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« on: 29 June 2010, 04:14:40 »

Hi Everyone!
 I present my first lone entry, which I have finally decided to post up (after a couple of weeks working up the nerve to do so). Though I have done this one by myself, I have decided to stay in the Scattersand Shoals. Anyway, I hope it's okay, and that you enjoy reading it.  :)

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Eyasha's Grace' or 'Harmony Tree'



Categorization

Tree, tropical


Basic Overview of the Plant

Beautiful, and mysterious, Eyasha's Grace truly is a sight to behold. It is named after the Santharian goddess of peace, due to the deep feelings of tranquility, that seem to float in the very air around the tree. Surrounded by the soothing, heavenly perfume of its beautiful white flowers, and heavily shaded by the vast width of the crown, it is a wonderful place for one to rest and gather one's thoughts, though few will get the opportunity to do so. The tree is rare, with only two having ever been found, both of which exist on the island of Aidan in the Scattersand Shoals.

Reaching a height of more than twenty-five peds, and up to ten peds wide at the base of the trunk, Eyasha's Grace is a vast tree. But it's not the size that strikes you, upon seeing it for the first time, as much as the formation of the branches. Rather than growing outwards, like most trees, they grow into a strange oval cage-like structure, as if they are forming around a giant invisible egg, creating a unique and magnificent tree.


Description

From the base of the bronze-toned trunk to the last perfect white flower on the crown, Eyasha's Grace is an unusual, yet beautiful tree. It is no surprise, therefore,
that in tales of myth it was said to be the chosen home of the faerie folk.


Upwards from the roots, the trunk is split into five sections, and these sections grow in a strange twisting manner. Approximately five peds up, the tree begins to construct the unique cage-like structure, though the gaps between the branches are too large to cage most creatures, some wide enough to easily allow a person to fit inside. The branches do not seem to grow in any particular pattern, yet it is breathtaking to look upon.

The branch structure exceeds the width of the trunk. On the largest of the two discovered, it is more than fourteen peds at the widest point, though it narrows again nearer the top of the tree. The inside of the structure is cool and dry, a welcome relief from the humidity of the outside air.

Though it is difficult lower down, the formation of the branches, inside, will allow a persistant climber to make their way all the way to the crown. This makes it possible to look out of the top of the tree, to survey much of the surrounding forestland. If one was to do so, they would find themselves in a paradise of dark green and white.

The leaves are around half a palmspan in length, and a smooth oval shape, and have a strange velvety texture. They grow densely, allowing very little light through to the base of the tree.

The beautiful, star-shaped white flowers grow amongst this mass of green, usually in clusters of around four or five blooms. They are each approximately a palmspan in diameter, consisting of five petals. The centre of each flower is an unusual blue-green, of a similar shade to Bavera's Eye. The colour is brightest nearest the very centre of the flowers, and becomes fainter the higher up the petal, giving in fully to the pure white around three nailsbreadths up. There are also dozens of tiny golden stamins at the centre of each flower, each reaching around two nailsbreadth in length. It is these that send out the heavenly perfume, which fills the air around the tree.



The densely leafed crown, shaped almost like an upside down plate, is deceptively thin; a series of long, hanging branches give the impression of greater height. Each branch grows narrower, towards the tips, getting slowly thinner and thinner, until they are barely a grain in width. These are thin and flexible, and grow twisting together, creating long, dangling tendrils, some of which reach nearly three peds in length. The tendrils, like the crown, are covered in the leaves with clusters of flowers growing at irregular intervals down the length.

The roots of the tree are thick and gnarled. They spread to around three peds from the base of the trunk, before disappearing from view below the earth. They, like the trunk and the branches, are covered in a bronze-hued bark, smooth to the touch, with faint golden graining visible on the trunk and the thicker of the root bases.

All of these elements come together to form a rare and visually stunning edition to the world of flora.
 

Territory

Eyasha's Grace has only ever been found on one island in the Scattersand Shoals, Aidan, and only two have been found there. Both are situated near the centre of the tropical forestland, making them a little difficult to get to. Both of the trees are set in their own natural clearing owing to some ability their roots seem to have to prevent other trees growing too near. These clearings are quite large, extending a full three peds further than the outer-most visible root. It is not known for sure why this is, but it is thought by those who have researched the tree, that it may be due to the extent to which the roots are growing beneath the earth.


