Brumestone


Brumestone is a magical mineral that levitates in the air. When enchanted, this levitation can be controlled.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Brumestone is a bluish stone or mineral that is neutrally buoyant in air. A simple enchantment can be applied to brumestone to control its altitude and direction.[2][3] Brumestone can carry objects to which it is mounted. A skyship is typically mounted with three large brumestones, which allow it to carry up to ten tons of cargo while still maintaining flight.[1]

Usage[edit | edit source]

Age of Arcanum[edit | edit source]

Official art of brumestone holding a flying city in Age of Arcanum, by Robin Olausson.[art 2]

During the Age of Arcanum, the knowledge of how to enchant brumestone was widespread, allowing it to be created in massive quantities. This abundance was used to create the great flying cities of the era, such as Aeor, Avalir, Zemniaz, and Kethesk. Only a handful of cities were so elevated.[4] Such cities had utilized and hoarded brumestone and therefore could their entire cities aloft.[5] Aeor also had a form of elevator called "brume lifts", suggesting that they were likely powered using brumestones.[6]

Post-Divergence[edit | edit source]

Official art of a skyship held aloft by two brumestone crystals, by Hannah Friederichs.[art 3]

In the Post-Divergence era following the Calamity, that knowledge has been largely lost. Only the Alsfarin Union, based in the city of Ank'Harel knew the process, using the brumestones to create skyships.[7] They kept the enchantments a closely guarded secret. While the Alsfarin Union sold skyships to foreign businesses, they kept absolute control over the skyships' maintenance.[1] However, in 836 PD during the War of Ash and Light in Wildemount, the city of Hupperdook created small mobile skyships for use by the Dwendalian Empire.[8]

The city of Draconia, a fallen shard of the Arcanum-Age flying city Kethesk, had its brumestones mined to raise the city as an archipelago of flying islands.[9] When the city was destroyed by Vorugal during the Chroma Crisis in 810 PD, the brumestones were again repurposed by the Ravenites building their new city of Xarzith Kitril. There, brumestones are used to hold gondolas aloft that carry goods and people across the city.[10]

Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

The party that would later be known as the Bells Hells discovered grains of brumestone in crates while investigating possible thievery at Prudaj Textiles for Lord Ariks Eshteross.[11] The stolen brumestone was used to lift the Shade Mother.[12]

Following the advent of the 843 PD apogee solstice, Imahara Joe told the party that he and Verna had been press-ganged by the Paragon's Call to create a brumestone nullifying device.[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 93.
  2. "The Aurora Grows" (3x49) at 2:27:21.
  3. "Dark Waters" (2x98) at 58:02.
  4. "Lingering Wounds" (2x89) at 41:18.
  5. "Dark Waters" (2x98) at 57:48.
  6. "Hell or High Water" (2x136) at 1:24:54.
  7. "On the Trail of a Killer" (3x04) at 2:10:13. The guild is the only builder of skyships in Exandria
  8. "Family Gathering" (2x71) at 39:57.
  9. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 1: "Story of Wildemount", p. 20.
  10. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 148.
  11. FCG looks at the residue and magically identifies it as brumestone. "Trial by Firelight" (3x02) from 2:46:21 through 2:48:28.
  12. "The Shade Mother" (3x16) at 37:40.
  13. "Embattled in Bassuras" (3x70) at 3:15:01.

Art:

  1. Screenshot of brumestone, by Shaun Ellis from Critical Role Abridged Episode 2. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of brumestone holding a flying city in Age of Arcanum, by Robin Olausson (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Official art of a skyship held aloft by two brumestone crystals, by Hannah Friederichs (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.