It is one of the taproots of Yggdrasil, the World Tree of Norse mythology, to which all Nine Worlds are connected with each other. There are in reality three versions of the Taproot, the first being the fully interactable, choppable root and the second being the giant Taproot, which serves solely decorative purposes, but also has a history section.
The third is the Taproot Sprigg, and is completely decorative and non-interactable, lacking even a history section.
Overview[edit | edit source]
The Taproot makes its appearance in the Unlikely Heroes scenario, after the events following the heroes' descent to Nifleheim, the Norse Underworld.
However, they stumble upon Brokk and several Dwarves working on a taproot. Reginleif reveals that before Gargarensis arrived in Midgard, Loki destroyed Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Now Brokk and Eitri are in the process of making a new one. If Thor can have a new hammer, he will seal the gate.
Role[edit | edit source]
The Taproot has 4,000 hit points, and must be chopped down to zero hit points by Dwarves and Brokk, in order to reveal Thor's Hammer Haft. While they do so, the player must protect them from Gargarensis' minions, but also from Nidhogg, who will eventually attack the player's starting position.
As soon as it is chopped to the last hit point, the Haft that is revealed must be brought close to Thor's Hammer Head. After this happens, Thor will receive a new hammer and use it to violently close the third Hades Gate.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- As with the Tamarisk Tree, it is stated that it provides 20,000 wood when chopped, but in reality, it doesn't offer any resources when chopped down.
- Taproot Spriggs also appear as decorations in the Greetings from Greece scenario in The New Atlantis campaign. They are found in the cave of Relics to the northwest of the map.
History[edit | edit source]
Choppable Taproot[edit | edit source]
|“||This giant taproot belongs to Yggdrasil ("The Terrible One's Horse"), also called the World Tree. The serpent Nidhogg eats corpses and gnaws on these roots of Yggdrasil that are believed to link and shelter all the worlds.||”|
Giant Taproot[edit | edit source]
|“||The roots of the world ash Yggdrasil rest in three wells -- Hvelgimir, the source of all rivers; Mimir, the well of wisdom; and Urd, seat of the Norns and council place of the gods. The dragon Nidhogg lives in Niflheim near Hvelgimir. When he tires of eating the bodies of the dead, he gnaws the root of Yggdrasil, hoping to kill the mighty tree. Ratatosk, a mischievous squirrel, travels up and down Yggdrasil carrying insults between the Great Eagle that roosts in Yggdrasil's crown to Nidhogg, at its lowest root. It is unclear if Ratatosk is actually carrying messages or if he is inventing the insults himself.||”|
Gallery[edit | edit source]
|Campaign-exclusive buildings and units in Age of Mythology|
|Age of Mythology|
|Boulder Wall · Cataphract · Charon Ferry · Dwarven Forge · Excavation · Folstag Flag Bearer · Giant Gate Ram · Guardian · Hades Gate · Iron Fence · Jail Wall · Living Poseidon Statue · Naval Shipyard · Osiris Piece Box · Osiris Pyramid · Pirate Ship · Prisoner · Shade · Shipwreck · Shrine · Statue of Lightning · Sword Bearers · Stone Fence · Tamarisk Tree · Taproot · Temple of the Gods · Tent · Thor's Hammer Haft · Thor's Hammer Head · Trojan Horse · Wall of Atlantis · Wall of Troy · Well of Urd · Wooden Fence|
|Automaton Statue · Gaia Pool · Overgrown Temple · Statue of Melagius · Temple of Kronos · Tower of Odin · Summoning Tree|
|Tale of the Dragon|
|Dam · Griffon|