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Holic Online: Welcome to the Arboretum of Earthrise

On the Northeast edge of the island of Enterra a small settlement named the Arboretum has been founded by a faction of settlers calling themselves “Nathura” in Holic Online game. As the name suggests, this is a nature-venerating society consisting primarily of scientists who refused to take sides in the ongoing conflict between Continoma and Noir; instead they chose to focus their knowledge and resources on the betterment of the last piece of inhabitable earth.

Under the leadership of ex-Continoma Chief Geneticist Kiga, the people of the Arboretum have learned to be self-sufficient and to provide for themselves using only the natural resources that surround them. That leaves the settlement fairly independent from outside interests and allows Nathura to focus on taming the post-war mutated flora and fauna of the island and forming a peaceful and, even more important, symbiotic relationship between men and nature where both exist in perfect equilibrium and mutual benefit in Holic Gold.

To the East of the Arboretum one will find the lush tree-gardens of the Bountiful Orchards. An unsuspecting observer might find this name misleading at first, as no fruit ever grows on the branches; however, these plants provide all of Nathura’s essential needs including energy, water, and food.

Genetically engineered creatures called the Volvox labor day and night to extract all excess energy and nutrition elements not needed by the trees for an adequate rate of growth for  Holic Gold. Those colonial organisms then spread their harvest amongst their cells where a bio-chemical process occurs that both supplies the Volvoxes’ energy needs and transforms the leftover elements into different forms useful for the humans.

Necessities of Holic Gold such as clean water, bio-electricity and even an edible, but tasteless puree, are later deposited through the horn-like protrusion on the Volvoxes’ head in collectors stations where the creature has been programmed to breed and nest.

A word of caution to the unwary traveler is in order though - while not really possessing any sentience, the Volvox is driven by a very primitive form of instinct that will often compel it to try and extract useful compounds from nearly anything - including humans! Avoiding them when possible is advised as only trained professionals from Nathura can really work with those creatures without endangering themselves.

[Source:Mmofisher] [Author:Mmofisher] [Date:09-08-10] [Hot:]
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