I will be using the Swedish names/words as there are no English translations.
comes from the word “råda” which means “to rule/take care of” so a rådare is a creature that rules over
rules over their own thing. For example there’s a skogsrå for every forest.
The easiest way to make them happy is through
respect and gifts.
You can protect yourself from them by wearing
Remember that the gift has to be biodegradable!
A lot of sources say that you should give coins, clothes, tobacco etc. But this
is extremely disrespectful as you’re destroying their home (and it’s generally
shitty to pollute).
you haven’t done anything to make them angry it’s always good to show respect
by acknowledging them when you enter their home.
over the forest and the creatures that live there.
Usually looks like a beautiful woman with a
hollow back and/or hooves and tail. She can also take the shape of different
If in a good mood she helps those who are lost
and warns people about incoming storms.
If in a bad mood she makes sure people get lost.
If you live on your own in/close to a forest (or
if you are camping) she might come at night when you’re sitting by the fire and
attempt to seduce you. If you sleep with her she will keep a part of your soul
and you will always have a longing and obsession with the forest.
hunters give her gifts she might “give” them an extra big animal. Though if
they manage to shoot one of the animals she protects they have to face her
over the ocean and the creatures that lives there.
Usually looks like a beautiful woman with long hair, gills, fins, and a
fishtail. She can also take the shape of different sea creatures.
If in a good mood she shows fishermen where they can find the best fish or
warns them about incoming storms. She can also give them good wind and help
boats that are taking in water.
If in a bad mood she can trick boats into storms so they get lost or sink.
Sometimes she will seduce people and drag them down to her home at the bottom
of the ocean where they are forced to work as servants.
She might stop boats and offer to buy their load, if this happens it’s best
to accepts as if you say no she might get so angry that she takes down the
Rules over lakes
and the creatures that live there.
Usually looks like a beautiful woman with a hollow back. Unlike havsrået she
has legs. She can also take the shape of different freshwater creatures.
If in a good mood she might help fishermen and warn them about incoming
She only drowns people who have made her angry or if she is very hungry.
Just like skogsrået if fishermen give her gifts she might “give” them an
extra big fish. Though if they manage to catch one of the creatures she
protects they have to face her wrath.
mountains and mines.
Usually looks like a tall woman in an elegant, grey dress. If seen wearing
black it is a sure sign of death.
If in a good mood she shows miners better ore veins or warns them about any
If in a bad mood she tries to scare people away, if they ignore the warning
signs she makes sure they get lost in the mine.
Enjoys silence and solitude.
Doesn’t like it when people make too much noise.
Becomes very angry if miners manage find one of the ore veins she protects.
Usually looks like a young girl but most of the time she’s invisible. She can
also take the shape of a toad.
If in a good mood she might show you the future though the water surface. It’s
important to remember not to look for too long or too deep as you might lose
If in a bad mood she can make you sick after you’ve drank the water.
A lot of sources
will say that if you sacrifice something to her before you drink the water it
will heal you as well as make the water clean/drinkable. This is not true. There’s not a magical cure for
deceases or disorders. Also there’s no way to magically make water drinkable.
Always make sure a natural spring is clean before you drink from it.
This is compiled from my own grimoire / what I was taught growing up
Founded by the First Four: Cletius, Rum, Gradient, and Filigree Classified as a city state Rests upon a “plate” made of Earthen magic whose edges marks the boundaries of the City. It expands with the population and allows the city to move without problems Originally founded within the Abiding Boneyard; Currently located within the Shattered Plain City Proper symbol: A wagon wheel Outskirt symbol: A ram skull, a crow skull, and a hummingbird skull together Broken into 13 districts; shaped like a wagon wheel with one center district, eleven wedge districts, and one surrounding district Each district has a Councilor to represent them in the government and to manage the district. The City Proper (represented by the Bazaar) and the Outskirts are seen as the two major factions so they each have a leader and a councilor, individual wedge districts just have Councilors. Some districts have sub-district which do not have special councilors but are still recognized as different areas than the main district.
Today we’re going to take a look at the names of the currently unveiled Gems and see if they have any correlation to their personality and abilities. We’ll be looking at both Gemology, and miscellaneous properties. Check out this post’s sister article, “Crystal Music: Gem Musical Motifs” to learn about each Gem’s musical and dance themes! If you’re interested in some pretty convincing theories on who the Gem Monsters used to be, check out “Gem Monsters: Who Did They Used To Be?”
EDIT: I updated this post to contain Ruby and Sapphire. I also updated Jasper’s entry.
EDIT2: Added Desert Glass
EDIT3: Turns out the Centipeetle is Chrysoberly was false, and she has been moved to the Gem Monsters post. Sorry about that.
