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Torren Mangrove


“Evil” often infests swamp. This tree thrives when the other plants wither under the presence of true Evil. However, this is not an evil plant, but a land healing one as nature attempts to reclaim its own.

The mangroves are widely distributed throughout the tropics and the warmer ends of moderate climes, growing in areas of salt water, such as tidal shores and marshes. The Torren Mangrove grow in areas where “dark forces” have been known to inhabit.

The many arching aerial roots make dense tangles that stabilize the surrounding soil, prop the tree, and assist in absorbing water and minerals. The Torren Mangrove draws up liquids and salts from the water into its longish leaves. There, the liquid seems to “evaporate”, leaving behind salt crystals.  These crystals protect the plant from animal predation and “negative” vibrations. So while other plants may wilt and decay under dark influences, the Torren Mangrove will thrive.

In addition to being a salt source and a purifier of evil energies, Mangrove bark is an important source of tannin, used in tanning, dyeing, making ink, and medicine.

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Voted manfred
November 9, 2005, 10:54
So it makes tiny crystals that produce "positive" vibrations (or protect from the negative ones)? Go Feng-shui! :)

But seriously, witches and druids would surely gather those crystals. Pity you need so many to achieve any real effect.
December 27, 2005, 13:43
I had not thought about harvesting the "evil absorbing" salt. There is a component for enchantments that could come in handy.
Voted Iain
November 9, 2005, 10:57
Reminds me of the GM plants that can make over-salinated soils good again.
December 27, 2005, 13:42
That is what some Mangroves do. :)
Voted Zylithan
November 22, 2005, 11:30
short but sweet.
Voted Cheka Man
December 26, 2005, 16:02
Useful perhaps for reducing the evil in an area over decades.
December 27, 2005, 13:42
The whole point of the trees actually, Nature's way of stopping evil taint.

Another tree that if those with woodlore make the check, they will know they are entering the edge of "evil".

Also these trees do grow in areas without taint as well, just not in numbers. That way tannin can be collected from them.
December 27, 2005, 13:53
Then clearly, this is the plant druids would be planting all over tainted locations.

"Come into life, little bud, and outgrow the Evil that has spoiled this place."
August 12, 2006, 13:37
Exactly. Druids have the job of making nature strong, thus removing Evils taint or an overly strong Good Presence (which is normally just as bad for the natural order). However, Good tends not to twist nature. Thus the trees will be an important thing.
February 18, 2008, 16:47
And these trees will be interesting to those of the evil bent, too - they show the 'places of interest'. How else would you find where that sorcerous battle was raged two centuries ago?
Cheka Man
August 12, 2006, 19:56
If too many crystals were harvested it might hurt or kill the plant.
Voted valadaar
April 21, 2014, 11:35
A neat idea -a good start on something that can be more substantial.

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