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Oaks were a type of deciduous tree found in the Realms.[5]

Abilities[]

Oak trees that were large and 50 years of age or older were occasionally known to have a mystical ability to form their powerful auras into animate shapes, which typically took the form of a dryad.[6]

Varieties[]

Chime oaks were specific to the northern sections of the east starwood, a portion of the forest of Cormanthor. They were like regular oaks, but appeared as though they were made of glass. Their leaves froze easily in autumn and winter, and did not fall off the tree, instead making a tinkling noise in the wind, which gave the tree its name. This noise attracted basilisks.[7]

Marsh oak grew in the Farsea Marshes[8] and gall oak and black oak grew in the Vast Swamp.[9]

Habitats[]

Beyond Faerûn[]

Beyond Toril[]

  • In the Abyss, abyssal oak trees that looked diseased and twisted grew in the Deathroot Woods of Hollow's Heart.[24]
  • On the plane of Arborea, oak forests could be found in the layer of Arvandor.[1]
  • These trees were known to grow in the forests of the Beastlands.[2] Such as on its layer Krigala, where those that had been blasted by lightning ocasionally acted as portals.[3]

Notable Oaks[]

Usage[]

  • The Church of Rillifane would repurpose particularly large oak trees as temples, building platforms among their branches that were connected by vine bridges.[27]
  • Oak wood was used for crafting countless items, such as strong doors and tables.[31]
  • Druids were generally known to consider oak trees as being sacred plants.[6] Because of this, those in the Moonshae Isles were often known to have them as the primary tree within their grove.[32] They were also known to use their wood to craft a Druid's cudgel, druid staves, and runesticks.[33]
  • The ranger spell towering oak required one of these trees to be nearby in order for the spell to function.[34]
  • The sap of an oak tree was one of the ingredients of the steel dragon Zundaerazylym's magical mixture longbite.[35]
  • Rods of beguiling were beautifully-crafted oaken magic rods.[36]
  • Talassan enchanted quarterstaves, the Strikers were created out of oak trees downed by Talos' storms.[37]

Heraldry[]

  • An oak tree in summer and a green living oak leaf were symbols of the deity Silvanus.[38]
  • An oak tree was also the symbol of the elven deity Rillifane Rallathil,[39] who was sometimes depicted by his followers as being an oak.[40]
  • A tiny brilliant white star balanced on an open lush green oak leaf was an old symbol of the goddess Mielikki.[41]

Trivia[]

  • A common expression among druids from Sossal when making a promise was, "Swear by the oak and the unicorn's horn."[42]
  • An inn and tavern in Marsember carried the name The Old Oak.[43]

Appendix[]

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