Usages

Due to its rarity, Eyasha's Grace has been left pretty much alone. Samples of the flowers and the leaves, and small shavings of the bark have been taken away for examination. The flowers have become a luxury ingredient in the finest perfumes, affordable only by the most wealthy. These are gathered only when required, and only by the discoverer of the tree, Genani Tallclimber Ra'anouf. The trees are set deep in the forest, and are very difficult to locate, unless one knows their way around the island. It is not thought that any warden is required to protect it, though Genani herself checks on them regularly.

The sap has been found to have healing properties, quickening the process of repair on a minor wound. But it has a strong hallucinogenic side-effect, so it is not widely regarded to be amongst the best of treatments.

Since Genani's discovery of the Harmony Tree, fellow scholars have urged her to find out how the tree reproduces, since wealthier citizens of Santharia would doubtlessly pay a lot of money to have such a treasure growing in their own gardens. There has been one specific request to learn how to reproduce them by the mindsmoothers. They wish to have a Harmony Tree planted close to the Eyashene temple near Ximax. The tree would be a living symbol of their faith, and its aura of peace would be a calming environment to both rest and worship.  But, though it has been tried many times, the key to the tree's reproduction is unknown.


Reproduction

For a time, the reproduction of Eyasha's Grace remained a mystery. With only two confirmed Harmony Trees known to exist it is thought to be an event seen very rarely, perhaps as long as fifty years inbetween. Being in the right place at the right time to observe such a rare occasion makes the discovery of the true details of their reproduction to be one bound by luck.  

However, Genani and her husband Tenrans Jorek, after many months of careful observation, witnessed what is thought to be part of the process. The following are taken from entries in Tenrans journal:

...Genani backed away from the tree just as an eruption of glittering golden dust rose out of the hollow cage-like formation of the branches. We watched in awe as the dust floated up into the air. The light winds began to carry the dust away from the tree, and out into the surrounding forest. When it reached us, thousands of the tiny little grains landed upon our good selves, covering our hair, skin, and clothing in tiny golden sparkles. Genani ran a hand through my hair, drawing some of the dust into her palm. Then she let out a short burst of laughter and exclaimed, "I do believe they are spores!".

We continued to watch as the majority of the spores rose high into the tree tops. Within minutes, the air was clear again, and the only trace of the occurence was our virtually golden garb. But Genani was not finished. She ascended a nearby tree, disappearing from view within mere blinks. She returned a short while later, reporting that she had found where some of the seeds had settled in the very top of the tree, and that she planned to watch them over the following weeks to see if anything would happen...

~~~

...They are growing! The seeds have taken root and are growing! It seems that part of the reproductive process of the tree, is to latch onto other trees, as a host. The seeds seem to grow best when they are embedded in moss. Many of those that have not, are already beginning to shrivel and die, but those that have, are thriving, having grown nearly a palmspan in length already. Each seedling is made up of four to six seperate stems, and on the hardiest of these they are beginning to sprout leaves, miniature replicas of those on the mother tree. As of yet, there are none of the blossoms, but these are still young plants, and we hope this might change...

~~~

Further observation revealed that the seedlings continue to grow to around two peds in length, the seperate stems twisting together and hanging down, creating the same effect as the dangling tendrils on the crown of the mother tree. These vine-like structures are fully grown within a month of sporing. There is only ever one vine growing on a branch, and never more than five on the same tree, though usually there are only one or two. On reaching around a ped in length, the vine begins to flower. Like the leaves, these blossoms are exact miniatures of the ones on the mother tree, around six nailsbreadths in diameter. Both the blossoms and the leaves remain so, never becoming any larger.

There is one other way in which the blossoms differ. When the vine blossoms wilt and die, they leave behind a single hard round ball on the end of the stem, which, on examination, have been discovered to be seeds. Each of these seeds are around three grains in diameter, smooth to the touch, and of the same blue-green as the centre of the flower. It is thought that these seeds may have the potential to become new mother trees, though from the scarcity of the Harmony Tree it is believed that many are unsuccessful.

Attempts have been made to grow from the seeds, but these have never been very successful. Though the beginnings of a plant have begun to grow, they never last very long, usually dying within a couple of weeks. These include those planted in soil taken from the earth around a mother tree. The theories about its full reproduction remain unconfirmed.


Myth/Lore/Origins

Though the name of the tree isn't mentioned specifically, the unmistakable description of it appears in many tales and stories.

As said briefly in the description section, there are links between the Harmony Tree, and the world of faerie. Despite its rarity, a tree very similar in description is mentioned in many a bedtime story, always as being the chosen home of the faerie folk themselves, and, as such, being full of magic itself.

