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Elanthian Gems

Feystone
Value: Extremely to extraordinarily rare.
Appearance:

Feystone occurs in two distinct varieties: periwinkle feystone and violet feystone. It is not considered a true gem, but an artifact of magic. Every feystone has four layers, which can be clearly distinguished from one another when looking at the gem. The outermost layer is transparent and violet-hued, the second layer sparkles with hundreds of tiny silvery vaalin inclusions, the third layer is reflective enough to produce a distorted image of the jewel's surroundings, and the core of the stone glows. Feystones are found only in cabochon form, though it is possible to facet them if proper care is taken. The largest known feystones are the size of a pebble, while the smallest are the size of a grain of sand.

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It is commonly known that feystones are created by the fey, a marvelously magical race living deep within Wyrdeep Forest. They leave their wooded home only rarely, but those who live closest to the Wyrdeep avoid feystone for fear of attracting fey attention. The man foolish enough to enter Wyrdeep and unlucky enough to encounter one of the fey may be blessed or cursed at a whim, helpless in a place where no magic save that of the fey works reliably and where time itself may be twisted to seal his fate. Those who venture in and avoid fey attention are sometimes lucky enough to find feystones lying upon the ground. Some call this the blessing of the fey upon a good soul, for those who enter from desperation instead of greed seem more likely to emerge again. Some others believe the fey bless none but their own and say that bad luck follows their stones.

Because most people avoid the Wyrdeep, it would seem as if feystone should be far more rare than it is, but there is another source. Feystone can often be found in the possession of orcs, trolls, and other bestial yet intelligent creatures that roam through the wilderness surrounding the elven city-states. Why this should be, not even the orcs or trolls can say -- even under torture, they shake their heads dumbly or say, “I found it on the ground.” Considering the vast amount of feystone recovered from such creatures, it seems as though there must be a hidden lode somewhere, but no research of this kind has ever borne fruit. Even to the scholars of Ta’Illistim, the surfeit of feystone so far from its only known source is a great mystery.

Lore: Most jewelers will not facet a feystone because of the great difficulty involved in doing so. It is safe to reshape the outermost layer and the vaalin-flecked layer, but even the lightest scratch along the reflective layer will cause the feystone to be ruined, for its glow will die and the rest of the stone will turn opaque grey.

Because of the fragility of the stone, feystone is most often worn in earrings, pendants, ferronierres, or other protected pieces of jewelry; rings, bracelets, and anklets rarely last intact beyond a month or so. This led to a rather odd insult in Ta'Vaalor; if a Vaalorian says "That man would put feystone on his armor" or "That man would put feystone on his shield," then it means that the person in question is a fool with little to no combat experience.

Feystone produces odd, chaotic effects when mingled with spirit magics. As a result, few practitioners of such magic are willing to wear the jewel, not wishing to offend the greater or lesser spirits with a feystone-twisted spell. There are two exceptions, however: Wendwillow gnomes and worshippers of Zelia. Both appreciate feystone because they delight in the peculiar distortions that it causes. Aside from the spiritual distortions, feystone is inert to the three spheres of magic known to Elanthia.


Firestone
Value: Extraordinarily rare.
Appearance:

Firestones are translucent crimson and black stones that glow faintly and display an illusion of movement, each appearing as if it contained cooled spots of magma floating atop a flow of fresh lava. The exterior is solid, however, and they do not emit heat. When firestones are cut and reduced in size, they retain their distinctive appearance until they are reduced in size to be no more than shimmering red gem dust.

Location:

Firestones are found in active volcanoes that have attracted fire elemental activity. It is assumed that the fire elementals create them in some fashion, but the details are not known.

Lore: Firestones are inert in the presence of flame -- even the greatest heat of the forge will not cause them to melt or deform. Unsurprisingly, firestones are aligned with the element of fire in magical workings. Both elven and human diviners say that firestone is only good for foreseeing disaster and catastrophe, and most shun its use.

The Vylem gnomes treasure an artifact that they call Beh'Amant's Eye. The heart of the artifact is a firestone the size of an apple, which does indeed resemble a great eye due to the way that the black spots line up within its depths at reliable intervals as they move through the stone. Beh'Amant's Eye is mounted atop a black mithril stand forged in the shape of a coiled drake. It is known to be a sentient object and to grant its bonded owner the ability to summon and control fire elementals. Each time its current owner dies, a brief but bloody struggle ensues between the young Vylem queens for control of the Eye, and the winner earns the right to attempt to bond with the stone -- not a risk-free task in and of itself, for those who fail to bond with the stone are incinerated by its power. In the rare event that they discuss Beh'Amant's Eye, the Vylem always claim that the Eye was a gift from Eorgina, but Aledotter records state that the Aledotters traded Beh'Amant's Eye to the Vylem after borrowing it off the body of a dwarf who encountered an unfortunate accident.


