Continuing the #My30DayWorld challenge, we’re showing one of the mythical materials found in our world. The Legacy of Ash began as a role-playing setting for us, slowly evolving into fantasy fiction as the characters and cultures we created began to take on lives of their own. We hope you’ll follow us over the next few weeks as we reveal a little more about our world and the characters who bring it to life.
This post will cover day 15. (We’re half way!) We’re doing them all on our Legacy of Ash Facebook page as well, so head over and give us a like.
4/3 What Mythical Material is Valued in Your World?
There are numerous mythical materials across Celduras, but one that has shaped empires and given rise to an entire religious belief is a rare crystal known as umbrine.
These clusters of five-sided crystals form deep in the earth and with the proper skill and enchantments can be fashioned into special scrying devices. A close examination of some “living” umbrine crystals (still attached to the cluster formation) sometimes reveals unusual images or even movement in their depths. Such crystals seem to depict random scenes, and are thought to be images of actual events captured throughout time and space. For centuries these umbrines have been studied by scholars of the Kheldr Prelacy, who meticulously document every scene in an attempt to codify and cross-reference this knowledge.
When umbrine crystals are broken off from their original formation, any image within them becomes frozen and static, like a memory trapped in amber. These rare crystals are sought after as art objects by the extraordinarily wealthy, or by sages who seek to unlock their secrets.
Some Caphaz, the nomadic riverfolk born in the labyrinthine passages of the Dreadroads, have mineral nodules growing from their skin – umbrine crystals born of their millenia of exposure to the dangerous magics of the dark depths. Caphaz are renowned in legends for their clairvoyance and fortune-telling skills, and their affinity with umbrine might be the key.
The Challenge will Continue…
Over the coming weeks, we will be posting more about Celduras and the continents that compose Calus Rukan. There is a lot more to reveal. Races, constructs, oceans, and gods. This has been day 15 (half way there!), but look out for our next set of questions.