|Common Nicknames||Va'sil Petrafluid, Treetear|
Chrysete is commonly believed to be a rare, but naturally occurring, mineral from western lands. However, the more educated know the truth: the substance is fossilized Va'sil Tree sap. Appearing as a green-white stone once it has been cut, the material greatly helps in the fertilization of plant life and is also used in jewelry by the faithful of Estel or those of the upper class in the Regalian Empire who do not understand its other properties. While it is likely this substance will eventually run out, there are still pockets left in the world to discover, and for now there is the ability for more to appear on the market.
Chrysete was not discovered until after the Night of the Weeping Stars. The Va'sil Trees that perished bled out their rich green and white sap as they were chopped and burned by the Kathar. In the aftermath of the event, those scraping through the ashes of the ruined groves and uncovered the first samples of Chrysete. It took many years, but scholars eventually determined it to be a magically fossilized part of those guardians of the forest. However, seeking to prevent another destructive crusade, these scholars spread false information that the mineral was a rare, but natural phenomenon. The rest of the Allorn Empire believed it, already turning away from the accident to the latest news and culture their hedonism could produce. In the chaos of the Cataclysm, knowledge of the material was lost for a number of years, but when it was rediscovered, the truth had been obscured by the century-old fabrication. The truth was eventually rediscovered by alchemists following Estellon around the year 150 AC. Due to the mineral only appearing around and near old sites associated with the Faith, the faithful tested and experimented with the substance. They determined what it was and over the past century, Chrysete has remained rare as it is both an unnatural resource and because it is difficult to find. What specimens remain are often kept by wealthy citizens or Estellon faithful. However, recent warfare in Teledden regions has resulted in caches of the rare crystal vanishing into unknown hands, with many Estellon faithful fearing the Kathar may be seizing the pieces. Regardless of who has these samples, the material has yet to vanish entirely from the world and will likely continue to turn up from excavations, prospectors, and the devoted.
Chrysete is a type of crystal formed from the fossilized remains of Va'sil Tree sap. The substance is a mixture of green and white and appears in small ovular deposits underground. In this state, it doe not reflect light directly and instead lightly glows for reasons unknown. It is also light green on the surface; the touch of white is only revealed when the crystal is cut into.
Chrysete has two uses. The first use is as an advanced fertilizer - if it is spread out into soil with recently sowed seeds or seedlings, they will grow to full plants within a matter of days. This effect does not work on maturing or fully matured plants, though some claim it makes their leaves look a little greener. The plant’s other use is in jewelry. Due to the nature of the gemstone, which is quite brittle and easily crushed, such jewelry often features a piece of the stone contained or supported in its raw form by some outer casing or shell of precious metal. These pieces are often found on priests and priestesses of Estellon, the common faithful, especially of Mana, Mother of the Living Soil, but also in the upper class of Ithania.
Chrysete has no inherent abilities in its raw state, but as can be read above, once ground up, it helps young or unborn seeds grow very quickly.
- Something that aided in the fake information spread by Estellians about Chrysete was that its effect on plant life was similar to that of Valei, an Elven Artifact capable of reviving dead plants. Since the relic appeared like a root, the Estellians claimed that the roots had been tapping into the mineral for at least part of their magical ability.
- Some have claimed to see ghostly beings walking the grounds of Chrysete fertilized areas, with some making the claim that these are a remnant of something called a “Va'sil Astral Projection.”