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« on: 11 June 2010, 03:14:56 »

Overview

The Azigoor tree is a short bushy tree that grows across the northern areas of the Sarvonian continent.  It is not a hardy plant by nature, so is often cared for by farmers in order to maximize its production of Azigoor fruit.  The fruit has provided a wealth of foodstuffs for many years.

Description

The Azigoor is a short deciduous tree that grows in areas north of the Tandalas.  Most of these trees stand no more than 2-3 peds when fully mature.  It has somewhat of an umbrella shape in that its trunk is branch free for two thirds of its height, then the branches flare out nearly parallel to the ground.  Small, but thick green leaves are newly formed each spring, turning a deep red in colour in autumn and falling off the tree before winter.

The trunk of the Azigoor has a smooth bark.  It is dark in colour with few blemishes in healthy trees.  The trunks get about as thick as a man's torso in mature trees.  If cut down, one would find the wood light and pulpy.  It has a fine grain, is an orangish beige in colour, and is very soft.  When it is freshly cut, it can be crumbled in ones hand, thus why after a strong wind storm, it is not uncommon to find downed trees.  If the wood is allowed to dry, it will set up a bit and allow for carving of items, so artists like to get the wood for its aesthetic qualities.

The fruit of this tree start out in the spring as small berries.  These berries grow in clusters that hang from the branch.  Through the summer these seeds grow into fruit the size of a human male's thumb, mostly round or oval in shape.  The skin starts out greyish green and turns darker as the season progresses.  If one cuts into these thick skinned fruit, the flesh inside if a yellowish green colour and meaty.  

There is a high amount of oil in the fruit, as there is in the leaves, which sometimes form small droplets.  The Azigoor has sometimes been called the Crying Tree, because in a light breeze, if the tree has a lot of oil, it will fall from the tree in many tear like drops.

Territory

The Azigoor is a cold weather tree.  It prefers climates where a long winter is interrupted by a short mild summer.  Not seen below the Tandala highlands, it becomes more numerous the further one travels north.  It is not found in any of the iceland regions that have frozen lands all year round.

One area that the Azigoor is most numerous is at the base of the Iol Peninsula.  The Antislar people have cultivated this tree for thousands of years, so there are many trees here.  The island of Islar boasts many orchards dedicated specifically to the growing of this tree.  However, the greatest orchards of the Azigoor are found on the western edge of the Plains of Antislar.  The low hills that rise from the Gulf of Oh' cant'aelwyn are covered in these trees.

Other areas where the Azigoor is found is on the southern slopes of the Gathorn Mountains, where nomadic Remusian make use of it.  It can be on the shores and Islands of Eight Winds Bay, where the Arthyrón elves cultivate small groves.  It grows along the southern half of the Caael'heroth Peninsula, where the Kaaer'dár'shín half-orcs have carried it into lands it had not before grown.  It is found in the northern areas of the Kanapan Peninsula, where the dark skinned Kanapans tend to their groves, and it is found in and among the Shaded Forest, where the Injerín elves enjoy its bounty.  

Without the hand of farmers, these trees seem to reproduce slowly, so naturally occurring groves of Azigoor are rare.  Instead, sparse placements of the trees are found.


Usages

Primarily, the Azigoor tree is a harvested tree, providing both fruit and oil for the races of northern Sarvonia.  The fruit is tasty, running a bit bitter, but delicious if pickled or cooked in other dishes.  The fruit is also very oily, and when pressed, produces a green tinged clear oil that is used in cooking.  As well, the bud like berries from whence the fruit develop are used in the making of Goora, when the seeds are mixed with phummel grain and other ingredients, then distilled.

The wood of the Azigoor tree is not suitable for building material, though it can be used for carving ornaments and figurines.  It also makes good firewood, though it burns too quickly compared to other hardwoods, so is not the first choice, especially to those who can afford to get better wood.

In a way, the Azigoor works as a fishing lure.  Off the coast of the Gulf of Oh'cant'aelwyn, on the Plains of Antislar, when it rains in summer, the water flowing into the gulf is saturated with high quantities of Azigoor oil, which in turn attracts many types of fish, especially the Varlihn.   Fishermen in the area take their nets into the gulf right after every rain in order to increase their catch sizes.

