Lacipex Tree

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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.
— A Rektouzk trader
  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.

Extra Info

Preferred Climates
Chlotoun
Average Height
115 ft.
 

Appearance

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Lacipex trees grow to about 115 ft. when fully mature. Their trunks are split into two "legs" at their base, which combine partway up into a single trunk. Near the top, two smooth branches sprout and curve upwards to embrace the sun. Finally, the top of the tree is capped by an umbrella-like ring of dense branches, sporting heavy orange-yellow leaves.   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.  

Growth

Lacipex 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.
 

Use

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.

Foreign Use

Outside of Chlotoun, lacipex wood is used largely for decorative works. Be it as furniture, weaponry, jewelry, or even as flooring or facades for homes.   To own something hewn from lacipex, is a show of wealth. It is soft, and easy to work— yet hardy.
 

Comments

Author's Notes

Feedback is very much welcome! Whether on the content, or the formatting! Please, point out typos if you spot any!


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10 Mar, 2021 22:40

I like the mystery to it, especially the pulse of the tree! I wonder though how many people know how blood tastes like in your world? :p Nice touch on the religion's importance of blood as well.

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Garrett Lewis
10 Mar, 2021 22:43

Thanks! Probably as many people as our own world know the taste lol. I think everyone's done it as a kid, at least.

10 Mar, 2021 22:53

Forgot about your own blood xp I was already thinking drinking blood of other people would be common in your world.

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Mareoquine
10 Mar, 2021 23:52

Ooooh. Blood treeeeeeees.

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Garrett Lewis
11 Mar, 2021 01:04
11 Mar, 2021 00:04

What an excellent, creepy, bloody tree. Hearing a pulse from it?? Terrifying. I would not like to walk through a copse of Lacipex trees at night.   What happens when this wood/tree burns? Does the smoke come out red too?   Excellent stuff!


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Garrett Lewis
11 Mar, 2021 01:05

Thank you! When it burns? Probably has a horrid smell.

13 Mar, 2021 00:21

Found a typo: 'brilliat' near the beginning.   This is such a fascinating species. I love that if you plant it anywhere else it just withers away. The idea of the saplings gently pulsing is just the right amount of creepy.   Great work!

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Garrett Lewis
13 Mar, 2021 02:53

Typo squashed! Thank you!

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
26 Mar, 2021 15:36

Oh that's a cool tree! But slightly creepy with all that blood and pulse XD   Continuing on the creepy trend, I wonder if some people have tried to fed the tree their own blood or to have it grow in a pool of human blood, voluntarily given or not, so as to test their theory?   And I like the design of your world/your css, it's very unique and eye-catching. I remember it from when one of your article was showcased on the WA stream.

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Garrett Lewis
26 Mar, 2021 17:47

Thank you! Creepy is a compliment here haha.   It's definitely possible, technically since bloodletting mats are made from lacipex wood they do so frequently!   Thanks! I try my best on the aesthetic!

4 Apr, 2021 09:50

Stranger yet, when found in its natural habitat, one can lean in close to hear a pulse.
  That is very cool and one has to wonder exactly what secrets might lie in their roots. Is it used any in the alchemy/magic system of the world?

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Garrett Lewis
4 Apr, 2021 18:29

Yes, it is! I have *not* written what it's effects in alchemy are yet, however. Anything living can be used in alchemy after all.

13 Apr, 2021 15:55

Hey Garrett! Nice article - I like your overall CSS design and the cover image with embed plant banner. The allusion that sap tastes like bloody really ups the intrigue for the tree especially when you immediately follow-up with the implication of a pulse! One thing to consider, I personally find the texture in the background (both article and the growth box) makes this font/font size difficult to read (especially when italics are used). Regardless, good job!

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Garrett Lewis
13 Apr, 2021 18:40

Thank you! Haha, glad you like the plant banner— it's my least favorite one! Hoping to remake it sometime soon. As for the difficulty reading, would you mind sharing what screen size you read this on? I find that tends to make a big difference— if there's a size that is difficult to read I'll need to make a fix specifically for it.

13 Apr, 2021 20:03

1920 x 1080 (24" screen). I just found it hard on my eyes more than anything else tbh.

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Garrett Lewis
13 Apr, 2021 22:02

A bigger screen than me, even. Same resolution, though. I'll look into it, thanks for letting me know!

14 Apr, 2021 01:34

You're welcome - may just be my old eyes and too much time at the computer, could be fine for everyone else. It's almost like the texture makes the serifs more challenging to focus on, or maybe just font size. No worries in either way, have a great evening!

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15 Apr, 2021 20:51

I... Bleeding trees? o_O Creepy! I'm gonna distract myself by imagining Batman growling at them "Do you bleed?!" before attacking one with an axe.

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Garrett Lewis
15 Apr, 2021 22:51

To which they would respond silently, by bleeding.

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