|Common Nicknames||Red Sapphire, Fire Gem|
Rubies are rare gemstones currently mined in two opposite areas of Aloria, Farah’deen and The Far West, by two different parties. While the Kathar of the Dread Empire keep Rubies within their economic system, never trading them directly with outside forces, the Songaskia of Farah’deen are not as thrifty with the gemstone. The vast majority of Ruby available to wider Aloria thus comes from Farah’deen. The material is mainly used for jewelry, from which a number of valuable and creative pieces have emerged for the upper classes to decorate themselves with.
Rubies are a mineral long known to Aloria and have been prominent at several points throughout its history. In ancient times, the Allorn Empire sought the gemstone out along with other valuable materials to help adorn their aristocratic populace. Unfortunately, by the end of the Consolidation, all major Ruby veins in Daen had been exhausted. This issue seemed to be resolved soon after, when Rubies were discovered in the newly colonized and rapidly developing lands of The Far West. Unfortunately, as time went on, Rubies remained rare due to the fragmentation of Altalar provinces, but also because Void worshiping Altalar hoarded the material to decorate themselves and their creations. These practices have remained largely intact since the Cataclysm and the Dread Empire formed from the ancient provinces of The Far West continue to possess and horde vast quantities of Ruby, largely for use in jewelry for their better off citizens.
On the opposite spectrum to this are the experience of Rubies in Farah’deen. At the height of the Sariyd Empire, they were commonly worn by the aristocracy and leadership of the various cities that made up the Empire, but also by the leaders of other independent cities or factions on the continent. This association with royalty and leadership made the gems heavily sought after by the Songaskian leadership in the wake of the Great Storm. Qadir jewelry featuring Rubies was heavily confiscated by the conquerors for their own personal adornment as the Ruby mines of the Sariyd Empire had almost all been buried under mountains of sand. Today, however, new mines have been opened while a few of the old ones have been rediscovered and restored to operation as well. The Songaskian Masaya monopolizes the trade on Rubies because of this fact and because the Kathar do not interact with the outside world in any capacity conducive to acquiring materials like Rubies from them. This fact is most annoying to aristocrats across Aloria; many Ailor are forced to interact with Songaskian or Qadir traders to get their hands on the gemstone, but the rewards are often well worth it for all involved.
Rubies are colorful gemstones, ranging in color from bright red to pink shades, purple being one of the rarest varieties. The mineral requires cutting to shine or reflect light well but will always be somewhat opaque inside. The shapes they are cut into are often ovular, but sharper shapes like squares and diamonds, particularly in Kathar jewelry, are also a welcome variety.
Rubies only serve a decorative purpose, and even then it is only commonly used in jewelry such as earrings, necklaces and rings. The gemstone is most commonly paired with precious metals like Gold or Silver.
- Rubies are occasionally viewed as being able to absorb sunlight in some areas of Farah’deen, which is why Songaskian leaders seek them; to possess and use that sun energy in everyday life.
- Most Kathar who freshly leave The Far West sell what Ruby jewelry they have to gain funds for their activities once they reach landfall in their target area.