Campaign of the Month: January 2015
Skies of Glass
Also known as rhodonite, this rose-red or pink semiprecious gemstone related to rhodochrosite is occasionally found in deposits large enough to yield cut slabs the size of books, which are shattered, tumbled, and then cut into attractive faceted gemstones. Phenalope has an interesting mystical power to dampen explosions and even evocation magic, and can be used as an augmenting component in spells that accomplish similar ends. Phenalope can also be alchemically combined with mint and certain other herbs to create a foamy material that helps extinguish fires.
Phenalope enchanted with the aid of Laerals Tears by incredibly powerful mages unlocks the true power of the stone, allowing for the total negation of most evocation spells in a sizable radius. An unleashed fireball spell would manifest only as a momentary flash of light, a cone of cold would make an area slightly chilly. There are no known mages alive today powerful enough to complete such an enchantment (aside from The Nine Guardians). Unsurprisingly, most of the thrones of the older monarchy nations contain a piece of phenalope enchanted in such a way.