THE GEODE MINERAL ("EARTHEGG", "WORLDSTONE", "ROCKTURD")

APPEARANCE - PRODUCTION - USAGES - HISTORY/ORIGIN
- MYTH/LORE

Geodes, also known as "Eartheggs" or "Worldstones" to the elves, and "Rockturds" to the orcs, are small plain looking rocks, which are filled inside with crystals of various size and colour. While having many magical uses, they are valued most often for their incredible beauty. The Geode reminds us that no matter how humble or base something or someone appears, the Gods have provided a hidden beauty for those who will take the time and effort to look.

Appearance. Geodes are the best proof of the old adage, "You can't judge a book by its cover". From the outside, a Geode looks like an ordinary, slightly ugly rock. Rounded in shape, geodes have an irregular surface of limestone, or some similar sedimentary or occasionally volcanic rock. It's not until you break one open that you find their true worth. As you open one up, you will see hundreds of tiny crystals covering the whole of the inside surface, each pointing inwards to a hollow center. Each Geode is set in one colour, with every crystal being a shade of that colour. Lavender and pink are most common, though just about any colour is possible.

The crystals themselves can be amethyst, quartz, or any other type of crystal found in Caelereth, although there have been no authenticated cases of diamond Geodes. It is said that in areas touched by great evil you can find geodes with quartz crystals of pure midnight. The archivists who created this entry do not believe that evil creates these Geodes. Rather it is believed that, like as quarts will turn dark or cloudy when worn by one of evil intent, so great magic used for an evil purpose will cause all crystals geodes nearby to turn black or crimson.

While most Geodes are smaller than your fist, there is no actual limit to the size they can be. It is said that some of the great dwarven kingdoms of yore had as their throne rooms giant underground Geodes. Sadly, no humans have seen such in living memory. If any still exist, they are a closely guarded secret of the dwarves. Among humans one of the largest geodes of recent record, the "Xythria Geode" which had crystals two palmsbredths long, was destroyed when criminals came by night, broke all of the crystals and took them off, presumably for sale to the nearest dealer in stolen goods.
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Production. Geodes can be found in rocky places all over Santharia, most notably in the foothills of the Kairian Teeth as they reach toward the sea. There they are searched out and sold by the Gnorian Gnomes. Because the geology there already runs to rounded rocks, and because from the outside they appear the same as normal rocks, it is almost impossible to tell a prize Geode from a worthless lump of rock by looking at the outside, searching by ordinary people is at best a hobby.

Those gnomes who make a living finding them as well as rock forms of creatures similar to those in the Noarian Caves encountered by Fridive Alav (see "The Philosophie of Molluscs") are called "rockhounds" for their ability to apparently "sniff out" those rocks with an interresting or valuable interior. In reality, a better word would be "rockbats". A rockhound taps a prospective rock with his small pick, and listens to the sound it makes with a highly trained ear which can tell if it's hollow, and what the composition is.

Geodes may also be found in the valley between the Xythrian Ridge and the forest of Almatrar. There they exist as a Royal Preserve. One of those established, along with several others set aside for the enjoyment of the populace, inspiration of artists by King Erachrin, who was the second king during the "Golden Age of Kings", and who contributed to many areas of culture. Individuals or groups may come and hunt them for pleasure, and indeed it is a common occurrence for families with young children to be seen there, but none may take them with commercial intent.

As our greatest source of information about geodes comes from the Gnorian Gnomes, the prevalence and locations of geodes outside of Sarvonia is relatively unknown at this time. This is most likely also due to an apparent lack of the information necessary to find them by people outside of the Gnorian Gnomes.
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Usages. The Geode has several uses besides being beautiful and decorative. Many apprentice magicians use them as reagents in their spells. Geodes can confer some of the strength of the earth. Some mages use them as stores for magical energy, which can be called on when an energy-intensive spell is used, or to revive themselves after a gruelling day of magery. Some magical swordsmiths have used them as holding places for unwanted impurities, or as transfer points in the mixing of different materials to create stronger, lighter metals such as steel.
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History/Origin. The discovery of the first geode is lost to us in the mists of time. It is said that some of the archmages of yore, "created unto themselves houses of stone, round as a ball, yet filled every whit inside with crystals of great size and power. In these they would sit, and frome these their powers would reach unto all that they had thus created." These stories probably speak of some of the mages from the War of the Chosen, when the greatest of all workers of magic fought one another. They continue to speak of an unnamed Earth mage whose Geode was buried by shifting earth during a great battle. They say that the magic of his dwelling keeps him alive but sleeping, and that he awaits the day when some unwary person uncovers him and releases him to try again for rule of the world. The archivists, based on their understanding of human nature and the serendipitous workings of fate, suspect that Geodes were first discovered by a man with a hammer, beating rocks in an attempt to work off a furious rage. Return to the top

Myth/Lore. Geodes have about as many explanations as peoples who have encountered them:

Note: The archivists who prepared this entry would like to thank the many people who answered questions, or provided information. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 5th Rising Sun 1669 a.S.

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