Age of Legends
Flora of the North
Alpine Hemlock: More commonly known as “Blueleaf”, this tree is a tall columnar shaped evergreen with dark orange-brown bark and needles of a distinctive bluish hue. Blueleaf grows within mountainous regions such as the Hammodrans and the Atrowan Heights, and may grow 100ft or taller.
Atrobin Pine: Is a broadly conical shaped evergreen that can grow to enormous heights (255ft). Bark of this tree is salmon colored while its needles are dark bluish-green. This tree thrives in mixed conifer forests of the lower north such as Landolith, the Tindor Forest and the Glendor Wood. The Atrobin Pine is commonly known as Honeypine because of its edible sap which is often distilled into sugar.
Edigroth Elm: Colloquially known as “Wineberry”, the Edigroth Elm is common throughout the north (and is common in eastern lands as well). Wineberry is a medium sized (80ft) deciduous tree of a broadly columnar shape possessing rough, cracked, light grey bark and toothed pointy leaves that are glossy and of a rich green hue (the bottoms are pale green with fine hairs). The Wineberry is named after the small, round purple berries that it produces in abundance. These berries are possessed of a rich, winy sweet and sour flavor. Wineberries are frequently used in syrups, jams, chutneys and pies.
Emberdreth: These are the tallest living creatures in all of Eriond. These deciduous conifers grow to heights in excess of 355ft. The base of these great trees is fluted and may grow up to 35ft in diameter. The Emberdreth possesses a narrowly conical shape, and its dark green needles contrast greatly with its brilliant copper-brown bark. The bark is soft and spongy and resistant to fire. Emberdreth grows in small groves in Landolith and Tindor Forests, and is plentiful within The Andreth Forest. The Emberdreth is commonly known as Duskwood due to its beautiful copper brown bark which brilliantly radiates the soft light of the setting sun in its final hour. Because of its remote location, logging of this tree is extremely rare.
Golden Pine: This is among the most common trees of the north (and is common in eastern lands as well). This pine is a broadly conical shaped evergreen whose bark a rich golden brown which flakes to reveal red and pale purple colored bark beneath. The tree typically grows to reach heights of 160-180ft. The Golden Pine is among the harder of the softwoods and is often employed by artisans in building work and the crafting of economical furniture. The tree possesses attractive red-brown heartwood with chocolate brown veining.
Ivory Birch: Though uncommon, Ivory Birch grows in groves and in small forests from just south of the midlands as far north as the base of the Hammodrans. The Birch is a medium sized (70ft), broadly conical shaped deciduous tree with white pealing bark, and ovate, shallow toothed leaves of dark green that turn to bright yellow just before they fall in autumn. Ivory Birch is an attractive tree which has found uses for both men and wood elves. Wood elves used the tough, water-resistant bark of the tree to line their river skiffs. Men have found that the wood of the Birch is ideal for the production of paper, thus the Birch has been prized by loggers throughout the north and the midlands.
Naiad Alder: This Alder is a medium sized deciduous tree (60ft) with light grey-brown fissured bark and ovate, finely toothed leaves (the tops of which are a shiny dark green, and the bottoms of which are a pale grey green). The Naiad Alder thrives in cool moist areas and are found throughout the dells of the Hamodrans, along the Dantalig River, throughout the Fenlands of Anduthal, and in groves surrounding the marshes of Edalberith. This alder was given its name for its love of the lakes and the streams of the north. In popular folklore the Alders are thought to be enamored with the Naiads of the water. Naiad Alder lumber is waterproof and is thus used in the construction of ships, bridges and dwellings within damp regions. The heartwood of the Naiad Alder is a creamy brown with cinnamon veining.
Northern Larch: Due to their abundance within the Glendor Wood, the Northern Larch is sometimes referred to simply as a Glendor. Glendors are a medium sized (65ft), narrowly conical shaped deciduous tree with small needles. Glendors are hearty trees that survive in many harsh environments, and are thus common throughout the North. Glendors have scaly bark that flakes, revealing layers of browns, pinks and oranges. This bark is often used to smoke meats and fishes. The needles of this tree are blue-green, and turn golden before dropping in the fall.
Odothian Cedar: This stately evergreen conifer grows throughout the northern mountain regions and is prized for its light, durable lumber. These Cedar are straight and conical in shape, and grow to just over 100ft. They possess gray, corky, fissured bark and rich green needles that bear a slightly citric aroma, the oils of which are commonly extracted to use in soaps and fragrances. The heartwood of this tree is of a beautiful reddish brown, and bears a Cedar scent, even after drying.
Ruby Maple: The Ruby Maple is among the most striking of all the maples. It possesses bright red flowers in the spring and its broad palmate dark green leaves turn a brilliant ruby red in autumn. Ruby Maples do not possess sweet sap like some of their neighbors to the south. Still, they are cultivated within urban settings for their beauty. These Maples can grow upwards of 100ft and are broadly columnar in shape. They flourish in wet lowland areas, and are common in the Downs of Edigroth (and in many of the eastern lands as well).
Shimmer Fir: This is a strange and hauntingly beautiful tree. This evergreen conifer is a medium sized (85ft), broadly conical shaped, tree with black-gray scaly bark and exceptionally glossy dark green-silver needles. The Shimmer Fir is named after its uncanny ability to refract light through its lacquered needles. A Shimmer Fir swaying in the summer breeze has the appearance of flowing water. Viewed from afar off height, a dense grove of this unique tree appears as a glittering lake.