Garnet
Value: Almandine garnets are common, but other varieties are infrequently found.
Appearance:

Garnet occurs in a number of different hues. The most common is red, followed by green, orange, and a dark violet-red that is nearly black, but others are known to exist. Blue is the only color that is definitely foreign to garnet.

Location:

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Lore: Garnet is elementally aligned with fire, spiritually aligned with religion, and mentally aligned with telepathy -- magically, it is quite a responsive stone. The strongest of the set is probably the religious alignment. Because it can increase the connection between clerics and their deities, it is often worn by priests, but common lore in the city of Elstreth holds that garnet is only worn by a cleric whose faith is failing.

One specific hue of garnet, an intense, blood red color most often found in Icemule Trace, is associated with the spirit Arachne by her worshippers. Arachne gives tear-shaped pendants of blood red garnet to her most favored clerics, the worshippers say, and, inside the solid garnet, there is a living black spider, which will live as long as the cleric continues to please Arachne. If the cleric displeases Arachne, then the spider will escape its cage and slay the cleric with a single bite. Outside Arachne's faithful, few take this story as more than a tale to frighten children, but both open followers and secret followers of the spider goddess consequently regard blood red garnet with a certain awe.

Humans traditionally use garnet stones as conciliatory offerings to the Arkati of Lornon, although such offerings are not affiliated with any specific deity. Clerics build small sacrificial fires atop stone altars and offer the stones in the fire, calling out the name of the person who has incurred the Arkati's wrath and asking the Arkati to accept the stone in lieu of the person's life or possessions. The garnet is normally set into a small sculpture that represents the matter in question, or, for those who can afford the offering, the garnet itself is large enough to be engraved with the recognizable image. For example, if nightmares plagued a woman's child nightly, then a priest would offer a gilded garnet-inset sculpture of the child and ask Sheru to take the garnet in lieu of the babe. Offerings of this type are also sometimes made to powerful spirits such as Amasalen and Onar.

Human legend also holds that garnet jewelry will strengthen the heart and aid in decision-making. It is ill luck to lose a piece of garnet jewelry, however, as the person's confidence will be lost along with the garnet.

Calling it the "dawn stone," elves often give orange spessartine garnets to one another to symbolically welcome new beginnings, such as alliances, apprenticeships, or the founding of an organization. Spessartine garnet jewelry is also a traditional gift for new mothers.


Geode
Value: Common.
Appearance:

Externally, a geode is a round rock of unimpressive appearance. Within, however, a geode will either contain a pocket of sparkling crystals at its heart or a core of solid, semi-precious stone. The center of a geode may be made of quartz, calcite, or chalcedony (using the word "chalcedony" in the dwarven sense, which incorporates carnelian, sard, bloodstone, onyx, sardonyx, chrysoprase, agate, and jasper as well as the traditional white stone).

Location:

Geodes can be mined in many parts of Elanith, but have little value except as curiosities. Due to availability and local custom, Torre exports a particularly great number of geodes.

Lore: An oft-retold parable among followers of Voaris compares the mortal races to geodes -- the outside may be dull or repulsive, but a shimmering jewel waits within the heart. This story is recounted most often when attempting to reconcile two disapproving families to a love match between their offspring, and it traditionally ends, "Now, if your son's eye is so keen that he can see jewels where you see only dull rock...is it a lacking in his vision, or your own? Be sure in your answer, for your son's happiness and your own depend upon it." Geodes make poor jewelry, but many clerics of Voaris carry a geode around for the purpose of illustrating the story, and shrines consecrated to Voaris often bear one or more of the stones.

Geodes without air pockets are called “thunder eggs” along the coast of the Turamzzyrian Empire. Mined in parts of Torre, they are commonly carried by human sea captains, for throwing a thunder egg overboard will supposedly lessen the wrath of Charl. Regrettably, the origins of this custom have been lost in time.

Magically, geodes are aligned with the elemental power of earth. Some mages who are particularly well-attuned to the earth have the ability to find geodes without splitting the stones open. Meditating upon unbroken stones, they can tell the heart of a geode from the heart of a regular rock.


Glimaerstone
Value: Varies with variety. Even clear glimaerstones are rarely found, and the most desirable hues -- dark blue and pale violet -- are extremely rare.
Appearance:

Glimaerstone is a semi-translucent stone that occurs in a number of hues, including peach, golden, green, light blue, dark blue, two shades of purple, and grey. A clear variety also exists that is less valued than either of the others. It is quite tough, making it difficult to facet, and there is not much point to faceting the stone -- glimaerstone's beauty stems from the faint, almost imperceptible glow at its center, which diffuses and ruins the rays of light that would normally evoke fire from a faceted stone.

