The ruic tree is usually found in southern forests, with mild climates and dependable precipitation. It is a tall, wide-boughed tree with a thick canopy, and produces a superior, reddish-gold wood for use in making bows. While it carries a good magical influence for that use, it is not generally used for other magical articles because of its tendency to 'snap', i.e. send a current -- or backlash -- of magic back through the individual casting the charge. The general consensus is that the energy released from the bow through the shaft as the arrows leaves it prohibits a 'snap' from occurring with bows made from the wood.