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Solace Vallenwood

Bosque de árboles Vallenwood

Entre los muchos y variados árboles nativos de Ansalon, pocos son tan impresionantes como los poderosos Vallenwoods. Los Vallenwoods abundan principalmente en la región de Solace, y son gigantescos, con una media de crecimiento entre 60 y 90 metros de altura (200 a 300 feet) a la vez que son árboles de crecimiento rápido. Los Vallenwoods son árboles de hoja caduca, que en otoño muestran un color rojizo y en primavera tienen unas flores blancas encantadoras con polen anaranjado en el centro. Las flores son tan grandes como una mano pequeña, con cinco pétalos pequeños. Cuando han crecido por completo, cada flor se expande hasta llegar a 30 centímetros (12 inches).

Los habitantes de Solace se han acostumbrado a construir las viviendas entre las sólidas ramas de los Vallenwoods. De hecho, la totalidad de las casas de la ciudad, a excepción de la forja y de algún otro edificio, se asentaba entre las ramas de estos gigantes, a varios metros del suelo.

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The leaves of the vallenwood trees are also hand-shaped and appear shortly after the flowers have fallen in spring. On first sprouting, the leaves are a yellow-green, before turning to a blue-green once fully matured and then finally changing into red, gold or orange (or a combination of all three) as they are about to fall. The leaves of the vallenwood are somewhat transparent and almost seem to glow in the sunlight.

Vallenwood seeds appear normally after five days, and are golden and multi-layered. The middle of the seeds is similar to cinnamon (although sweeter) and edible. Residents of Solace are known to harvest and often utilize vallenwood seeds in their cooking, as they often a rich taste and texture to many dishes. If the seeds are planted in fertile soil and receive adequate rain, the seeds turn into saplings and then grow anywhere from ten to twenty feet a year.

As the vallenwood shoots upwards with it's growth, it also widens it girth to support the load. This means that the bark around the base is constantly shedding and various vermin usually make their homes at this low level of the tree. Moving upwards to around seventy-five feet, rodents and small types of birds often make their nests in the tree, using the bark for their homes.

Towards one hundred feet is where most habitations usually sit, as this is normally the sturdiest point in the tree. Some man-made structures are known to sit lower in the tree, however this is the standard height where most Solace buildings reside. Other than humans, the other main resident at this height are a particular type of moth, which is also the chief pollinator of the tree. At the top of the vallenwoods live numerous types of songbirds and several types of flying squirrels. These residents live amidst the leafy canopy, where they can hide from other predators.

Fuentes[]

Extraido y traducido de Vallenwood Tree. Dragonlance Wiki (en inglés).

  • MARY KIRCHOFF. (1989). El País de los Kenders (Kendermore). Volumen II.
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