|The mighty redwood|
One of the abilities of the redwood treant is that its footprints create an area of difficult terrain, meaning its very movement can change the nature of the battlefield. This ability was inspired from in-the-field observations of fallen redwoods and the huge pits their root structure left when they toppled over. You can see the size of a redwood treant's 'foot' in the image below - try to imagine a battle where every blow the enemy dealt was made with gnarled feet of that size!
Speaking of gnarled, a redwood's incredible longevity and resistance to stress manifests itself physically in odd deformations. These scars occur when a redwood survives a particularly stressful event like a forest fire, infection, or intense storm. Sometimes it can look like the bark of the tree boiled and began to flow off, other times a scar can take the form of a huge burl the size of a small car. They can even result in beautiful, almost sculptural figures emerging from the trunk. An ancient redwood treant, the veteran of many battles for the survival of its wood, would likely have several such scars, making each one distinctive and characterful.
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