The dwarves of Khazagrim stumbled across a huge root in one of the south-western mines. As usual when they find roots in their digging they simply chopped it away. However, the next day when they came back to continue digging the mine, they found the root had completely recovered and grown back. Perturbed by this the dwarves once again hacked the root away. The next day it was back. So they started burning the wood as they removed it. This seemed to have no effect. Every day since then the tidy and predictable dwarves send a team of cutters to clear the newly grown root away. This happened every day for nearly 1200 years. Unknown to the dwarves, this root was the root of the tree the elves call the Tree of Life. This tree was located deep within the northern reaches of the forest now known as the Bloodwood and was the tree that gave life to the Sylvarran – they were weaned on its sap. When the dwarves started to cut at the root the vitality of the Tree was lost and it withered and nearly died - its power to produce Sylvarran all but gone. Thus the numbers of the Sylvarran dropped alarmingly away in the years before the Demon Prince came to Albion.