Tree is a popular addition to most Krean
gardens due to the sweet and succulent fruit that it bears. They are, however,
native to the rainforests on the peninsula of Shar and are an important part of
the ecosystems there.
are not incredibly tall, but neither are they short. They stand a mediocre four
peds in height before they
begin to branch out. Keelos are, however, quite thin in comparison to heights,
being only around three
palmspans in diameter. The almost completely circular trunks of the tree are
coated in a thin, greenish brown bark. This bark has a slippery, spilk-like,
touch to it and can be easily removed to expose the wood of the Keelo. The wood
itself is bone dry and is a sickly, pale yellow, and, although durable, is never
used by the Krean for carpentry or
building due to its overall ugliness.
Keelo Trees branch out after they reach about four
height. Theses branches begin quite thick and sturdy. Normally there are only
around three to five of these thicker ones. These branches grow outwards for
about half a ped until each
one breaks out into two thinner ones. These branches stop growing upwards, but
continue growing horizontally. The thinner ones begin to dip down, creating a
crescent shape with all of them. The branches then split into a further two
branches which are a lot thinner, only a few
nailsbreadths. Each of
these incredibly thin branches bear one of the Keelo's
Every branch bears about four leaves. The leaves are long and narrow,
about one palmspan long each and about three
wide. The leaves are a bluish green, reminiscent of
the rainforest's reflection on a moonlit night.
The fruit itself starts growing in a cocoon. A full-grown cocoon is around the
size of a human child’s head. This cocoon is a
fluorescent green and has strange grooves and patterns indented into the
surface, and as such has a rough touch to them. The cocoons are incredibly
strong, but begin to weaken as the fruit inside ripens. As it weakens its colour
darkens until it is a pale green. If the cocoon is not opened within a month of
it ripening it turns a horrid black colour and the fruit inside a repulsive
brown liquid, until the cocoon falls from the tree, destroying it and spreading
its hideous insides onto the forest floor.
The contents of a ripe cocoon are nowhere near as nauseating as that of a rotten
one. Inside there is a fleshy, red, egg-shaped fruit
which fills about two thirds of the cocoon. The fleshy inside, known as
Keelofruit, is submerged in a sweet sticky fluid. This fluid is a translucent
pink but is quite viscous so must be diluted before it can be separated from the
fruit. In the core of every Keelofruit there is a small, brittle cylinder, which
is a chilling jet black. This core contains around ten of the flat white Keelo
Tree seeds that are around the size of a man’s
Keelo Trees, as already mentioned, are most abundantly
encountered in the personal gardens of the
which they cultivate for its fruit. Some
have planted Keelos in the surrounding area to attract
a whole manner of animals towards their cities, such as the friendly
jupa ape or the majestic le’tan
bird. As such they are more commonly found growing wildly in the areas around
settlements but they are, in rare occurrences, found
in other forests on Shar. Some even claim to have found Keelos in the Drifting
Woods towards the north of the continent.
The most obvious use for a Keelo Tree is its fruit.
The fruit of the Keelo Tree is very sweet and fleshy,
and, due to its vibrant red colour, is very
attractive. It is normally eaten raw or glazed in the sweet sticky substance
found in their cocoons and grilled.
Keelos are not just popular with the tribes in the rainforest, but (also) with
many herbivorous animals. Due to their attractiveness to creatures of the
rainforest they are regularly planted by the
Krean with the intention to attract
them. Some of the most popular animals in the rainforest, like the
jupa ape, feast on the fruit but are quite shy, so
being surrounded by a plentiful source of food is a sure way to earn their
Keelo Trees tend to rely on the animals that they feed to help them reproduce.
From anytime between the Awakening Earth and Rising Sun a Keelo may produce ripe
fruit. The cocoon is normally broken from the tree and the insides eaten by the
animal, normally the core included. The miniscule core breaks down in the
animal’s stomach, releasing the seeds. The animal will undoubtedly leave the
site of the tree to look for more food (or whatever the said animal does). When
the animal excretes the digested contents of the Keelofruit the seeds are
spread. The digested food also has fertilising qualities, making the growing of
the tree that much easier.
Some problems can occur with this method of reproduction. One of the most common
problems that crops up is when the seeds are digested by the animals that eat
the fruit, wasting the opportunity of a new tree being formed.
After around two years the tree will reach three quarters of its height (they
grow incredibly quickly) and will, around this point, begin producing
It is believed that drinking a couple of mugs of the liquid which Keelofruit is
coated in has powerful aphrodisiacal properties. It is normally sold bottled in
various towns and cities by travelling merchants all around
Nybelmar. Nobody is sure whether this
actually works, as there are equal arguments for and against its effectiveness.
Some claim it has a deceiving effect, because
if the customer believes it works they subconsciously
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