So far we’ve talked about the duta races of The Trailokya Trilogy, as well as humans and danava. Then, we moved onto the races with whom humanity shares their universe (Samsara). First up was the Cetians, then the Ikyls and Oreiades. What interesting race do I have in store for you this time?
Boarwellum. A soul race of a tree-like people with a gentle, humorous nature. As pacifists, this race does not cooperate with the United Watcher Orders of Samsara. They despise war, preferring to sit in the sun and soil, soak up some fresh water and feel the breezes. They have long memories and make the best of friends.
Readers of the trilogy will encounter the jovial Boarwellum quite early on. Their participation in this series is minimal. Their likes have been rendered throughout literature (i.e. – Tree Beard of The Lord of the Rings). Often, they’re depicted as wise and magical beings, but in others they’re seemingly unconscious, destructive forces.
In Zion or on Eridani, the pacifist tree beings live out their lives largely in mystery. Jahannam has very little interest in them, unless one manages to burn down and become a Bachlach. The two versions are relatively similar, unlike many of the fallen versions of the other soul races.
Eridani is a heavily forested with plenty of fresh water. Some Boarwellum prefer brackish waters, and the narrow seas provide just the right habitat for them. The climate is similar to Earth, but there is no dessert or arid regions, except the poles, where no vegetation grows, and is sparsely populated by animals on the fringes. Some Boarwellum enjoy climates that freeze in winter, enjoying the long dormancy they undergo. They can be woken in such weather, but are hard to keep so, as they’re surviving on the reserves in their sap.
Boarwellum adore plants and fauna. They’re not ashamed or annoyed by having a bee nest in their branches, if they slept long enough for one to be built, as they’re not susceptible to stings, with their thick bark. Boarwellum tend forests and orchards that feed the herbivores who live on Eridani. They are tall and lithe in youth, but grow larger and more sedentary with age. When they pass to death, their bodies are left to nourish the forests they tended.
Legend of tree beings have not only littered human literature, but also mythology. Many pagan religions depict the Green Man, dryad or the great Yggdrasill. It is possible that Boarwellum found their way to Earth in the early days, drawn by the vast forests. However, in the ensuing years, they likely took their leave or died off due to deforestation (maybe some burned down in their anger toward the humans’ behavior). Their well-being is deeply tied to the well-being of their habitat, not that other beings aren’t, but the Boarwellum is far more sensitive to changes.
If one is lucky enough to befriend a Boarwellum, then they have a loyal compatriot for all time. Boarwellum are stalwart, wise and understanding. Jovial in temperament, they don’t let the little outbursts get to them. If you find one that is quick of temper, you just might be staring at a Bachlach candidate.