Category Archives: Dictionary of the Tree

P is for a Plethora of things…

Path [of Sacrifice]: high ledge on the trunk-wall leading out of Argos city and up towards the Divine Mouth. During the Green Rites in spring, a volunteer is escorted up the Path before the eyes of the whole city and … Continue reading

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And also for Oracle

ORACLE: Who is the Oracle of Nur? Few people have met her, and fewer still know her for who she truly is. One thing appears certain: she changes form, appearing in different guises at different times, speaking through various hosts using … Continue reading

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O is for Old Ones and Orah

Old Ones: first humans to settle the Tree, said to be both great Grafters and prolific inventors. They were the first to use dirigible technology and mine for hardwood, as well as obtain the mysterious shining orah, which adorned their … Continue reading

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N is for Nur

NUR/Nurian: Name of a nation and people native to the Eastern Canopy, and a once powerful empire which flourished a thousand years before the events in ‘Tymon’s Flight’. Tymon only grunted in answer, mesmerized by the blue line on the … Continue reading

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M is for Marak, Margoose and Mora

MARAK: colonial city situated on the western fringes of the Eastern Canopy. It is a relatively recent settlement, established over the last fifty years, with a mixed population of Argosians and Nurians. Grave tensions persist between the colonists, the native … Continue reading

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…And also for Leaf Letters, Lightwood and Loss

LEAF LETTERS: divinatory language associated with the Tree of Being and used by Nurian Grafters. Argosian sources do not generally mention the Leaf Letters. Nurian Grafters believe that space and time may be represented by a tree (ref. ‘Tree of … Continue reading

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L is for Lantria and Leaf-forests

Lantria (Duchy of): a nation extending over the entire South Canopy and possessing a colony in the Eastern Canopy, the city of Cherk Harbour. Lantria is the second most powerful state in the Tree, as economically influential if not more so … Continue reading

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K is for Kion and Kush

KION: title of the Nurian monarch, once a constitutional ruler of the Nurian Empire. Though the monarchy still exists it has been outlawed by the Priests’ Council, forcing members of the royal family into hiding. According to the history books … Continue reading

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…And also for Juno and Lyla

JUNO AND LYLA: on one level, this is a tale of star-crossed lovers. Lyla is a beautiful maiden and Juno her young suitor. Lyla’s family refuses the match and forbids her to see Juno, shutting her away in a high … Continue reading

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J is for Jar-weed and Jay…

Jar-weed: mildly stimulant herb cultivated in the Four Canopies both for medicinal and recreational purposes. It is usually smoked, though some tribes in the North Canopy are reported to boil and reduce it to a gum which is then chewed. … Continue reading

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