' And the trees bent over and shook violently, dropping piles of sticks onto the floor. "Go tell the others of my gift to you, the stick runes shall speak for you..."'
The text goes on to refer to the tree as "Speaker of the Oakengrove" or simply, "Oakengrove". Oakengrove made a deal with the early Basars that, in return for receiving the ability to talk to others, they'll honor the forest by protecting it and paying homage. Later down the line, a moral compass was introduced which provided the foundation for modern laws.
The guiding rules of Florism are simple
1) Honor the Trees: This rule has 2 main interpretations, one being that no tree shall die under Basar care, the other being that any damage must be undone, the latter being the more accepted option
2) Honor the Season: This rule set the basics for the agricultural calendar informing the early Basars of when to plant what for the farms, as well as creating a timeline of what holidays came when
3) Honor Life: Controversial as of the latest era, it was largely believed to have been to deter early Basars from driving themselves extinct with needless infighting but as millennia passed and war became commonplace, the meaning adapted to instead refer to childbirth and cruel punishments
4) Honor the Grove: This rule set the style of worship and where to worship. Early Basars created grove circles within clusters of oak trees in which a large stone was then carved with the runes that spelled "Oakengrove" in Barunic as the original tree was believed to have been felled and burned after it died a millennia ago. Annual ceremonies dictate that ritualistic dancing and the use of incense and candles to re-bless the shrine in Oakengrove's name. The dancing would be performed by Dryads, women with a lot of natural beauty and in good health, often handpicked by the Druid.
Druid- A person who represents the will of the Grove, is often picked during the ritual of the Wisp
Ritual of the Wisp- A ceremony in which the Dryads perform a dance and communicate with Oakengrove and then collectively decide on the next Druid
Life After Death- A topic that has had much thought over the millennia. To put it simply, those who honored all 4 of the dictations aforementioned would become a plant in the garden of the now spiritual entity of Oakengrove. This metaphysical garden is presumed to be a heaven of sorts with a caretaker "tree of life" concept on the spiritual level in which plants are often removed and added every time someone died and someone else was born. Life as a "plant" on Oakengrove's garden is a life free of any physical need or want, a life of blissful mindlessness. Those who don't follow the ways of the grove are often believed to be reincarnated as the lowliest insects and parasites, feeding off the leaves of trees and creatures.
Marriage- Considered most sacred, marriage is an indissolvable union between a man and a woman. A marriage ceremony involves wrapping the interlinked hands with ivy (non-rash inducing) and ashes smeared on their foreheads. It is common for the marriage to be consummated the very same night. It is a rare occurrence for gay and lesbian couples to be mated in the grove.
Weekly Cermonies- Similar to other religions globally, weekly ceremonies are done to keep the presence of the faith in the mind of the people. These ceremonies often involved the ingestion of flat greens, otherwise known as spinach or lettuce. It is believed that by eating the leaves of plants, that one revitalizes their spiritual essence and reconnects them to Oakengrove. It is believed that in the early days of the faith, hallucinogenics were taken instead such as hemp or shrooms.
Followers of Florism are known as Grove Tenders