Giant's step

"When I saw them for the first time, I thought i had died, Honestly. My family has always been big on reincarnation and seeing those trees looming above me convinced me I had become a mouse!
— Thian Whitmore, Cartographer
  The Giant's step are incredibly large trees that grow almost exclusively in the Shaye Forest and are the main ... well everything for its inhabitance. See, the giants step, Locally known as the Thræjuth, are the local magical conduits. These trees collect and feed on ambient magical energy which in turn cause them to grow exponentially large and effects the other flora in the area.  
"After my initial shock at their size, my curiosity got the better of me. I delayed my entire traveling group 3 weeks just to study the complexity of their roots and its strange effect on the rest of the wildlife. Eventually, my daughter convinced me to continue on, though one day i hope to return and continue my studies.
— Thian Whitmore
 

Appearance

As said before, these trees are huge, ranging on average from 400-500 meters tall in comparison to the Brilens. The trunk itself is a dull rust brown that gets grayer the further your chip inside. Most of its branches are horizontal, accentluated by the large, flat, mesh of green and blue leaves depending on how high in the trees you are. the further up, the greener things get.   Its branches tend to grow on even planes, creating clear sections of life on the tree itself, and since the leaves are so interwoven from centuries of unhindered growth, each section is strong enough to walk on in most places.   Giant's step roots are much wilder than normal trees, choosing not only to dig deep into the ground but also wind themselves up and around other trees, creating an intricate network of life on the forest floor.  
"It took me much longer than i had hoped to fully map out the forest and all its cities due to the trees. You see, because of their massive size, many cities and towns could be found buried in their roots, resting in their branches, or even burrowed into the trees themselves, creating a mapping nightmare. I was pleased to discover though, the local method of travel was through the natural water ducts inside the trees."
— Thian Whitmore
 

Uses

As Thian Whitmore found out, these trees are commonly used as homes for Greenis cities. Each layer is utilized to the best of their ability, creating complex, multi-tiered cities designed by the Elves   In addition to this, some people have attempted to use its capabilities to enlarge plant life as a fertilizer or "wonder fluid", sold for a variety of prices down south. Unfortunately, unless the liquid is harvested and used within a week, the effects fade and merely turn the water bitter.  

Growth

It is widely accepted the the secret to this Trees size can be found in its root system and liquid distribution. There are shoots that extend form the very top layer of branches all the way to its roots filled with a water-like substance that feeds the whole tree and anything connected to it. unlike most other trees, The Giants step collects water not only through its roots but through its leaves as well, easily filling these tubes at all times. Other plants often tap into these shoots for their own needs as well, such as ferns and orchids. These plants soon begin to take on the incredible size of their hosts.   These shoots are also used as transport, as Thian said, to get from one level to another. The amount of force generated by the rushing water is just enough to push a fully grown person up at a leisurely pace as long as they can hold their breath for the distance. There are also stairs jammed into the tree bark for those who don't want to get sopping wet every time they travel.
Lifespan
1000-1500 years
Average Height
300-400 meters
Geographic Distribution

Growth in other places

Once their size became known in several differnt places with some clarity, some officals had the wonderful idea to try and plant some saplings down in Kingsland so the Giants would have a regualr supply of wood without needing it to be imported, and some even hoped its growth effects would stretch to the local farms providing much more food. However, these trees never managed to grow nearly as large as expected, barely making it slightly larger than the average tree. This is what led to the idea that the trees feed on ambiant magical energy since the Shaye Forest is the last place anyone saw the Ice Queen. No one has suggested they test this theory by planted them in the Forbiden Forest for fear they would take over.  

Naming

Ironically, the name "Giants step" came from Thian Whitmores tiny, 5 year-old daughter, Milin. After hearing her farther describe them after he returned and seeing his many sketches and drawings, she declared that they grow "one giants step" apart from each other. Thian laughed and wrote it down in the official report at her insistant request.   Since the name "Thræjuth" was both difficult to pronounce and sounded very elven in a time where all things elvish were regarded with distaste, the council began referring to them as "Giant step trees". After a while, the name just stuck.

