Lensanna Tree

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Lensanna Tree
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Flora
Official Name Lensanna Tree
Common Name Ambrose Tree, Sweethand Tallbush
Classification Tree
Common Use Culinary, Cosmetic
Origins Essalonia
Habitat Forests and wetlands

Lenasanna Trees are native to Essalonia and take their name from the Old Gods deity Lensa, named by the original Velheim settlers of the continent centuries ago. The trees remained relatively unknown until the arrival of the Regalian Empire and the tree’s unique fruit, Lensanna’s Hand, became a unique product both eaten raw as well as processed into beauty products. The fruit is also sometimes placed on the altars of the Union of Fire as an offering to the goddess who inspired its name.

History

Lenasanna Trees were discovered during the early exploration of Essalonia by the early Velheim Ailor. In their piety to the Old Gods, they named the tree for the deity Lensa; Arlora and Torse were some of the earliest adopters of this name and during conflicts between themselves, the tales of a sweet, hand-like fruit hanging from trees became known throughout the area. Some, especially those in the Regalian Archipelago, did not believe in such a fruit since it seemed too strange to be accurate. However, as the decades wore on and greater contact efforts were made on Veløya by the Regalian Empire, they determined the fruit to be a reality. The plant became more known for its pleasant aroma, with merchants and others setting up facilities to refine the fruit into perfumes and incenses, the former frequently used by Velheim worshipers and those believers in the Old Gods elsewhere. The plant has remained a popular scent in these industries while also serving as food for Velheim Ailor and others of wealth who can afford to pay the increased prices for the raw fruit.

Appearance

Lensanna Trees are generally squat, reaching between six and seven feet tall with a sparse covering of small, light green, rhomboid-oblong leaves while the trunk’s bark is a uniform dark brown. The Tree bears Lensanna’s Hands every spring, forming from small, deep orange flowers that emerge in the early spring only to soon morph into the beginnings of the tree’s fruit. The end product is small amber-orange fruits with a rough and textured, yet thin skin. The inside of the fruit is white and has white curved seeds as well as five protrusions, each over an inch long pointing down toward the ground. The top of the fruit bears a small bristle of green, with a dark green stem attaching it to the tree.

Uses and Abilities

Lensanna Trees, on their own, have no practical uses as their wood is soft and only suitable for the carving or creation of small artisan objects; its much more popular uses involve its fruit, Lensanna’s Hands. Once it is harvested, it can be used to make a delightful perfume, often employed by older women and many female Old Gods worshipers due to its pleasant aroma. It can also be made into incense which is commonly used by Old Gods worshipers of both genders for the altars of their gods. The fruit can also be eaten raw and it is naturally tanged with sweetness, seeing it used in regional Velheim cuisine largely in the creation of ciders or sweet treats.

Trivia

  • Most animals enjoy the sweetness of Lensanna’s Hand, so in the nights of the spring and summertime, when its scent is the most potent, farmers thickly net the plant to keep the animals from eating them.
  • The non-Velheim Ailor of Veløya often call the plant’s fruit Sweethand in opposition to those non-Unionists who originally named the plant.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Artists Enkiduu
Processors MantaRey, AlphaInsomnia
Last Editor HydraLana on 12/11/2021.

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