Mizarin Nightlight

The Mizarin Nightlight, named after the light it emits from its round extensions during the night, is the most prominent type of flora in the remote jungles of the Mizarin Isles . For a long time it was assumed that the light was the most defining feature of the tree. During an airship raid of the Raitin, however, it soon became clear that the tree was more than just pretty lights at night.  

Biology

  Scientists have tried many times to get more information on the Mizarin Nightlights, but have only succeeded a few times in convincing the Nekorians to allow them to study these trees. The information is, therefore, incomplete and the most knowledgeable on the matter, the Mizarin priesthood, don't share what they know. Nevertheless so far, a few aspects have been uncovered.  

Reproduction

The Mizarin Nightlights are rather peculiar in the way they reproduce. Unlike most trees they don't use seeds but rather walking extensions of themselves to reproduce. Just like seeds these creatures fall down from the tree. While most plants' seeds remain on the ground, the Mizarin Nightlight's extensions, commonly known as Lightwalkers, walk around for a rather long time.   Researchers have seen these creatures do several jobs for the trees, such as removing pests, tending wounds and fighting potential woodcutters. Just like their larger kind, the Lightwalkers have the ability to transmit light. This can sometimes be observed in rather erratic flashes towards each other, which makes some scientists believe they use it as a kind of language. After a yet undetermined amount of time they pick a place to put root and start developing into a new Mizarin Nightlight.  
So far I did not make much progress in deciphering the meaning of the Lightwalker's flashes. I have, however, noted that everytime I bring water the response is three 2 second flashes followed by one 4 second flash and a short 1 second flash. I assume that this means "Thank you", but there is not enough data to form a definitive conclusion.
— Salerem Kando, biologist
  Once the conversion from a Lightwalker into a Mizarin Nightlight has started, the sprout's main light emitting globe develops into a larger extension. As soon as this extension is large enough, it starts emitting stronger light. In addition, it appears that the round extensions point towards the larger moon Naelik after fully developing. Once they have grown a few meters the trees stay in their smaller state for several decades.  

Intelligence and communication

Another important aspect of the Mizarin Nightlight is its ability to move parts of its roots and treetrunk. The Mizarin priesthood has found a way to communicate with the trees that allows them to alter the structure of the tree as they please. The structure of the treetrunk, which consists of many smaller intertwined trunks, helps to make this an easier process.   How this communication form works is still unknown to outsiders, but the fact that the trees respond to the priesthood hints at a certain level of intelligence. It is also possible that there is communication between different trees, although this has not been verified so far.   Priesthood communication
Both the Mizarin Nightlights and the Lightwalkers are actually fully sapient. The priesthood is able to talk with the trees telepathically and only by using a device that the priesthood refers to as the Holy Link. In actuality these devices were created before the The God War.   It is a piece of technology that looks like a metalic band with protrusions near the front. When placed on one's head the area around the temples lights up with a blue light.   Only by using this type of device is the priesthood able to issue commands to the Mizarin Nightlights. The trees follow these commands without issue and seem to be fully obedient towards Nekorians.
  The other communication form, the flashes of the lightwalkers, has not been deciphered by outsiders so far. The average Nekorian does not seem to understand much of this language besides some basic sentences. The most knowledgeable on the matter, the Priesthood, has not told any outsider about the language either. One of their common answer to these queries is "If the lightwalker wanted to speak with you, you would understand its message".  

