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 their younger kin and guide them through their 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 Beginning' 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 descendants of Treebeards till this day.

During the year of 1759, hundreds of years passed from the leadership of Ozneat Treebeard due to his passing, the Treebeard clan went into hiding as they do, not really doing anything or caring much, slowly moulded back into what they once was but holding a more religious understanding. The Youngest of the line of Duetsli Treebeard known as Ulvi was the only known Treebeard around at the time, however she was a special child with her ideas the Treebeards became more religious, more carefree and more colourful.

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 - 5,0 ft weighing at 150 - 250 lbs. Mostly wearing clothing of green and browns, eyes shades of different variants of green, hair ranging from dark browns to dark gingers. Later some adopted a more colourful out take of the forest, placing flowers in their hair and wearing bright greens inheriting dark emerald iris's with lighter shade of the green sclera.

Religion

The Religion of the Treebeards was once 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. Now due to the harshly enforced rules on the religion is no longer being enforced by older Treebeards for most have vanished or died off, the Treebeards are free to do as they wish, however most still worship The Brathmordakin due to the heavy impact it had on the Clan but keep their worship peaceful then the militarise one the Treebeards once held.

Military

During the years 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.

The mindset of Ozneat Treebeards military mind died with Ozneat, the Treebeards mostly consists of rather young dwarves who hold childish manners and way of life, disallowing or disliking weapons due to the tyrannical rule it once held upon the clan.

Trials

The Trials of the Treebeard tend to change depending on who leads the Clan at the time, there have never been set trials for the clan, however it did follow basic guide lines based around Religion and Scholarship, the Trials as of now are unknown and only truly known to Treebeards

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 governed by the Chief and the elders appointed by the chief in every matter of which is needed to discuss.

Due to recent years the Treebeards have lacked numbers to fulfil the leadership role, none lead the clan and those who say they do may only rule those who they have gained, none have gained the respect of the respected from the clan to uphold the title.