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Yggdrassil, the World Tree, serves as the Axis Mundi for Asgard. It serves as the supernatural "spine" of the Norse frame of reference, existing on a spiritual and metaphysical level that those with sufficient Legend can perceive as clearly as a human can perceive a mundane tree.

Asgard (and the other Godrealms) nests in the great spirit-ash's branches, while around its trunk are located Midgard (i.e., the World and the Norse terrae incognitae: Niflheim (home of the frost giants), Nidavellir (home of the dwarves), and Svartalfheim (home of the svartalfar). Its roots even stretch "down" into the Underworld.

Those who can perceive Yggdrasil (primarily Gods, Titans, Godborn or dead Souls of the Aesir's religion) know it to be a tree unlike any other. Its trunk is so great as to seem to be a nearly flat wall of light gray bark that, as suits the ancient ash's age, is rough and scaled with long diamond-shaped crevices so deep a man could hide inside them. This rough texture provides adequate handholds for those who would climb its heights — or descend to the depths of its roots — although such a journey might take a mortal several lifetimes, assuming he were even able to perceive the tree in the first place.

Yggdrasil's leaves are verdant and shaped like a long, slim pointed oval. These leaves are constantly nibbled at by four great stags that stand taller than a man at the shoulder and have antlers as broad as a house. (For each stag, Storytellers may use traits for an elephant). Yggdrasil is tended by the three Norns: Urd, Verdandi and Skuld. These women spend their days near the Well of Urd, weaving the tapestry of Fate, as well as fulfilling their duties to maintain the health of Asgard's Axis Mundi.