Extra Information

Scientific Name
bevinar . sanaxn . misar (Bevinar Sanathin Misar)
Average Height
The trees vary in size of being only a few meters during their younger years to 80m for adult trees. Some exceptionally large specimens do occur. The Mizarin Mothertree for example is 250 m in height.
Lifespan
Unknown: the oldest specimen which fell down was 1900 years old but most likely older specimens exist. For living trees it is difficult to pinpoint the exact age.
Geographic Location
Mizarin Isles
                     

Lightwalker

The seeds of the Mizarin Nightlight, the Lightwalkers, exist out of a series of vines and leaves interwined with each other. Among this mass of vines several light emitting globes can be found with one of the globes at the very top of the Lightwalker, which according to scientists functions as the head. They are able to extend these vines to manipulate the environment around them and move. As a defense mechanism they use these vines to strangle their attackers. Sometimes they even emit bright flashes from their globes which blinds their targets for a short time. Survivors of their attacks have mentioned that they heard voices inside their head while being attack by a Lightwalker.   Lightwalker Stats

Lightwalker

Medium plant, neutral
Armor Class 14
Hit Points 75 (10d8+30) 10d8+3
Speed 30ft Climb: 29ft

STR

16 +3

DEX

12 +1

CON

16 +3

INT

11 +0

WIS

12 +1

CHA

5 -3

Saving Throws strength +5
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing
Damage Immunities psychic
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, poisoned, frightened
Senses truesight 40ft, passive perception 11
Languages lighttalk, telepathy
Challenge 4

Treemeld: The Lightwalker is able to meld into a nearby Mizarin Nightlight by using its movement. While merged with the tree, the Lightwalker can’t see what occurs outside it, and any Wisdom (Perception) checks it makes to hear sounds outside it are made with disadvantage. The Lightwalker is not able to use actions while melded.

Actions

Multiattack: The Lightwalker can make two attacks with its vines. If a target is grappled he can replace the attack with the Mind Constrict attack.   Vine: Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage. If the attack hits the target is also grappled (escape DC 13). No more than 2 creatures can be grappled at the same time.   Mind Constrict: The Lightwalker attacks a creature grappled by one of its vines. This attack automatically succeeds. The target takes 7(1d8+3) bludgeoning damage and must make a Wisdom saving throw (DC 14) or take an extra 4(1d8) psychic damage and is paralyzed until its next turn as a voices overwhelm the target's mind.   Psychic Light: Every creature in a 15 ft radius from the Lightwalker must make a Wisdom saving throw (DC 14). On a fail the target takes 16(3d8 )psychic damage and is blinded until the end of its next turn, on a succesful save the target only takes half that damage and is not blinded.


Nightlight Stats

Mizarin Nightlight

Gargantuan plant, neutral
Armor Class 23
Hit Points 432 (24d20+180)
Speed -1ft Fly: -3ft

STR

28 +9

DEX

12 +1

CON

30 +10

INT

23 +6

WIS

14 +2

CHA

7 -2

Saving Throws DEX +8, CON +16, WIS +9, CHA +10
Skills Perception +16
Damage Resistances Bludgeoning, Piercing, Slashing
Damage Immunities Psychic, Poison
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, poisoned, frightened, grappled, petrified, prone
Senses Truesight 1000ft, passive perception 26
Languages Lighttalk, telepathy
Challenge 21

Legendary Resistance (3/Day): If the Mizarin Nightlight fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.   Immovable: The Mizarin Nightligh can't be moved by any normal non-magical or magical means.

Actions

Multiattack: The Mizarin Nightlight can make three root attacks.   Root: Melee Weapon Attack: +16 to hit, reach 700 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (2d8 + 9) bludgeoning damage. If the attack hits the target is also grappled (escape DC 19). No more than 8 creatures can be grappled at the same time.   Psychic Sun (Recharge 5–6): The Mizarin Nightlight uses his highest extension to generate a burst of light. Every creature, that the Mizarin Nightlight chooses, in a 200 ft radius from the Mizarin Nightlight must make a Wisdom saving throw (DC 25). On a fail the target takes 65(12d10 )psychic damage and is blinded until the end of its next turn, on a succesful save the target only takes half that damage and is not blinded.

Legendary Actions

Tremor: The Mizarin Nightlight makes in a 50 ft radius around it difficult terrain by moving its roots.   Root Attack (costs 2 actions): The Mizarin Nightlight makes a root attack.