As its name would suggest, there are also links to Eyasha herself, some tales suggesting that the tree is a representation of the goddess in the physical world. Not hard to believe, considering the powerful harmonising effect that the tree has on any who enter its vicinity, and the beautiful white flowers, white being the colour of peace and therefore associated with Eyasha. The wind's part in the reproduction of the plant is also associated with the goddess, as she is one of the three gods of the element.

There are a few myths of the great healing and reviving properties surrounding 'Eyasha's Grace'. Though the sap has been proven to speed up the healing process on minor wounds, it is said that, if prepared in the right way, and by the right person (thought to mean a person of magic, such as an Earth Mage) it tranforms into the most powerful of healing potions, repairing even the most severe and life threatening wounds.

In addition, the hallucenogenic properties, if used in a special ritual, are believed to cause visions of the future, though records of this ritual, if any ever existed, have  disappeared, and memories of them have been lost to time.

Though the tree was only recently discovered by humans, it is thought that the windsingers have known about Eyasha's Grace for a long time and, given their solitary natures and lack of communication with others, have kept the knowledge to themselves. There are vague tales of windsingers seeking out the trees, in order to gain a greater sense of inner peace and harmony with the world, and giving a deeper sense of understanding between nature and themselves.

We have one final tale to tell about the Harmony Tree. Although the tale is a myth, some of its elements have been proven to be true. It is a tale that has been told to generations of children as one of those many bedtime stories previously mentioned.

~~~

A little girl was walking in the woods one day. She stooped to gather some wildflowers. As she did so, she noticed a small object glinting in the grass. Curious, she plucked it out of the grass, and held it in her palm, looking at it enchanted. It looked like a small, perfectly round pebble. It was a pale blue-green in colour and its smooth surface was completely unblemished, gleaming like polished marble. The girl sat down amongst the roots of an oak tree, and wondered what it could be.

"What are you?" she said aloud, and to her astonishment, her questioned was answered.

"A seed."The voice seemed to be in the very air around her, but it answered as if it came from the object itself. It was faint, almost like the whisper of the wind, but the girl heard the answer clearly enough. She looked around, searching for the owner of the voice, but she could see no one. She turned back to the seed, frowning in puzzlement. She decided to ask another question, to see if it would happen a second time.

"What are you the seed of?" And again she was answered.

"A tree, a very special tree." The girl continued to question.

"Why are you talking to me?"

"Why are you hearing me?" came the reply.

"I... I don't know. I just can." She was surprised when the whispering voice chuckled gently, but teasingly. The sound made her smile.

"I have need of you, child," it said at last.

"What do you need me to do?"

"Plant me."

"Where? Here?"

"No, not here. But not far away. Carry me, and I will tell you where to go."

The girl got to her feet, and led by the voice, she made her way through the woods towards the chosen destination. After a time, she found herself stood in the centre of a large clearing, and it was here that the voice told her to stop.

"Prepare a pile of earth." The girl did as she was asked, churning up the soil until it looked almost like dark brown sand.

"Now, place me in the centre of the pile of earth, and push me down inside it. Not too deep, just until I can no longer be seen." Again, the girl did as she was bidden.

Once the seed was nestled snuggly in its earth bed, it said one final thing.

"Thankyou."

"You're welcome," the girl replied, "I have to go now, but I will come back to see you sometimes, if that is okay." She listened, but there was silence. She took that to mean that she could return if she wished.

The girl returned every day after that, and found the tree to be growing at an astonishing rate. On the first day after the planting, she found that five tiny golden shoots protruded from the earth. Every day they became bigger and bigger. By the fifth day, they were nearly a ped tall, and by the ninth day, the tree was taller than the girl herself, and had begun to grow branches. The five shoots, as they had grown, formed a single trunk, twisting like five snakes all coiled together. By the sixteenth day it had sprouted leaves, and by the twenty-first day, beautiful white flowers appeared. The little girl sat beneath the rapidly growing tree, breathing in the lovely scent, finding that it soothed her, almost to the point of sleep at times.

One day, she was on her way to see the tree, when she crossed the path of a bear. Upon seeing her, it roared, and charged. The girl ran and the bear followed, gaining on her with every step. The girl made it to the clearing, and ran to the tree, which had grown so tall that she thought that if she could climb it, she would be safe. But the bear was too quick for her. She had barely begun her ascent when it knocked her to the ground, and raised one clawed paw to strike its death blow.

Suddenly, the clearing became a mass of brilliant light. The bear stepped back, blinded by the brightness. Then the voice of the tree spoke out, no longer a whisper, but a powerful, booming sound.

"Halt!
Cease thy bloodthirsty intention,
For whether it be nature's plan,
I shall suffer no blood to be spilt
