|Common Name||Prime Tree, Thorny White-Wood|
|Common Use||Utility, Decoration|
|Habitat||Jungles of Daen and Hadaria|
An all-around beneficial, if temperamental, tree, the Allú'tornë is a staple in the jungles of Daen, and now those of Hadaria. Its practical uses are limited to lumber and a form of fabric, but it has been used for these products for centuries by the Elves and other parties in Daen and Hadaria. Its thorny bark and fragrant flowers represent to many the dichotomous nature of the jungle, equal parts beauty and “danger” though most sentient Races know well enough to not cut themselves on these natural defenses. In the present day, it grows wild in warm, wet climates, waiting to be harvested each spring.
The Allú'tornë is possibly the most well-known tree in world history, but often not by name. Its history before the Elves is unknown, but it spread across all of Daen and into areas of nearby Hadaria where it has grown ever since. As the Elves rose up from the ashes of the Fourth Void Invasion, they did so in dense jungles of these trees. Their nature-loving ways made them respect this titanous tree as well, seen in the way they carefully harvested them for their natural resources and only took lumber from decaying or damaged specimens. However with time, progress demanded they be felled for larger villages and the first small cities, and they slowly were, but in a controlled and careful logging method that still showed care. Over the following centuries, these practices continued, and the Elves were happy of their natural surroundings, ultimately helping to save the forests from the “horrible and vile Varran Empire” in their north. The Varran had less religious respect for the trees, though they used them for similar purposes. While indications are scattered, it seems they only destroyed them to decrease the moral of the Elven enemy they fought and not out of an objective hatred for the plant. Ultimately, the Varran were defeated, and new Allú'tornë grew up where many of the old ones fell. It took centuries more for the Elven Empire to finally stop respecting the plant as a part of their religion, shifting this devotion to the Nenya and fully believing that plants like this jungle tree were there to serve and help them completely.
At this point, clear-cutting began in lands distant to the Elven cities to still keep their natural beauty, but near the time of the Cataclysm, this had been reversed, and areas in and around the many great cities of the Empire were devoid of these plants. Following the Cataclysm, the tree once again grew freely as, despite the chaos, the important industrial mechanisms of the Empire were disabled (many being primarily magic focused). The trees grew for years before the Altalar learned of new ways to cut them down. As for Hadaria, throughout this entire period the Allú'tornës on that continent grew virtually unstopped by any party though finally, industry under the Allar started to curb their vast spread. The Chrysant War was ultimately devastating to the plant’s population, and many of the oldest trees, growing near the coastline from their initial spread on the winds or by some unknown large birds, were destroyed by cannon fire. In recent years, the same is true of Daen as war between the Regalian Empire, the various Nelfin species and the Orcs has damaged many forests across the continent. However, just like before, their numbers are likely to recover, and there are still countless examples of this tree alive in the darkest, most inhospitable areas of the Daen jungle.
Allú'tornë trees are thick, tall trees with a trunk diameter of up to ten feet and height of 200 to 300 feet. These thick trunks have deep reaching roots, often connecting with other members of their species as well as a thick, beige-grey bark with hooked thorns. These thorns fall off in the autumn and regrow each spring. Past this exterior, the interior wood is a light brown or beige. The tree’s ovular, five to nine-inch leaves grow in multiple clusters of five to ten toward the ends of each branches, leaving the majority of the branch exposed. The branches of the Allú'tornë are long and arching, known to grow in forking, kinked patterns off an upright trunk. In the late winter, the tree sports large, fragrant purple flowers with lily-like petals and some light blue speckling toward the center of the flower. These flowers are a good source of nectar for small insects, but it is hardly worth cultivating. Lastly, the Allú'tornë has a unique seed pod which arrives in the very early spring, after its flowers fall away. These seed pods look like vanilla bean pods, but after a few days, burst to reveal a fluffy, white cotton-like fiber. The seeds are nestled in the fibers, and quite labor-intensive to remove.
Uses and Abilities
The primary use for the Allú'tornë tree is lumber, as its wood has been used for centuries in weapons of war, homes, ships, toys, artwork, and tools. However, there is a lesser known use known for the plant that is derived from its large seed pods. This substance can be harvested and used in the creation of clothing. When spun into a thread, and woven into fabric, Allú'tornë cloth is a comfortable material. It is both breathable and warm, as well as soft and durable. It requires no special care unlike silks or satins but has a more luxurious feel than cotton. Also, to use in fabric making, the seed pods have a unique insulating property which helps trap body heat, making for excellent stuffing for pillows, duvets, and mattresses. The Cielothar are the only ones who make use of this aspect of the plant in any extensive way, though others such as the Avanthar acquire the various goods they make using it.
- It might seem lucky that the harvesting season of the Allú'tornë seed pod fiber is a time during which the tree is thornless, but this is actually to encourage birds and other animals to use the fiber as bedding for their nests to spread the seeds.