An arakhor (plural: arakhora) was a mighty tree-like creature, of which the most well-known and perhaps only example in the Realms was the great Grandfather Tree. The name was Elven and loosely translated as "tree warden" or "one who protects the forest". Arakhora were possibly an elder form of treant, or even ancestors of that race.[note 1]
In −12,500 DR, an arakhor was summoned by the elves of Aryvandaar to guard the location of the Hall of Mists in the High Forest, for fear of the evil inside. Over the following millennia, it grew and became known as the Grandfather Tree, still standing over the site. Records made by the church of Labelas Enoreth at this time postulated arakhora were elder treants.
- ↑ Serpent Kingdoms advises to treat an arakhor as an advanced elder treant from Epic Level Handbook, and those stats are used for this article, but it is not necessarily the case that an arakhor is an elder treant.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Andy Collins, Bruce R. Cordell (July 2002). Epic Level Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 223. ISBN 0-7869-2658-9.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.