|Common Nicknames||Ice’n’Fire Stone, Frostbitten Fire|
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 colour, with largely contrasting white swirls that seem almost drawn on top. It’s often used in Velheim jewellery 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. Being unique to the continent and its rivers, Achate soon became a popular material for artists and artisans in the region 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. The material 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 has lowered its interest to mainly Velheim artisans.
Achate is a dull reddish to orange coloured 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.
Achate has no inherent abilities.
- 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 recent explosion at the Palace has presumably destroyed these busts.
- The Oldt Fayth traditions of Ellador, tell that Achate came about when a minor god of fire, endlessly pursued Vinella, the Goddess of Winter, in futile romance. She finally turned around and her cold gaze instantly froze his flames, which explains the white patterns on the surface of the fire-colored stone.
- A darker version of the same tale says she froze him solid, instead of just his flames, causing his body to fall to the ground, shattering before she used the winter winds to push the shards away from her and across the land, resulting in the many rivers which hold the material.