                     
 

Uses

 

Housing

One of the most important uses of the Mizarin Nightlights is the fact that its structure can be rearranged at will. As a Mizarin settlement expands one of the closest trees is chosen as the new house. A ceremony is performed by the Priesthood to bless the new house and thank the tree for its service to the community. If an exceptionally large building is needed two Mizarin Nightlights in close proximity can be used to create a new structure.  
Settlements
A Mizarin settlement is much more vertical in comparison to other humanoid settlements. Due to the height of the average Mizarin Nightlight several houses can be created along the tree's entire length. The different levels of houses are linked via branches making the settlement an intricate web of connected trees.
                     
 

Lighting

One of the other uses is, as its name suggests, lighting during the night. Typically the priesthood encourages Lightwalkers to take root inside settlements to provide ligthing.  

Defense

A more recently discovered feature of the Mizarin Nightlight is its ability to attack by using its roots. It is possible that the priesthood had known this for a long time and only decided to reveal it when several dozens of Raitin airships attempted to raid the main Nekorian settlement.   During their raid the Raitin airships were struck by many large roots which were able to reach them even at their relatively high position. After this incident most agree that being anywhere near Mizarin Nightlights if you are an enemy of the Nekorians is a guaranteed death sentence.  
Our own armies have had a bad time fighting against anything the Raitin have used against us. I have seen Raitin airships capture or kill dragons. But these Mizarin Nightlights have managed to destroy them in a matter of seconds. Maybe we need to re-evaluate what the strongest life form of the planet is.
— Ironem Valis, Pavan ambassador to Nekorians
 

Lightwalkers

  Even though the root defense system has only been used quite recently for the first time, the trees have defended themselves several times before. Their most common defence method is using their seeds, the Lightwalkers, to deter or, if necessary, kill attackers. So far no Nekorians have been attacked by the Lightwalkers but this could also be attributed to the fact that they have never attempted to cut down a Mizarin Nightlight.   There are historical records of other humanoids attempting to settle in the Mizarin Isles. As they were incapable of changing the structure of the trees they often attempted to cut them down for wood. Every time this has incentivized Lightwalkers to swarm the new settlement in great numbers. In the end no new attempts of settling the Isles were made and the Nekorians were left alone.   The only group that still regularly attacked the Isles were the Raitin. Until recently they raided settlements to capture the helpless Nekorians. By using their airships they were able to leave quickly before any Lightwalkers could attack. Why the Lightwalkers attempted to attack the Raitin even though they did not harm the trees is currently unknown  

Religion and Culture

  Nekorian society in the Mizarin Isles is very intertwined with the Mizarin Nightlights. The trees provide the Nekorians with housing, light and defense making them the most important influence on their culture. None of these uses, however, would have been possible without the Mizarin priesthood who are able to freely communicate with the trees. Since no other Nekorians or outsiders know about the way this is achieved, the priesthood has been able to define most religious and cultural aspects of the Mizarin society.  

Religion

The Mizarin priesthood is devoted to the trees and has introduced several religious practices and beliefs related to them. The main deity of the Mizarin Nekorians is actually a Mizarin Nightlight itself. This tree is known as the Mothertree and is thought to be the source of all other Nightlight trees.   According to Mizarin belief this tree is not located on Niorath itself, but on the largest moon Naelik. The priesthood teaches that the reason that the Mizarin Nightlights light up during the night is to communicate with the Mothertree on the moon. The main temple of the Mizarin faith, located under an exceptionally large Mizarin Nightlight, is a sacred place in direct communication with the Mothertree according to the priesthood.   Due to the priesthood's importance the line between religious practice and law has become blurred. One of the punishable offences for example is the harming of a Mizarin Nightlight. Cutting one down is even punishable by death. This punishment hasn't been applied in recent history but it was used during the time that other humanoids attempted to settle in the Mizarin Isles.   Another requirement for a Mizarin citizen is to reguraly water the trees, which translates into the ritual to pour some water on any Mizarin Nightlight one passes during their travels.  
Mizarin Citizen-portrait.png
Mizarin participating in branch swinging by Kefkejaco with Heroforge
 