Added to the mystique of this evergreen is the fact that the Shimmer Fir is a favorite haunt for woodland pixies, which flutter about the tree casting their starry reflection in all directions. Shimmer Fir is prized by carpenters both for its durable, alluring light weight lumber, and for its glossy sap, which is used as a lacquer. The heartwood of Shimmer Fir is an attractive pearlescent light brown with dark brown metallic veining that may be polished to a fine finish. Shimmer Fir is a rare evergreen found in mountain regions such as the Hammodrans, and the Atrowan heights (Survival Check DC 30).
Sidoren Ash: This Ash is a majestic tree that once thrived throughout the midlands. In the Fourth Age, the lumber of this ash became a prized commodity due to it beauty and incredibly light weight durability. Originally the ash was utilized primarily in the crafting of longbows and shields. However the ash’s excellent qualities soon became recognized by carpenters who crafted furniture to the upper classes who in turn viewed owning furniture made from Sidoren Ash as a mark of status. Soon after the popularity of this tree grew out of hand and demands for its lumber from both military and residential sectors led to wide-spread deforestation of the Sidoren Ash throughout the midlands.
Today the only remaining forests of Sidoren Ash are to be found in the Elven lands of Anguliad and the Tindori Forest. However small groves of Ash can be found throughout the midlands, yet here its continued existence is threatened by the ambitions of loggers (Survival Check DC 35). The Sidoren Ash is a broadly columnar medium sized (95ft) deciduous tree with gray corky and scaly barks and leaves whose color are a blend of dusk green and flame orange. In the autumn the color of the leaves give way to a brilliant hue of orange before dropping. The heartwood of Sidoren ash is an attractive rich brick red with dark brown veining that may be polished to a fine finish.
Silver Spruce: This hearty evergreen conifer receives its name not so much from its color, but from the snowy lands in which it is found. The Silver Spruce is a medium sized (70ft) narrowly conical shaped tree that thrives in the harsh northernmost forests (e.g. the Andreth Forest). Though trade between the northernmost lands is somewhat of a dubious enterprise, those in the south have found the timber of Silver Spruce to be ideally suited to the crafting of wind instruments, particularly the bellies of violins. Thus, Silver Spruce timber has become a sought after commodity.
Tindori Laurel: The amazing medicinal and culinary properties of this fine deciduous tree were first made use of by the wood elves. Later, Rangers wandering through the north discovered the secrets of the Tindori Laurel. In time, awareness of the Laurel spread throughout the north. The Tindori laurel is a medium sized (80ft), broadly columnar shaped tree with wavy, zigzagging branches on which grow oblong, sharp toothed leaves of a grass-green hue. The leaves, bark and roots of the Tindori Laurel are pleasantly aromatic (somewhat similar to Sassafras). And all three have been used in the making of various medicinal tonics and salves. For the Tindori laurel contains properties known to soothe burns, stave off infection in open wounds, and act as antidotes to many poisons, diseases, rots and molds.
When dried, the leaves of the Laurel and the roots of its young shoots may be made into a hot herbal tonic, that while strong is quite pleasant. A dose of this tonic, known as Laurel Tea, temporarily increases the fortitude saves of those that drink of it by +1 for a period of 24 hours. In addition, when this tonic is administered by an individual performing a heal check, that individual gains a +4 circumstance bonus to heal poison or treat disease checks. A victim treated in this fashion recovers 1d2 hit points (the effects of ingesting multiple doses do not stack). Laurel tea is a popular beverage among Rangers who know where to find the trees in the wild. A salve may be made by extracting the oils from bark and roots of the Laurel, or simply by crushing its leaves. A dose of this salve may be applied to an area affected by mold, fungus, infection or burn in conjunction with a heal check, granting the administer a +4 bonus to that heal check. A victim treated in this fashion recovers 1d2 hit points (the effects of applying more than one solve do not stack).
Finally, the wood elves have mastered the art of distilling the roots of the Laurel into a form of clear piquant alcohol, known as Tindori Bitter. While much of the medicinal properties have been distilled out of this liquor during the fermentation process, Tindori Bitter still lends a +2 circumstance bonus to heal checks made by those administering a dose of the alcohol to a patient. While painful, this alcohol may also be poured directly upon an affected area to achieve the same affect. Wood Elf Liquor has become a staple for the healers and surgeons that minister to the army of Caldoranth. While the Tindori Laurel grows abundantly throughout the forests of the wood elves, it is somewhat rare outside these forests. Still, scattered groves may be found throughout the midlands (Survival Check DC 30).
Undeglor Cypress: The Undeglor, also commonly known as Marshwood, is a gnarled deciduous conifer that grows in the marshlands of the north (e.g. the fenlands of Aduthal and the marshes of Edalberith). The Undeglor varies in height but are usually 40 to 70ft tall. The bark of this tree is scaly and black-gray, and its needles are gray-green (though in autumn they turn old-gold to brick red before falling. The roots of the Undeglor are twisted groping things, extending down and outward in all directions from the base of the tree. The Undeglor are among the oldest living trees in the north (some live up to 4,500 years), yet ironically these trees are often associated with death in northern folklore. Consequently, most northerners avoid areas heavily populated with the Undeglor.