Elya Scouts A State Tree
This tree resides in the Mothwoods and is known as a State Tree. This State Tree has not been found before due to the Mothwoods being so vast, mysterious, and quite dangerous to most living species. Once a State Tree is reported to have been found, it is labeled with a number between 0-99 and given guards that watch over and protect it as well as the area around it (there are only so many of these trees and they are viewed as religious entity's by some species - the vamiliar - whereas other species - humans - view them as natural watchtowers).
Each Grove and Glade is designated with a State Tree, the largest tree in each Grove and Glade's region. The State Trees acts as a border for the individually run sovereign states of the Mothwoods. However, the borders don't separate the Humans from the Vamiliar. Instead, the borders separate people from people and Vamiliar from Vamiliar - though for different reasons.
Humans use their borders to separate citizens of different cities from each other, the purpose being to reduce crime and maintain order through laws specific to each 'State'.
Vamiliar use their borders to separate one tribe from another. While these tribes are all part of branch families leading up to the head family - Franmoth is the Chieftan of the Head Family - they operate under their own laws and traditions during peace times. If war breaks out, the laws and traditions of the branch families are put on hold and the head family reigns supreme.
The border patrol for each Glade and Grove lives in the State Tree. The State Trees also act as a sign post for the inhabitants of layer one's seafloor as well as the occasional foreigner. State Trees have ID's in the form of single and double digit numbers carved into them so that one can easily identify where they are in the Mothwoods.
On the left plane of The Great Divide, Vamiliar Territory - Groves, State Trees are numbered from a range of 0-49 while the right side, Human Territory - Glades, numbers from 50-99.
To give you an example, here are some borders in the Mothwoods with their corresponding State ID's:
- Mushroom Marsh [Grove - 07]
- Truffula Town [Grove - 26]
- White Whale Forest [Grove - 42]
- Tsunami City [Glade - 62]