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Mizarin Priest by Kefkejaco with Heroforge
         

Culture

One of the more important festivities in the Mizarin Isles is the annual Skyviewing. In this event the Nekorians organise several competitions, with a climbing competition as the most important one. The one who can reach the top of the canopy first gets honoured at the celebration at the end of the day. Other competitions include jumping between branches to complete a preset parcour and carrying a heavy jug of water to a temple tree.   When the competitions end all Nekorians gather above the canopy to watch the nightsky as the Nightlight trees start to emit light themselves. They then typically form a circle around one of the light emmiting extensions of a Nightlight tree and start a traditional dance. Luckily the canopy leaves of the Nightlight trees are quite large and sturdy enough to withstand several dozens of dancing Nekorians.   Another important aspect of the Mizarin culture regarding the Nightlight trees is the bond with the Lightwalkers. Even though only the priesthood understands their language, they are well loved in the community. At least one building in a settlement is assigned to the Lightwalkers. Nekorians often bring water to these buildings as offerings and to encourage them to stay.  
 

Origin

Where the Mizarin Nightlights originate from is still a mystery to researchers. So far no closely related plants have been discovered and no other plants in Niorath share the same properties. Moreover, the only location they have been found so far is the Mizarin Isles between Pavanor and Oneraga.   Hidden Origin
Unknown to all inhabitants of Niorath, the Mizarin Nightlights were actually bioengineered by the ancient ancestors of the Nekorians even long before arriving on Niorath. They were originally rather small plants capable of communicating with each other and could be found on the original home planet of the Nekorians. Scientists discovered that this communication was in fact instantaneous and used this plant as a basis to create the Mizarin Nightlight trees. These trees were then altered to be able to receive and send messages. How far the signal could reach was determined by the size of the tree. When they arrived on Niorath, they planted the trees again for this same purpose and placed the largest tree on a moon base where it would act as an intermediate node.   Most of this is unknown to the current Nekorian population and even to the Mizarin priesthood. But the priesthood did actually discover a gateway to the moon base where they encountered the large intermediate node which they started calling the Mothertree. The process to open the gateway is still kept secret by the priesthood to this very day.   The other aspects of the Mizarin Nightlight, such as the light emission and movable parts were added later on by the Nekorian ancestors. During the The God War the roots of the trees were actively used to fend off approaching hostile armies.
 

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Mizarin Isles Map by Kefkejaco



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Author's Notes

This is my entry for the plant challenge and I had much fun in creating it, especially finding out how the Nekorians would react to these strange plants. If you have any feedback you can leave a comment :)


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11 Mar, 2021 23:35

Ooh. This looks like a fun article, I can't wait to take a look. Be forewarned that I tend to give an abundance of comments but that's not a reflection of the quality of your article, just that I have a tendency to be overly nitpicky.   "This tree is called the Mizarin Nightlight, named after the light it emits from several of it's round extensions during the night."
The grammar here is a bit wonky. Firstly, while you do give an implicit definition for "this," it would be better to combine this sentence with the opening sentence similar to the regard of "Names after the light that it emits during the night, Mizarin Nightlight is the most prominent type of flora in the remote jungles of the Mizarin Isles." It conjoins the ideas and creates a larger focus on the Mizarin Nightmare. Also, it's should its since the tree possesses the extensions.     "raid of the Raitin however it soon"
"The info is therefore incomplete"
You should put commas around however and therefore   I kind of stopped picking at the grammar around this point. I really like all of the sentience surrounding the species. Culture is also one of the most engaging aspects of any worldbuilding so the relation of the nightlight to the religion of the isle.   The density of the text is a bit much. If you could use more quotes, just here and there, it would really help to split things up. If not finding or drawing smaller images relating to whatever the subject is would help. It's not overly distracting, but more information and more separation are always great ways to increase the reader engagement.   Anyway, really good article here. Best of luck with the competition.

