Twisting Tree, Yanar Shrub|
Altaleï and Westwynd|
Lush humid terrain and wetlands/swamps|
Flori’nelaya are flexible trees of uncertain origins mostly associated with the Yanar. Named for one of their most ancient and respected members, Florianna, this species of tree is best known for its highly flexible shape, which serves it well in decoration and artistic purposes. This means that poles and similar formations of the material are also easy to produce for Yanar, but fortunately for the armies of the world as well as guard forces, the wood of the tree is light, and easily broken under constant stress. However, because of the tree’s reddish-brown grain which is smattered with speckles, most stick to artistic and decorative uses for the plant’s wood, alongside the creation of furniture.
Flori’nelaya emerged alongside the existence of the Yanar Race in the Allorn Empire, and is widely viewed by their society as a gift from Florianna, a great and powerful ancient Mage and horticulturalist. Tales of her life are common children's stories among the Yanar, and she was even acknowledged for her skills by the Teledden many millennia ago. Even if the plant did not originate with her, the early Yanar took to tending and transplanting it across the Allorn Empire during its heyday. Its flexibility in manipulation by gardeners mundane and magical allowed it to be used in a range of beautiful gardens, and even when the Allorn Empire collapsed, it survived among Yanar communities, and in those pockets of Elven civilization. The Ithanians and Maquixtl quickly took to the plant as well, and today, it remains a common decorative element in many humid or Yanar-tended gardens. It has also been known to be used in weaponry, as its light weight often result in simple, blunt striking implements.
Flori’nelaya have a strange style of growth that highly varies their sizes. They have a narrow trunk with a twisting, natural shape, alongside a deep root network that can take over surrounding plants if it isn’t tended to properly. This natural twisting of the trunk can be manipulated, not even with the use of World Shift 1, into twisting along the ground and arcing in a squiggle pattern up and down along the floor before arching back up. In the end, trees can end up being as “long” as ten to fifteen feet, and similarly as tall. The tree’s bark is a reddish-brown, with densely packed, tripinnatisect leaves in a pale green coloration fringed by a shade of dark blue-green sitting close along its often winding surface.
Uses and Abilities
Flori’nelaya are best known for serving a decorative role within a household or in a topiary arrangement. Due to how easy it is to manipulate its shape, these trees are often turned into serpentine creations or are made to grow against and along structures. They are more often processed for their lumber and shaped into ornate but natural-looking furniture, but sometimes into weapons wielded by the Yanar or their allies as well.
- Flori’nelaya are sometimes grown in such a way that a tree’s trunk forms a complete circle on the ground.
Acosmism, WaterDruppel, MantaRey||
HydraLana on 09/10/2023.|
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