Upon my earth, by beast nor man."

The calming scent of the flowers became stronger. As the girl looked on, the bear yawned widely, lay down upon the ground and fell asleep. The light disappeared, returning to its source, the tree. Though still stunned, the girl thanked the tree, and made her way back home before the bear had a chance to awaken.

Over the years, the girl grew up into a woman, becoming a mother, then a grandmother. Throughout her life she continued to visit the tree. She told the story about the bear to her children, and to her grandchildren when they arrived. And the story always ended with her telling them that, true to the tree's word, she never witnessed any act of violence, nor saw any blood spilt upon the earth around the tree, by neither man nor beast.  


The tale refers to the air of peace that surrounds the tree, and extends to all living things in the vicinty. It was observed on one occassion, by Genani and Tenrans, how powerful an effect this truly is, and the following was recorded by Tenrans:

...The hobbit deer ran at full speed, the shinui cat mere blinks behind. It was then that the chase reached the Harmony Tree. To both Genani's and my surprise, the deer drew to a sudden halt, as if it had decided to give itself up to its inevitable end, choosing instead to nibble delicately at a clump of grass. We watched, expecting the cat to strike at any moment and wring the life from the tiny creature. But the moment never came. The shinui entered the clearing and, ignoring the deer completely, lay down beneath the heavily shaded boughs of the tree, and proceeded to go to sleep. We continued to watch, and after a time, the hobbit deer left the clearing, returning the way from which it had come. Not long afterwards, the shinui left too, padding slowly in the opposite direction. I remembed the old rhyme that my mother had told me as a child, and realised, true to the words of the poem, the tree had allowed no blood to be spilt upon its ground...

Since this occured, there have been numerous accounts of similar happenings, involving both animals and people. There has never been a known physical confrontation between people near the tree, and the soothing influence of Eyasha's Grace invariably causes arguments and bickering to cease. And it has been agreed by all who have been fortunate enough to have entered into the presence of the Harmony Tree, that it is unimaginable that anything violent could ever occur there.
 
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« Reply #1 on: 30 June 2010, 02:31:15 »

This looks like a fascinating tree, Tikki! Especially as we have a picture to help our imagination on how the tree actually looks like, and it is a really beautiful one :D And if you have a second one, even better! Aura +1 at any rate already for that! clap

The entry makes clear that this is a very special kind of tree, and very mysterious as well given the fact that there only exist two of them, at least two of them which are known to our researchers. Maybe you could add something in this respect explaining that it was believed that this tree was only mythical until it was discovered to actually exist somewhere. This would also help to deal with the question on how long the tree already exists there, because if it was only discovered recently nobody can say for sure.

The lore related to the tree might get more focus than it has now, e.g. elves like Windsingers (see entry) could seek out these trees, as they might be perfect for them to get their inner peace with the world. So perhaps the trees were only re-discovered by humans, but were known to elves, who had no intention to share their knowledge.

There also seems some eternal quality in these trees, especially given their rarity, so they might have developed from seeds of the Tree of Life or something. You might put in some references to local lore that tell about similar trees in other locations, giving them more mythical meaning. It is not necessary to explain why these trees disappeared from other locations, but just hinting at a trace to something of cosmological importance could be interesting.

Anyway, a cool idea and well written, Tikki! I'm not much of a plant guy, but this definitely caught my attention!  thumbup
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« Reply #3 on: 30 June 2010, 23:46:02 »

Thanks Arti! I'm glad you liked it! :)

I love the idea of using the Windsingers. I've had some ideas on how to fit them in, and they will definitely appear in there somewhere.

I can always add to the bedtime stories and myths to give the impression that the tree may grow elsewhere in Santharia too. I'll see what I can come up with. ;)

@Nsiki - Thanks and the forthcoming edit it much apprieciated. :)

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Basic Overview of the Plant

Beautiful, and mysterious, 'Eyasha's Grace' truly is a sight to behold. Both of its namesakes are due to the powerful feelings of peace, tranquility and contentment that settle around the area in which the tree is set. (This isn't quite right: the tree was named after Eyasha due to the tree's peaceful qualities, but the cause-and effect in this sentence is a tad convoluted) Surrounded by the soothing, heavenly perfume of its beautiful white flowers, and heavily shaded by the vast width of the crown, it is a wonderful place for one to rest and gather one's thoughts, though few will get the opportunity to do so, as the tree is rare, with only two having ever been found, both of which exist on the island of Aidan in the Scattersand Shoals. This sentence is far too long - break it up, and remove some of those commas.

