Welcome to our first stop on our tour of Vekrodus. Destination: the Veinous Gara Forest.
'The trees all twisted like corkscrews, knotting as they reached for the sky in a bid for freedom. Pulsing black lines ran up the length of each trunk, reminding her eerily of veins.' - Shadow-Stained
When Drayvex first brings Ruby to Vekrodus, he's got his own agenda. Still, her first real experience of this planet is one of subdued awe as he leads her into a strange alien forest that couldn't be further from the lush, green expanses of trees she has back home.
The Veinous Gara Forest glows red from within. This eerie light not only casts everything inside under a crimson glow, but can been seen lighting up the dark, Vekrodusian sky for miles off. Despite what you might think, it's not the tharelum trees themselves that cause this effect -- it's the buds that grow on their branches. The locals take the magical properties these buds possess for granted--the buds are as common as the grass is on Earth--but don't underestimate the power of this plant. Big things come in small packages!
"The forest eats weak demons and absorbs their goodness for the sake of the whole. Everything that grows in there is part of the same living network, and it all feeds as one." - Soul-Strung
Thanks to Ruby's insatiable curiosity, the Veinous Gara forest is a returning topic of conversation in Soul-Strung. She has an itch to scratch, and she wants to know everything. Needless to say, she doesn't get the answers she expects!
Let's just say, she can thank her lucky stars she had a demon guide the last time she visited. ;-)
Our next stop on the tour is the black crystal mountains. Unlike the Veinous Gara forest, this is not a place that Ruby has seen with her own eyes, but rather is teased at by Drayvex, who in typical demon fashion, is dismissive of her enthusiasm at such a place. But Ruby is not one to be swayed!
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