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Title: Sungems (MezkhirrilErons)
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 18 April 2004, 13:22:00
I've been going through a lot of the God/Goddess entries lately, and I came across the Sungems. I did a search and found that they were no where else on the site! So, I decided to do an entry on them.

I hope Mommy-Judith will come look!

Sungems (MezkhirrilErons)

Overview: The sungems are three ancient jewels that mark their origins back to the creation of Caelereth. They were believed to be a gift from the Sun God Foiros to Urtengor, God of the Forge. Their light and power allow plants to grow even in the darkest of places. These three stones, however, were lost long ago, and non know where they currently reside.

Description: The term “gems” might mislead people into thinking these artifacts are small, but indeed, they were not. They were shaped like orbs with a diameter of nearly 1 ½ palmspans. Those records that mention these gems note them as having the feel of smooth glass, but also seem to be completely indestructible. Some wonder if perhaps the gems were enchanted somehow, or otherwise affected by magic, which others believe that this quality came to the gems when Urtengor (called Trum-Baroll by the Dwarves) touched them. Dwarven mages report that, though the stones held a high percentage of fire cár’áll, the percentage was almost matched by the amount of Earth cár’áll. In any case, the sungems were known for being hard and rather heavy.

The sungems are said to “blaze like the eyes of Foiros.” The light emitted from them was blinding, able to light even the darkest caverns with immense light. This light, however, could only sustain itself for approximately 13 hours before it began to fade out, eventually going out in the course of a few hours. It is said to have required about 8 to 10 hours of darkness to replenish itself before it slowly began to gather brightness.

The globes, when alight, were known for being exceedingly hot. Those dwarven tribes that housed the sungems had a difficult task in figuring out how to effectively hand he sungems from the ceiling. Most metals would melt under the intense heat the sungem released, but after numerous attempts with different metals, they eventually developed a strong alloy that, though unsuitable for armor and weapon manufacturing. Would be able to take the heat of the orbs. These creative holders, often referred to as “gem cradles,” are still kept by the dwarven tribes that kept the sunstones in their possession, and holders have even been found in the area where the Ylossian tribes once resided. Many gem cradles are often intricately decorated with dwarven runes. The stylized strips of metal containing the sungems are often creatively designed, sometimes coiling around the sides. In any case, these gem cradles were, themselves, a piece of art.

Magical Workings: The magical workings of the globes are proclaimed by many mages as being quite remarkable. The sungems apparently possessed the power to directly alter its own cár’áll and Xeuá connections, a task that even mages have difficulty with at times. After each lighted sequence, the gems take in energy from surrounding light sources, typically candle sand torches, which prove to be the best means of gaining back lost energy. After puling together enough energy, the sungem, without the aid of any outside forces, could unite the Fire Oún in it’s cár’áll and strengthen the Xeuá links between then, turning these links from Ahm into Soór. In this way, the spheres are able to brightly light darkened caverns. When the energy fades out, the Soór links turn to Ahm and the Fire oún separate, plunging the lighted area into darkness once more.

Usages: The sungems were a gift from Utengor, also called Trum-Baroll, to his dawrven children so that they could still grow plants despite the darkness of the caves. These globes were able to, even in the great blackish caverns and tunnels where it seemed nothing but moss and algae could grow, produce enough light so that plants and flowers could be take from the surface and planted in a communal garden under the surface. The light the globes produced was almost equal to that of the sun, and it’s pattern of going off and on mimicked the days and nights above the surface.

But light was not the only think the globes produced. The caverns can be quite chilled, surrounded on all sides with hard, damp stone. This being so, the heat that the globe produced brought comfort to not only the plants that had been brought down from the surface to brighten the caverns, but also the dwarven residence themselves. The sungems, in this way, not only brightened the dwarven caverns, but also the dwarven spritis.

Still, there is something magical and powerful about the sungems. It produces light and heat as though Foiros had carved a piece of his own flesh from his firey skin and contained it within a globe, but some believed that perhaps even the fair Goddess Jeyriall must have blessed it, for the sungem seems to almost be a symbol of growth. It helped plants to grow, even flourish, in a place they usually would not, but animals that crept under the surface, and even dwarven children themselves seemed to grow stronger and healthier, with stronger beards and brighter eyes. Whether this power is real or just a piece of imagination is unknown.

History: Without factoring in the influence of the Gods and the popular belief that these gems were a gift to Urtengor from Foiros, it is hard to know who created these gems, and what they created them for. The leading researchers have guessed that these sungems may have been created long ago during the great War of the Chosen. The myth, these researcher conjecture, may have initially started from a gift from a great Fire Mage giving to his ally, an Earth mage, the gift of fire and light. Since most great Earth magi were of the dwarven race, and still are, it is likely that this dwarf gave his gift to his tribe. This would explain how the orb got into the hands of the dwarves.

