Science Fantasy Flora and Fauna Vol 4: Trees

Trees. They’re everywhere. Mostly. In a fantasy world there are so many things you can do with trees. From the Weirwood to Yldrassil, authors have been using trees in story telling for… well, I’d imagine since we started creating stories. Here are a few trees that I’ve come up with. Feel free to use them in your own world.

Quercas Domicilia

Lesser House Tree

Magic changes organisms in different ways, but sometimes it can evolve a very useful plant indeed. Quercas Domicilia, or the lesser house tree, often seems like a deliberate creation of a wizard or sorcerer, but in fact it’s evolved over time quite naturally. It actually wants, well it’s hard for a plant to want, for people to live inside of it.

The house tree typically matures in about 10 years, starting out as a tiny studio apartment, and eventually growing into quite large three bedroom houses. Most, if not all, house trees share the same general layout inside, so one is pretty much like another. Windows, furniture, and carpets grow fairly quickly, although moving parts like door hinges are something new tenants will have to add themselves.

Salix Malificarum

The Creeping Willow

A tired adventurer is looking for a place to sleep for the night and sees the comforting shelter of a weeping willow. Lying down beneath its limbs, he closes his eyes and drifts off to sleep. It is then that the Creeping Willow sets to work.

Tiny roots emerge from beneath the soil and crawl along the ground toward the sleeping man, seeking out his body warmth. Once they find him, they quickly burrow into his flesh, sucking nutrients directly from his blood stream. As the sun rises the next morning, all that’s left is an emaciated corpse.

Malus Brachyura

Crab Apple Tree

What childhood is complete without the disappointment of biting into a crab apple? Well, now they bite back! Crab Apple trees are a weird combination of plant and animal, with the seeds and fruits being fully mobile crustaceans. These trees are typically located near bodies of water where their crabby offspring can mate (or pollenate?) and spread their numbers.

Once their mating is done, the crabs burrow into the nearest fertile soil they can find and die. From within their shells grows a small sapling, which uses the crab’s body as its initial nutrient source. After about two years it begins to produce its own crab fruit and the cycle continues.

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