Sapling of the World Tree
The Sedayin believe that Yg’dranar’s eldest sapling Yg’draile grew in Simyala and linked their spirit to the eternal world. As long as Yg’draile endured, their race was much longer lived, some even were virtually immortal, as their fea would not tire. But when the Battle of the Clouds was lost, and Simyala razed, Yg’draile burned in black flames, and the fea of all Sedayin was weakened. Fae-Knight Lir of the Raven’s Perch fought his way back into the ruins of Simyala as it was still occupied by the Undead of the Endless Host and managed to rescue one silver nut of Yg’dranar, which was later planted in Altyr Darasmai to grow into Yg’dranar.
There are three Yg’dranar at this time, in Altyr Darasmai, the oldest and frailest of them, in Elderwood, the strongest, most powerful and in the Saramaganta Mountains, the youngest of the three.
The Old Man that never dies is known as the tree of strength among the Elcarain. It is rumored to be a sapling of the true tree of life. This tree begins as a small sapling and grows into a clean, white-skinned young tree with silvery leaves. As the tree ages, the bark darkens, and it loses its clean shape in favor of a more gnarled appearance. This tree does not die, even after being burned to a stump or devastated by a lightning strike. The tree will sprout new life within a remarkably short time. Many legends are told about the miraculous healing connected to these trees.
If correctly used, the sap and leaves of this tree can be used to greatly help the healing of severe wounds, especially if a Sedayin healer is at hand to guide the process.
This is a large tree, native only to Elderwood. It is distinguished by its evergreen foliage and its spreading tangle of limbs and branches. Once the bark is stripped, the wood of the tree is a dull gray color. It can be polished to a metal-like silvery sheen. It also holds a razor-sharp edge.
Many of the very traditional Sedayin prefer to carry bladed weapons made from the wood of the Graysteel. The wood is too hard to be used for bows although archers prize arrows with graysteel shafts.
The Witchlight Willow
This tree is also known as the Aelfyn Willow. It is a dark-barked, silvery-leaved weeping willow tree. The name of the tree comes from the shimmering sap that seeps onto the bark. The sheen of the sap makes it shimmer softly in the darkness. The sap of the Witchlight Willow is used by dwarven glassmakers to make silver glass lanterns.
Contrary to myths and legends, gryphons are not artificial chimeras but rather a species that evolved naturally on Aereth. Their body resembles that of a lion in that it is quadripedal, powerful, and agile, with strong paws. The front claws resemble the talons of an eagle, while the back ones are more cat-like. The gryphon’s head is feathered with a powerful beak, and they have mighty wings. A fully grown gryphon is larger than most horses and has a correspondingly huge wing-span.
There are several types of gryphon; white gryphons, at home in the frosty North, the golden gryphon of the forests and mountains of the wildlands and the grey gryphon of the sea. Stories claim that there is a species of black gryphons somewhere in Xia.
Gryphons are highly intelligent. It requires a very sensitive mind to bond with them, to gain their trust, and to be able to tame and train them. This is a skill that the Sedayin mastered thousands of years ago. The Sedayin consider the gryphons their friends and are very protective of them. They hate it when the Wyr compares them to their legendary multicorporeal beast.