"The bloodoak is no ordinary tree. It grows far from the well-trodden path. You don't chop down a bloodoak, you hunt it, with all the skill and cunning that you can muster. It can take years to tread a path to the glade of a bloodoak, and great courage to bring one down. Its wood--stripped and properly carpentered--is the finest in all the Edgelands for strength and buoyancy, but at a cost..."