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Volcano Trees


A heat resistant tree with stone bark and leaves, that only lives in volcanic areas.

Part of my series on pseudo-magical world building

Volcano Trees

Volcano Trees, otherwise known as Igneopine, is a short fern with a characteristic black, or reddish hue, and a stonelike bark. The Igneopine lives only in volcanic regions, where it thrives due to it’s particular adaptations to the environment. It’s leaves are made from a porous stone, or pummus, and shaped to catch water in the leaf itself, since the rocky ground rarely absorbs water easily, which is then stored throughout the tree. It forms a single, powerful root through the earth, until it reaches magma below, and then it branches out, and back up into another tree farther off. Whole forests of Volcano Trees are often actually a single Igneopine.

These roots absorb the Magma, storing the minerals, and converting the heat into stored energy for it to use later. The high amount of minerals absorbed by the tree allow it to form a bark made from stone, impervious to most natural predators, and mixes with the wood to create a much harder, but more brittle wood, that seems more ceramic than wooden.

Armor crafted from the wood is fire resistant, and lighter than steel, although it is less sturdy. Igneopine can be used in to create alchemical substances to resist fire, and when ground down and mixed with water, creates a natural glue, that is very effective on wood and stone.

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Voted Scrasamax
October 3, 2013, 13:26
Also effective for making fireproof buildings and utensils that are going to subjected to heat, but not violent activity, like crucibles, ovens, and such
Voted Renlim
October 3, 2013, 17:02
Very cool, a good addition to characters/ races that are made of fire as well.
Voted Aralias
October 8, 2013, 10:48
This could easily be some sort of sci fi alien plant as well. It actually sounds quite plausible from a biological standpoint.
Voted valadaar
October 10, 2013, 11:03
A strange but interesting magical tree. Does it radiate heat as a result of its capturing magma?

October 19, 2013, 0:33
The tree isn't really magical, it just uses principals that we don't see on earth. It uses the heat from the magma as a source of energy. It would probably have warmth, but essentially, the tree is converting the heat into stored energy, eliminating most of the heat itself, which, solidifies the magma into rock.

So, it would radiate heat, but much less than you might expect.

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       By: Ria Hawk

Perhaps those that practice elemental magic begin to take on characteristics associated with their chosen element. For instance, an earth elementalist might be prone to agoraphobia, while air and possibly fire elementalists might have problems with claustrophobia. Water elementalists might always seek the path of least resistance. A fire elementalist might have a cat's opinion of water. This could also apply to physical differences. Fire elementalists might have a freakishly high metabolism and a permanently high body temperature. Water elementalists would probably never get dehydrated, but might slow down a lot when it's cold. Etc, etc.

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