|Common Nicknames||Brittle Fire, L'osrennal|
Sharrocs are exotic gemstones mined exclusively in Altaleï. Bearing a spiked, almost crystallized form, Sharroc is extremely fragile and even mild pressures easily causes the gem to shatter. It is a rather rare material and although not as prized as other more popular gemstones, its price can be formidable. It shines a deep red color, and when exposed to direct light, a prismatic red pattern often forms within the spiky gem. Sharroc is very rarely used for decoration or jewelry due to its brittle structure, and its only purpose is as a cultural and ceremonial symbol.
Sharroc is a material found exclusively in the mountains of western Altaleï, and is said to have been first uncovered sometime even before the rise of the Allorn Empire. In the ancient state of Uhsen’ulla, it was to be the crystalized blood from the ancient Teledden deity known as the Moon-Well Goddess. Sharroc was this material, being extensively mined in the earliest days of Elven dominion over Aloria for decoration. But with the emergence of Estelley, Sharroc lost its significance for some time. The material remained rare over the coming millennia, as even with the power of the Allorn Empire, they could not mine so extensively so as to find all veins of the material. By the Wildering, the material was shrouded in superstition and said to be capable of holding and amplifying magical energy. The Suvial in particular adored it, though it rarely reached them. When the material fell into Ailor hands in the wake of the collapse of the Allorn Empire, the eventual Regalian Empire gave it the dry, “rude” name of Sharroc after how in their opinion, it is a shard-like rock. Over the past three centuries, as the lands of the Allorn have recovered, more of the material has been excavated and has thus retained its role as a symbol of magical prowess.
Sharroc appears almost crystalline in formation and for a gemstone, it is extremely brittle and very easily broken. It universally possesses a bright, deep red coloration and is completely transparent, in some ways like glass in that respect. Additionally, it is highly vertical, with a jagged top and bottom.
Oddly enough, Sharroc has no frequent uses commonly seen in modern Aloria. While some pieces have been taken and carefully crafted into artistic works, jewelry, and more, the majority of the time the substance is left in its raw state and displayed as a status symbol for those Elves who possess it. In the ancient past, when the Allorn had access to unbelievable Magic, it is clear that the substance could be carved as some ancient Allorn ruins have demonstrations of this art form in ancient Allorn tombs. This too was thought to be an expression of status, but scattered references to the substance as a container for one's Magic upon death also exist.
As mentioned above, some citizens of the Allorn Empire seemed to believe that Sharroc could hold magical essence. Some tests done in the early 210s on a few shards of the material are thought to have proven that the gemstones cannot do this, but others point to how the Magic of modern Aloria is vastly different than the Magic of 400 short years ago.
- Sharrocs in Allorn-era tombs have sometimes been compared to Unionist canopic jars in that both protect things of great importance to the deceased.
- Carvings into Sharrocs discovered from the ancient Teledden period appear to be fairly crude and almost whimsical, with none of the refinement well known to other, later Allorn art. They are made using white lines, suggesting the use of some form of acid.