Reaching a height of more than twenty-five peds, and up to ten peds wide at the base of the trunk, 'Eyasha's Grace' You don't need the apostrophes around the name. is a vast tree. But upon first glance, it is not the size that strikes you. Rather, it is the unique formation of the branches. Rather than growing outwards, like most trees, they grow into a strange cage-like structure, oval in shape, as if they are forming around a giant invisible egg, creating a unique and magnificent tree. Too many commas again ;) I shan't point this out every time - just be aware of it in your writing from here on in!


Description

An unusual yet beautiful tree, the 'Eyasha's Grace' is striking from every angle, from the base of the bronze-toned trunk, to the last perfect white flower on the crown, making it no wonder that, in tales of myth, it was said to be the chosen home of the faerie folk. Commas

Upwards from the roots, the trunk is split into five sections, and these sections grow in a strange twisting manner. You should work on integrating this a little more smoothly, the one-sentence paragraph should only be used for a certain emphasis and affect.

Approximately five peds up, the tree begins to construct the unique cage-like structure, though the gaps between the branches are too large to cage most creatures, some wide enough to easily allow a person to fit inside. The branches do not seem to grow in any particular pattern, yet it is breathtaking to look upon.

The branch structure exceeds the width of the trunk. On the largest of the two discovered, it is more than fourteen peds at the widest point, though it narrows again nearer the top of the tree. The inside of the structure is cool and dry, a welcome relief from the humidity of the outside air.

Though it is difficult lower down, the formation of the branches, inside, will allow a persistant climber to make their way all the way to the crown, making it possible to look out of the top of the tree, to survey much of the surrounding forestland.  If one was to do so, they would find themselves in a paradise of dark green and white.

The leaves are around half a palmspan in length, and a smooth oval shape, and have a strange velvety texture. They grow densely, allowing very little light through to the base of the tree.

The beautiful, star-shaped white flowers grow amongst this mass of green, usually in clusters of around four or five blooms. They are each approximately a palmspan in diameter, consisting of five petals. The centre of each flower is an unusual blue-green, of a similar shade to Bavera's Eye. The colour is brightest nearest the very centre of the flowers, and becomes fainter the higher up the petal, giving in fully to the pure white around three nailsbreadths up. There are also dozens of tiny golden stamins at the centre of each flower, each reaching around two nailsbreadth in length, and it is these that send out the heavenly perfume, which fills the air around the tree.

The crown, in its entirity, though the foliage is dense, does not have much height. It is shaped almost like an upside down plate, aside from the long, hanging branches. Each branch grows narrower, towards the tips, getting slowly thinner and thinner, until they are barely a grain in width. These are thin and flexible, and grow twisting together, creating long, dangling tendrils, some of which reach nearly three peds in length. The tendrils, like the crown, are covered in the leaves, with clusters of flowers growing at irregular intervals down the length.

The roots of the tree, are thick, and gnarled. They spread to around three peds from the base of the trunk, before disappearing from view, below the earth. They, like the trunk and the branches, are covered in a bronze-hued bark, smooth to the touch, with faint golden graining visible on the trunk and the thicker of the root bases.

All of these elements come together to form a rare and visually stunning edition to the world of flora.


Territory

'Eyasha's Grace' has only ever been found on one island in the Scattersand Shoals, Aidan, and only two have been found there. Both are situated near the centre of the tropical forestland, making them a little difficult to get to. Each of these trees, has been found to somehow prevent other trees from growing anywhere within a three ped radius from the point at which the roots disappear beneath the earth, creating a small clearing around them. It is not known for sure why this is, but it is thought by those who have researched the tree, that it may be due to the extent to which the roots are growing beneath the earth.


Usages

Due to its rarity, 'Eyasha's Grace' has been left pretty much alone. Samples of the flowers and the leaves, and small shavings of the bark have been taken away for examination. The flowers have become a luxury ingredient in the finest perfumes, affordable only by the most wealthy. Who gathers them? Is this made difficult by any sort of Wardens?

The sap, running through the leaves, has been found to have healing properties, quickening the process of repair, on a minor wound. But it has a strong hallucinogenic side-effect, so it is not widely regarded to be amongst the best of treatments.

 It is widely requested that it be discovered how to reproduce the tree, as many of the wealthier citizens of Santharia would pay alot of money to have such a treasure growing in their own gardens. But, though it has been tried many times, the key to the tree's reproduction is unknown.


Reproduction

For a time, the reproduction of 'Eyasha's Grace' remained a mystery. As only two have ever been found, it was thought that it might be an event that happened once after a very long period of time, and that, as such, it would be very unlikely that the details would be discovered.

