The Shakkan (pronounced SHAK-ann) is a miniature tree of only little more than a foot of height. The art of growing miniature trees was developed by Yanjingyi gardeners over a period of a thousand years. They have the ability to store and over time build up magic from his owners and can be shaped in different ways to concentrate strength. The seed or clipping has to agree to being shaped and kept small, otherwise he won't prosper. The imperial palace of Yanjing has the largest collection of shakkans, followed by Empress Berenene's greenhouses. Shakkans are very valuable, being priced at at least ten silver astrels the piece.They are based on bonsai trees, which Tamora Pierce is fond of.
Briar Moss stole a 146-year-old pine shakkan from Dedicate Crane, who falsely assumed that the tree was only 130 years old, in his first year at Winding Circle. This shakkan soon became accustomed to Briar, missing him when Briar was in quarantine in Urda's House and the shakkan remained at home at Discipline cottage. The plant preferred Briar's touch to Rosethorn's, which surprised Briar. When Briar and Rosethorn travelled to extend Briar's education they took his shakkan with them.
- Bunjingi - also called "calligraphy form," shaped with a long trunk and a few upper branches
- Cascade Style - shaped with the trunk bent cleanly to the side
- Windblown Style - shaped with a more upright trunk
Notes and references
- Sandry's Book, Cp. 5 (p. 91; Scholastic paperback)
- Briar's Book, Cp. 5 (p. 78; Scholastic paperback)
- Sandry's Book, Cp. 8 (p. 149; Scholastic paperback)
- The Will of the Empress, Cp. 6 (p. 132; Scholastic paperback)
- Sandry's Book, Cp. 9 (p. 158; Scholastic paperback)
- Sandry's Book, Cp. 8 (p. 146; Scholastic paperback)
- Briar's Book, Cp. 6 (p. 100; Scholastic paperback)
- Street Magic, Cp. 11 (p. 201; Scholastic paperback)