|Common Nicknames||Femmerite, Rosium, Woman’s Rock|
Flowerite is a relatively rare material that comes in a vibrant pink color; ranging from hot pink to mellow peach, with small swirls of black swirling throughout it. Flowerite has been popular in Ithania for centuries, going back to the time of the Varran Empire. In the modern day, the stone is often used in jewelry and as decorations on furniture. It is also seen as a very feminine material due to its coloration and relation to the musical arts as when hit with metal, it produces a ringing sound. It is also not uncommon for astrologists or eccentric professors to believe the rock is connected with the female gender. Within the last decade, there have been rumors of Flowerite deposits being found in Daendroc, but for now, the metal remains rare and exclusive to Ithania.
In times of old, the Varran Empire supposedly wielded a luxurious metal with jaw-dropping properties. Flowerite, as it was called, was discovered before the Cataclysm and used as an advanced parlor material for high-class entertainment and event showings. Unfortunately, the devastation of their conflict with the Altalar ended this practice, at least for them. Instead, the Altalar in the region came to take the mineral and expand it's uses. Few of these fantastical rumored uses survive into the modern day as the Altalar quickly grew bored of them as a fad, and what records that possibly do contain them have yet to be discovered. Following the Cataclysm, after Ithania freed itself from the Imperial rule of the Altalar, Flowerite’s popularity with the regional nobility extended to the Ailor who now also dominated politics. With the rise of the arts in Ithania, Flowerite’s natural ability to ring helped musicians greatly and came to be viewed as an important feminine symbol in the region. Today, this importance continues in Ithania and various Ithanian-influenced territories of the Regalian Empire. Some scholars have even gone on to call it the Woman’s Rock in the mineral and astrological worlds. Within the last decade, reports have come in of small deposits of the metal supposedly located within Daendroc, but in hostile terrain. Given how much Ithanians prize the material though, it is inevitable that someone will reach it, mine it, and sell it to the peaceful people of Ithania.
Flowerite appears in its raw state as an opaque but richly pink colored stone. It is colored in a wild mix of hot pink, red, violet purple, and mellow peach, with small swirls of black and yellow throughout the formation.
Flowerite has several uses, the first of which is functioning as a decorative feature in furniture. Its second use is in jewelry, particularly female jewelry, where it often appears carved into the shape of flowers. The final use is in musical devices, mainly bells and a certain device called an Attention Rod. This metal device is designed to strike a held piece of Flowerite and cause it to ring, calling a choir and audience’s attention or a class of music students.
Flowerite has the unique ability to produce a very particular ringing sound when struck with a metal object. The sound is often closest to middle C in the operatic system of vocal classification. Hitting it with anything else, such as a nail or wood, will only produce a weak and warbled sound that has no measure on the scale above.
- A Flowerite bell was carved in 200 AC and was said to represent the purity of the Ithanian people found around it. When a consort to the Princess of the Hivre was determined to be having an affair outside his own relationship with the Princess in 231 AC, the artist’s son cracked the bell to symbolize the broken purity. The Purity Bell is now a site of prayer for Unionist men and some women that their own purity may not be broken.
- In contrast to the bell used in Ithania, another bell of Flowerite laced in casted bone decorations served as an aesthetically dreadful device used by the Kathar military during incursions, to plant unresolved tension in the ears of an opposing army., or to disrupt battle bards and drummers to demotivate an opposing army. This occurred on a natural and unmagical level and how the Kathar obtained the metal on a decent scale, is unknown.
- Some wonder if Flowerite shares any similarity with the Song Flower of Fendarfelle, a crystalline flower which also produces tones and sounds.
- Some believe that in addition to their advanced technology around machinery, the Varran Empire used Flowerite to produce powerful sound-based weapons Pre-Cataclysm, hinted at by the recovered recordings found by scholars and archaeologists.
- When used in weaponry, the metal only wields an aesthetic effect of swirling colors and small minute dust clouds of sparkling lights, though its dust clouds don’t produce the light; they simply reflect light already in the area. One popular use is in the whips used in Ithania by female executors and torturers, serving as not only a lash to the body, but a colorful lash to the pride.