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11 Mar, 2021 23:44

Hey that is some great feedback! I agree with you restructering of the sentences there, will take that into account! :) I will try to see if I can add some more quotes or images here and there, especially in the larger text parts.   Best of luck to you too ! :)

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13 Mar, 2021 21:06

Wow, an incredibly detailed article! I love how the seeds can walk around and help the trees themselves, it's a very inventive way of having the trees reproduce. The little excerpts of dialogue or report in the article really tie it in nicely to the world, and I love how culturally ingrained it is within the Mizarin Isles. Great read!

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14 Mar, 2021 00:31

Thanks for the kind feedback ! :) Nice that you liked the special kind of reproduction :p

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14 Mar, 2021 14:59

These are some cool concepts! I love the seeds which blur the line between plant and animal, and which are invited into homes to provide light.

15 Mar, 2021 08:25

Thank you for the kind words! It's nice that the concept is liked :D

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15 Mar, 2021 14:03

Very cool concept! my favorite part was about the lights and roots. I can imagine the lights being focused as spotlights to target any night-time aerial offences or lighting up the forest for a beautiful night-time walk.   When I skim over the articl, I feel like it's possible for the headers to blend-in so trying to make them stand-out a bit more could certainly help with the UX of the page. Anything extra visually is a bonus in my book :D

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Thanks for the feedback! I will see what I can change to make them more obvious :)

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Gege Escriva
15 Mar, 2021 17:54

Very interesting entry! I like a lot how detailed it is, it gives a very complete overview, not only about the plant itself but also about the relation between this species and the civilizations of your world. I find very curious the method of reproduction, is pretty original the fact that the seeds got behavior that can blurry the line between plants and animals. I also like a lot that them are luminous and are worshipped by one of the religions of the world, it reminds me to the trees from the movie "Avatar". Very interesting concepts! The article looks nice and I liked to read about their hidden origin.

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15 Mar, 2021 21:12

Thank you so much! Yeah I really wanted to give it some very strange traits so I am happy that those are liked like the strange form of reproduction :) The religion and culture was somewhat my take on how a species would react on something strange and advanced after forgetting the original purpose. Thanks for the feedback!

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17 Mar, 2021 15:33

Oh wow, this is just fascinating. First of all I absolutely love the entire visual of these trees, from how they shine light to how they grow to attack, like man these are just so god damn cool :'0. The role they play in religion in culture is fascinating too, and I love the hidden origins so damn much. Awesome article, awesome work!!

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17 Mar, 2021 15:47

Thank you so much ! :D Yeah the entire idea actually came from the hidden origin :p How would people living near it see this strange tree that they created after actually forgetting that they created it themselves :) It's fun that you like the origin!

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18 Mar, 2021 07:00

NEKO-rian... I see what you did there.   I like how you intertwined the plants with the culture of the catfolk. Even as a human I'd love to take part in Skyviewing!


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18 Mar, 2021 08:23

Ha yes indeed guilty ^^ I thought someone would find out the naming there :p Thanks for the kind words!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
20 Mar, 2021 09:49