Reproduction

The Azigoor reproduces via the fruit that is produced.  However, it is not simply a case of the fruit dropping to the ground and sprouting roots and growing a new tree.  Researchers have guessed that the outer casing of the seed is too tough for it to sprout.  To get around this, farmers of the Azigoor feed the fruit to livestock, then reclaim the seeds from the dung.

In order to ensure that the seed sprouts, they are brought into large buildings called Azinurseries, which are kept at a cool temperature, not too cold or too hot, so that the seed may have the best chance to germinate.  When the tree reaches a palmspan in height, it is then transferred outside to an orchard setting.

The Azigoor does not produce fruit for the first ten years of its growth.  Instead, it typically grows about a fore a year, more or less.  After ten years, it stops growing taller and begins growing more branches which produce fruit.  The fruit starts as berry like greyish green bud in early spring.  This bud fills out during the summer with a thick meaty pulp, which turns darker in colour to a deep blackish green hue.  During the winter, the fruit freezes and drops from the tree.

In nature, animals eat the fruit during the summer and autumn months.  Then, the seeds are deposited with the animals dung, and a new tree has a chance to grow.  Because of the delicate nature of new shoots, many die during their first year from the weather or being eaten by herbivores.  This is what primarily keeps the Azigoor in low numbers in places where it is not actively farmed.


Myth/Lore/Origins

Koraya created the Azigoor tree in order to feed her people.  This is the accepted origins of the Antislar people.  As long as the Antislar have kept records, both oral and written, the Azigoor tree has provided them with food and oil.  Though always there, it has always been in the background of myths and stories, as if it had always been there and always would be.

As best as scholars can surmise, is that the Blessed Sea Elves of the Eight Winds Bay area that first cultivated the Azigoor tree.  It is thought that they found trees on the Islands in the Eight Winds Bay and learned the secrets needed to maximize the ability of the Azigoor tree to produce and reproduce.  However, the Sea Elves have not applied their knowledge to the trees in the same industrious way the Antislar have.  The elves have a few small groves, but nothing in the way of the large orchards of the Antislar.

In the early years of 1000 bS, the Sea Elves had begun to trade with other tribes of the north.  In their exploration of the headwaters of the Ulaenoth River, they came in contact with the small and primitive Antislar tribe.  Scholars believe that during this time the Elves taught the Antislar how to work with the Azigoor tree.  In the years after, the Antislar took the Sea Elf knowledge and applied it in a way that no other tribe has managed to do, and created a true industry out of producing both Azigoor fruit and oil.

Along with explaining to the Antislar how to increase the reproductive ability of the seeds by having animals eat the fruit then claiming the seeds from the dung, the Sea Elves also taught the Antislar how to care for the fruit bearing trees.   They showed the Antislar how to prune certain dying limbs from the trees so that the remaining actually produced more fruit.

When the Antislar settlement of Anif seperated from Antislar, they spread north to Eph'denn, brinking with them the Azigoor tree, which was not native to that peninsula.  After they became the Kaaer, they brought cultivation of the Azigoor to all territory controlled by the Kaaer.

It was the Antislar who developed the Azinurseries, sometime after SW III.  This greatly increased the number of Azigoor trees the Antislar could produce, and helped the rise of the Antislar into a strong force in the north.
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« Reply #1 on: 11 June 2010, 03:15:17 »

Open for comments. :)
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« Reply #2 on: 11 June 2010, 08:17:17 »

What a cute little tree and fruit!  :D

The territory of the Azigoor tree would also mean it could have been cultivated by the Injerin, Kanapan men and the Sea elves. The base of the Caaehl'heroth peninsula places it just out of range for the Kaaer as that area is the Wood Forest. Would other tribes be worth a mention? Maybe the elves use the fruit too. You mention specifically the Antislar and perhaps they are the real experts at cultivating it. Other races perhaps just manage a smaller crop or two.
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« Reply #3 on: 11 June 2010, 08:43:21 »

We can add other tribes as well, yes.  I just don't like making assumptions, but I can put those tribes in.  I didn't want to go into Caael'heroth on my own, but if you want it there, we can go into the peninsula, at least as far as the Icelands.  Just let me know. :D
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« Reply #4 on: 11 June 2010, 09:19:16 »

Yeah, I'd be happy to have it with the Blessed Sea Elves of Eight Winds Bay :D

Edit: Maybe on the larger of the three islands ... the one with the Blue Druids and the Elven city?
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« Reply #5 on: 11 June 2010, 09:26:50 »

I mentioned the area, just let me know how much the Sea Elves use it and I'll put it in specifically.  Right now I just simply put races of Northern Sarvonia.  Kind of a blanket statement, but I'll mention by name any race that is needed, if people tell me how much they want done.  Are the Sea Elves heavy into raising these trees or just a small orchard?

