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Golden bark

Golden bark comes from the sacred trees previously found in the highest mountains. Not in actual gold, the bark and tree are named after their warm yellow color, only broken up by small specks of white. Their unusual color and fondness for high altitudes lead to rumors of divine origin, only helped by the bark's natural ability to make wounds heal faster. Among the mountain people, it was a tradition to make regular pilgrimages up into the mountain to collect bark and bring back home. If possible the bark was only taken from dead trees, but when more was needed than could be taken of them, special experts removed some of the bark from the still-living trees. If you took a healthy tree, carving thin stripes of the bark off on the right spots didn't damage the tree, and it could repair itself and live on without harm. The same trees were never harvested from twice within at least five years to keep them as healthy as possible. The bark itself was then carried back to the villages where it was mainly used as a medicine. Grinding the bark up with some water, making a thick paste, and placing on a wound helped them heal faster and keep infections out. Some bark could also be added to a soup or stew, cooking it. This was said to help against fevers, stomachaches, and headaches. There were also some who constructed charms out of the bark, said to keep bad luck and sickness away from your home. This is the most widespread use of the bark today as the bark is fairly rare within the falling city. The charms range in styles and size but the most common is a small braid of bark hung above a persons bed to protect them.


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