This is a great article and a cool plant! I love the idea of walking seeds and the Lightwalkers! I also like the origin of the plant and all the religious aspect that has developed around them, and how you link that with their lights and the moon. And you also have amazing illustrations, and it's very cool that you have a video XD   I have taken notes of some of my reactions and suggestions:   "The info is, therefore, incomplete and the most knowledgeable on the matter, the Mizarin priesthood, don't share what they know." Using "info" rather than information feels odd considering the encyclopaedia-like tone of the article.   " But so far, a few aspects have been uncovered, though." Having "though" at the end likes that make the sentence feels unfinished. I think it would work better with deleting it and replacing your "but" with "nevertheless"   " Just like their larger kind the Lightwalkers have the ability to transmit light." You have a comma missing here after "kind" which makes the sentence ambiguous on first read.   I'm not sure about the meaning of your sentence here: "the sprout starts developing an extension existing out of the main light emitting globe of its body." Does this works? "From the globe of its body that emits its main light, the sprout starts developing and extension."   " it appears that the round extensions follow the larger moon Naelik." Do you mean that it grows with the moon cycle or that the leaves turn toward the moon to get more of its light?   I'm wondering here the K=Lightwalker chose to take care. Near the "mother" tree or at some distance but in the ame forest? In another forest?   " Another important aspect of the Mizarin Nightlight is its ability to move parts of their roots and treetrunk." You're mixing singular with the Nightlight and "it" with plural with "their".   I'm curious about the way the trees answer to the priesthood and communicate with them. Do you have a specific example that you could give here? Does the tree bend its trunk down, lift a branch, make a specific sign with a root?   Are the bridges between trees made of roots or branches? If it's roots, does that mean that trees grow on top of each other?   I'd like to have an estimation of the height and width of the tree since you're mentioning that they can be made into houses.   "Our own armies have had a bad time fighting against anything the Raitin used against us. I have seen Raitin airships capture or kill dragons. But these Mizarin Nightlights managed to destroy them in a matter of seconds. Maybe we need to re-evaluate what the strongest life form of the planet is." Should be "have used", "have managed".   " The Mizarin priesthood is devoted to the trees and have introduced" should be "has introduced"   "So far no closely related plants are discovered" should be "have been discovered"   I'm wondering if the trees can become violent towards the Mizarin if they annoy and/or hurt them? Especially since they were basically created to serve and defend them.   I'm also wondering about the size of the Nekorians since you've said the leaves are strong enough to support several dancing ones.   "Even though they don't communicate, they are well loved in the community. " You've mentioned before that the Lightwalkers communicate with lights, so I'm guessing you mean that there is not communication between them an the Nekorians. Any reason why? Since you've shared a quote from a scientific who was able to guess how to say thank you, I would think the Nekorians would have been able to pick up a few concepts for communication.

20 Mar, 2021 10:50

Thanks for the kind words and this very thorough feedback :D I have already corrected the suggestions you made :) As for your questions. The lightwalkers are not bound to just the tree they came from they tend all of the nearby Mizarin Nightlights. Yes the communication I saw was a bit strange now I see with the mention in the end that they don't communicate. I changed that into that only the priesthood knows how to talk with them. The communication is actually done telepathically and the reason that only the priesthood can do it is because they need a piece of technology to do that. Perhaps I should add that in the hidden origin section? The flashes themselves are very difficult to decipher and the Nekorians generally only now basic communication. I changed the bridges into branches that makes more sense indeed. The roots of the trees are actually connected with eachother though and form one gigantic network on the isles. The trees vary in size of being only a few meters for a long time to 80 m for the regular trees but some can be even larger. The one on the moon is actually about 250 m in height. Perhaps also something to add somewhere? The trees themselves don't get violent at all unless they are commanded to. So the root attacks was actually something the priesthood specifically asked the forest to do. The lightwalkers never attack Nekorians. And the size of the Nekorians will be detailed more once I get to it. But the are only a bit smaller than normal humans. The leafs of the tree are very strong. Thanks for all the feedback and I hope I was able to answer some of your question :D

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
25 Mar, 2021 12:14

Love the new additions, especially "If the lightwalker wanted to speak with you, you would understand its message". XD

23 Mar, 2021 00:42

This is such an interesting plant. I love that it's not *just* pretty lights at night, and I love how you've integrated it with the culture.   As a Guild Wars 2 fan, love the use of that clip. It really illustrates the true power of these plants.

