Owel Treant

An Owel treant is a bug that tends to have a bark-like exterior and foliage that matches. They usually clear out undergrowth and dead forest, though ones with different exteriors may have a different diet to suit their body's growth and maintenance.

They are also commonly known as: wandering woods, branch bug, or fleeting forest.

Common affinities Earth, Sand, Clay
Ability to plan and abstract Moderate
Languages Chitter, Plant, Common
Diet Sunlight, water, old wood
Native location Owel
Size From 1 foot to more than 20 feet (30~600 cm)

Large image of Owel treants

Influence

Hereditary influence

Moderate.

Environmental influence

High.

Ability to reason

Moderate.

Language

Chitter and Plant, with many opting to learn Common.

Habitat

Climate preference

Varies depending on foliage and exterior. Owel treants tend to prefer an environment like the one they experienced while in egg form. Treants can survive in any element if introduced while still an egg.

Native location

Owel.

Common location

Anywhere on Owel.

Elements

Affinities

Earth, Clay, and Sand are the most common.

Weaknesses

Fire and Poison. Extreme heat tends to damage treants with bark and foliage, and forest fires have been known to kill large groves. Wherever burns have ravaged a treant's body, new growth will not arise. They also have little means to fight off poisoning; those that do survive toxins often are rendered sterile and incapable of new foliage or bark growth.

Resistances

Water, Earth, Air, and Ice. Owel treants are heavily resistant to what nature throws at them, though older treants tend to lose these resistances as they age.

Society

A group of treant is known as a "grove".

Each grove has a female leader; males often move from grove to grove to find new mates. Males will stay in a grove until the children they have fathered from that grove have all matured.

They only travel at night and have been known to confuse travelers who wake up in an empty clearing after having fallen asleep among the trees during the previous evening.

Abilities

Owel treants tend to be very good at camouflage and hiding, and as such, their abilities are often defensive and arise from wishing to avoid conflict.

Physiology

Male and female differences

Male treants tend to have pincers in the front of their face and at the end of their tail; female treants lack these, usually. Female treants are often much larger than males.

Fruits

Owel treants that imitate fruit-bearing trees can produce their own fruit, but it tends to be sour to discourage critters from eating it. A treant with Acid as an affinity can better control the taste of these fruits.

Diet

Owel treants go through forests and other wilderness to devour old and rotting plant life. They will move on when they have sufficiently cleared an area of undergrowth. This helps promote new growth and other areas they feed on. They only need sunlight and water, but consuming additional plantlife helps them grow.

Owel treants that do not have bark have been known to consume other types of scrap materials, such as nails and rusty metal.

Hibernation

Owel treants that live in areas with snowfall will devour their foliage and go into hibernation until the weather improves. During this, they will only feed through their root systems. Owel treants with an Ice affinity do not need to go into hibernation.

Lifespan

They have been known to be centuries old, though the average lifespan seems to be 150 years.

Reproduction

Owel treants produce a single egg at a time from breeding, which is attached with sap to whichever parent can guard it best. The egg looks like a seed. The egg will not hatch until the egg senses the conditions are right to emerge. Usually, it takes between 3 and 36 months for the egg to hatch. During this time, the environment's influence on the eggs is very strong, and the treant inside will grow and change to match its surroundings. If the parent housing the egg travels through a lot of environments at this time, the child within will end up emerging with a strange mash up of foliage and bark. This often results in a bonsai child, as well. As a result, this is less than desirable, because groves tend to only want treants that will match their own foliage enough. This means that most parents won't leave a particular area while caring for an egg.

Mixed Owel treants

Hybrid are uncommon, not rare.

Other parent Child Example
Arachoon ? Image of Owel Treant + Arachoon

Behaviour

Owel treants are generally peaceful.

As they are sterile, bonsai treants spend their lives gathering and planting seeds of plants they enjoy.


References

Floraverse: Species - Owel Treants
Floraverse Wiki: Owel Treant
deviantArt: Wandering Woods — Original species on which the Owel treant is based, made for the Lord of the Files contest.