The Fossili tree are mostly known for the city of Bloodwood, a Fossili tree growing atop of the death site of a tarrasque long ago. It's roots has formed a solid platform for the city's population to build on as it reaches in a 400ft radius around the trunk of the tree. The Great Fossili tree as it's called is roughly 2000 years old but has only been the home of the citizens of Bloodwood for the latest 600 years. There were signs of the tree being inhabited before by other people, but only the eldest that recall the great tree only tell of the vibrant jungle that used to surround it. Now it's but a desolate land with Fossili trees stretching across now so called oil fields. There are many theories for how the society before Bloodwood crumbled, but the more the researchers learn of the Fossili trees, the more disturbing the theories get.
The Fossili are of the Mangrove family of flora and are thereby very similar in the way they grow. The Fossili's roots stretches up to 15ft. from it's center with a width of 2 inches in diameter, the oldest recorded Fossili tree's roots reaches 60ft. and a thickness of 5ft in diameter. The tree's roots stretches deep into the nearby soil and there are enough of them to hold up the main body of the plant. The leaves of the Fossili are non-existant due to it's primary source of food not being sunlight, instead it's branches curves down and form circular cradles which slowly fill with sap from the Fossili. Each Fossili tends to have between 3-6 branches with older trees having between 10-16. The bark of the tree is a light red and feels much like a birch would, tearing off pieces of it's beautiful red bark causes the tree to sometimes visibly regrow it. It's roots in turn look like main arteries and veins sticking into the ground.
Genetics and Reproduction
The Fossili spreads it's seeds using the globules of sap held by their branches, during most seasons the sap is very nutritious and fine to consume, during autumn however the sap becomes poisonous but more alluring in it's scent. This is due to the Fossili's seeds being grown inside of the sap globules, creatures that consumes it during this time period are afflicted by 1d6 poison damage every minute for as long as the seed remains within the creature. Should a creature die due to the poisoned sap it will feed the Fossili seed and trigger it to sprout, using the dead creature's body as nutrition for it's growth.
Growth Rate & Stages
The Fossili's growth rate depends entirely on the sort of creature it's seed sprouted from. The largest of it's species grew from the corpse of a Tarrasque, though with knowledge of the Tarrasque's poison immunity it's clear that the Fossili tree growing from it's cadaver could've stemmed from a smaller scavenger expiring in close proximity of the Tarrasque corpse. The more nutrients the Fossili tree gets through it's roots can cause the tree to visibly grow new roots, branches or bark. A Fossili sprout can take between 1 week to 1 year to reach an adolescent state and then requires little amounts of nutrients to survive. Should a Fossili tree be damaged it will heal itself using hitdice which amount corresponds to the trees source of nutrients.
Ecology and Habitats
The Fossili exists only in dense forest and jungle areas that contain large amounts of fauna due to how the tree reproduce through animals. Areas that become common with the Fossili tree are more specifically known as the oil fields. The oil fields are the extreme result of the tree's effect on the wildlife as it requires a large amount of corpses to maintain. The Fossili trees tends to be a great source of food for the variety of animals that live in the forests, due to it's excess in sap it's goal is to increase the amount of fauna within the woods and live off the cycle of life caused by that.
Dietary Needs and Habits
The Fossili tree are technically omnivores, it's roots liquefy organic material over time and draw the nutrients from dead prey through this method. Feces, Corpses, Fallen leaves and other plant roots that comes in contact with the Fossili's roots are food for the tree. The roots of the Fossili tree are similar to most carnivorous plant life in the sense that once they sense an organic material they produce a dissolving substance and begin to grow, forming more roots around the found nutrients. This doesn't happen in any open space and roots in contact with the air are hardier than the roots in contact with water or dirt is.
While the Fossili tree is resistant to fire and the risk of being set aflame during the dry seasons, it doesn't have any resistance against winter's harsh cold. But due to it's life being dependent on corpses and it's requirements for continued living being so low, it can survive the winter season in hibernation.
Fossili trees has been known to be used in druid groves, wood elf societies and sometimes in firbolg settlements. Those with a culture close to nature and the cycle of life plants the Fossili near burial sites. It's important to note that the dead that weren't aligned with nature will most likely see the burial of their corpse near a Fossili tree to be a way of defacing them. Fossili that exists in graveyards do no yield any sap, instead they grow a variety of coloured flowerbuds on it's branches each time a new nutrition source is found.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
The Fossili is mainly known for it's incredible sap that it produces most of the year, during autumn however it produces a poisonous version. The sap is often sought after to make amber and is sometimes used in the making of several foods. It is however the poison sap that is known for it's vibrant taste in the dwarven kingdoms, it's an addicting supplement for breakfast recipes due to it effectively keeping the poison resistant dwarves alert and focused throughout the day. The flowerbuds made by the domesticated version of Fossili contains a nectar and are thereby heavily sought after by beekeepers. The flowerbuds don't flower whilst on the Fossili and can also be moved. Once replanted on new soil the flowerbud yields a large amount of nectar before expiring after a month.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Fossili Trees can grow close to one another at first but it's rare to find multiple sharing a space of 15ft where their roots tend to grow.
Osha Continent - Jungle
The areas where the Fossili grow are extremely dangerous and thereby the conservation of these trees aren't an issue. They are however rare as they only grow in very specific areas.
15 - 30 meters
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