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23 Mar, 2021 08:33

Ah a fellow Guild Wars 2 player? :D Yeah I had the idea of an airship raid that failed on the forest in my mind and then I thought back to that scene and it fitted just perfectly with the idea ^^ Thank you so much for the kind words!

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23 Mar, 2021 22:00

Hello! This article is very complete, and well-detailled, well done!   I really liked the plant's method of reproduction, the whole concept of the lightwalker felt really interesting. In fact, these make me wonder a lot about their consciousness, intelligence and whatnot. If they can walk, see and interact with their environment, and even strangle opponents, are they conscious? Are they intelligent? If so, are the whole plants intelligent too? Seeing the way it can attack with its roots, and communicate with the priesthood, it seems it is.   All in all, the one thing this makes me wonder is why would anyone actually want to chop such a plant down. I mean, it really seems more useful alive than dead.   In any case, thank you for this great article!

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23 Mar, 2021 22:24

Thanks for the kind words! Yes they are in fact intelligent and are actually loyal to the Nekorians who live near them. The only times that any attempts to chop them down were made was when other humanoids tried to free land for settlements since the trees take up a lot of space. These attempts failed miserably so the Nekorians are the only ones who live near them as the priesthood can make houses without harming the tree :)   Thanks for the feedback!

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26 Mar, 2021 23:42

I love the story behind these trees, and how that translates into the lives and beliefs of the people who live with the trees today. What a fun extrapolation.

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26 Mar, 2021 23:49

Thank you for the kinde words! ^^   It was a fun idea to work out. I started from the origin and than thought how humanoids living close to it would react to the plants after they forgot about its origins. Nice that you liked that part!

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28 Mar, 2021 17:19

I love the symbiotic relationship between this peaceful catfolk with these trees. As I play the nekorian Nimble in this world, it's really great to gain this knowledge about her folk and I will definitely incorporate it in our sessions. I kinda feel her getting homesick by reading this.

28 Mar, 2021 17:21

Thank you! ^^ Now that I have written this article I am thinking in getting the campaign to the location of these trees at some point :p

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31 Mar, 2021 18:15

I love me a plant with two separate life stages! That was a neat article.   This sentence is weirdly constructed:

But whereas most seeds remain on the ground these extensions, commonly known as Lightwalkers, walk around for a rather long time.
I think something like this would work better:
While most plants' seeds remain on the ground, Mizarin Nightlight's extensions, commonly known as Lightwalkers, walk around for a rather long time.
  I loved the quote "If the lightwalker wanted to speak with you, you would understand its message". I wonder: what happens if someone casts speak with plants on these creatures?

31 Mar, 2021 18:41

Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion! That is indeed a bettter sentence :) As for the question. Unfortunately magic does not get these plants to talk, if anyone tries at most they hear some incoherent gibberish. :)

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2 Apr, 2021 17:38

These are fascinating! I especially like the idea that the lightwalkers take care of the trees before they become trees themselves. The symbiosis with the Nekorian communities is interesting to read, and I really like the secret knowledge kept by the priests. Also, celebrating on the treetops surrounded by all those lights sounds amazing!

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3 Apr, 2021 10:31

Thank you so much for your kind words! :D Nice that you like how the priests actually know technology and keep it hidden for their religion ^^

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3 Apr, 2021 10:31

Thank you so much for your kind words! :D Nice that you like how the priests actually know technology and keep it hidden for their religion ^^

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3 Apr, 2021 10:31

Thank you so much for your kind words! :D Nice that you like how the priests actually know technology and keep it hidden for their religion ^^

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4 Apr, 2021 12:45

This is such a detailed article and I love the concept. These cities in the trees of lights must be an amazing sight to see!

4 Apr, 2021 15:13

Thanks for the kind words! ^^ really appreciate it !

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5 Apr, 2021 13:27

This article is beautiful. The formatting, and the artwork (specifically that gif) are so well done. Great work! Wow.

