The Life Tree
The Life Tree is a massive tree that grows from a huge rent in the ground. South of Ramet, south of Walis. The Life Tree sits in the far south-west of the Tablelands, in an area of little traffic and no other features of note. The Life Tree has been here as long as living memory can tell, as has the brick and timber wall that surrounds it. The area surrounding the Life Tree and within the wall has been inhabited by a group of people calling themselves The Worshipers of the Life Tree, and alternately the People of The Tree. They have also been here as long as living memory can tell. Some at first may wonder how such a marvelous thing can exist without being exploited by the powerful or mobbed by the desperate. The Life Tree seems to be difficult to locate if you have not already been there, and those that do visit it most often find themselves changed in some small way. They seek to at once spread the message of the Tree and protect it’s existence. Whether this change is the result of some nefarious magical influence or simply a change in the individuals outlook on life can be debated, but it’s results are undeniable. The Life Tree still stands and it’s message still spreads.
Outside of it’s worshipers the existence of the Life Tree is widely seen as a myth or a con. Even the powerful who seek to root out the troublesome influence of it’s missionaries do not usually believe the tree is anything more than a metaphor or a myth. The rulers in most of the city-states oppose the message and presence of the missionaries simply because it seeks to erode their own power. After all, if the masses learn to rely on each other and band together instead of fearing and competing with each other, they may one day get it into their heads that they can depose their rulers. After what happened so recently in Tyr, no sorcerer-king wants to take that chance.