|Locale||Arid scrublands and desert of Qeshir, particularly the Padashan Empire|
The scribe's tree is a short, stout desert tree. It has a streaked brown/tan bark, and long flexible branches which end in small clusters of brown, curled leaves.
The bark of this tree peels off in smooth strips which can be dried and used as an excellent form of paper. It requires very little preparation. The strips are wetted, flattened, stretched on frames and left to dry slowly. The result is a smooth, strong flexible sheet which takes ink readily. A single tree can produce several hundred sheets. This is one reason why the Padashan Empire has abundant written records. Because these tree provide large quantities of paper, most literature in Padashan Empire is put on this type of "bark paper". This bark paper does equally well as scrolls or bound books.
The Scribe's Tree can be found in scrublands and badlands of Qeshir, especially in the north. It can be found in the borderlands of the Great Ahtabi Desert.
Whole orchards of these trees are grown in the towns and cities of Padashan to supply the literate nobles with writing paper.
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