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Achate is a very plentiful stone in Ellador, and is as such found quite commonly in the homes of Velheim tribes, especially those located near smaller rivers. The stone easily stands out from its surroundings due to its dull reddish to orange color, with largely contrasting white swirls that seem almost drawn on top. It’s often used in Velheim jewelry and is exclusively mined in Ellador. Recently, interest in the gem has sharply declined, which makes it of interest solely to the Velheim artisans of Aloria.
Achate has been a mineral long associated with the Velheim Ailor of Aloria. It is not known when the stone was first discovered, but artifacts recovered from abandoned towns at the time of the Cataclysm show it may have been first mined briefly after the Velheim reached Ellador. Despite it being on Ellador, it’s location within surface rivers means that the normally mineral knowledge-rich Dwarves didn’t learn of the substance until well after the Cataclysm. Achate soon became a popular material for artists and artisans in Ellador while others in The North Belt also grew to appreciate it due to its accessibility. Unfortunately, much of the Regalian Empire found a distaste of the mineral after their long conflict with the Skagger Horde and general distrust of the “savage” Velheim people. It was never popular in the wider Regalian Empire, and has recently suffered a series of issues that decrease its possible use. First, the Isldar invasion to control all of Ellador, which was followed shortly by the Burning of the North that saw the collapse of several additional Velheim trade routes and a reduction in the demand for the mineral. Now, Velheim merchants have been forced to raise the price on this simple stone and this has lowered its interest to mainly just Velheim artisans.
Achate is a dull reddish to orange colored stone, with white swirls decorating the stone’s top contrasting the warm colors. It is also very smooth and easy to manipulate.
Achate has one main use, decoration. The material is commonly found in Velheim jewelry, as well as art, either carved in small statuettes or complimenting a larger work of wood or another type of stone.
- The only Imperial structure to feature Achate was the Imperial Palace, where a trio of busts honored the past three Emperors (Alexander I, Justinian II and Justinian I). Unfortunately, the explosion at the Palace in 305 AC has presumably destroyed these busts.
- The Old Gods traditions of Ellador tell that Achate came about when the Union of Fire Maarda Feminity was endlessly pursued by a mortal, in futile romance. She finally turned around and her cold gaze mixed with her inner fire shattered him apart, which explains the white patterns on the surface of the fire-colored stone.
HydraLana on 01/24/2022.|
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