Amberite is a unique mineral found only beneath the sands of Farah’deen. Orange to orange-yellow in color, the Songaskia hail it as petrified sunlight while others point out its origin as likely being from plants that existed before the Great Storm rendered many lush areas barren. However, the Songaskia ignore this fact in favor of their own conclusions and so it is a common material in jewelry of the draconic Race.
Amberite is a recent substance only discovered within the last century and a half. Its origin story comes from only one source and thus is still not clear. While Farah’deen has long been an arid and generally dry region, it was once more lush in several areas. Refreshing rivers emerging from their great mountain ranges helped to form fertile, albeit temperamental plains, small lakes and even examples of large-scale vegetation, particularly in valleys. These places were often inhabited by the Qadir in their ancient times, though as their cities expanded, oases in the surrounding deserts and coastal settlements grew in importance. Then, the Great Storm struck, and many of these lush regions were ripped barren. Scholars theorize that Amberite originated in these lush regions. They are thought to be a byproduct of unique regional plants long extinct that were blasted and buried under many tons of sand, turning them into the orange-yellow substance uncovered by the Songaskia shortly after their conquest of the ruined Sariyd Empire. Their evidence for this is that while the material is sturdy, it can be melted easily like some variety of wax. In addition to this, the substance also holds fragments of insects and plants, which can only be a result of a sudden creation in an organic environment. Ignoring such a complex background, the Songaskia have declared the substance to be solidified sunlight and there is a further insinuation that it was formed specifically from sunlight that the Qadir were somehow holding capture or containing, which is an affront against the natural world. For that reason, it is heavily revered in Songaskian society, used by individuals up and down the social ladder and rarely by a trader beyond the continent’s sandy shores.
Amberite is a smooth and blobbish orange to orange-yellow substance when found in its natural state. It is generally transparent, but some caches are known to be “impure”, either due to swirls of a beige color that deadens its translucency or due to the presence of petrified plants and small animals. Such impurities are often carved out of the clearest, most richly colored samples of Amberite and passed down to the lower classes.
Amberite has only two real uses, the first being jewelry. Due to its connections to sunlight, Amberite is often seen as second to only Solacrox in terms of appealing gemstones. It is also not as rare as Solacrox, meaning that a wider part of the population can wear it, often in bangles and necklaces of the substance, though some will set it as a lesser stone around a piece of Solacrox. The other use of the material is as a form of incense, as when burned, or rather melted under constant but low heat, Amberite liquifies and lets off a musky aroma sometimes used by Songaskian men. The resulting oil is also taken and turned into expensive perfumes.
- The largest piece of Amberite uncovered to date is a one foot by one foot “bubble” of the gemstone in which held a slightly curled Desert Mouse. It was not cut into and was instead taken by Songaskian scholars from the pearl city of Moptoii.
- The perfumes made from Amberite were somewhat of a fad in the nobility of the Regalian Empire in the years prior to the First Songaskian War and Second Songaskian War. The foreign interest in such a substance has waned, but as has its production in the wake of both those conflicts.
HydraLana on 10/25/2021.|
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