|Common Nicknames||Roche d’Ambroisie, Bouvium|
|Origin||Any Seraph Ruin|
Seraphalo is a rare material found around Seraph ruins which resembles a pale marble with golden swirls embedded in it, changing shape when the gem is viewed from different angles. There was once a time when Seraphalo was used by Ithanian nobles as both jewelry and a natural scent, but the adverse effect of memory loss from the stone resulted in a ban which has yet to be lifted . Despite the ban, some still illegally acquire the substance to get revenge on hated enemies and given the recent years of turmoil across the world, smugglers who deal in this material the world over have never been more grateful for it.
Seraphalo has a history dating back to the time of the Seraph, a people who existed over 100,000 years ago. It was used as a key component of their structures, but its exact purpose or symbolism remains vague. In the years after the First Void Invasion, the substance was rediscovered then lost by all post-Seraph civilizations until the time of the Allorn Empire. The substance was supposedly never distinguished from the other types of stone used in the construction of Seraph monuments during the Empire’s time in Aloria, and so went uncatalogued. Following the Cataclysm, the Ailor expansion across Aloria granted them both knowledge of and access to the rare ruins of the Seraphic past. The most prominent explorer in the re-discovery of Seraphalo was the scholar Francis Bouvier. During a trip to a new Seraph ruin recently discovered in 122 AC, he identified a sample of Seraphalo as unique when compared to other stones. Forced to retreat from the ruin after being attacked by its guardians, he still hauled a sack full of rubble to safety before he spent the next five years studying the stones. During that time, through both observation and experimentation, he determined the traits of the various minerals and in the following years, he sold off his collection to various nobles across Ithanian. Most followed his advice, either grinding up the Seraphalo into a sweet smelling powder for cosmetic use or had it made into jewelry for their person. Shortly after this, the memory-altering effects of the stone were discovered, and Francis was fined for his actions. All of his samples were then supposedly collected and destroyed as well. Today, Seraphalo is well known among the Ithanian nobility as well as those scholars who study the ancient past. The mineral has been deemed illegal in Ithania while the Regalian Empire only nominally adopted the same ban when the Sovereign Ithania was absorbed. In recent years, local Regalian instability and global blood feuds have prompted dark elements to seek out this stone for their gain, and while Seraph ruins dwindle in number in the most inhabited parts of the world, the fringes yet hold many secrets.
Seraphalo is a unique type of stone in that its appearance is technically always changing. It is closest in appearance to white marble but instead of patterns of light grays, is embedded with faint golden swirls. These swirls are known to warp in shape, commonly appearing as a closed circle or oval when viewed from different angles.
Seraphalo has two decorative uses, both involving self-adornment. The stone is soft and easily carved into any form of small jewelry a person could want. Another use is as a beauty product as it can also be ground down into a white and gold powder often placed upon the face due to the scent of roses it naturally exudes.
Seraphalo has an unfortunate ability that has driven this stone to be banned across the Regalian Empire. When an individual is constantly exposed to the stone for any period longer than two months, small gaps begin to appear in their memory. The process only speeds up with time and if Seraphalo is not removed from their presence by the three-month mark, whole years of memory can be lost for those affected. The stone also naturally exudes the scent of roses which grows more pronounced once it has been cut or crushed.
- Some say that the smell of roses the stone exudes is the smell of memories the stone has stolen from foolish owners in the past.
- Some Mages feel that Seraphalo may contain hidden messages in their warping golden patterns and one once reported that an unknown magical rune appeared to him. He was promptly arrested for possessing the stone, and his words went unheeded by officials.
- Francis Bovier’s collection was publicly destroyed in a large blaze, but some suspect its most important piece to have escaped destruction. A small minimalistic statuette of then Emperor Henri III carved from a single piece of Seraphalo was deemed missing by the authorities who sorted the goods for destruction, and it is believed to still be out there somewhere, poisoning an unfortunate individual’s mind.
- The many types of Construct that infest Seraph ruins make the harvesting of the stone incredibly difficult.