Tomes of Power: Lapidaries

Copyright Phillip A. Ellis © 2012

Edited by Terence Wynne for The Guild Companion

"The King Ruby is the largest ruby ever found, and this book details its history, the power with which it has been enhanced, and the many legends that have accrued over the centuries."

The lapidary is a book that lists the varieties of gemstones, their characteristics, and their magical and allegorical significances. What follows are some examples of lapidaries that you may use for your games. The bonuses in brackets are suggestions for their applicability for skill use, based on a skill called "Stone Lore" or its equivalent in your game.

The Alchemist's Lapidary

This book is a thick treatise with details of how gemstones can be used in the creation of magic items. A large section is about the use of gem dust in inks for runes. There are also sections on the correspondences, and the meanings of gems in relation to spells and rituals. (+10)

The Inner Flame of the Emerald

This book discusses the history of the emerald, and its uses among the many races and professions. There are a number of sections on magical use, as foci; spell components; and in the construction of magic items. It is a relatively common book (+0 to find), but is only found in the major lingua franca of any given world. (+5)

The King Ruby: its Legends and Lore

The King Ruby is the largest ruby ever found, and this book details its history, the power with which it has been enhanced, and the many legends that have accrued over the centuries. It is an excellent example of the sort of book that can be written about an artifact. It is written in High Elvish. (+0)

The Lapidary of Bulmoth

This work, originally written in Dwarvish runes, has been translated into sixteen (and more) languages. It lists and discusses those precious and semi-precious gemstones mined and prized by dwarven alchemists. It also lists the uses that they can be put to by Dwarven alchemists, especially for items that hold embedded Channeling spells. Its discussion of Dwarven symbolism is sketchy, and restricted to isolated remarks. (+10)

A Treatise on the Lore of Minerals

This thick, dreadfully dull book covers a variety of gemstones. Almost all of the information is both boring and erroneous. It has been said that this book is only useful as a paperweight, and even then the point is debatable. (-10)