At first, seeing the great tree leering over me, with its legs and arm-like branches, I thought I had come across a giant man. This was, in reality, merely a lacipex tree.The lacipex tree is unique to the land of Chlotoun,? where the soil is enriched by a mysterious blood-red rain. These trees possess a brilliant red pigment, as a result.
When cut, a sticky red sap leaks from the wood— as if it were bleeding. If one were curious enough to taste lacipex sap, they will note that it tastes nearly identical to human blood. The wood beneath its bark sports a lighter, but no less vibrant, red coloration. Stranger yet, when found in its natural habitat, one can lean in close to hear a pulse.
GrowthLacipex seeds appear as red teardrops, typically nestled within the topmost umbrella. A few months after being planted, a light-pink sprout will rise from the ground— lightly pulsing to an unseen heartbeat. Over the next 8-10 years, the tree will steadily grow in size and stature before reaching its mature form. It is important to note that, while lacipex wood is exported to the rest of the known world— it can only be grown within the unique climate of Chlotoun. If one were to plant a lacipex tree anywhere else, the seed would hiss and wither away. Grafting or transplanting mature trees ends with the same result.
Lacipex trees hold significance within the Tuepluezet? faith. Followers of this faith believe that blood is the essence of life itself, and so, as lacipex trees appear to be made of blood— they are inherently holy. Many believe that lacipex trees contain the blood of Qet itself, while others claim that the trees collect the blood spilt by the faithful and act as monuments to their faith. The grand majority of their religious edifices— from temples, to churches, and even personal shrines— are built largely from lacipex wood. Several religious items, such as the mats used in bloodletting rituals, are also made from lacipex wood.