Harukoumu Lumber Material in Starstruck | World Anvil

Harukoumu Lumber

Greatest resource of the Mâhirau̯ Nation, harukou̯mu lumber is the cut timber of harukou̯mu trees.


Material Characteristics

Harukou̯mu is a hardwood, with a medium beige color to it. There are few knots in the grain, leading to a smooth look to the lumber.

Geology & Geography

As with the trees it is harvested from, harukou̯mu timber can only be found on Lemikkâgi Island.

History & Usage

Everyday use

Generally used in crafting weapons, or shields. Swords are flexible despite the density and very sharp. Staves made from harukou̯mu lumber are top tier for channeling magic through. The particularly rich may also use it in furniture, to show off their wealth.
The most common usage by the everyday populous is in the creation of urijœnech, an artifact created to represent the transition from childhood to adult life. The maker carves it in the shape of tool used in the path they wish to follow.

Cultural Significance and Usage

Part of the reason its trade is so limited is due to the fact that Mâhirau̯n Birdkin find the tree so significant. It is for the best that they haven't cut down more, but if there wasn't a stigma against it, older trees would be cut down for use as well.


Harukou̯mu can be found in two states: fresh and fallen. Fresh harukou̯mu timber usually are from trees less than a century old and were recently cut down. This wood is less durable, but cheaper to process. Normal processing is good enough for them. Trees older than that can be harvested from, but society tends to look down upon that. If a tree manages to live that long, then let it see its life to the end.
Fallen harukou̯mu is the real luxury. Only wood from trees that lived at least a thousand years and fell naturally count. Typically, only trees even older than that are used for the real high quality goods. However, harvesting fallen harukou̯mu is tough task. At this point its density is unnatural tough, more a rock than a tree. To harvest it alone require specialized techniques, let alone carving the timber into shape. All of these techniques are hoarded by the Mâhirau̯ government, and no one else knows how to do it.
Thus, finished fallen timber is an very expensive luxury. But also, the finest for wooden weapons and staves.


Trade & Market

Mostly only in the hands of higher ranked or rich Birdkin of Mâhirau̯ Nation. Some lumber makes it outside each harvest, but only enough for a few pieces. This lumber is generally in the criminal underground's hands, the Guild's, or the Academia.


It needs to stored in a dry location. While the lumber can be stored in any reasonable temperature, frequent fluctuation in temperature can make the wood more fragile. This is, in fact, one of the only ways to destroy properly cured harukoumu lumber
Medium beige
Very high
Related Locations
Related Species
Harukoumu Trees
Species | Jul 26, 2019

The sky pillars

Lemikkâgi Island
Geographic Location | Jul 25, 2019

Home to Mâhirau̯

Mâhirau̯ Nation
Organization | Jul 25, 2019

Country of the Warm Sun


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Jul 5, 2018 22:05

A very informative article. It feels like this material exists in the world and provides a good idea of how and why it's used. I do like how thorough you are with the material.

Jul 5, 2018 22:07 by Mint

Thank you!

Jul 5, 2018 23:10 by AmazingChi

Now I want a harukoumu stave.   Seriously, though, incredibly detailed - particularly loved the cultural touch about the carving in the coming of age ritual.

Jul 5, 2018 23:16 by Mint

Admittedly, while the coming of age ritual is my favorite details, its actually a bit from another article. Thank you though!

Jul 5, 2018 23:19 by SirElghinn

Sounds like an amazingly exotic (and expensive) material, I can only imagine how eagerly it is sought out. Great use of visuals and excellent CSS layout. Keep up the good work!

Jul 5, 2018 23:25 by Mint

Thank you very much! Its definitely one of the more sought after things in the world.

Jul 5, 2018 23:27 by SirElghinn

I can imagine, like Ebony Darkwood, or Ivory for that matter.

Jul 5, 2018 23:22

I like the detail on its properties and how it's processed, that integrates it really nicely

Jul 5, 2018 23:26 by Mint

Thank you! Figuring out those details was probably the focus of my brainstorming for this article!