. Airships rise and fall just like the fruit - going aloft at dusk, and landing at dawn - and use sails to take advantage of air currents to travel. It takes about 70 years for a liftwood palm to grow to "adulthood".
    • As already mentioned, liftwood nuts float though the air at night after they have dropped from the tree. Eating one of these nuts gives the consumer, temporarily, some of the buoyancy of the tree. This effect is burned off by daylight - so eating before sundown is pointless, and drinking one at night will last until the sunrise.

Blood Ash (water/earth)

  • The blood ash is a crimson-colored hardwood tree sometimes called the ailwood.
    Domestically, it is grown individually by those who can afford it - mostly doctors, and the rich. Weaker forms can also be found in the wild.
    • The sap of the ailwood has been known to temporarily stave off the effects of various ailments - but only for a time, before they return. Everything from the common cold to a gaping chest wound can be ignored (yet not necessarily healed).
    • The fruit of the Blood Ash, known as the Black Samara, is a restorative agent, inspiring rapid regeneration in the body of anyone that eats it. However, the seeds in the fruit are a virulent toxin with no known cure - and without careful preparation, it is easy to accidentally take in a seed while trying to eat the plant.
    • Recently, it has been discovered that the wood of the blood ash can graft itself to a stump on the body, replacing a missing limb or organ if designed properly.

Kindling Yew (earth/fire)

  • The kindling yew (otherwise called the zarnab) is an unassuming, unremarkable tree, growing between 10 to 20 meters tall, and no more than 2 meters wide. It can only be set apart from other yew plants because it is completely black, its wood and leaves - leaving only the bright red 'aril' of its cousins. Yet it survives forest fires, hardening like steel instead of turning to ash.
    The kindling yew isn't quite domesticated, only harvested from forests using the tradition of coppicing. Of course, this isn't always followed, and sometimes new sapling have to be planted.
    • The wood of the kindling yew is soft normally. However, when exposed to heat, instead of burning, it becomes hard in ways that makes steel or diamonds envious, and turns from black to red. Unfortunately, this is temporary, reverting back in days or weeks, depending on the hotness of the fire, and the length of the exposure.
    • The fruit of this tree is combustible if exposed to extreme heat - like a fire. Most of the time this is not utilized, the fruit being eaten by birds. But when fire comes, the fruit explodes, giving it an advantage in repopulating the immediate area. This has been used to good effect in war; soldiers toss a match into the fruit's ovule, then throw. Within five seconds, it will explode.

Castlewood (night/water)

  • Castlewood trees are unique in the wild - they are representatives of bilocation. Each tree is in fact two trees, rooted in different places, sharing heritage, nutrients, and other such things through a form of magical apportation. When one dies, so does the other - but usually both thrive, able to thrive off the advantages of both locations, while minimizing the disadvantages. Its fruit drops and then eventually splits in two - both parts hurtling across the world through apport.
    Domestically, castlewood are often found as a part of gardens. They are traded as gifts between the nobility and other rich, and occasionally planted for the public. Their sap is collected and stored.
    • Castlewood trees are used for long-distance transit. Imbibing the sap of a Castlewood tree and then touching that tree will find you touching the other tree. Unfortunately, with one exception, nothing is sent save the person; yes, this includes clothing, weapons, and so on. Foreign matter inside the body is still sent - this leads to nobles carrying their signet rings in their mouths. An equal volume is swapped through to the other end, which can be dangerous if the swapping happens in the middle of the body.
    • Castlewood leaves, which are grown and harvested yearly, are flaxen, and can easily be turned into fabric for garments and/or parchment. This is the one exception to the earlier rule - parchment and fabric made from this flax can go with a person wearing it. Additionally, these castlewood products is immune to the 'swapping' effect - a tree will never displace portions of its own kind.
    • Castlewood fruit has a similar property to its sap - eating a fruit winds up randomly relocating the consumer to anywhere else in the world. The fruit is a bit safer than the sap - it will only appear in open air. It also doesn't relocate - it leaves a gap of air where it leaves (making a "pop") and arriving in an outrush of air.

minor plants

  • pyrepalm - (fire/night) A palm tree that glows after dark, about as bright as a lantern. In some cities, it lines streets.
  • sangreal - (air/water) An underwater plant similar to a seaweed that, when eaten, provides the ability to breathe water.