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The Royal Oak is a very common and widespread tree found throughout the temperate regions of Aloria. This tree does not have any particularly special properties, and stands as the average image of trees in Aloria, not quite as romanticized as other unique flora. However, due to the sheer quantity of it throughout Aloria, the Royal Oak has been used as the primary source of wood for the many cultures that have ruled over parts of Aloriaas far back as the Allorn Empire. Royal Oaks are the standard wood with which to make any sort of wooden product, ranging from houses to ships and even household furniture or toys.
The Royal Oak is found throughout the continents of central Aloria, stretching from Daen to Essalonia, and especially within areas of the Regalian Archipelago. The tree is quite ubiquitous, and almost any large forest will contain a decent population of them. The wood from Royal Oaks has been used by many societies throughout history, with scholars believing that several of the previous civilizations made use of the tree in some form. The earliest written records found about the use of Royal Oak emerge from the Allorn Empire’s Consolidation era, with translated pieces speaking of a tree fitting Royal Oak’s description as being one of the main sources of lumber for the Est-Allorn war machine. During the later eras of the Allorn Empire, Royal Oaks were grown among other kinds of trees for lumber or landscaping purposes, not quite as prominent for urban architecture compared to Allorn stone and marble. It earned its name during this time, initially in an Imperial Altalar word verbosely translating to “mighty widespread tree that holds imperium over other trees.” 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 and especially Girobalda were used to build the Empire’s signature naval fleet, as well as expand its cities and industries. Logging towns across the Regalian colonies of Aloria prospered through the harvesting of trees such as Royal Oak, leading to a greater Regalian reliance upon this tree. 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, but only increasing their conflicts in the region, which has continued to this day. Even with these conditions, the Royal Oak will not disappear. Clusters exist, spanning acres in the wilds.
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
While it does not possess any magical or overtly spectacular abilities, the Royal Oak is dependable and extensive in a way that makes it far more reliable and famous than any other tree. Royal Oaks are used as general all-purpose wood from furniture to buildings, and toys to tools. 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.
- Royal Oak acorns were once rumored to be toxic and cause a burning sensation in the throat, though many botanists clarify that this rumor is largely untrue. While the acorn resin is unpleasant to taste, it will not actually hurt anyone who eats it.
- The largest Royal Oak has a trunk as wide as a carriage and a canopy large enough to cover several small houses. It can be found in the Solacian Governorate of The Azoras.
- There are a number of Noble Houses that use the Royal Oak or its acorn in their heraldry. The most famous of them is the now-extinct House Giovenitzio of Montania, who used twelve acorns on a field of green.
HydraLana on 11/6/2021.|
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