The previous article in this series introduced the basic features of the Einolar Wood Elf culture. These elves are animistic–and potentially cannibalistic–individualists with a culture based on democratic consensus and reverence for the forests that shelter them and which they protect with a devout ferocity. This continuation of the series explores the most profound material accomplishment of the Einolar: their transformation over the millennia of a number of tree species into new and even magical forms that make an Einolar forest a true natural wonder.
For the Einolar, trees are more than just sacred. They are kin. In the case of the Pillar Trees, this may be literally true. All of these species of trees, and a few other plants as well, are the products of millennia of elven horticulture and not a small amount of Einolar Plantsmith magic. The trees reflect and inform the Einolar culture in a more profound way than any of their other material objects, and much of their culture, tradition and even survival depend upon these trees.