THE URBAN TREE

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - MYTH/LORE

Appearance. A large thick stumped bark tree with large green leaves which are round at the base and have five points on the outside. The leaves are large and soft to touch, have a round edge where they connect to the tree.

After they reach a certain undefined height Urban trees begin to grow in breadth rather than height. Sometimes grown in a restricted space the roots of the Urban tree grow above the ground, creating an elaborate maze or spooky hollows throughout the woods. Urban trees quite often can become hundreds of years old.

The tree also produces a fruit similar to an apple, called the "Voral" in the human tongue and Dél’injèrá ("Magic Sun") in Styrásh. It is sweet tasting and creamy red in colour. The fruit is surrounded by a tough cocoon, which protects the fruit inside from the long fall to the ground. In-between the cocoon and the fruit is a honey-like liquid.
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Territory. Grows in woody areas. The largest one known is situated inside the Auturian Forest, where it was made into the Ria (the largest building in the forest which houses the sovereign of the elven Tethinrhim tribe).
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Usages. When chopped up into smaller pieces for putting in a fire, Urban Tree wood is very economical. For a small amount of wood the fire can burn for hours. In spite of this you would need to start the fire with something that produces a great flame, as it is difficult to get the wood burning, but not impossible.

The wood is also relatively moderate when it comes to the handling: it is difficult to master, but it produces some fantastic wood works. It is also quite weather resistant. Therefore the Urban Tree is often used by elves for making houses in the trees. By either carving into the trunk of the tree, or building adding on to the trunk. Often both carving inside and adding on are done. Growing in close proximity to each other the Urban Trees' roots system is very complex, each tree intertwining with the neighbouring tree.

The leaves of the Urban Tree are o
ften used for one-use washcloths, wrapping around wounds as a temporary bandage or underneath the bandage itself. It is said to have a soothing effect on bruised or tender skin of any race. Also useful for temporary headache and muscular pains when made into a tea.

The sap in the middle of the cocoon and the voral can be used to pour over an open wound to help with the healing process. Its not an antiseptic however that aids with the healing.
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Myth/Lore. It is often said that the Urban Tree was first created when the Tethinrhim tribe first came to the Auturian Woods by an elf Named Na’Pheran ("She-Tree"). Realising that it wouldn’t be viable for her fellow tribe members to live on the ground with safety, she focused on the powers of the Earth and created a forest of large living house trees.
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