Sometimes, when someone is broken, they're reduced to almost nothing. It takes time to rebuild themselves. They need something to latch on to. That means they'll often take on qualities of the environment around them, as the slowly piece their existence back together.
After the final conflicts of the War of the Fracture
, the residents of the Fifth Floor were in a sorry state. The tower around the Fifth Floor was broken, damaged, and malfunctioning. Parts of the residents souls had fled, and they were reduced to base versions of themselves, with hardly the capacity to even speak.
When the broken souls moved into the boughs of The Great Tree
to flee the clockwork of Stone Castle Invictus
, they began to take on mannerisms and figures of speech relating to the massive tree they called home.
Language of the Tree
Life in the branches was considerably slower than life in the halls of a castle. Residents took their time, and began to relax. The clockwork from below largely ignored the tree, never choosing to climb it, instead focusing on whatever infernal plans they had within the depths of The Down Deep
As such, day to day life in The Great Tree
was filled with long stretches of silence, broken only by the sounds of branches creaking and swaying in the wind. Those living in the Tree slowly began to pick up these sounds, using them to fill their own smaller, personal silences. Occasionally, these sounds are used in place of "Umm...", "Uhhh..." or "Hmmm" from regular common speech.
After losing most of their language, the broken souls needed to slowly relearn, or reinvent words to suit their day to day lives. Similar to the way the sounds of the tree filled their silences, words relating to the tree replaced their vocabulary.
The general term used for descending from any location to one lower.
Often used to describe ones skin, or outer parts of their body.
Any portion of wood separated from the great tree, whether used for burning or building.
Root, Rooting, or Rooted is used when referring to staying, moving in, or living in some place -- generally the word is related to a state of not moving.
The catch all term for any liquid, from beer all the way to water.
Like any group of people, the citizens of the Great Tree have their share of unique curses, insults, and expletives. Like the rest of their colloquialisms, they are all based on trees, or actions related to trees.
Unrelated to the word "Bark", but used an expletive in frustration most often
More of an insult than an expletive. A cutter is someone who takes more than their fair share.
Even worse than a Cutter; a Feller takes so much it causes irreparable harm.
A phrase of astonishment or surprise. Often times used in fear as well.
Another insult, used to imply someone is stupid, naive, or ignorant.
A unique word meaning an insult, or curse. Refers to the Clockwork, shortened from "Metal Man"