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Dragoncite is the rarest mineral in Aloria, narrowly beating out the space-metal Starris to the punch. Its history is vague and mysterious, which has prompted much speculation as to its origin. To Dragon Worshippers, however, the answer is clear and it has earned the nickname of “Dragon Tears”. The crystal appears in a teardrop shape with a fiery coloration and despite its rarity, is known to be able to be used as a powerful flare and an ingredient in a simple fire-resistant varnish. All other applications threaten to ignite the mineral into a hot red fire. Unless something drastically changes in Aloria, it is likely that these crystals will only continue to get rarer and rarer with every passing century.
Dragoncite has a hazy and uncertain history, dating back centuries. Some claim the mineral is even older and cite its possible presence in Seraph carvings and wall art. The first conclusive evidence of the stone appears in the early Allorn Empire as a collection of rare stones given as gifts by the first Allorn Empress Talea to her children. It is not clear if there were enough pieces of Dragoncite for each of them or if they only went to the major princesses, but nonetheless, the material was described as a gift to her children on her 340th birthday. For the next three millennia, Dragoncite was occasionally mentioned in the records of the Allorn Empire as a rare crystal with no source. Though with the rise of the Sariyd Empire in the east, there came more reports of Dragoncite among its ruling classes. The Qadir were the first to believe the material came from Dragons, with their polytheistic religions claiming in multiple myths that the material was created by the only Black Desert Dragon to ever cry, Ullumah-Dol, when her tears hit the sand. What made her cry was enormously varied based on the different faiths.
By the time of the Cataclysm, Dragoncite was out of the public eye and kept locked away in the vaults of the wealthy and powerful of both the Allorn and Sariyd Empires. Following the devastating world event however, there were a rash of thefts in Altalar lands which many suspect were perpetrated by Kathar. As a result, Dragoncite might have faded into myth, a product of pre-Cataclysm magical obsession or miscommunication, if the Songaskia hadn’t come into being. Pushing into former Qadir territory, the material was wordlessly seized along with countless other treasures. Unlike other riches and jewels though, the material was locked away with Dragon remains, further adding to the beliefs of the Qadir that the material was tied to Dragons. As for the Ailor world, confirmation of the material’s existence came late in 190 AC, when a merchant in Regalia found a haggard stowaway of unknown Race aboard his ship. Said to possess strange eyes with a hooded, cloaked body hiding all other features, the young man got away but in the ensuing chase as he escaped, dropped what was ultimately determined as a piece of Dragoncite in 193 AC. There has been only one other public report of Dragoncite since 190 AC, that being a piece that was supposedly gifted from an unknown party at the birthday celebration of lexander I of the Regalian Empire in 304 AC. Since that time, no other piece of Dragoncite has been seen but given the massive time gap between the two sightings, it might be another century before another appears.
Dragoncite exclusively occurs as a tear-dropped shaped crystal, with some known for a slight curve in the thin part of the tear. It possesses a range of colorations, from bright red to faint orange that appears swirled inside of the crystal.
Despite the rarity of Dragoncite, the time they existed during the era of the Allorn Empire has provided limited records of their two uses. The first occurs when the crystal is crushed, which results in a sudden burn of deep crimson fire, though it is said to burn so hot at first, it goes from purple to blue and then to red. This extremely hot blaze lasts for anywhere between two to three days before abruptly fizzling out. The second use is that the remaining small shards of the broken crystal (referred to as Dragoncite Dust in Elven records) survive the heat and when combined with water, produce a fire-resistant varnish. There are no further known uses of Dragoncite as- despite being a crystal- other materials that come into contact with the gem cause it to quickly heat and flash red until the offending substance is removed. If it is not, the substance explodes into flames just like the previously mentioned effect. The substance is also primarily a religious object for Dragon Worshipers like the Songaskia, who likely possess the largest amount of the substance. No other Race who worships Dragons is known to possess any, which have had some wonder if it truly is born from Dragons, as no Sihai have ever spoken of such a material despite their several millennia of existence with the Loong Dragons.
Dragoncite possesses the ability to start fires but only after it is crushed. It is also able to illuminate, but this is also only after it has been destroyed.
- Some estimate that there are at most a dozen pieces of Dragoncite left in the world.
- In one of the aforementioned Elven experiments with the substance, a piece of Dragoncite was broken underwater, where it burned for the same amount of time. This experiment is felt by many to be proof that the crystal is magical in origin.