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Artist Credit: @Amayonnaise


The trees at the head of each individual section are done by our lovely resident artist Amayo. Feel free to check her out for commissions!


Lore Writer Credit: @JuniperSelkie @NomadGaia @ThumperJack


Red Line Disclaimer:


Given that all of these trees are purely slice of life implements with little to no use in combat or other competitive situations (with the exception of Ironwood, which is already accepted lore), we haven’t

given them a detailed list of redlines. However if the ST sees potential of abuse in them for whatever reason we are happy to alter this post to adjust accordingly.


Ame’lie Trees


The core value of Wood Elven culture, from which all its rituals stem, is the maintenance of a natural harmony with the natural world around oneself. Farming is an anethema practice to traditional Mali’ame, who consider the mass culling of natural forests, plains and wetlands to create an artificial pasture-land to be directly opposed to the will of their naturalistic Gods. 


However, Wood Elves still needed to feed and clothe themselves. They needed shelter from the elements, and the means to travel around their lands with ease. Like it or not, the Mali’ame had to take from nature to survive. Thus, in order to reconcile this reality with the core tenet of their faith, they developed the practice of the ame’lie- the “Artificial Forest”.


Rather than flatten and tame the lands in which they lived, the nomadic Wood Elves of old cultivated special species of trees which they could seamlessly sow into the forests with little disruption to the native ecosystem. These trees were selectively grafted, grown and bred for centuries to naturally produce byproducts which helped the Wood Elves thrive in their environment. Trees that provided clothing, food, weapons or transportation, even smoking herbs and alcoholic drink were all developed. 


While the art of ame’lie was lost for many centuries, Mali’ame in recent years have been slowly reviving the practice in their tribal communities. Here lists some of the trees which have recently been resurfacing as Wood Elves discover their own material culture.


Taliame’miruel - Trees of Red Autumn




Much like the evergreen forests, these trees stand tall and strong, but eternally red and orange, like autumnal leaves. In the days of the forgotten folk, these trees served to mark the territory of the autumnal watchers- the Arvellon among other seeds. They tend to grow where water is plentiful, and the air is colder and humid. It has the unique effect of drawing water to it, even in the air around it. This can sometimes lead to heavy fog in their forests, serving as a method of hiding the Mali’ame tribes that lived among them. The fog can conceal homes from distances as far as 7KM, but any travellers who draw closer than that will be able to see through it. The cultivation of these trees has been passed down from Arvellon ancestors to the current generation with Carsul’il’s heir, Miklaeil.


Ameonn’miruelan(or ‘redwoods’) naturally thrive in slightly colder, wetter environments, as their fog-making effect requires environments with plenty of moisture in the air. In hotter, dryer environments, taliame’miruel trees tend to become brittle, duller in colour and overall less healthy. 



Taliame’lensuloem - Fruit Trees



A type of tree first cultivated by Irrin Sirame, a tree passed between the various wild tribes. It is a tree that can bear many different kinds of fruits, and grows them plentifully throughout the year. These trees served as the main staple of Wood Elven society, in place of growing crops like wheat and corn. They may bear apples, oranges, pears, plums, and other such fruits depending on the season (apples in spring, oranges in summer, pears and plums in spring). Some trees will only bear one or two types of fruit, where others can bear even three or four different kinds. Its branches have been cultivated to hang low, easy to harvest from the ground. Recently, it has been recultivated by Awaiti, of the Sirame Seed. Fruit trees require warmer, more humid climates to grow. While they are versatile and can grow in many environments, drier, colder areas will render lensuloem that offer lesser and more sour fruit.


Lensuloem trees(or simply ‘fruit trees’) are one of the most versatile of ame’lie species and can grow in almost any environment save for extreme heat and extreme cold. They do tend to do poorly when exposed to over-precipitation however, so it is advised not to cultivate them in areas of excessive rain.



Ameonn’ikurn - Ironwood Trees




Of all the ame’lie, Ironwood is perhaps the most well-known due to the high quality Elven weapons it is capable of producing. It is a small, silvery tree whose wood can become as hard as steel and twice as light, when tempered properly. In ancient times, Ironwood was a staple of the hunter and warrior. Almost all Mali’ame tribesmen would have Ironwood weaponry. This could be anything from spears to bows, to swords. Armour wasn’t unheard of, but only the most well off of Seeds could produce enough Ironwood to make even the most basic of armour pieces, it also took more skill than most craftsmen had. 



Ironwood makes for a light and deadly weapon for a Wood Elf warrior.


Ironwood thrives in environments with plenty of sunlight, too much rain or precipitation stunts its growth. Ironwood trees grow slowly, and thus require a great deal of patience in order for a Mali’ame craftsman to cultivate it.


Ironwood has been accepted lore for three years, and is the inspiration for the other trees detailed in this post.






