The term "Blood Wood" can refer to one of three elements:
- The bloodwood tree
- The blood woods as a wooded area in the marsh
- The blood wood as kindling taken from the peculiar blood wood tree
PodsIn-the-place of leaves, blood woods grow green, porous and unappetizing beans on its branches, the weight of which drags the tree branches downwards into an umbrella shape.
Blood SapThe sap is the previous state the tree's bark salt existed before it was able to escape and dry in the open air. Special tree tappers, resistant to its corrosive effects, are used to collect low amounts at a time to sell as poisons and alchemical material.
Acidic SapThe sap seeping through is so acidic, it supposedly burns the tree itself as it migrates out and hardens into the tree's bark, like a scab.
Growth Rate & Stages
SproutBlood Wood is a slow growing tree. Its first beans will appear above the ground as a fused and hardened fist, raising no taller than a hand. All the while, its root system can take up a 30 feet radius in salty soil.
SaplingAs a sapling, it is perpetually bowed in the direction of the sun with many pods forming on its thin trunk and even thinner branches. Its roots, in contrast, are thick and robust and circulating blood sap among its roots and the soil.
Adult TreeNearing maturity, the blood wood experiences a growth spurt where the above ground sapling becomes the tip of the spear to cut the air. The truck that follows grows thicker and wider as time moves forward.
As a result, it resembles something of a wonky pyramid-like cross section
Ecology and Habitats
Blood Woods grow healthily, though crookedly, near the marshes' brine pools and saltwater rivers. An abundance of salt is imperative to the woods' healthy growth of sap and bark.
Repetitive MotionUnbidden, a blood wood tree sways to its own whims. The result of a repetitive and pulsing discharge between the bloody sap inside the tree and the salty bark that covers it outside. This is a type of natural circuitry understood and appropriated into the coven's legs to grant their walking movement. The tinges' house designs allow the matriarchs to control the coven's direction and speed by manipulating the bark salt into shift their concentrations within the bloodwood legs.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
It is the source of the bark salt which is disguised between the wood crevices as crumbling brownish powder. It is a teotl conductive material that undulates naturally during lightning storms which causes the blood wood to appear to sway without wind.
Pod SpiceWhen the trees pods are mixed with foods and boiled together, they release a pungent seasoning that adds a significant spicy flavour that can overwhelm those unaccustomed to it. Locals take it as a test of endurance to eat the pods with everything else.
However, biting into them causes an explosion of such bitterness that people can physically recoil and be put out of finishing their meal.
Blood WoodBlood Wood is an exotic wood that only grows in the salty conditions in the marshes. Blood Wood gives extra flavor to meats that are cooked over its blood-fed fire.
It has since gotten even rarer due to the invasion and competition of Grass Trees: another plant that can grow under salty conditions.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
The "Blood Woods" is also the name given to the forestry areas in the Marshes; which as one can discern, composes mostly of Blood Wood.
Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms
Many organisms in the ecology of this area, such as the black rain frog, are heavily dependent on this tree filtering the brine for drinkable water. Grey worms also navigate their extensive root system.
Other than humans peeling off its bark, the blood wood has no natural predators.
Civilization and Culture
Average Technological Level
WighteryWights also form part of the personal attendants to the permanent and nomadic residents in the Brine Marshes. For the types of covens below, bloodwoods need to be carefully harvested as long unbroken trunks (to maintain the wightery effects); taking special care to avoid burns from the acidic sap.
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
Tinged Funeral RitesA common funeral tradition that involves preserving the corpse in the brine waters before placing them in bulbous pods of animal skin decorated with tassels, shells and bird bones. Then the bodies are hung from a Blood Wood in offering to the tree.
In truth: it is most viable to trade the softer tissue in the body that nourishes its host tree; in exchange, the favoured salt slowly replaces parts of the skin and muscle to form a wight.
Due to its slow growth, its main trunk grows in a crooked path.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Black and red stained bark from a reddish sap that almost constantly bleeds through its cracks and crevices.
Events that use Blood Wood
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