Hmmm... thought.... how far back do the Sea Elves go?  Would they have taught the Antislar how to take care of the trees?
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« Reply #6 on: 11 June 2010, 10:27:46 »

The Sea Elves are basically an offshoot of the Injerin. Maybe the Sea Elves picked up the interest of it from the Injerin or the Lost Ones and then taught it to the Antislar?

Or the Lost Ones taught it to the Antislar who brought it down to the Sea Elves somehow?
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« Reply #7 on: 11 June 2010, 10:44:00 »

Ok wait...I am not seeing the connection between the sea elves and Antislar. Do the two tribes even have anything in common to associate? The Antislar are allies with orcs. I don't see the elves having anything to do with them. Elven/human associations are not common in the North like orcen/human. I see the North human tribes are much less civilized for elven tastes. The sea elves may be the exception because of their territory near the Kuglimz.  huh
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« Reply #8 on: 11 June 2010, 11:15:41 »

Well, I do want to have some trade there.  Since I haven't worked out the Antislar history, I haven't created bonds with the Sea Elves, nor have I created any animosity either, so it's pretty much open at the moment.  Part of the Antislar philosophy is to be accepting of the other races.  The only ones they have a real problem with is the Remusians.  With everyone else they actively seek out trade.  As far as civilized go, the Antislar will be civilized.  They are not barbarians in the way the Kuglimz and Ice Tribes are.

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They have even been known to be feasting in the great stone halls of the Kuglimz'torik, or the simple tents of the Kuglimz'ura. They are also willing to trade with the orcs and dark elves of the region.
From the Sea Elves entry.  So, I see no reason to omit the Antislar from this. :)  And I want the Sea Elves to be involved in the Antislar Ice Skimmers (Land Ships) as Dek and I have started to discuss.
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« Reply #9 on: 11 June 2010, 12:05:03 »

Neither do I, Alt. :D
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« Reply #10 on: 11 June 2010, 12:17:28 »

I had no idea they traded with orcs and dark elves...that is completely out of character with what we know of elven culture. I strongly disagree with that part and would welcome a revision. Trade with humans is one thing, but not two of the most hated races in all the North. I disagree with the sea elves being friendly with everyone. Surely they have enemies and biases? Considering current developments, I would recommend updating that entry.
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« Reply #11 on: 11 June 2010, 12:20:14 »

I think Dek is going to do a revision, aren't you Dek?

And if so, the Antislar could be a middleman between two tribes that dislike each other.  In the meantime, just following precedent. :P
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« Reply #12 on: 11 June 2010, 12:28:29 »

The Plains of Antislar and Mantle Woods are very far removed from the Eight Winds Bay. Will there be explanation of how they even meet? Are we expanding both tribes' territories east and west? The map does not show a river or easy method of getting around Caaehl'heroth to the Gulf of Oh'Cant'Aelwyn. The Kharim River is the only possible way but that goes right through Kaaer lands and I am not prepared to open that up for trade. I am not trying to be difficult, but I don't see the process of moving these tribes around like this.
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« Reply #13 on: 11 June 2010, 12:38:08 »

Trade ends at your borders?  Guess that rules out the Kanapans.  And the Kuglimz.  But, I have a feeling you wouldn't have objected if I had picked one of those tribes.  Yes, they are far.  Remusia is far from Vardynn and Nermeran Provinces, but we have already established trade between them.  The Antislar will skirt the southern edge of the Imlith Mountains if need be.  I'm not exactly sure why you are so oppsed to this.  Care to enlighten us?

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Thousands of years of History.  You'd think at some point in a 3000 year period that they would become aware of each other.  They don't live in glass domes.
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« Reply #14 on: 11 June 2010, 13:16:29 »

I am doing a revision. Trading with those races hardly means they are best friends with them.
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