FLUTE TREES

The origin of this species is unclear but it’s believed that the Flute Tree had been one of Sirphan’s attempts at mimicking her brother Darkel’s ability to create plant life. As they are pale white in colour and are dedicated to following sunlight, these trees follow the distinct characteristics of Sirphan’s other earlier creations.

First discovered 370 years ago during one of Harwo’s visits to the Isle of Koft. These trees lived in harmony with the creatures around them as they moved with the sun across the island during the day and wandered back to where they started during the night. Always moving this large trees travel in clusters of thirty trees or more.
When their tubular leaves catch the wind they make a low harmonic tune similar to a reed flute. Unlike the trees of the mainland, flute trees keep their roots above the soil making it easier to stay transit. Beneath their roots are small finger length spikes that they use to dig into the dirt to move, drink, feed, and defend themselves. The mother tree is found in the center of the group – protected along with the saplings by the larger trees. They are relatively harmless but if threatened they will not hesitate to thrash their roots to dispatch their attackers. If a place is deemed unsafe the group will move to a new location.

If a flute tree is abandoned they will root themselves into the ground and begin the process to become a mother tree. From their roots small white pods with grow. When the pods are two feet in length they will spilt and a sapling appears. Saplings are born at four feet in height. Adults average thirty – forty feet in height. Within three months the saplings are mature enough to protect the mother tree enough for her to remove her roots and they begin the cycle of moving with the sun.

Flute trees are fleshy trees. Their wood isn’t strong enough to make anything from but it’s rumoured if one drinks the sap of a flute tree one can speak with the Gods. Those who have attempted this – however – have met their untimely demise, as Flute trees don’t voluntarily allow themselves to be punctured.

When a flute tree does die the other trees will dig their spikes into the dead tree and devour it. Nothing goes to waste when it comes to proper nutrients. They spend the length of time needed to devour the dead tree in one place, breaking their cycle with the sun. The mother tree will be the first to eat, followed by the saplings. If a mother tree dies or is killed, the eldest trees will dig their roots into the ground. The first to produce a pod becomes the new mother tree and the cycle of the group continues on.

They are a hive mind species that reproduce asexually.

 

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