At least one of the sungems, maybe two, belonged to the Ylossian, one sungem to each settlement – the Dawi’Amkort and the Daln'Grang. When the dark elves attacked from the Hovel Frond Forest in ca. 10.490 b.S, it is believed that the sungems were lost. Some wonder of one of the sungems might have been taken by the dark elves, but this idea is refuted, given the dark elves abhor light. Most believe that this gem was lost in the depth of the tunnel and later buried after the Ximax magi were told to destroy part of the tunnels after the Troll War, 488 b.s.

After the ransack of the tunnels by dark elves, though, it is believed one of the sungems must have rolled out, and was found by a trader who, understanding the value and power of the gem, as well as some of its history, gave it to the Thrumgolz, who were delighted to take it. It is believed this trader, whose name is lost in the pages of time, was one of the few humans to ever enter the mountainous caverns of the Thrumgolz. The Thrumgolz kept this globe for many years until it was mysteriously lost or stolen. None know where it currently resides.

The third sungem was believed to be a gift from Trum-Baroll to the Mitharims in 12000 b.s. when it is said Trum-Baroll was teaching the dwarves how to do metalwork. The tribe kept this sungem safe for many years, but when the Mithril veins ran sarce in 1415 b.S, the tribe was forced to sell it in order to support themselves. It would be one of the greatest regrets of the tribe. It is said the sungem was sold to a whether sailor, though most believe he was a pirate. He took the sungem with him when he sailed out of Nepris. A year later, he was reported to have sunk. Many believe that, before Baveras took his ship and crew, he had buried the sungem along with countless other priceless treasures and artifacts. Where this treasure is buried remains unknown.

Today, the sungems have been almost completely forgotten, save by the dwarven tribes who once held them. The current location of the gems is unknown.

Myth/Lore: The creation of the creation of the sungems is believed to be by the hand of Foiros. Though not explicitly stated, most theological scholars believe that Foiros and Urtengor had a close relationship, that they saw each other as brothers. Urtengor gave to his fiery friend a mirror in which he could gaze into to shine his light to the night earth. Furthermore, he gave his promise to have the paten disk cleaned every month. This gift of Utengor’s was a response to Fioros’s giving the Dwarven God three sungems, the  MezkhirrilErons.

Where these sungems came from and how they were created is argued over in theological discussion. Some believe that Foiros carved a piece of his skin and formed it into a sphere. Others say it was merely the fire erupting from the gods hand that helped him shape the stones. There is also question if the dwarven god himself may have taken part in the creation. The hardness that the gems are known for may have been caused by Urtengor’s touch.

Edited by: Rayne Avalotus at: 5/2/04 21:14

Title: Re: Sungems (MezkhirrilErons)
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 03 May 2004, 12:47:00
Hmmm... I read most of this entry and found some problems, so here are the comments:

- It's Urtengor, with R, you got that wrong at the poem you posted as well as I saw recently, Rayne...

- In Judy's Urtengor entry is written "Foiros gifted Urtengor with the fabled Sungems, or MezkhirrilErons (MezkhirrilErons), which enabled them to grow crops in low light conditions." I don't know if these sungems were intended to be a myth only. Actually, if I remember correctly, I think we were looking back then for something which the dwarves perhaps used in everyday life which substitutes a lamp or something.  At least I have the impression that this was the main idea, so these gems were mentioned in the Urtengor entry and this glowing was then interpreted as given by the God. You seem to reduce them now to only a few mythical ones.

Well, Judy needs to take a look  here, she probably knows more. However, if these gems were initially meant as "regular" gems, we might perhaps somehow create a legend why they can be found deep down in the mountains - perhaps they derive from these legendary Sungems somehow.

- The other thing is the technical part. Geeez... On the one hand you're a marvelous poet, Rayne, on the other hand the scientist in you sometimes definitely exceeds the necessary detail way too much.... I especially refer here to the magic details you give and the fact that you try to apply exact measurements, time details etc. to something which is obviously a long lost legend. Why not make it more vague and describe it in a more "poetic" tongue instead of in precise numbers? You can do that, you have the imagination for that!

You get even more extreme at the magical explanations. Honestly, for all those readers who have no idea how magic in Santharia works, this passage is completely irritating and will leave only question marks. I don't even know if someone who has a general idea of Santharian magic but doesn't know many details, will get it.

I think a common sense explanation would be important here, so that even non-magicians can get the picture. I don't mind if you e.g. quote from a famous magician's essay on the gems stating what you now put in the main text, cause then it is clear to the reader: Aha, there's a sophisticated mind who researched the legends and made his conclusions. But if this information is all in the main text, the reader gets the impression that he should understand all that and will get hopelessly lost in trying to decipher all this Ahm, Soór, Xeuá and Oun stuff. If you read such things in the magic section at spell schools and spells entries, then that's fine, then the reader knows what to expect.

- You also shift a bit between past tense and present tense in the description of the gems, so this would need to be fixed as well.

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Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 5/2/04 20:48

Title: Re: Sungems (MezkhirrilErons)
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 03 May 2004, 13:15:00
Changed the tense problem and made a magical section. I would like to hear Ms. Judith's opinion before I butcher it up too much.

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