WARNING: Spoilers for ALL gems are below! Don’t read if you want to be surprised!
Ruby is an extremely common, but valued, gemstone. Rubies were very popular in Asian countries, where they were often fit into sword scabbards, armor, helmets, and other war-related items due to the belief that their blood-red color would help people fight. Our Ruby is shown to be very aggressive and seems to be a fighter at heart. Rubies are created from the chemical formula Al2O3:Cr (Aluminum Oxide with Chromium), and are actually the same species of gem as Sapphire and Garnet, except Rubies are red due to increased amounts of Aluminum. This may be why Sapphire and Ruby can fuse to well, they’re the same gem species just different colors (both have the exact same chemical formula, Al2O3:Cr).
Sapphires are used in electronics such as watches and infrared optics. Their use in optics is very important to the military of all countries, since many sight-based machines (such as telescopes and infrared cameras), would not operate without Sapphire inside them. Our Sapphire in SU has “Future Vision” (which her fusion Garnet inherits), so obviously she gains her ability to see into the future from her real-life Sapphire’s vision-enhancing properties. Sapphire also has the same chemical formula as Ruby (Al2O3:Cr), which may be why they can fuse to well and for so long.
The name “Garnet” actually refers to a group of precious stones rather than a specific species. The Garnet in the show might actually be “Mozambique Garnet”, which carries a deep red hue instead of the orange-brown most species of Garnet exhibit. In fact, deep red Ruby and Garnet is still called “Sunset Sapphire”, just to make things even more confusing. The chemical formula for Garnet is
Fe3Al2(SiO4)3 (corrected by r4nd0mn355).
Amethyst is a type of quartz, one of the most common minerals on Earth. Amethyst was created from a Kindergarten, so her being a type of quartz could reflect her Earthly origins. Amethyst also gets its distinct purple hue from irradiation or iron impurities.
One of my main theories is this: Amethyst, the stone, can be exposed to radiation to artificially deepen its color. Jasper in “Jail Break” referred to Amethyst as an “over-cooked runt”, so perhaps her species of Gem can be incubated for longer to increase their destructive power, but leaving them for too long can cause them to defect.
Pearls are organic minerals formed by animals in the mollusk family in response to irritants that get lodged in their mouths. Pearl as a character is very easy to become neurotic and agitated and loves to keep things neat and tidy, so it makes sense that her gem in nature removes irritants. Pearl also has limited control over sand (as seen in “Giant Woman”), and sand is the most common core irritant that Pearls are created from.
Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth, while Rose Quartz is the most common subspecies of Quartz. This fits with Rose’s desire to protect Earth and how she feels deeply for the planet.
Peridot is a mineral that is common in meteorites or other extraterrestrial rocks, which makes sense when you think about how Peridot acts in-show. Peridot is also extremely rich in iron, which may account for our Peridot’s magnetic fingers and wall-running ability (as seen in “Keeping it Together”). Peridot is usually formed by meteorites as they impact the Earth’s surface, but pure Peridot is extremely rare due to how unstable it becomes when exposed to the Earth’s environment.
This name means “striped/spotted stone”, derived from the Old French word jaspre. Jasper herself indeed is striped with the stones characteristic bands of yellow and orange. Funny to note is that the gem on Jasper’s face appears to be Jasper cut into a pyramid-like shape, however real-life Jasper is almost impossible to cut into any standard crystal shapes so it is instead tumbled for smoothness and clarity (as seen below).
Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue mineral that is porous and dissolves in water over time. A cousin to Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, forms naturally as a fusion partner to Malachite in mineral veins. Make of that what you will.
My personal favorite, Opal is a type of amorphous hydrated mineralloid. It’s created by the fusion of water-based minerals and a silica-quartz foundation. Why does this make sense? Because Opal is a fusion of Pearl (a water-derived stone), and Amethyst (a common subtype of silica-quartz). Conspiracy? I think not!
Really the only thing I can say about Sugilite is that the crystals in nature have a tendency to form huge stalactites and clusters, similar to how the character Sugilite is ridiculously huge. There’s also the obvious pun on the word suggilate, which means to beat until bruised.
This species of chrysoberyl changes color depending on what type of light is being shown on it (such as natural or UV light). The stone can change from a strange dark red to a vibrant green and even to blues and yellows depending on each individual stone. Alexandrite in the show definitely has a complex color palette, but if you look at her model sheet, the version of Alexandrite we see in the show is called “Alexandrite: Night Palette”, which means we’ll see a day-colored version in the future.
Retaining the characteristic color streaks from her component Jasper, Malachite’s color scheme is actually extremely close to natural malachite. However, Malachite gives off toxic fumes when submerged in water. Obviously this fits with her toxic nature.