Location:

Glimaerstone is mined in a few remote sections of the rocky regions west of Ta'Illistim, just before the true foothills of the DragonSpine begin.

Lore: In the last hundred years, fashionable ladies among the Illistim elves have taken to wearing medallions made of glimaerstone and vaalin at dances, teas, and other society events. These medallions are crafted in mosaic patterns with delicate lines of vaalin connecting the tiny triangles of glimaerstone, and the effect is rather like a stained-glass window. The most common image is a peacock spreading its tail, but other common images include a pansy blossom, the silhouette of Ta'Illistim, and an arrangement of five stars. Recently, dragonfly images have become particularly popular as Ta'Illistim embraces the arrival of the Aelotoi.

Although Winedotter gnomes are not noted for their jewelcraft, one Winedotter family living beneath Ta'Nalfein discovered a technique for enhancing the light of a glimaerstone. The source of these specially treated glimaerstones is not extensively known, and most outside Ta'Nalfein believe them to be elven work. This technique somehow quenches the natural glow within a glimaerstone and replaces it with a remarkable ability to absorb and multiply light. At their brightest degree, such "treated" glimaerstones will leave afterimages in the vision of those who look at them for too long. Regrettably, most of the family died in 5102 in a tragic accident involving an overturned candle and a remarkable quantity of excellent brandy, leaving only the eldest daughter alive. More regrettably still, this eldest daughter (commonly nicknamed Truthie) is apparently quite mad and utterly unwilling to take on an apprentice. Knowledgeable jewelers have been storing away treated glimaerstones in anticipation of the day when the source dries up.

Glimaerstone is strongly aligned with magics of the mind. Although these arts have historically been practiced only in a lesser form among the elves, elven bards and empaths treasure glimaerstones for enhancing their arts. In recent years, Erithian traders have negotiated for large quantities of glimaerstone to be exported to their homeland, where their savants can make full use of its power.


Heliodor
Value: Infrequently found.
Appearance:

Heliodor is a translucent, pale yellow jewel that forms in long crystals. According to the dwarves, it is simply another form of beryl, but it is quite striking to the eye and can possess a brilliant inner fire.

Location:

The highest quality of heliodor is mined in the area surrounding the Lake of Shadowed Sorrows. Excellent deposits once existed near Old Ta'Faendryl, but they have become inaccessible due to the danger surrounding the ruined city. Heliodor can also be located near Ta'Loenthra and Ta'Vaalor, but it has never been located to the west of the DragonSpine mountains.

Lore: Properly enchanted heliodor can be used both to augment elemental spells related to air and spiritual spells related to summoning. Its true glory shines in the use of sorcerous spells, however, where it serves both as a catalyst in demonic arts and as an instrument of control in necromantic activity. Regrettably, however, most of these uses result in the destruction of the gem.

Ironically, House Faendryl selected the heliodor as its royal jewel thousands of years before their discovery of sorcery and their experimentation with demon summoning. Thirty thousand years ago, when the first heraldic designs were being established, a magnificent sculpture carved from a single piece of heliodor stood in the center of the city of Ta'Faendryl. It depicted Geniselle Anaya Faendryl, the first Matriarch of Ta'Faendryl, kneeling before her son, Yshryth Silvius Faendryl, as he accepted the crown of Ta'Faendryl from her hands. It had been magically enchanted to control the weather around the city of Ta'Faendryl, ensuring that storms were scheduled and never threatened the city. Because of this marvelous feat of Faendryl magic, the Faendryl chose the heliodor as their royal jewel. (Oddly, the heliodor is depicted as orange in elven crests, although the gem is actually yellow -- this is to distinguish it from the yellow topaz of House Ardenai.) As well as granting the right to bear a heliodor stone in a crest, the royal representatives of House Faendryl presented intricately enchanted heliodors to those who pleased them most, often leaving the exact workings of the artifact as a pleasant surprise to the recipient rather than revealing it at the time.

Since the downfall of House Faendryl, many Faendryl shun the use of heliodor jewelry, as heliodor stones cannot be found in New Ta'Faendryl, and the Faendryl consider it shameful to import heliodor from the elves. Still, most families retain an artifact or two from before the Faendryl left Rhoska-Tor, and many of these artifacts are becoming cherished heirlooms as they pass from father to son.

Because the spirit Amasalen was once a mortal Faendryl man, his followers often wear amulets made of helidor. To show their devotion, these followers engage in frenzied bloodletting rites that involve pouring the blood of sacrificial victims over the amulets as they invoke Amasalen's favor.

 



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