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|officialname = Ruby
|officialname = Ruby
|nicknames = Gem
|rarity = Rare
|rarity = Rare
|accessibility = Nobility
|accessibility = Nobility
The Ruby was formerly one of the most used decorative gemstones in the [[ Sariyd Empire]], the King is said to have a golden crown adorned with Rubies to symbolize the wealth of not only himself, but his nation. Following the [[ Great Storm]] , and decline of the [[ Qadir]] ’s empire, the Ruby fell out in popularity. The new [[ Songaskian]] regime continued to mine it, but it seemed to become rarer and rarer as time went on, eventually becoming a symbol of wealth in Songaskian culture. The Qadir that remain free of Songaskian control in [[ Al-Alus]] and [[ Mooriye]] have had more luck, and even use the Ruby as a form of currency in some cases due to their remote location and lack of gold and silver deposits.
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The history of the Ruby is unclear, though it is thought that the Sariyd Empire was the original discoverer of the gemstone, despite no record clearly indicating so. Those that traded with the Sariyd Empire have records of the Ruby being transferred between merchants and nobility of the nations but rarely was the gemstone traded outside of the Sariyd Empire. Following the fall of the Qadir and during the rise of the Songaskia, the Qadir that fled their home continent brought with them the gemstone that had been almost exclusively traded between Qadir until that point. The Elves and the Regalian Empire now had access to a limited supply of the decorative gem, and paid a high price for it. With the supply of Rubies now controlled by the Songaskia, it was likely the only way Rubies would exit Farah’deen were with the Qadir.
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In recent times, the Songaskia have begun to extravagantly trade the gem during times of war in order to fund their war efforts, but the rarity of the Ruby outside of the Ashanti and Hassal Songaskia’s circles remains intact. This gem is highly sought after by [[ Regalian]] nobility as it shows their absolute wealth in comparison to the lesser nobles of the regions.
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The Ruby is exclusively red in coloration. There are more common blue gems of a similar structure known as Sapphires, and by contrast their relative abundance have created a distinction that Rubies are rarer and thus held by the more affluent in comparison to Sapphires. Impurities are common in Rubies and lower the value of the gem dramatically if they are spotted, though merchants that know the difference between a pure and impure gem are few and far between. They generally tend to be Qadir, as they are the only race that detect impurities without using a special tool.
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are exclusively used for decoration, whether it be in furniture, jewelry or even on clothing. It is most commonly found on the jewelry of the affluent and in furniture found in the castles of the Regalian Emperor and the Songaskian Massya, as those are the only people with enough access to have such pieces built.
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Rubies do not have any secondary effects, though it is rumored that the Qadir are up to something involving this gem.
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Fake Rubies are commonly sold, with merchants attempting to sell off [[ Topaz]] as Rubies in order to suck more regals out of any person ignorant enough to believe them.
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The Ruby is often associated with the god Sham within the wealthier temples in the Masaya, commonly having one of the gemstones on the altars or statues within the building.
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[[category:Materials]] [[category: Gemstones]]
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Rubies are rare gemstones currently mined in two opposite areas of Aloria, Farah’deen and the Far West, by two different parties. While the Kathar of the Dread Empire keep Rubies within their economic system, never trading them directly with outside forces, the Songaskians of Farah’deen are not as thrifty with the gemstone. The vast majority of Ruby available to wider Aloria thus comes from Farah’deen. The material is mainly used for jewelry, from which a number of valuable and creative pieces have emerged for the upper classes to decorate themselves with.
Rubies are a mineral long known to Aloria and have been prominent at several points throughout its history. In ancient times, the Allorn Empire sought the gemstone out along with other valuable materials to help adorn their aristocratic populace. Unfortunately, by the end of the Consolidation, all major Ruby veins in Daen had been exhausted. This issue seemed to be resolved soon after, when Rubies were discovered in the newly colonized and rapidly developing lands of the Far West. Unfortunately, as time went on, Rubies remained rare due to the fragmentation of Altalar provinces, but also because Void Worshiping Altalar hoarded the material to decorate themselves and their creations. These practices have remained largely intact since the Cataclysm and the Dread Empire formed from the ancient provinces of the Far West continue to possess and horde vast quantities of Ruby, largely for use in jewelry for their better off citizens.
On the opposite spectrum to this are the experience of Rubies in Farah’deen. At the height of the Sariyd Empire, they were commonly worn by the aristocracy and leadership of the various cities that made up the Empire, but also by the leaders of other independent Qadir cities or factions on the continent. This association with royalty and leadership made the gems heavily sought after by the Songaskian leadership in the wake of the Great Storm. Qadir jewelry featuring Rubies was heavily confiscated by the conquerors for their own personal adornment as the Ruby mines of the Sariyd Empire had almost all been buried under mountains of sand. Today, however, new mines have been opened while a few of the old ones have been rediscovered and restored to operation as well. The Songaskian Masaya monopolizes the trade on Rubies because of this fact and because the Kathar do not interact with the outside world in any capacity conducive to acquiring materials like Rubies from them. This fact is most annoying to aristocrats across Aloria; many Ailor are forced to interact with Songaskian or Qadir traders to get their hands on the gemstone, but the rewards are often well worth it for all involved.
Rubies are colorful gemstones, ranging in color from bright red to pink shades, purple being one of the rarest varieties. The mineral requires cutting to shine or reflect light well but will always be somewhat opaque inside. The shapes they are cut into are often ovular, but sharper shapes like squares and diamonds, particularly in Kathar jewelry, are also a welcome variety.
Rubies only serve a decorative purpose, and even then it is only commonly used in jewelry such as earrings, necklaces and rings. The gemstone is most commonly paired with precious metals like Gold or Silver.
- Rubies are occasionally viewed as being able to absorb sunlight in some areas of Farah’deen, which is why Songaskian leaders seek them; to possess and use that sun energy in everyday life.
- Most Kathar scouts, particularly those among the Shenath, pawn what Ruby jewelry they have to gain funds for their activities once they reach landfall in their target area.
- Crimson Witch Kathar in particular love red Rubies as it matches the shocks of red in their hair.
HydraLana on 06/23/2019.|
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