The Burning Tree
The Burning Tree is the thing legends are made of.
Due to the mystique and mystery surrounding its origins, the Burning Tree (known as the Never-Ending Flame when roughly translated from the native language) has been the foundation for the majority of Istara's culture.
Some think of it as a sign from above, something that states they will always be protected, while others believe that if they can find a way to subdue the flame, they will become more powerful than any being in the universe. Many have died trying to put out the flames, which further encourages superstition. Some say that merely seeing the blue of the tree's flames will strike you dead within a week's time.
No one has lived to prove this wrong.