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Latest revision as of 20:13, 14 August 2019

Achate
Achate.png
Materials
Official Name Achate
Common Nicknames Ice’n’Fire Stone, Frostbitten Fire
Proficiency Requires 5 points in Metallurgy Arts
Origin Ellador
Uses Decorative
Rarity Common
Accessibility All Classes

Achate is a very plentiful stone in Ellador, and is as such found quite commonly in the homes of Velheim tribes, especially those located near smaller rivers. The stone easily stands out from its surroundings due to its dull reddish to orange color, with largely contrasting white swirls that seem almost drawn on top. It’s often used in Velheim jewelry and is exclusively mined in Ellador. Recently, interest in the gem has sharply declined, which makes it of interest solely to the Velheim artisans of Aloria.

History

Achate has been a mineral long associated with the Velheim Ailor of Aloria. It is not known when the stone was first discovered, but artifacts recovered from abandoned towns at the time of the Cataclysm show it may have been first mined briefly after the Velheim reached Ellador. Despite it being on Ellador, it’s location within surface rivers means that the normally mineral knowledge-rich Dwarves didn’t learn of the substance until well after the Cataclysm. Achate soon became a popular material for artists and artisans in Ellador while others in the North Belt also grew to appreciate it due to its accessibility. Unfortunately, much of the Regalian Empire found a distaste of the mineral after their long conflict with the Skagger Horde and general distrust of the “savage” Velheim people. It was never popular in the wider Regalian Empire, and has recently suffered a series of issues that decrease its possible use. First, the Isldar invasion to control all of Ellador, which was followed shortly by the Burning of the North that saw the collapse of several additional Velheim trade routes and a reduction in the demand for the mineral. Now, Velheim merchants have been forced to raise the price on this simple stone and this has lowered its interest to mainly just Velheim artisans.

Characteristics

Appearance

Achate is a dull reddish to orange colored stone, with white swirls decorating the stone’s top contrasting the warm colors. It is also very smooth and easy to manipulate.

General Uses

Achate has one main use, decoration. The material is commonly found in Velheim jewelry, as well as art, either carved in small statuettes or complimenting a larger work of wood or another type of stone.

Trivia

  • The only Imperial structure to feature Achate was the Imperial Palace, where a trio of busts honored the past three Emperors (Alexander I, Justinian II and Justinian I). Unfortunately, the explosion at the Palace in 305 AC has presumably destroyed these busts.
  • The Oldt Fayth traditions of Ellador tell that Achate came about when a minor god of fire endlessly pursued Vinella, the Goddess of Winter, in futile romance. She finally turned around and her cold gaze instantly froze his flames, which explains the white patterns on the surface of the fire-colored stone.
  • A darker version of the same tale says she froze him solid, instead of just his flames, causing his body to fall to the ground, shattering before she used the winter winds to push the shards away from her and across the land, resulting in the many rivers which hold the material.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Artists None
Processors LumosJared
Last Editor Jared4242 on 08/14/2019.

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