Lore Wednesday: Elder Magic Trees, The Alldrasil

Nature always find a way to use all available resources. Even in the hostile cold tundras of northern Grantera, life has prospered thanks to the high availability of mana from the north pole leylines.Nature always find a way to use all available resources. Even in the hostile cold tundras of northern Grantera, life has prospered thanks to the high availability of mana from the north pole leylines. One lifeform has evolved to take advantage of the surplus of mana with higher efficiency. The Great Alldrasils are ageless trees that grow a few kilometers in height and several hundred meters in diameter very quickly, by draining mana directly from the Leylines. The lush green of the Alldrasils has always fascinated the magi researchers due to the biome they live in, some Alldrasils grow on frozen hard soil covered in deep snow, despite looking like a giant version of normal temperate forest trees. The Alldrasils are able to survive because the mana flowing through them manifests into a primitive protective spell that keeps the temperature of the entire tree at stable 24ÂșC no matter how hot or cold it gets, this spell also protects the trees against fire, an Alldrasil can only be burned down after it dies. Fruits from the tree are produced every 13 years, the fruits are capsules, a type of dry dehiscent fruit and serve mostly to protect the seeds as they fall from the tree, thousands fruits are produced every time, and the ground near the trees is always covered with remains from the fruits which explode when hitting the ground releasing most of the impact, the seed is often injected into the ground from the impact. The land near the trees is filled with seeds, but most of them almost never germinate, because new Alldrasils cannot…

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Lore Wednesday: The Ancient Dragons

Since ancient times Dragons have been the alpha predators in their ecosystems, and until the Humans unleashed their Chimeras on the world, Dragons have always been at the top of the food chain. Being magical creatures Dragons require vast amounts of mana to remain alive, dragons are able to fly extremely high to absorb mana directly from the leylines above, they seem to be able to do this more efficiently at the equator line where polar leylines meet and clash sending spirit mana downwards. Despite feeding on mana, Dragons also need to eat meat, they hunt for large beasts arround their territory, and will gladly eat a tasty mana-filled Human who dares to invade their nest. A few dragons are omnivores, but they will still eat other creatures occasionally. Other characterists shared between all dragons are skin covered in hard scales, three pairs of limbs (usually four legs and two wings) and the ability to use a powerful breath attack, sometimes based on pure mana, toxic clouds or elemental manifestations like fire balls or water jets. Due to huge amounts of mana that flows inside their bodies and the high density of their souls it is common for mana crystals to grow inside Dragon bodies. The Dracari have found a way to use these crystals to infuse their souls to assume the forms of Dragons from which the crystals belonged to. Dragons have above average intelligence for wild beasts, it is enough to understand some basic words and concepts if well trained, of course training a Dragon is incredibly hard and demands perfect discipline, Dragons are very prideful creatures, and most will die before they bow down to Human or Dracari. Dragons doesn’t seem to die from old age and their power grow each year, in theory they can live…

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Lore Wednesday: Living Weapons, The Chimeras

After the victory against the Dracari Invasion, the now united Human Empire started the period of mourning for the dead and the restoration of the destroyed cities. With the unification of the academic bodies of the three Kingdoms and the shared knowledge, the art of Alchemy was born and so was the method to create Chimeras. Chimeras are engineered creatures formed through alchemy from one or more base organisms with specific traits inserted into them, the results are formidable killing machines ideal to become front line fighters or very peculiar creatures able to perform extremely specific tasks. These were some of the Chimeras created for the Great War: Mantidarius Created with the objective to destroy the Alldrasils, they are created as larvae and implanted into the Alldrasil roots through deep underground tunnels, the larvae digs into the tree and start feeding from the huge flow of mana that exists inside the Alldrasils, it grows extremely fast and go through metamorphosis, when the creature finishes the metamorphosis it has already consumed most of the tree interior and the leaves/blossom start to dry, at this point the creature burst out of the base of the trunk and starts devouring the remains of the tree. The Mantidarius is almost immune to magic and very aggressive, attacking anything that tries to stop its endless feeding, when the tree is fully devoured the creature migrates to the next tree. The hunger of these creatures was endless and they were supposed to eat all trees and then starve, after destroying six Alldrasils the four Mantidarius created were slain, their exoskeletons are still decomposing in the Alldrasian tundras. The fifth Mantidarius was destroyed in its larval state. Wurm Used to attack both enemies of the Empire, the Wurms were gargantuan worms used to dig tunnels under the…

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