Campaign of the Month: January 2015
Skies of Glass
Star diopside is the most prized form of a hard, durable mineral that is rarely found in attractive colors. This mineral is usually too dark green in color for great beauty, but mountain and streambed pebble crystals of pale to medium green hue produce attractive semiprecious stones. A few mineral specimens of darker green appear to radiate four- or six-rayed stars when cut, and these fancy stones are rated at higher values for gemstone variation under this classification (asteriated) rather than that of dioptase. Used as a augmenting spell component, star diopsides have incredibly varied and often unpredictable results. The one consistent use found for it has made it highly sought after by illusionists. Illusions cast with these stones under the night sky are more tangible and longer lasting, and powerful phantasms can be entirely real for all intents and purposes.