Plinite

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Plinite is a type of gemstone found in the Elemental Confluence. Each shard of plinite has a core inside, which may be recovered with EXTRACT (which requires locksmith skills and preserves the plinite shell) or OPEN (which destroys the shell). Both the shard and the core may be sold at gemshops, and certain types of cores have magical properties. Once plinite has been EXTRACTed, it needs to be PLUCKed to remove the core inside without shattering the casing.

Description

a shard of {color} plinite

You see a jagged shard of a rough gemstone-like material. Tiny explosions of raw elemental energy are visible within the translucent surface of the shard. At its center, you see a faintly glowing core that does not seem to be an integral part of the shard. It looks like it could be carefully EXTRACTed without damaging its casing with the right tool. You also suspect that you could simply break OPEN the shard to retrieve the core.

Plinite Color Value
a shard of blackened plinite ~100
a shard of grey plinite ~600
a shard of brown plinite 600-1.5k
a shard of green plinite 2k-4k
a shard of orange plinite 3k-9k
a shard of red plinite 4k-9k
a shard of purple plinite 5k-12k

Cores

Core Color Element
Blue Lightning
Brown Earth
Clear Air
Grey Steam
Red Fire

This list is not necessarily exhaustive, as there may be very rare cores that have yet to be found and cataloged.

Unless otherwise stated, cores with magical effects can only be used once and crumble immediately on activation.

Core Name Value Type Effect
a faintly glowing core 3k-47k N/A None
an elementally tranquil core 5k Transport Raise to teleport group out of the Confluence to attuned instability
an elementally churning core 5k Transport Raise to teleport to attuned instability when outside the Confluence
an elementally stable core 5k Elemental Aura Stabilization Prevents being dispelled when DS is too high (5 min)
an elementally balanced core 5k Elemental Transfer Protection Prevents weapons from heating/cooling, and prevents lightning elemental reactive flares (5 min)
a smoldering red core ~5k Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive magma flares (10 min)
a smoking black core ~5k Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive fire flares (10 min)
a vibrating brown core ~5k Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive earth flares (10 min)
a sparkling blue core ~5k Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive lightning flares (10 min)
a steaming grey core ~5k Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive steam flares (10 min)
a swirling clear core ~5k Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive air flares (10 min)
a damp green core ~5k Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive water flares (10 min)
a frosty white core Defensive Elemental Aura Reactive/defensive cold flares (10 min)
an undulating [element] core ~5k Adds offensive flares to your weapon
an absorptive [element] core ~8k Elemental [element] Protection  ? (10 min)
a green pulsating core Elemental Enhancive Stabilization Prevents enhancives from losing charges (30 min)
a silvery luminescent core 10k Spell knowledge Elemental Defense I (401) (5 min)
a brightly luminescent core 10k Spell knowledge Elemental Defense II (406) (5 min)
a brilliantly luminescent core 10k Spell knowledge Elemental Defense III (414) (5 min)
a dark ethereal core 10k Spell knowledge Elemental Wave (410) (5 min)
a void black core 10k Spell knowledge Elemental Dispel (417) (5 min)

Background

The following background is taken from A Survey of Notable Magical and Anti-Magical Phenomena within Solhaven, Vornavis and Surrounding Lands.

Plinite is a substance created by compressing the raw elemental energies of an elemental into a single stone. It can be used as an amplifier and catalyst of great power for many elemental magics. It is of local significance because it was both first created here in the summer of 5109 and because at least one sample remains in the region. The process to create Plinite was developed by a burghal gnome by the name of Jegrato Plin. The papers containing the process were confiscated upon the gnome's daughter's death and taken by the former provost of Solhaven, Paidreg Venquinor. With these plans, a large sample was created and frequently employed by Venquinor in the following months to combat the incursions of water elementals. Most of Venquinor's stone was destroyed after the working of the magics to restore the town following its destruction. My recommendation is that the sample in the hands of Darbo Phoop be confiscated by the Hall, as this substance is far too volatile and powerful to be left in common hands. (See Appendix F for what is known of the formulas needed to create Plinite. It should be noted that the full process was lost with the original Venquinor's death.)

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