Comments

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10 Apr, 2021 13:58

Wow this seem like a very large tree :o I really like how it gets to be this big thanks to the magic it feeds on. Cities inside the tree seems like a very cool thing to behold as well. You even mentioned water ducts in the trees in one of the quotes. How do these work? Are they also between different levels of the tree or only in the roots?   The quotes you added throughout were nice as well and made the text quite pleasing and easy to read.   One typo I found is 'differnt places ' where it should be 'different'. :) In all very nice article!

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11 Apr, 2021 17:56

Thanks for catching the typo! Yeah, I’m planning on going more in depth about the shoots in another article but i have no idea when that will come out. They work throughout the entire tree, though you still have to hold your breath through them. Thanks for your feedback!

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10 Apr, 2021 16:41

Nice article! Those are interesting trees, I like that the trees are conduits for the magical currents.   I like the naming story, it's very cute :D   " since the leaves are so interwoven from centuries of unhindered growth, each section is strong enough to walk on in most places." Does the tree not lose its leaves?   " its capabilities to enlarge plant life as a fertilizer or "wonder fluid"," where does this fluid comes from? – ah that's the liquid in the shoots that you mention in the next section? I think having the two sections in the other order would help with making that clearer.   " Other plants often tap into these shoots for their own needs as well, such as ferns and orchids." Do they stick their roots inside the trunk of the tree to get to the shoot?   " The amount of force generated by the rushing water is just enough to push a fully grown person up at a leisurely pace as long as they can hold their breath for the distance." Oh they are very big shoots then :D So they can pierce the trunk to get inside. Does it not damage the tree to have holes permanently opened like that? Do the people maybe do something to help the tree not to get a bacterial or fungal infection from the holes? Or maybe the liquid in the shoots can help prevent that?   Your world and article also look nice with those feathers and colours :D

11 Apr, 2021 18:05

Oh my gosh, firstly, its so cool to see someone really interact with my article. Now on to answering the questions...hopefully.   On the trees not loosing its leaves, technically it does, but they get caught on the other branches and layers and almost integrated into it like some sort of natural-tapestry weaving thing. Very eloquent, i know.   Yeah, Ill probably go back an rework the order of information, i kinda rushed the end since i forgot the deadline was so close. I’ll defiantly considers switching those two paragraphs around.   The shoots are quite large, yes, and symbiotic plants to push their roots into the tree itself. Its actually a harmonious relationship for the most part, though on the off chance harmful bacteria or fungal infections do develop, the locals in the cities would probably take care of that.   Thank you so much for giving it so much thought and time, that’s really cool of you.

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10 Apr, 2021 21:27

Aww, I love the naming story. That's adorable. :D   Wow, these trees are absolutely massive. I'm trying to imagine them.

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11 Apr, 2021 17:58

Oh yeah, they are huge.   The name it story was easily my favorite bit to write, thats for sure.

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12 Apr, 2021 12:32

Oh my gosh these trees sound wonderful!! I love how they were named, its absolutely adorable :'0. Anyway I can just imagine the fantastic forest, the cities nestled in their roots, its such an amazing visual. I also really like the quotes, Thian sounds like a great guy!

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12 Apr, 2021 17:12

Thank you! Thian was defiantly a great cartographer over the years, providing invaluable information about the northwest. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more from him soon, and his daughter, of course.

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16 Apr, 2021 20:01

These sound awesome to live in! The sight must be marvelous.

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26 Jul, 2021 13:42

Your imagination boggles my mind! I love the idea of the water in the trees and getting around that way. The way you interspersed Thian's quotes with the description of Giant's Step took me to that time and space. I really like the idea of this.

26 Jul, 2021 18:48

Awe thank you! It's fun to write as a character sometimes and Thian is always a great narrator :)

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