However, the discoverer of the tree, Genani Tallclimber Ra'anouf, and her husband, Tenrans Jorek, after many months of careful observation, witnessed what is thought to be part of the process. The following are taken from  entries in Tenrans journal:

...Genani backed away from the tree, and we both watched as, what looked like glittering golden dust, erupted from inside the hollow cage-like formation of the branches, and floated up into the air. The light winds began to carry the dust away from the tree, and out into the surrounding forest. When it reached us, thousands of the tiny little grains landed upon our good selves, covering our hair, skin, and clothing in tiny golden sparkles. Genani ran a hand through my hair, drawing some of the dust into her palm. Then she let out a short burst of laughter and exclaimed, "I do believe they are spores!".

 We continued to watch, as the majority of the spores continued to rise, high into the tree tops. Within minutes, the air was clear again, and the only trace of the occurence was our virtually golden garb. But Genani was not finished. She ascended a nearby tree, disappearing from view within seconds. She returned a short while later, reporting that she had found where some of the seeds had settled in the very top of the tree, and that she planned to watch them over the following weeks to see if anything would happen...

                                         ~~~ 

...They are growing! The seeds have taken root and are growing! It seems that part of the reproductive process of the tree, is to latch onto other trees, as a host. The seeds seem to grow best when they are embedded in moss. Many of those that have not, are already beginning to shrivel and die, but those that have, are thriving, having grown nearly a palmspan in length already. Each seedling is made up of four to six seperate stems, and on the hardiest of these, they are beginning to sprout leaves, miniature replicas of those on the mother tree. As of yet, there are none of the blossoms, but these are still young plants, and we hope this might change...
                                          ~~~

Further observation revealed that the seedlings continue to grow to around two peds in length, the seperate stems twisting together, and hanging down, creating the same effect as the dangling tendrils on the crown of the mother tree. These vine-like structures are fully grown within a month of sporing. There is only ever one vine growing on a branch, and never more than five on the same tree, though usually there are only one or two. On reaching around a ped in length, the vine begins to flower. Like the leaves, these blossoms are exact miniatures of the ones on the mother tree, around six nailsbreadths in diameter. Both the blossoms and the leaves remain so, never becoming any larger.

There is one other way in which the blossoms differ. When the vine blossoms wilt and die, they leave behind a single hard, round ball on the end of the stem, which, on examination, have been discovered to be seeds.  Each of these seeds are around three grains in diameter, smooth to the touch, and of the same blue-green as the centre of the flower. It is thought that these seeds may have the potential to become new mother trees, though from the scarcity of the 'Harmony Tree' it is believed that many are unsuccessful.

Attempts have been made to grow from the seeds, but these have never been very successful. Though the beginnings of a plant have begun to grow, they never last very long, usually dying within a couple of weeks. These include those planted in soil taken from the earth around a mother tree. So the theories about its full reproduction remain unconfirmed.

Love the journal entry!

Myth/Lore/Origins

Though the name of the tree isn't mentioned specifically, the unmistakable description of it appears in many tales and stories.

As said briefly in the description section, there are links between the Harmony Tree, and the world of faerie. Despite its rarity, a tree very similar in description is mentioned in many a bedtime story, always as being the chosen home of the faerie folk themselves, and, as such, being full of magic itself.

As its name would suggest, there are also links to Eyasha herself, some tales suggesting that the tree is a representation of the goddess in the physical world. Not hard to believe, considering the powerful harmonising effect that the tree has on any who enter its vicinity, and the beautiful white flowers, white being the colour of peace and therefore associated with Eyasha. The wind's part in the reproduction of the plant is also associated with the goddess, as she is one of the three gods of the element.

There are a few myths of the great healing and reviving properties surrounding 'Eyasha's Grace'. Though the sap has been proven to speed up the healing process on minor wounds, it is said that, if prepared in the right way, and by the right person (thought to mean a person of magic, such as an Earth Mage) it tranforms into the most powerful of healing potions, repairing even the most severe and life threatening wounds.

In addition, the hallucenogenic properties, if used in a special ritual, are believed to cause visions of the future, though records of this ritual, if any ever existed, have  disappeared, and memories of them have been lost to time.
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Does any watch out for this tree? Is a certain tribe connected to it? Is it a focus of worship? Can the sap be used in religious rituals?
Explain more about Eyasha - many readers may be unfamiliar with both of the namesakes.

Style IMPROVEMENTS
Watch those comma splices, and integrate those paragraphs better - as it stands now, its kind've a jumpy read. Not a bad one, by any means, but one that could afford to flow a bit better.

