|Proficiency||Requires 5 points in Metallurgy Arts|
Exclusively found in Dexai, Kaolinite is a resource exported from the Sihai Empire amongst other goods such as Jade and Salpeter. Within the free-trade zones along the small coastal island ports, Kaolinite can be seen as a prevalent writing utensil manufactured into a chalk-like stick via the Sihai art economy. It is also noted as a popular white dye, and used in artistic pottery, despite its brittle and fragile property. The product came about during the “Eastern Craze,” when the Regalian capital and Sihai merchants secured routes between either empire. When sold in the mainland of the Sihai Empire, Kaolinite chalk is cheap. When sold in foreign lands, the price is increased for profit. This is because of its infamous fame of being a dense writing utensil that leaves a nice line to the peering eyes which in turn, also made it a popular choice for writing. Beyond its abilities, the rich artistic history behind Kaolinite immediately created a fad amongst foreign teachers and scholars.
It was believed that the Loong Dragons passed the gift and knowledge of processing Kaolinite into both beautiful chalk and white artistic styled artistry and pottery for the Sihai shortly after 2111 BC on the Sihai calendar, during the Greater Dynasty, or Scribe Dynasty as it is also referred to. Later in the years the Sihai of the working class use the white stone as a bleach of sorts for clothing and white dyes. The white coloring property of the purely stone is believed to have a symbolistic connection to the white feathers of the Lova, albeit there was a much deeper symbolism to Kaolinite chalk that the Loong Dragons made sure to teach the Sihai whilst enlightening their developing writing. Since then Kaolinite in Sihai history has come to represent the eastern blade of writing and knowledge for the teacher and mentor. In many ways it was, and still is to this day. Within Dexai, and notably the writers and scholars of the Four Kingdoms, Kaolinite chalk was often used as an initial lesson for a teacher or artist, never to be viewed as merely writing with fancier chalk. A popular folktale used to explain this lesson and the importance of Kaolinite chalk is the Arrogant Farmer. In this folktale, if one’s plow is not consistently maintained, they will double the time it takes to harvest a field, costing small seconds of labor with each swing. The historic folklore explains how even the small things in life can have a tremendous effect on the greater picture including the specific case of a lecture exploiting poor or brittle chalk that may put a student at risk for misinterpretation. It was this belief that a lecture should be as beautiful and clear as the artist’s canvas is, and the cause to the many fads of scholars and mentors orienting around Kaolinite history.
The rock is always a pure white color, with a dense waxy consistency of chalk when processed. It is even possible for someone to write with it when it is in stone form.
Aside from being used as a popular writing utensil, Kaolinite’s second most common use is as a dye, which is shipped around Aloria in a sticky powdered form. Once exported via mercantile route, the waxy powder is mixed into water, forming an opaque, milk-white syrup, used to dye clothing white. Less common uses include utilization as a white hair dye, though Kaolinite does little to hair on its own without alchemical help.
As previously stated, Kaolinite can be used as a substitute for chalk. It is much cleaner, less brittle, and far denser than typical chalk. When writing upon a board or stone, the lines created by Kaolinite chalk are pristine and almost waxy.
- Nearly all Lova Sihai carry a large stash of Kaolinite chalk. It’s common to sell their stash at higher prices to foreign scholars and teachers, given there is no malevolent ambition in the action.