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365 People, Places & Things #92
Our first geologic specimen is something any wizard will be carrying.
Alt. Rocks: Powerstones
It is generally accepted that Magadalius Flinster was the wizard who created powerstones nearly 1,700 years ago. It would seem that he wanted to stop an incoming meteor from demolishing his newly finished castle, so he tapped into the raw mana of the Universe and sent a bolt of energy out into the aether, hoping to destroy the space rock. Sadly, 7 hours later the meteor slammed into the ground, leaving a 2,500 foot wide, 900 foot deep crater where Castle Flinster (and Magadalius) had previously stood.
Infused as it was with raw mana that had been altered somewhat by cosmic forces outside the atmosphere, the meteor released a mighty shockwave of magical energy that circled the planet and turned all meteorites of a similar basic makeup (carbonaceous chondrites) into a new type of mineral: powerstones.
All powerstones hold large supplies of mana, but the size of the stone is not an indicator of the amount of power it holds. The most powerful stone ever documented was owned by Borwan the Horrible (who was, despite his overly theatrical nickname, quite a nice chap) and, despite being the size of a duck egg, held 900 mana units of power. (Note: one mana unite is the amount of magical power needed to cast the basic Detect Magic spell)
The vast majority of powerstones are in the ping pong ball size range and hold about 75-90 power units. All powerstones are very dark green in color with much lighter thin green streaks. The average powerstone sells for about 200 gold pieces.
Powerstones are much sought after because A: Most wizards can themselves only store about 12 power units of mana B: Channeling raw mana ripped from the universe will quickly fuck your shit up C: They can be recharged. It’s not cheap and it takes about a month for every 20 points, but there are wizards who make good money doing it.
There has long been a legend telling of a powerstone the size of a barrel that has at least 3,000 units worth of mana. The legend goes on to say that this powerstone is located in the castle of the Demon King of Demarra, which would explain why it has never been stolen and brought to the surface world.