5 Apr, 2021 17:53

Thank you so much for the kind words :) The gif is something I made from a guild wars 2 cutscene :) the popups in the arrow below them have the specifics of the credits.

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8 Apr, 2021 19:26

The information in the article is great. Very unique and interesting. The details are fantastic, and help move the article along.   The presentation of your article is something else, and really pushes it to another level as well. The use of Hero Forge, Stellaris, and Endless Legend are very clever ways to get the visuals. Excellent work.

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8 Apr, 2021 19:39

Thank you so much for the kind words! :D And yes I found the art very fitting for the idea I had so I had to use it. ^^ Thanks for the feedback!

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10 Apr, 2021 08:12

Oh dear, what a nice article! I love the concept of their descendants, the Lightwalkers which is pretty unique! And that the trees are the foundation of religion is really cool! Also, the Artwork works so well for both the tree and the Lightwalkers! The little clip at the end is from Guild Wars 2 right? (Big fan:)) )

10 Apr, 2021 09:12

Thanks for the kind words ! :D Yes I found it all very fitting art and wanted to use it. And indeed the clip is a gif I made from Guild Wars 2 living world ^^

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10 Apr, 2021 17:14

Liked for the GW2 clip (I used to play), stayed to read the rest. This being a tree that can defeat a whole army, it's definitely not something I want to mess with! Very nice article and I liked the hidden origin too.

10 Apr, 2021 17:26

Thanks for the kind words! :D And yes I had to use the GW2 clip for it :p I still play but not as often as before. Nice that you liked the origin as well ^^

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11 Apr, 2021 18:33

I love how they can communicate using light and how this is used to establish and sustain the power structure of Mizarin Nekorians. Great article!

12 Apr, 2021 16:07

Thank you for the kind words! Glad you liked it!

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12 Apr, 2021 15:45

Hi Kefkejaco! I finally made it back to commenting on articles I've previously read/liked. I think the art in your page is INCREDIBLE. One thing that I don't remember from before is that the patterning on your article background made it harder to read. Perhaps increasing the font size or reducing the pattern intensity may help? The inclusion of the embed video, stat blocks, culture, religion, etc. all contribute to the amazingness of your article. I really like the Lightwalker concept/their behaviour and that your plant is sapient. Completely randomly - would you mind if I tried to emulate how you produced your stat block? It's really well done.

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12 Apr, 2021 16:07

Thanks for the kind words! I will look into how I can improve the font or the background a bit, thanks for the headsup!   I won't mind you emulating the statblock so go ahead ^^

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13 Apr, 2021 00:22

I started this article with an 'ooo' because they're just so pretty. I suppose much like the people at the start where it was just "they're just pretty plants" though that rapidly became apparent that was wrong as I continued to read. I really like how entwined they are in the society. The lightwalkers, too, are just really neat.   << I see the stats. Does that mean I could play *as* a lightwalker? Because that would also be cool.   The overall look of the article is beautiful. I love the way the quotes look and the layout is spot on and fluid. Nicely done.

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13 Apr, 2021 21:04

Thanks for the kind words! ^^ Yeah I wanted to have something that is much more powerful than people origanlly thought :p   And well the are monster stats so you could play them but I have not made them into a race :p

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13 Apr, 2021 21:00

Space? Spaaaaace! The moon-part is the cherry on top of a real neat article!

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13 Apr, 2021 21:41

Thank you for the kind words! ^^ Yeah I thought why not give the plants a reason to light up when they see the moon let's put a tree there :p

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14 Apr, 2021 09:56

What a wonderful article! The walking seeds, the lights and technology used to communicate with them, it's all just so good! Wonderful illustrations too and I'm not sure how many times I've watched that Gif of the attack xD Great work!!

14 Apr, 2021 13:29

Thank you for the kind words ! ^^ I am glad you also like the more high tech background that is related to the trees :)   Yeah that was a clip from Guild Wars 2 living world and it was just so fitting for my trees attack style that I had to make a gif out of it :p

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