Treebeard

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The Treebeards are not known for their phenomenal prowess in combat nor do they excel in being merchants. The Treebeards are simply known for trying to get the most out of life, living in luxury and making sure their mugs are always filled to the brim. The Treebeards show great respect and compassion for one another, ready to lend a helping hand in whatever the activity may be. Although they will never forget their ancient history with their mountain-dwelling cousins, they still show respect to them, even if they fail to return it. As the original forest dwarf clan, the Treebeards can trace their lineage back to the seventh son of Urguan, Gloin Treebeard.

History

The Treebeards get their name from their great ancestor Gloin Treebeard who was said to have had a connection with nature and was a devote worshiper of Anbella unlike the rest of his family. It is said that since his brothers took their names from the great deeds or talents they possessed like Grandaxe and Irongut, Gloin thought of a name, Treebeard. He took his clan and settled in the woodlands resulting in the subrace now known as forest dwarfs. After living in the forests for a time, many Treebeards returned to the mountains finding themselves unfit to live in the forests in wooden huts and cottages. Whilst many ended up back home in the mountains, the remaining Treebeards left for the elven forests where they settled peacefully in wooden huts and villages above the surface and on top the trees. After living there for a time, some Treebeards found themselves influenced by the elves resulting in some taking to the Aspects the elven religion and even fewer becoming druids.

After hundreds of years living in the forests, the Treebeards became scattered across the woodlands of the world, resulting in the clan becoming mixed with other subraces and giving rise to mix-breeds with the named Treebeard. With many Treebeards becoming mixed, it was rare to find a pure-blooded Treebeard. As the Treebeards kept to their forests they became disconnected from the world and dwarven politics, and slowly as time passed they dwindled and disappeared, some hiding in their forests while others ventured into the far reaches of the world.

Atlas

During the time of Atlas the Treebeards emerged within the lands of the Kingdom of Agnarum founded a small shrine to Anbella under the guidance of Ozneat Treebeard who brought back the clan itself under a more religious influence casting out the ideas of druidism and brought pro Anbella, leading to the the Treebeards adopting a lifestyle of peace and silence isolated upon the mountain tops of the Kingdom of Agnarum. The clan would then join up with there other Forest Dwarf kin known as the Cottonwoods with this unification the Hefrumm was formed where the Treebeards stayed and oversaw the activities of there younger kin and guide them through there religious enquiries.

Arcas

During Arcas the Treebeards remained within Hefrumm, splitting off from them twice, once to live with mountain dwarves in a hold called Thumrilgrad and the last time when they disbanded, but during Arcas the Treebeards lead by the same old Ozneat Treebeard reached new heights, becoming the leading Clan of the Forest Dwarves within Hefrumm, as well as lead The Under-Realms of Urguan's military as a Treebeard became Grand Marshal, during the leading time of Hefrumm, the Treebeards owned their own land, which was quickly constructed into a farm, once completed the Treebeards held a feast, calling it 'The Feast of the Begining' as it was a new start for the clan, As High Chief Ozneat Treebeard made the Hefrumm and the Treebeards known, he reformed the system which leads the people within the Forest, during his time of leadership the Treebeards became the most active and most powerful clan around, in numbers and wisdom until the lead of Ozneat, upon leaving the Treebeards had no real leader to lead them, so they slowly became a legend, when Ozneat returned to nothing he grew sad and left the Forest Dwarves, only to be found dead which took a huge toll on the Treebeards since all their leaders have died due to old age or other means, which ended the blood of old, only the newer Cottonwoods are the true desendents of Treebeards till this day.

Culture

Appearance

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Gloin Treebeard

The Appearance of any Treebeard is the same as all Forest Dwarves. Ranging of heights of 4,0 - 5,0ft weighing at 150 - 250lbs. Mostly wearing clothing of green and browns, eyes shades of different variants of green, hair ranging from dark browns to dark gingers.

Religion

The Religion of the Treebeards is heavily based around The Brathmordakin, most importantly the Hearth Mother Anbella. Of times of old the Treebeards once followed the religion of the Aspects and of The Brathmordakin however, since the new reformation of the Treebeards they have only accepted the worship of The Brathmordakin.

Military

As of recent years under the new influence of Ozneat Treebeard the Treebeards have become more understanding of the conflicts around them always choosing the path of neutrality rather then causing attacks upon other clans however, this doesn't make the Treebeards weak there military strength relies on one talented tactician who leads the clan into defensive battle if needed against other clans of dwarves. The Treebeards will always remain neutral until attacked which is when they surprise most clans in there effectiveness and mindset.

Trials

The Treebeards under recent years began to hold trials for there clan, for other clans held trials to join, so the elders of the clan formed and discussed being the head of the clan at the time was Ozneat Treebeard the topic was trials, all which came to the meeting had ideas on what to do, but the more untraditional Ozneat Treebeard held different ideas from what was begin thrown about, this meeting took many stone hours to finish until the following was discussed and became the trials of the Treebeards.

Crafting

Due to the mindset of Ozneat, he'd ask for each upcoming member to forge a weapon, this wasn't as simple as that for the belief of which some Treebeards share is anything can be a weapon, not just a traditional sword or axe, those who crafted something along the lines of farming tools or anything which represents a Forest Dwarf or a traditional Treebeard, past this trial and came to the next one.

To Write

Treebeards being an elder clan were supposed to be the more knowledgeable in the Forest Dwarf community, this being said their next trial was a trial of wit, one would be tasked to write a book upon the Brathmordakin those who present a book upon each of the Gods most importantly Anbella gain passage for the next trial

Will to Fight

The Final trial of a Treebeard is one of trick and fast thinking, Ozneat Treebeard didn't want people to follow his word to the point because he knew his words were sometimes, corrupted. so he asked each beardling, 'draw the weapon you forged and strike me down'. causing confusion to the beardling, however, to pass the trial a beardling must simply refuse, for that beardling knows the religion wouldn't allow it, the traditional way wouldn't allow it and them themselves shouldn't be able to do, it taught correctly.

Summary

Upon passing the three trials, the Treebeard learns to, craft a tool to defend himself/herself, to write and put their ideas upon paper and finally, the ability to say no, to there leaders and to understand what's right and what's wrong.

Leadership

The leadership of the Treebeards is very similar then other Forest Dwarf clans where they have one to rule them all, the name for this are as followed, High Elder, Clan Father and Clan Chief all meaning the same thing to the Treebeards. The Treebeards are also governed by the Chief and the elders appointed by the chief in every matter of which is needed to discuss.