|Common Nicknames||Dragon Tears|
|Accessibility||Staff permission only|
Dragoncite is the rarest mineral in Aloria, narrowly beating out the space-metal Starris to the punch. Its history is vague and mysterious, which has prompted much speculation as to its origin. To Dragon worshippers, however, the answer is clear and it has earned the nickname of “Dragon Tears”. The crystal appears in a teardrop shape with a fiery coloration and despite its rarity, it known to be able to be used as a powerful flare and an ingredient in a simple fire-resistant varnish. All other applications threaten to ignite the mineral into a hot red fire. Unless something drastically changes in Aloria, it is likely that these crystals will only continue to get rarer and rarer with every passing century.
Dragoncite has a hazy and uncertain history, dating back centuries. Some claim the mineral is even older and cite its possible presence in Seraph carvings and wall art. The first conclusive evidence of the stone appears in the early Elven Empire as a collection of rare stones given as gifts by the first Elven Emperor (Gwännë-gellén) to his seven children. It is not clear if there were even seven pieces of Dragoncite, but nonetheless the material was described as a gift to his children on his 160th birthday. For the next three millennia, Dragoncite was occasionally mentioned in the records of the Elven Empire as a rare crystal with no source. Though with the rise of the Sariyd Empire in the east, there came more reports of Dragoncite among its ruling classes.
By the time of the Cataclysm, Dragoncite was out of the public eye and kept locked away in vaults. Following the world event, however, there were a rash of thefts, leading to any rumours of owners of the mineral to be completely dispelled. Dragoncite might have faded into myth, a product of pre-Cataclysm magical obsession or miscommunication, if an ordinary merchant hadn’t found a stowaway onboard of his cargo ship in 190 AC. Said to possess strange eyes, the young man got away and in the ensuing chase, dropped what was determined as a piece of Dragoncite onto the ground as he escaped. There has been only one other report of Dragoncite since 190 AC, that being a piece that was supposedly cited as a gift from an unknown party at the birthday celebration of Alexander I of the Regalian Empire in 304 AC.
Dragoncite exclusively occurs as a tear-dropped shaped crystal, with some known for a slight curve in the thin part of the tear. It possesses a range of colorations, from bright red to faint orange that appears swirled inside of the stone.
Despite the rarity of Dragoncite, the time they existed during the era of the Elven Empire has provided limited records of their two uses. The first occurs when the crystal is crushed, which results in a sudden burn of deep crimson fire. This extremely hot blaze lasts for anywhere between two to three days before abruptly fizzling out. The second use is that the remaining small shards of the broken crystal (referred to as dust in Elven records) survive the heat and when combined with water, produce a fire-resistant varnish. There are no further known uses of Dragoncite as- despite being a crystal- other materials that come into contact with the gem cause it to quickly heat and flash red until the offending substance is removed. If it is not, the substance explodes into flames just like the previously mentioned effect.
The substance is primarily a religious object for Dragon Worshipers like the Isldar and Ch’ien-Ji though there exist no reports on either of these groups possessing a piece of Dragoncite. Some fanatical Dragon worshippers believe that Red Fire Dragons create the mineral when they cry. As these creatures are colossal monsters of destruction and death, for one to cry is a rare event, therefore the worshippers feel this explains why there are so few pieces of Dragoncite in the world.
Dragoncite possesses the ability to start fires but only at the cost of itself. It is also able to illuminate, but this is also at the risk of destroying itself.
- Some estimate that there are at most a dozen pieces of Dragoncite left in the world.
- In one of the aforementioned Elven experiments with the substance, a piece of Dragoncite was broken underwater, where it burned for the same amount of time. This experiment is felt by many to be the proof needed that the crystal is magical in origin.