Ameonn’tuveh - Soft Woods




The taliame’tuveh, known in Common as the Red Cedar tree, has been cultivated since ancient times by the Seeds of the River Irrinites. It has a naturally straight grain, soft bark, and its wood secretes an oil which acts as a natural insect-repellent. Over time, the tree was selectively bred to have softer and softer bark, now referred to as ameonn’tuveh or ‘silkwood.’ This bark was harvested by the River Irrinites and soaked for days in a mixture of ground salmon eggs, vinegar and water. This rendered the bark into a texture as soft as silk, and thus weavable into cloaks, robes, shirts, and other forms of clothing.



Soft, silk-like clothing can be woven out of the bark of the ameonn’tuveh tree, like the dyed garbs of these River Irrinites.


Taliame’tuveh grow healthiest and fastest in temperate, humid climates with lots of rain. A skilled tree cultivator can make them grow in typical deciduous, boreal or other colder environments. However, ameonn’tuveh trees fare poorly in hot, dry and arid environments like savannahs and mesas.



Taliame’faesuvallei - Water Horse Trees 



A common staple among River Seeds and Seagoing Seeds, the taliame’faesuvallei is known in common as the “Water Horse Tree”, for the canoes made from its wood(referred to as ameonn’faesuvallei or ‘water horse wood’) are capable of travelling across water at a speed approximately 1.5x faster than canoes made of live oak, cedar or other common woods. This is because of the remarkably buoyant and light nature of the wood itself, which was achieved through centuries of selective breeding. Water Horse Trees are effective when crafting canoes, row boats, or other smaller coastal or river-going vessels, but are ineffective in making larger ships, due to the smaller nature of the tree itself and the wood’s inherent lack of flexibility.



A Tahorran Eagle Priest announces the Spring Equinox aboard a remarkably speedy canoe carved from ameonn’fausevallei.


Taliame’faesuvallei trees grow along riversides and lakes. They require a close body of freshwater in order to survive. They thrive best in temperate environments, leaning more towards a warmer climate. In cold climates, water horse trees tend to grow brittle and sickly.



Taliame’valleigne - Firewater Trees




Historically speaking, the Wood Elves have always been partial to a loud, raucous and rowdy celebration, which often took the form of their seasonal festivals and vibrant religious rites. In these festivals they drank a traditional form of alcohol called “Firewater,” rendered from the potent sap of the taliame’valleigne- the Firewater tree. The firewater tree took centuries to selectively breed into its current form. It renders a high yield of a clear, ambrosial sap which can be mixed with water or berry juice and fermented to make a highly alcoholic beverage.


Taliame’valleigne are water trees, they require saltwater to grow and thus are planted on the banks of saltwater rivers and coastlines, where their roots can extend into the ocean. The salt absorbed by the tree is ironically what renders it able to generate its sweet, milky booze sap. Firewater trees thrive best in temperate and warm environments, and render less sap in cold lands.



Raell’vulsulin - Smoking Tree




Laetranis is the Mani Prince of Coyotes, known as the vision-bringer, he is said to bring ethereal visions of guidance and prophecy to Elves who seek spiritual guidance in life. To worship him Mali’ame often smoked psychedelic herbs, hoping it will bring about the Coyotes’ visions. One of the trees they crafted for this purpose was the ameonn’trania, named after the Coyote Prince.


The bark of this tree has been cultivated over the generations to be dry, thin and easily ground into a powder, which when smoked from a pipe provides a powerful narcotic experience said to give people hallucinogenic visions. This tree is externally resistant to water. Its roots absorb triple the moisture, so water droplets that land on its bark rolls right off the dry flesh. The ameonn’trania tree needs a heated, dry environment to thrive.



Lentin’celia - Starlily Tree




The Star Lily is the flower of a peculiar tree indeed. Only blooming at night, these bioluminescent flowers last only until the light touches them, making obtaining cuttings of the tree difficult. If left alone, the flowers will be pollinated by cave insects, and mature into oblong blue fruits with hard outer shells. The interior of the shell is filled with soft flesh and a single pit. The flavor is almost sickly sweet, though it lends itself well to the creation of alcohols and juices. The form of the tree itself has pale white bark and wood and a gnarled form, with light shining through cracks in the wood from the glowing sap. Due to its cultivation primarily from cave-growing plants, the Star Lily Tree is difficult to maintain outdoors. Some might say the difficulty in keeping a flower alive could be taken as a gift of deep affection and love. 


The Star Lily tree does not grow large or tall, so it can survive under the canopy of swamps or rainforest, but it truly thrives in caves and under outcroppings. It is a fairly new cultivation, born of a young Mali's love for beauty mixed with function. If left unattended, a Star Lily Tree will spread to as much dark space as it can, putting out roots and branches in all directions.



Edited by SiramenorGlade
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+1 cool trees

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at first thought the idea of farming would be best for welves, but this is cooler so +1

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