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|officialname = Amberite
|nicknames = Shiny Gem
|nicknames = Desert Blood
|origin = Farah’deen
|origin = [[Farah’deen]]
|uses = Decoration
|proficiency = Requires 5 points in [[Finecraft Arts]]
|rarity = Very Rare
|uses = Decorative
|accessibility = High Nobility
|rarity = Uncommon
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The rarest gem to be found in the harsh lands of [[Farah’deen]]; Amberite is a beautiful, decorative gem that is notoriously hard to cut and mold. While the [[Songaskia]] are the only ones known to mine the gem, the [[Qadir]] are largely responsible for transforming it from its rough state when mined to the shining decorative gem that is commonly found in the houses of the upper crusts of Ashanti nobility. Some say that the gem is so valued in Songaskian society that wars have been fought over the material.
Amberite is a unique mineral found only beneath the sands of [[Farah’deen]]. Orange to orange-yellow in color, the [[Songaskia]] hail it as petrified sunlight while others point out its origin as likely being from plants that existed before the [[Great Storm]] rendered many lush areas barren. However, the Songaskia ignore this fact in favor of their own conclusions and so it is a common material in jewelry of the draconic [[Race]].  


==History==
==History==
The earliest records of Amberite come from the completion of the first Massya’s castle after the [[Great Storm]], and the subsequent conquering of formerly Qadir-held lands. It is unknown where this first gem came from. Though, it said that a Songaskia nobleman tripped over a rock, revealing the gem under it. Shortly following its discovery, word spread across the deserts of its beuty, and the scramble for other wealthy Songaskia to obtain the gemstone was almost considered a crisis in the fledgling Masaya. As the wealthy opened mines in hopes of finding the rare gem, other, more important parts of the mineral economy struggled to compensate.
Amberite is a recent substance only discovered within the last century and a half. Its origin story comes from only one source and thus is still not clear. While Farah’deen has long been an arid and generally dry region, it was once more lush in several areas. Refreshing rivers emerging from their great mountain ranges helped to form fertile, albeit temperamental plains, small lakes and even examples of large-scale vegetation, particularly in valleys. These places were often inhabited by the [[Qadir]] in their ancient times, though as their cities expanded, oases in the surrounding deserts and coastal settlements grew in importance. Then, the Great Storm struck, and many of these lush regions were ripped barren. Scholars theorize that Amberite originated in these lush regions.  They are thought to be a byproduct of unique regional plants long extinct that were blasted and buried under many tons of sand, turning them into the orange-yellow substance uncovered by the Songaskia shortly after their conquest of the ruined [[Sariyd Empire]]. Their evidence for this is that while the material is sturdy, it can be melted easily like some variety of wax. In addition to this, the substance also holds fragments of insects and plants, which can only be a result of a sudden creation in an organic environment. Ignoring such a complex background, the Songaskia have declared the substance to be solidified sunlight and there is a further insinuation that it was formed specifically from sunlight that the Qadir were somehow holding capture or containing, which is an affront against the natural world. For that reason, it is heavily revered in Songaskian society, used by individuals up and down the social ladder and rarely by a trader beyond the continent’s sandy shores.  
 
After the initial boom in mining settled down, and what was thought to be the last of the material gathered, it was used by the Songaskia as a symbol of wealth and power. Legends tell that one whom obtains the gemstone is chosen by Sham itself. Now, the gem is cut by Qadir and owned mostly by wealthy Songaskia in the upper crust of the Ashanti and Hassal. Within other parts of the world, it is not common to find the gem, as the Songaskian nobility are very protective and controlling of the gem’s supply.


==Characteristics==
==Characteristics==
===Appearance===
===Appearance===
Amberite is a brittle, dainty gem that is semi-translucent and bright yellow in coloration. Some people believe it to glow yellow in the dark, though this is solely as a result of light reflecting through its shimmery surface. Light that passes through the gemstone is intensified tenfold, and rumors state that the Massya once used an Amberite shard to blind traitors.
Amberite is a smooth and blobbish orange to orange-yellow substance when found in its natural state. It is generally transparent, but some caches are known to be “impure”, either due to swirls of a beige color that deadens its translucency or due to the presence of petrified plants and small animals. Such impurities are often carved out of the clearest, most richly colored samples of Amberite and passed down to the lower classes.  
 
===General Uses===
===General Uses===
Despite being a rather rare and precious gemstone among the Songaskia, it is rarely used in jewelry due to how difficult it is to cut into smaller sizes. Most of the Songaskia that buy the raw version of Amberite fail in their pursuit of getting it cut, because the Qadir either steal the Amberite for themselves, or cause the gem to shatter when they cut it, making it worthless. The most common use of the material is in furniture such as mantles and fireplaces, where it is displayed as the centerpiece of the room.
Amberite has only two real uses, the first being jewelry. Due to its connections to sunlight, Amberite is often seen as second to only [[Solacrox]] in terms of appealing gemstones. It is also not as rare as Solacrox, meaning that a wider part of the population can wear it, often in bangles and necklaces of the substance, though some will set it as a lesser stone around a piece of Solacrox. The other use of the material is as a form of incense, as when burned, or rather melted under constant but low heat, Amberite liquifies and lets off a musky aroma sometimes used by Songaskian men. The resulting oil is also taken and turned into expensive perfumes.
 