Love the concept, can't wait to see this up!
Nice pic, btw!


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« Reply #5 on: 04 July 2010, 05:09:08 »

Thanks Nsiki!

Corrections, and some of the changes made. Still a few bits and pieces to add, which I'm still working on, including the addition of the Windsingers. Hopefully I will have them up sometime next week :)
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« Reply #6 on: 04 July 2010, 23:12:02 »

Aura from me, too! I found this a distinctly enjoyable account. The exquisitely elegant overview tickled my curiosity, and everything that came after only tickled it more and more. Now I'm thinking about fairy tales and visions of the future conferred by the Harmony Tree's sap. Great picture, too!

A few suggestions:

1. The Mindsmoothers (a classic Judith entry, which is currently being extended by Azhira in the People Forum) might conceivably have stories about this tree? The tree's effect on people is rather similar to the effects the Mindsmoothers achieve through use of their talents. Also, the tree and the mindsmoothers share an association with Eyasha.

2. How do animals behave in the vicinity of this tree? There could be astonishing effects. For example, may it be the case that predators stop hunting when they come under the influence of the Harmony Tree's scent? This way, the trees may serve as a refuge for small animals. Also: do birds seek out the tree and sing songs even more beautiful than they usually do when perching on its branches?

3. You mention 'faeries' and 'the land of Faerie'. A quick search informed me that other entries contain similar references (mostly using the spelling "fairies"), but I don't think that's a very developed aspect of Santharian mythology yet. Feel free to make up more particular details, if you want.

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It is widely requested that it be discovered how to reproduce the tree, as many of the wealthier citizens of Santharia would pay alot of money to have such a treasure growing in their own gardens.
There are only two known specimens of this tree, and it has only recently been discovered to exist beyond the realm of myth. I think, therefore, that the tree's existence is unlikely to be widely known. So the words I highlighted in orange seem to jar with the general direction of your entry. Maybe you could say something like: "Since Genani's discovery of the Harmony Tree, fellow scholars have urged her to find out how the tree reproduces, since wealthier citizens of Santharia would doubtlessly pay a lot of money ... (etc.)"


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These are gathered only when required, and only by the founder of the tree, Genani Tallclimber Ra'anouf.
... discoverer ... (or: 'finder')

Thanks for making my afternoon a bit more fairy-taley,

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« Reply #7 on: 06 July 2010, 23:43:04 »

Thanks for the comments and suggestions Shaba! :)

I will definitely be including something about the effect the tree has on animals. Not something that had even occured to me, but it's a great idea!

I like the idea of using the Mindsmoothers too, but will need to do a little research on them before I try to fit them in. The same with the faeries/fairies. Though I would like to embellish on them a little, I'll have a look and see how they've been used by others first. But plans are forming. Thanks!



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« Reply #8 on: 09 July 2010, 05:14:52 »

Another possible place for this tree could be the Eyashene temple near Ximax. Check the entry for the exact location. I think it would be neat for this place to have a tree as a living symbol of the faith and a place where all people could go to sit and experience peace for a time.
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« Reply #9 on: 09 July 2010, 13:14:22 »

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Well I ma not much of an herbariumist  grin but I have dabbled a bit in the world of artwork.  So I will direct my comments to your painting.  first let me quote something you said in the Dragonbird thread.

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I am also an artist. I enjoy painting, mostly with watercolours, but I also use acrylic and occasionally oils.

I'm not very confident, so it may take me a while to get going. But I will do my best to contribute to the dream.

So let me start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoy your paintings.  I hope you continue to paint for us.  We need more artists who are willing to share their talents.  You have no reason to lack confidence, but I understand, it is a natural part of sharing your talent. So well done here with the tree.  I am not as talented as you with the real brush.

 Obviously since you are painting with "real" paints it is somewhat difficult to receive comments and make changes as you see done in other artists threads such as mine or Bard Judith's.   This is a limitation but I think one we can overlook since you are providing such wonderful color to the site. 
So Aura + from me.
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« Reply #10 on: 09 July 2010, 21:25:33 »

Thanks Azhira! Another cool idea to try and squeeze in there somewhere. Will have a read up on it and see what I can come up with.

And thankyou Seeker, for your lovely comments about my painting. I'm glad you like them, and I look forward to hopefully doing many more in the future (I already have another actually, for an entry I'm doing after this one is finished. ;)).
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« Reply #11 on: 21 July 2010, 09:07:49 »

