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Latest revision as of 23:12, 22 March 2020

Holy Stones
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Materials
Official Name Hallowed Stone & Purestone
Origin Ailor
Uses Protecting Churches and places of importance
Rarity Very Rare
Accessibility Progression Only for specific groups

With the development of Puretek and the recent revelation of Witchblood’s potential threat to the Regalian Empire, Magestone proved quickly ineffective in managing the abilities of those who draw on Planar, or Binral Essence. Even the Church’s long utilized and constructed Hallowed Stone, which has existed since the founding of Unionism, had no effect on the presence and abilities of Witchbloods and others who draw on Primal Power. The Purists of Saint Belliard’s solution to the failing of these two cornerstones led to the creation of Purestone, a particularly potent dampening stone. The steep cost, both monetary and assumed (for they refuse to speak of it), caused Purestone to only exist in a handful of places around the Regalian Archipelago. Hallowed Stone, meanwhile, continues to be produced by the Unionist Church, who gift (or sell) it to Churches to keep Abberants and the tainted away from their most holy spaces. Trouble with the secretive production process of Purestone means that the prospect of any more being made is slim, however Hallowed Stone remains a highly sought after substance by anyone who would construct a church or place of worship in these troubled times.

History of Purestone

Purestone was developed in tandem with Puretek by the Purists of Saint Belliard around 306 AC. It did not see installation until early 308 AC, however, and only in a handful of specific areas. The Purists initially sought to improve upon the concept of Hallowed Stone, building large fortresses and sanctums from it, allowing them to be securely protected from dangerous Aberrants, willing (or unwilling) servants of the Dragons, and other accursed creatures. They spoke openly and freely of their plans to build a Sanctuary for Humans, but the presence of Purestone as the catalyst for it was only vaguely understood by outsiders to the Guild. Little is known about the process of its creation, only that the Imperial Palace was closely involved, and that it also utilized a closely guarded Unionist Relic. What is known from rumors is that its construction is an extremely costly and laborious process. Any Noble or Scholar who is particularly conspiratorial (or critical of the Purists) is usually quick to allude to a cost to create the stone that borders on immoral, suggesting occult rituals and loss of life to create a powerful stone capable of quelling even the Essence of Aloria. Any such assumptions are vehemently, and even violently, denied by the Purists and their constituents, so the idea is rarely spoken of outside of trusted circles, especially since there is no proof of such. Though the exact timeline of its creation is unknown outside of the order, scholars and informants have deduced that, most likely, while Puretek was entering testing, Purestone’s creation was still entirely hypothetical. Regardless of the delays and roadblocks in its inception, the Purists worked diligently towards their goal: to create a stone for construction capable of even sapping the powers from Witchbloods and the rare Primal Mages alike.

The Purists have spoken little of its sale and construction, only saying as much to immediately deny any request to purchase more to this very day. Though they may happily supply Puretek to loyal and devout Noble families and houses, the conversation with their craftsman ends the moment Purestone is suggested. It can only be safely assumed that the price of its creation is astronomical, far beyond even what the most wealthy houses can afford, or that it utilized an object or resource they are no longer capable of accessing. If the latter is true, however, the Purists would never admit such, due to the proverbial power its mere existence holds over their enemies. The Purists will only speak of Purestone to the Imperial Palace and managers of Greygate, and even then it is only to assure it is still functioning and take measurements and notes. Since it would have been too costly, and possibly damaging to the stone to install it into another building to test its effects first, the Purestone in Greygate was placed there directly by the Purists once it was complete. Thus Greygate serves as its trial run, as the presumed small amount they have left is installed into other critical fortified points around the Archipelago. Its installation into such closely-guarded areas have caused an improvement in morale as the sanctity of those spaces are assured against Abberant’s abilities.

History of Hallowed Stone

Hallowed Stone has existed long before even the Purists of Saint Belliard, with dated records of its presence at the founding of Unionism, being a part of some of its earliest churches and places of worship. The Church, specifically the Forges of Basta, have managed its construction and distribution since that time. In spite of its construction by the Church, it is not known publicly for certain when, or why, it was initially created, in spite of its obvious usage now. Nor is it completely understood how it functions, as the nature of the Basta Forges prevents any information about it from leaving their midst. The only instructions given to the small amounts sold are to keep it reserved for only the most holy and cloistered sections of the church or chapel.

Hallowed Stone remains a cornerstone of Church practice and structure, even with the split nature of Unionist Churches in modern times. Its ability to ward off Void and Exist aberrations, but not those of Primal Essence, pleases even the outliers such as the Vuldragon Hegemony. Though few are capable of acquiring it, as while its process of construction is understood by the church, it is still lengthy and time consuming, leading to only small amounts produced each year for acquisition. It is often one of the first components secured for building when a new Chapel or Church is planned, and is similarly one of the first things Inquisitions and Crusaders attempted to plunder when raiding failed or heretical churches, or whoever they deemed unworthy of it. Though many have tried to learn its construction method for their own use throughout the years, the Church has maintained its secrecy well, and is to this day the only source of new Hallowed Stone. Today, the Churches that do have Hallowed Stone sanctums reserve it for the prayer of the most pure and devout, seeking desperately to keep the unworthy away from their relics and places of worship.

Locations & Effects

See the Abilities Page for the specifics of how Purestone and Hallowed Stone effects Aberrants. Some Special Permissions may interact differently with Purestone, such as the case of Conditional Abilities that will still trigger even in the presence of it. Please consult Lore Staff for any specific clarifications on these rare cases.

Stone Type Locations Acquisition Effects
Purestone Greygate N/A All Abilities, except Racial Abilities
Hallowed Stone Churches Progression orders, for Churches Only Touched Abberants and Above

Trivia

  • Hallowed Stone is a cornerstone of Ailor folk-tale. The most common story involves a few virtuous Ailor in a church hiding within it during a Vampiric attack, refusing to be lured away from it, until they are saved by a group of Darkwalds.
  • While Purestone is rarer and more potent, Hallowed Stone is notable for its ability to entirely ward off Arken and Undead, who burst into flames if exposed to it.
  • Though many Nobles and Synod members may try, neither Hallowed Stone nor Purestone is capable of being carried and around and utilized to their full potential. Though no-one understands exactly why this is.

Accreditation
Writers Birdsfoot violet
Processors FireFan96, AlphaInsomnia, HydraLana
Last Editor Birdsfoot violet on 03/22/2020.

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