The spice commonly known as Ash-Salt is a cheap and easy-to-get alternative to the normally used iodised salt, also known as table salt. The Ash-Salt got its name from the usual light- to dark-grey colour that it holds. The low price of Ash-Salts in comparison to the mentioned table salt is the fact that they are far more flavorless. One handful of the common table salt matches a good half a pygge of Ash-Salts.
Ash-Salt crystals can be found in chunks of a weight of up to 2 pygges, and as
said, mainly in volcanic areas. Those chunks are often revealed after
earthquakes of all degrees, which are not rare in such areas. They will often be
within newly opened gaps in the volcanic ground and can easily be chopped off
with a small hammer or hatchet. But they can also by mined for as well. After
grinding small chunks of Ash-Salts, just like other kinds of salts, they can be
used to spice up meals.
There are no clearly defined different types of ash-salts, though they are judged by their colour. The darker the salt, the stronger the taste. From time to time one might come across very light Ash-Salts in certain regions, almost white in colour. Although these have practically no taste, certain substaces of content are what makes these salts interesting. They are most commonly used for healing sicknesses of the body like dyarrhea and heavy headaches.
Territory. Ash-Salts can usually be found in all volcanic areas, such as the Celeste Mountains in Northern Sarvonia, the Heath of Jernais in the south near the Hčckra and the Norong'Sorno in the western Raház-Dáth area. In general the rule applies: the farther south you get, the lighter in colour the salts are that you find.
Usages. You can often find wanderers that carry small bags and pouches with them, filled up with dark Ash-Salts. Within these filled pouches one may find small pieces of meat, conserved by the cheap spice, which makes a good trail ration. The light salts, however, are used for reasons of healing, as already mentioned before.
Information provided by Bran Stahlfang