THE ASHEN'EVATHÓN BUSH

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - REPRODUCTION - MYTH/LORE

The Ásen’evathón is a very special fruit bearing bush of the northern reaches of Sarvonia. Ásen’evathón (Styrásh "Ásen’evathón", "Sweet Ice") is so named as a result of its year round fruit bearing properties, as even in the most ravishing cold of winter a blue coloured berry serves as a frozen treat to any so lucky as to stumble on this bush.

Appearance. This short, thick bush grows in large clusters of impenetrable tangles of small blue-green leaves, round plump little berries that shine blue, purple flowers, and red-brown branches that intertwine so fully as to hinder ones ability to tell one bush from another. Standing on average just over a ped tall, and growing in clusters encompassing an average of forty-five square peds, each cluster produces enough fruit to sustain many animals or people for quite some time.

Even if one was able to discern a single bush, he or she would find that in appearance it is two dozen or so twig-thin trees clustered into a tight little bunch. The deep red-brown coloured branches sprout out of the ground straight up and curve sharply back to the ground at the top as if they were fishing rods successfully pulling in a large evoor. This is deceptive, however, as one would assume that the branch bows due to the weight of the leaves flowers and fruit. This is not the case; instead, the branches curve only to expose their leaves to as much sunlight as possible. It would take a lot of weight indeed to bend these branches as such, and the branches would likely break rather than bend. This is due to the extreme hardness of the wood.

Countless blue-green leaves of the same shape but much smaller size than that of a maple tree cover the branches from the beginning of the curve to the tip, and small beautiful purple flowers fill all the spaces in between. In the centre of these flowers can be found the blue little icy treat that is the sweet berry of the Ásen’evathón.

An aroma unlike that of any other flower fills one's nostrils in the midst of these bushes. Take the smell of the black desert rose, imagine its exact opposite, and you likely have the smell of the Ásen’evathón. The scent is light yet intoxicating, and smells of an invigorating cinnabark variety. The taste of the berry matches the smell, as the best description would be that it tastes like a frozen cinnadite (a cinna-foridite mixture) and apple treat.

The only special property of these plants is indeed very special. They have a nutritous liquid flowing through their branches and leaves known as gerat. Gerat is apparently created by the plant through an unknown proccess which combines the moisture and nutrients from the mineral rich soil in and around hot springs, producing a substance that will not freeze until temperatures reach around -3 periks. This helps the plant to be able to produce and bear fruit year round. For some reason the substance can not be extracted from the plant, as if it comes into contact with air it seems to lose its freeze stopping properties.
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Territory. Sweet Ice bushes can only be found in areas with mineral rich hot springs, whether the water be above or below ground. The highest concentration is in and around the Forest of Contamar, which is located at the tip of the Iol Peninsula. None have ever been found south of Heath of Wilderon, and only few are found in Cartash.
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Usages. Aside from being the obvious food source for birds, animals, and people, the bushes serve a few other purposes for the native Evathonrhim. Used to make a hot drink that can be consumed alone, or used to flavour the remedies made from hrugchuck grass, the flavour of these berries is much appreciated by the elves. The berries are also some times also used by the Remusians to flavour snow, and create an icy treat for their children.

The branches of these bushes are made from a very hard wood that when sharpened will stay so through quite some use. As such, the Evathonrhim use these branches as arrows, and also as spikes in the bottom of their shoes as tools to help them climb the monstrous ice trees of Contamar. The ice tribes also use these bushes to much the same degree, though they do not have access to the masses that the elves do.
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Reproduction. The Ásen’evathón reproduce in a very unique way. Growing in little coves valleys or shores in and around hot springs, these plants come up in large groups. The system is a root-growth system in which a “mother bush” starts in an area, and as it grows, its roots turn up and create new plants. This process continues until a single large organism is expressed in the dozens of bushes filling the cove or valley. The first plant of course comes as a result of a planted seed that has either been planted by natural process or the hands of people. No matter the case only one bush can be planted within a radius of forty peds, as the rest of the reproduction process is the aforementioned duplication process. As a result of this process Ásen’evathón are some of the largest living organisms in all of Caelereth.
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Myth/Lore. The Evathonrhim have a story for these plants just as they seem to always have a story for the components of Contamar. It is said by their storytellers that the Evathonrhim went through a time when they were almost wiped out by famine. This famine was a result of “The Great Freeze”. The events leading up to this freeze are for another story, but needless to say it was a punishment from the Gods as a result of some act of foolishness. This phenomenon had very obvious and harsh effects of the wild and plant life of the Forest of Contamar. With no thawed food source the animals began to perish, and with no animals or plants to eat the elves to began to perish. For five months this famine persisted, and the remnants of the once mighty Evathonrhim began to pray ceaselessly for a break from this ice and starvation. The gods finally felt pity for these poor wretches, and gifted them with the Ásen’evathón. Never after did the Evathonrhim forget to honour the Gods for their kindness and mercy.
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 Date of last edit 26th Changing Winds 1669 a.S.

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