Okay, I've made the changes and additions to the text, and I've added my second picture too.  Hope everything is okay, but let me know if it isn't. :)
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« Reply #12 on: 22 July 2010, 02:20:45 »

Aura Aura!!

I am in love with this entry. Such descriptive writing, flowing text and wonderful lore behind this tree. It's great to associate religious lore to this as we have so few things associated with gods. The pictures are beautiful with their soft colors and shades.

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Genani is an Eyelian, correct? How ironic that she is associated with this tree as well as an Eyelian being said to be one of the first documented Mindsmoothers. Totally unintentional on my part.  :)

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« Reply #13 on: 22 July 2010, 04:39:14 »

Yep, I agree with Azhira and hand out another aura point to you, Tikky! Lovely additions you made to your already very good first version. Especially with the further lore added that explores the idea even further (lovely bed-time story, just right for that purpose!), it's a very complete, very embedded Herbarium entry, and both illustrations fit to the entry really well! Guess we can call ourselves lucky that Smee brought you over here! :D

P.S. "Seconds" BTW don't exist in Santharia as time measurements (you use that a few times), the equivalent would be "blinks". That doesn't always fit, so you should adjust that to something else. But that's only a minor quibble, I'm very happy with how the entry turned out now!
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« Reply #14 on: 22 July 2010, 06:20:24 »

I add my praises. Brilliant, Tikky, absolutely fabulous. The story is so lovely and so well told. And the combination of mythical narration (the girl, the seed, and the bear) and research report (the deer and the cat) is very clever. A nice touch also that the reader has to surmise for himself that the deer fled to the tree on purpose, knowing that it would cause the cat to abandon the hunt. Really nifty writing!

The picture is very beautiful, and quite flawless. It wouldn't surprise me if you told me that your day job was to illustrate children's books.


All right, because it's my nature, and because I've read your additions three times, I've noticed a few typos and a couple of infelicities of expression. So they are below. But it's all minor stuff. All in all, I'm distinctly impressed, and so glad that you've  come to Santharian and are sharing your beautiful inventions with us!



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It is named after the Santharian goddess of peace, due to the deep feelings of tranquility, that seems to float in the very air around the tree.
  … either ‘feeling’ or ‘seem’ … and no comma before ‘that’ …


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It is no surprise, therefore, in tales of myth it was said to be the chosen home of the faerie folk.
… that in tales …


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Being in the right place at the right time to observe such a rare occassion makes the discovery of the true details of their reproduction to be one bound by luck.
… occasion …


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Though only recently discovered by humans, it is thought that the windsingers, have known about Eyasha's Grace for a long time and, given their solitary natures and lack of communication with others, have kept the knowledge to themselves.
I suggest: “Though the tree was  only recently discovered by humans, it is thought that the windsingers have known …”. Certainly no comma after ‘windsingers’


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There is a final tale which is believed to be connected to the Harmony Tree, part of which there is almost enough proof to warrant it a truth, rather than of myth.
May I suggest: “We have one final tale to tell about the Harmony Tree. Although the tale is a myth, some of its elements have been proven to be true.” (Could add: “… despite initial scepticism on the part of herbalists.”)


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"Why are you talking to me?"

"Why are you hearing me?" came the reply.
Beautiful, beautiful passage!


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"Prepare a pile of earth"
… add full stop …


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She listened, but there was silence. She took that to meaning that she could return if she wished.
… ‘mean’, I think…


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By the fifth day, they were nearly a ped tall, and by the nineth day, the tree was taller than the girl herself, and had begun to grow branches.
…ninth…


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I remembed the old rhyme that my mother had told me as a child, and realised, true to the words of the poem, the tree had allowed no blood to be spilt upon it's ground...
…its…


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Since this occured, there have been numerous accounts of similar happenings, both animals and people.
involving  both animals and people (?)…


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Though there have been no physical confrontations between two people near the tree, it has been known to sooth arguements and bickering.
… Why ‘though’? That no violence occurs is exactly the point, isn’t it? How about: “There has never been a physical confrontation between people near the tree, and the soothing influence of Eyasha’s grace invariably causes arguments and bickering to cease.” …whether you adopt my suggestion or not, there’s an ‘e’ too many in ‘arguments’ in your text
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