Feywood, also known as spritewood, ghostwood, or fairy birch, is a subspecies of birch that grows in the thaumically active regions of Halqueme, particularly on the Other Side and in western Tregorie. Feywood tar is a major component in construction of the Bereghin sky ships.
Description & HabitatUnlike regular birch, feywood is rooted firmly in the fifth dimension. To a human eye, feywood trees appear to fade in and out of existence at random intervals. Because of this, feywood groves, while seemingly well-lit and spacious, can prove extremely disorienting. Once cut, feywood dimensions stabilize, but weight and thaumic charge may continue to fluctuate.
Feywood in CultureFeywood trees have long been seen as dangerous due to their disorienting quality. Humans have historically avoided them. The extensive feywood forests in the western Tregorie, sometimes called the Bereghin Verge, provide a natural (if somewhat fuzzy) barrier between Bereg and the Other Side. However, in the early 1600s Asunder, Peresmyak and Yarina, a couple of Tregorie woodworkers, discovered that objects treated with feywood tar become airborne when subjected to a certain type of thaumic impulse. This discovery led to the construction of the first-ever Bereghin sky ship in Year Asunder 1629. As a result, sky ships—and by extension, feywood—are considered a strategically important resource. The Bereghin crown has the monopoly on feywood harvesting (the current Prince of Tregorie is the gosudar’s cousin and heir). The construction of all sky ships is done by the Crown’s Shipwrights, a heavily regulated corporation. All export of feywood—both raw and feywood products—is strictly prohibited. Feywood smuggling is considered high treason and is one of the rare crimes punishable by death.
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