Hey, so I've just been wandering around a little more, and... well, check out this neat garden I found!
It's mostly just the same kind of tree over and over again though, and for some reason they're always in these really tall... planter things?
Then again, I guess everything on this planet's tall. Good thing I can be tall too!
I wonder what kind of trees these are, anyway. I've never seen anything like them, and each of these planter dealies says something completely different. That one over there said it was an "Arkexx Inthil", but then this one right here says it's a "Kenjal Barinis."
Maybe it's just... subspecies or something? For gardening nerds?
Incorrect. The trees in this vicinity are all of the Onekki species. No subspecies of this plant exist.
Beautiful, aren't they?
Wah?! Who's there?
Oh hey, it's just Meteo!
She's my cool goth friend I run into sometimes. I'm not sure what she is but I think she's kinda dead and kinda not? She's the only person I know who has a halo over her head, anyway.
In a sense you were right - this is a garden. But the Kinncillians who built this place think of it more as a graveyard. And these aren't planters, these are caskets.
Wait, so there's people buried here?
Ohhh, wait a minute, so I was just reading the names of a bunch of dead guys, huh?
Yes, exactly that! Beneath each one of these Onekki trees lies a dearly departed Kinncillian. It's a pattern as old as the entire species: wherever a Kinncillian falls, an Onekki rises.
Each Kinncillian is born with a seed inside their body - a seed which will only germinate when its host's flesh begins to rot. The seed eventually grows into an Onekki tree, acting as the final evidence of its host's time on this mortal coil.
It's commonly believed that a dead Kinncillian's soul lives on within their Onekki tree, so the care and maintenance of these plants is considered a sacred tradition.
Being both a ghost and a necromancer, I can pretty easily disprove the notion that these plants have any spiritual properties to speak of, however...
Still, it's not my place to interfere with the grieving process.
Aw, that's so sad... What's the point of turning into a tree when you die if you don't even get to be some kind of cool Ghost Tree?
Oh, it has certainly served a purpose in the survival of the species as a whole. In a sense, the Onekki represents the dying breath of a Kinncillian. Each one gives off a unique scent that can tell other Kinncillians who the individual was and exactly how they died. You could think of it like the "black boxes" you mortals place on board your transport crafts. Every Kinncillian that dies leaves behind a warning to the rest of its kind, allowing others to avoid the same fate.
This place may seem peaceful to you and I, but to a Kinncillian... the mixed scents from this many Onekki Trees being congregated in one place is tantamount to hearing the dying wails of a hundred tortured souls at once. It's common for them to wear special masks in order to block out the scent of death when visiting.
Woah, I guess sometimes NOT having a nose is like a superpower too!