Rainbow Quartz is a metal-coated mineral, designed for maximum luminosity and color. It’s creation is mostly artificial, and is meant only for jewelry purposes. As far as we know so far, Rainbow Quartz in the show seems to be the only Gem Fusion that doesn’t have any real combat prowess, and was created by Pearl and Rose Quartz simply to make Greg jealous and give him a cool shot for his music video, respectively.
Normally, Sardonyx is a combination of the two minerals Sard and Onyx (creative, right?), however in this case she is named after the blending of Garnet and Pearl’s characteristic colors (orange-red and cream), which the real-life Sardonyx shares. Both Sardonyx and Peridot are the traditional birthstones of August, and both share the same triangular haircut.
Pufferfish Gem Monster (Watermelon Tourmaline)
Do I even need to explain this one?
Desert Glass (Tektite)
It is unknown why Desert Glass was trapped in that strange pillow-looking thing, but her ties to real-life Desert Glass are plain to see. Desert Glass is formed by the flash-heating of sand by lightning or meteoric impacts. Desert Glass in the show is indeed found in the desert, and is seen creating large pillars and structures of sand. The scientific name of Desert Glass is Tektite, and like Peridot is commonly found at sites of meteor impacts.
Some backstory - Town 2 is a thriving port town; half from the nature of being a port town, and even more so from the many rich mineral veins that flow in and around it. However - due to a certain demon war ten years ago, the soil has been tainted and the town is learning that gold and silver do not make good eats.
What to take from this? Town is larger than most. Near water with a dock. Makes monies via trade and mining.
Put all that together and do you imagine this map?
Yeah… I don’t either. It has water and a port - There are some dying fields in some dirt, and a building filled with wood - I guess that means the town is large enough to have some useless stuff… I guess. But nothing to tell of the riches of the mines. The world map has some caves and mines and mountains and stuff, but nothing in the town shows it. Its not bad… but it is completely forgettable (except for that warehouse of wood.. and for the wrong reasons)
What is it lacking - Height!
Town 2 version 2 - with extra cliffs!
The cliffs give a nice vibe of - once sheltered withing this natural cove, now slowly being strangled by it - much better and more interesting.
Large level and flat areas are not natural! Even mesa mountains (means table, cuz they are very flat) are far from flat - So, remember to throw in elevation, hills, and stuff to your environments. It makes it feel more realistic and gives some character.
you’re an insomniac, you tell yourself: there are profound truths revealed only to the insomniac by night like those phosphorescent minerals veined and glimmering in the dark but coarse and ordinary otherwise; you have to examine such minerals in the absence of light to discover their beauty, you tell yourself.
Anon prompt! Perhaps an OT3 fic where Arthur sacrifices himself for Lewis and Vivi? Like- Sacrificing his own wellbeing, physically, possibly even life? But everything manages to be ok in the end? (Can this be post-cave? Like- with ghosty lewis?)
((Ask and ye shall receive))
They hadn’t gone into a cave since the incident.
Arthur paled and began to shake when even passing by one, and Vivi didn’t dare ask Lewis how he felt about it. She didn’t have much of a mental filter, but never let it be said that she was stupid; a death so violent was not something one could just shake off. There was no way Lewis had walked away from that without some sort of fear, and he and Arthur had made so much progress since that first night in the mansion…Vivi didn’t want to risk it by asking tactless questions with obvious answers.
But they were going to a cave tonight, and she was worried.
Notes: I can’t thank @gothamsiren99 enough for her beautiful, incredibly thorough beta work.
Summary: The first time Thorin touches the
Arkenstone, it pulls him past its shimmering glow, past that coruscating
brilliance into a strange twilight realm. (Based on the imagine
“Imagine you being the Arkenstone turned into a living woman and your
eyes are gleaming like the stone did.” from @thefandomimagine , submitted
by @randomfandompenguin .)
Lizzie has put off the London visit for so long that when
her cousin asks for the fifth time, it’s impossible to say no. Besides,
the company holidays are coming up and she’s due a break.
Annabel would rather drag her to Topshop and Space NK, but
Lizzie is determined to see the new exhibit at the Natural History
Museum. The moment she enters Earth Hall, something drags her inexorably
forward — past the gaggles of school children, past an elderly lady
with a walker.
“Wait up!” calls Annabel, but Lizzie doesn’t hear.
She gets her first fleeting glimpse of the stone in the
glass of a display case, turned to a mirror by the glare of the overhead
lights. Its opaline shimmer makes it seem nearly alive. Lizzie feels a
flash of recognition deep inside. The stone was made for her. She just
needs to touch it—
Lizzie touches the stone with the tip of her finger. It feels warm and it gives a little beneath her touch, like flesh would.