===Abilities===
The gem has the ability to make light that passes through it intensify tenfold. This has caused some incidents in which people have been blinded by looking directly at the gem when light passes through it. Though, when one side is covered or obstructed, this effect is cancelled.


==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*Some individuals believe that the gemstone was created as a gift from the Seraph, who left it for the Songaskia to eventually find once the Qadir were all but eradicated from Farah’deen.
*The largest piece of Amberite uncovered to date is a one foot by one foot “bubble” of the gemstone in which held a slightly curled Desert Mouse. It was not cut into and was instead taken by Songaskian scholars from the pearl city of Moptoii.
*An entire room of Amberite was once crafted at the request of a particularly wealthy Songaskian noble. and might still be there to this day had the precious space not gotten lost during transit to the noble’s new home a decade later.
*The perfumes made from Amberite were somewhat of a fad in the nobility of the [[Regalian Empire]] in the years prior to the [[First Songaskian War]] and [[Second Songaskian War]]. The foreign interest in such a substance has waned, but as has its production in the wake of both those conflicts.
 
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[[category:Materials]] [[category:Gemstones]]
[[category:Materials]] [[category: Gemstones]]

Latest revision as of 14:23, 25 October 2021

Amberite
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Materials
Official Name Amberite
Common Nicknames Desert Blood
Proficiency Requires 5 points in Finecraft Arts
Origin Farah’deen
Uses Decorative
Rarity Uncommon
Accessibility Commoner

Amberite is a unique mineral found only beneath the sands of Farah’deen. Orange to orange-yellow in color, the Songaskia hail it as petrified sunlight while others point out its origin as likely being from plants that existed before the Great Storm rendered many lush areas barren. However, the Songaskia ignore this fact in favor of their own conclusions and so it is a common material in jewelry of the draconic Race.

History

Amberite is a recent substance only discovered within the last century and a half. Its origin story comes from only one source and thus is still not clear. While Farah’deen has long been an arid and generally dry region, it was once more lush in several areas. Refreshing rivers emerging from their great mountain ranges helped to form fertile, albeit temperamental plains, small lakes and even examples of large-scale vegetation, particularly in valleys. These places were often inhabited by the Qadir in their ancient times, though as their cities expanded, oases in the surrounding deserts and coastal settlements grew in importance. Then, the Great Storm struck, and many of these lush regions were ripped barren. Scholars theorize that Amberite originated in these lush regions. They are thought to be a byproduct of unique regional plants long extinct that were blasted and buried under many tons of sand, turning them into the orange-yellow substance uncovered by the Songaskia shortly after their conquest of the ruined Sariyd Empire. Their evidence for this is that while the material is sturdy, it can be melted easily like some variety of wax. In addition to this, the substance also holds fragments of insects and plants, which can only be a result of a sudden creation in an organic environment. Ignoring such a complex background, the Songaskia have declared the substance to be solidified sunlight and there is a further insinuation that it was formed specifically from sunlight that the Qadir were somehow holding capture or containing, which is an affront against the natural world. For that reason, it is heavily revered in Songaskian society, used by individuals up and down the social ladder and rarely by a trader beyond the continent’s sandy shores.

Characteristics

Appearance

Amberite is a smooth and blobbish orange to orange-yellow substance when found in its natural state. It is generally transparent, but some caches are known to be “impure”, either due to swirls of a beige color that deadens its translucency or due to the presence of petrified plants and small animals. Such impurities are often carved out of the clearest, most richly colored samples of Amberite and passed down to the lower classes.

General Uses

Amberite has only two real uses, the first being jewelry. Due to its connections to sunlight, Amberite is often seen as second to only Solacrox in terms of appealing gemstones. It is also not as rare as Solacrox, meaning that a wider part of the population can wear it, often in bangles and necklaces of the substance, though some will set it as a lesser stone around a piece of Solacrox. The other use of the material is as a form of incense, as when burned, or rather melted under constant but low heat, Amberite liquifies and lets off a musky aroma sometimes used by Songaskian men. The resulting oil is also taken and turned into expensive perfumes.

Trivia

  • The largest piece of Amberite uncovered to date is a one foot by one foot “bubble” of the gemstone in which held a slightly curled Desert Mouse. It was not cut into and was instead taken by Songaskian scholars from the pearl city of Moptoii.
  • The perfumes made from Amberite were somewhat of a fad in the nobility of the Regalian Empire in the years prior to the First Songaskian War and Second Songaskian War. The foreign interest in such a substance has waned, but as has its production in the wake of both those conflicts.

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Writers HydraLana
Processors WaterDruppel, LumosJared
Last Editor HydraLana on 10/25/2021.

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