|Official Name||Royal Oak|
|Common Name||Crown Oak, Common Oak, Rhîndoron (Modern Altalar)|
|Common Use||Construction, Ornamental|
The Royal Oak is a very common and widespread tree found throughout the temperate regions of Aloria. The tree does not have any particularly unique or special properties. However, due to the sheer quantity of it, the Royal Oak has been used as the primary source of wood for the miscellaneous empires that have ruled over Aloria. Even today, Royal Oaks are used to craft and construct nearly every wooden object, from toys to buildings to ships.
The Royal Oak is found throughout the continents of central Aloria, stretching from Daendroc to New Ceardia, and especially within areas of the Regalian Archipelago. The tree is quite ubiquitous, and any large forest will contain a decent population of them. The wood from Royal Oaks has been used by nearly all societies throughout history, and it can be considered the classic medium for projects ranging from carpentry, shipbuilding, and even toymaking. In other words, for any wooden project, it can most likely be assumed that Royal Oaks are being used unless stated otherwise.
During the Elven Empire, Royal Oaks were grown among other trees for lumber or landscaping purposes. Some of the trees may have even acted as homes for nature-loving elves. The trees’ usage in construction and production became far more common after the rise of the Regalian Empire, where Royal Oaks in the Regalian Archipelago were used to build the Empire’s signature naval fleet, as well as expand its cities and industries. After the Elven War of 302 AC, the heavy deforestation and harvest of Royal Oaks in Daendroc provided the Regalian Empire with an even greater supply of wood, further enlarging their naval capacity.
The Royal Oak is a very iconic tree with a large, sweeping canopy full of thick foliage. It can be distinguished from other oaks by their leaves, which have more angular lobes that give them a vague semblance of kingly crowns. The leaves can grow up to eight inches in length, comparable to the size of a human hand. The bark of the trunk is dark brown in color with a slight silver tinge. The tree's acorns are medium-sized, growing up to two inches big at maturity. Royal Oaks reach maturity and the ability to produce acorns beginning around twenty years, and can reach a maximum height of seventy feet after seventy years. Their roots grow deep and wide, though are not as expansive as their canopies which can span twice as wide as they are tall. Royal Oaks are deciduous trees that lose their leaves during the cold seasons.
Uses and Abilities
Royal Oaks are used as general all-purpose wood from furniture to buildings, toys to tools, staves and training swords, ships, carts, containers, and so on. The wood has average to high strength and durability, with average flexibility. The Royal Oak comes in such vast quantities that it is far cheaper to use than more specialized trees.
The oak secretes a resin that can be used as an adhesive. The oak's acorn contain a toxin that burns the throat and causes nausea, though the toxin can be removed by boiling the acorns or washing them in a stream of water for a few hours. After that, they can be eaten as is or ground into flour for other culinary uses.
- Royal Oak trees have provided homes for a diverse number of fauna including insects, birds, small mammals, and even people.
- The largest Royal Oak has a trunk as wide as a carriage and a canopy large enough to cover several small houses. It is found in the calm lands of the Sun Isles.
- There are a number of noble houses that use the Royal Oak or its acorn in their heraldry. The most famous of them is House Giovenitzio of Montania, who use twelve acorns on a field of green.