A light ignites in the heart of the stone, blooming outward.
The stone becomes a sun. Its coruscating glare swallows Lizzie first, then expands to fill the entire room.
All is silent.
There is a memory of warmth. If there were any air in this
nothingness, Lizzie imagines that it would be humid and a little
Time passes, separating one thought from the next. There
is no way to measure it but by the frequency of her thoughts, which are
turning in desperate circles, round and round.
After a while Lizzie remembers that her grandfather used
to have a pocket watch. The grinding of its tiny gears used to cut time
into reassuringly solid slices when she was little and a summer
afternoon would stretch forever.
She pictures the watch with its chipped face, the
painstakingly polished brass lid. She pictures summer with its smell of
heated asphalt and exhaust. She pictures her grandparents’ tiny garden,
and the climbing roses that nearly swallow the windows, perfuming the
whole house with their scent. The ticking in her mind grows louder. She
clings to it as hard as she can.
Eventually, there is light.
The first time Thorin touches the Arkenstone, it pulls him
past its shimmering glow, past that coruscating brilliance into a
strange twilight realm. And there he finds her.
dead metaphorA metaphor that has supposedly been used so often that it has lost its capacity to describe one thing in terms of another, and no longer operates as a metaphor. Do we think of the heart when we say that this definition strikes the heart of the matter. The question of whether or not a dead metaphor is still a metaphor has been debated in recent years. Metaphors may not be surprising –I'm skating on thin ice here–but they can still work as metaphors. Zoltán Kövecses explains: “The ‘dead metaphor’ account misses an important point… . The metaphors … may be highly conventionally and effortlessly used, but this does not mean that they have lost their vigor in thought and that they are dead. On the contrary, they are 'alive’ in the most important sense–they govern our thought–they are 'metaphors we live by.’” Some poets, such as Samuel Johnson in “The Vanity of Human Wishes” (1749), make a point of invigorating dead metaphors. Giambattista Vico contended in The New Science (1725) that all language begins with metaphor and that the first metaphors were drawn from the human body. A great deal of what we think of as literal speech consists of dead metaphors, as when we say “the mouth of a river,” “veins of minerals,” “murmuring waves,” “weeping willows,” “the bowels of the earth,” and “smiling skies.” We speak the vestiges of ancient metaphorical language.
— A Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch
See also: cliché, convention, metaphor, personification
If gems have to be made, not born, who do you think made the Diamonds?
*cracks knuckles* All righty, gather round ‘folks because it’s time for Clockie’s theory of Gem origins. I may have touched on this in past posts but I’ve been meaning to scrap and refresh my theory repository so this is a nice place to start.
What follows is heavily speculative but hopefully my logic should be pretty straightforwards. If askers want to come and pick at/question individual bits, we’ll go with that.
This theory does tie into the Blue Fusion theory pretty heavily.
Resembling some kind of habitat around a distant asteroid on a science fiction book cover, these prisms of zinc sulphide are made of a close cousin of the zinc sulphide sphalerite (see http://on.fb.me/1GaU0GY). Wurtzite shares the same chemical formula but crystallises in a different structure, quite a common feature in the mineral world with the varied forms being known as polymorphs (from the Greek for many shapes). It has another unusual feature to its structure, known as hemimorphy (from the Greek for half shape) , in which there is no mirror image symmetry between top and bottom of the crystal, meaning that the top and bottom ends display different faces.
The common form is a six sided prisms or plates often striated parallel to the base, and the usual colour a very dark reddish-orangey brown, often transparent in a strong fibre optic light. It is a soft mineral (3.5=4 on Mohs scale) and relatively dense. It was named in 1861 after a French chemist and is found in veins that have precipitated from metal rich hydrothermal fluids or as concretions in sedimentary rocks during the long arduous passage from sediment to stone.
The photo was taken at magnification, but I sadly don’t have the field of view scale data to share with you.
here is the part where we were all forgiven (here is the repeated image of the lover destroyed) - bellarke - oneshot
prompts: “you suck at dancing but you’re doing it in the middle of a bookstore to the crappy music on the radio and i think it’s pretty cute damn” + “hs!au where they both are in a photography class and are partnered together for a project in which they have to take all kinds of pictures of each other.” requested by jeahnprouvaire, fallen-sparrow, and some anons.
At long last, the iron island loomed in the distance. Elide grabbed the bag that she had prepared with supplies and stashed it in the small rowboat kept on board, and then she climbed in with Vaughan as he lowered them down the pulley system. Soon they were afloat on the choppy gray waters, and Elide sucked in a breath, suddenly aware of just how small she was compared to this ocean. She huddled in a blanket–though the temperature here was generally warm, today the air was bitter cold with the approach of dark storm clouds.