Kitjuran, more commonly known as the "Wax-Heart Tree", is a tropical tree located
in the rainforests of south-western Nybelmar.
It is sought after because of the unique substance found in the centre of the
tree. This viscous, dense material (which is neither liquid nor solid), named
Kitjuran wax is hardened to make slow burning candles. It isnít uncommon for
aromatic herbs to be added to the Kitjuran wax to make beautifully scented
candles, a luxury that is common among the wealthy
Kitjuran is quite short compared to some of the other
trees in the rainforest, standing under an average two and a half
peds. What the tree lacks
in height though it makes up for in width. The tree is a rather impressive
ped thick. This gives the
Kitjuran a kind of disproportionate look; similar to the way a
dwarf may be perceived by a
human, small in height but stocky and bulky.
The Kitjuran has a thick bark, which is a distinctive greyish blue hue, protecting
its prized wax. The bark and trunk are around one
fore thick, and are
tediously difficult to penetrate. The Kitjuran has thick and sturdy branches,
which bear the same blue-grey colour, and shoot almost straight up.
Large circular green leaves are
also characteristic for this tree, they are
hard to tear yet silky smooth.
Kitjuran wax is a thick, viscous substance when it is first taken out of the
tree. It has a subtle yellow tone, which most would mistake for white. It runs
like liquid but can be held in your hands without its falling through the cracks
of your fingers. Kitjuran wax is quite sticky, and is a nuisance once it has
touched your bare skin as it is extremely hard to take off without hurting
yourself. This is why most Kitjuran wax tradesmen wear gloves soaked in
watered down tree sap when handling the
stuff, as a thin layer of the mixture makes an almost oily barrier, which the
wax slides straight off. Most tree saps are suited to this task but ones which
are thin and less dense than others are preferred.
The Kitjuranís roots are, like many exotic trees, exposed above ground. Some
researchers have suggested that this is because the habitable layer of soil is
thin, which leaves the roots with the only option to go outwards.
The Kitjuran has never been encountered off of the continent of
Nybelmar. The tree
is adapted to a cooler climate than that of the more tropical rainforests in
Nybelmar, and is
therefore generally not found in places
rainforests, located in the southwestern section of
A similar looking tree is rumoured to have been encountered in the Drifting
Woods in the northeast of the Moredein Kaerath. This
tree though is thought to lack the wax which makes the southern
version so important, and so is frequently ignored due to itís general
The Kitjuran, although having an incredibly durable trunk, is not sought after
due to its wood. The only part that is remotely useful of the Kitjuran is the
wax-like substance in the centre of the tree.
This substance, known as Kitjuran wax, is a very expensive luxury. The wax is
dried in moulds to craft candles. Aromatic herbs from the forest are commonly
grinded down and added to the wax before it dries, making a beautifully scented
The high price for Kitjuran candles is not due to the rarity of the source but
because of the painstakingly long methods the workers use to remove the wax from
the tree. Originally workers would simply spend hours, possibly even days,
hacking at the bulky trunk of the Kitjuran, which was still a painstakingly long
task to complete, especially alone. It was soon discovered that as long as the
tree remained alive it continued to produce the wax. But the workers had been
felling the trees, killing them and ruling them out as a further source of wax
As such the workers developed a set of tools, which wouldnít damage the tree but
would still allow Kitjuran wax to be extracted from it. The first was a sharp
tube, around half a ped
long, with a large hollow, glass cylinder at the end. This was first hammered
into the tree, normally at an angle, allowing the wax to fall faster. The second
was a much thinner tube, about a
ped and a half long, which
was driven into the tree with great force. After the tedious task of making sure
that the tools had been successfully set up, the real work would begin.
The worker places the second tube into his mouth and blows into it. This
displaces the wax, pushing it out of the tree, forcing it into the glass
cylinder. It isnít uncommon for many workers to do this, using many blowing
tubes but only one cylinder, causing the wax to be displaced faster (meaning the
cylinder is filled up quicker). Although considerably longer than cutting down
the tree, this method allows extraction without destroying a source. The holes
that are produced by the tools are filled with wax by the tree, drying and
forming a covering upon the hole. This dried wax is a lot easier to penetrate
than the tree trunk and so after one tree has been worked on a shortcut is made,
which makes the workers jobs a lot easier.
Due to the many hours slaved away at these trees individual bands of workers
claim the trees they work as their own. If a rival band has the audacity to
extract the wax of a tree prepared for harvesting by another band, a fight - or,
knowing Krean nature, a suit - will be
almost inevitable. It is a known fact that certain bands still harbour
resentment against other bands, who have in the past successfully claimed their
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Sleeping Dreameress 1666 a.S.
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