Dreams encased in stone.Ancient relics from Patala's doomed past, Mesmerrack are thought-metal symbols of impossible intricacy with the power to enthrall those who gaze on it. Within the prismatic swirls, people lose themselves to hallucination or find the gates of their minds swing wide. The art of making Mesmerrack was lost with the antediluvian folk of Patala, and every piece found has been dragged from bone-strewn charnel pits and ancient tomb-cities. Every Seerstone is a priceless artifact of a bygone age, the last trace of a lost folk.
Forget silver, forget gold, forget all the tales of glory you've been told - this is the true treasure of Patala.Mesmerrack has been found in several different shapes, from prayer-rolls to large tablets, with only the elaborate patterns of thought-metal in common. These are key to the Mesmerrack's power, with the material holding them decorative. Some hold that the material used is some hint of their function, or perhaps even a key, but it remains as speculation. Enough Mesmerrack have been unearthed for patterns to emerge, but not enough to draw conclusions from - with many Seerstones damaged or fractured into several pieces when found.
Especially not with every holder of Mesmerrack guarding their finds jealously.
Some Mesmerrack are integral parts of the structures they are found in, embedded into the pillars or carved into the walls. Whatever purpose these places might've once have held is the topic of much debate in Patala's taverns.Mesmerrack beguile and enrapture those who gaze into them. They resonate with something within the human mind, reacting with them almost like a narcotic. The longer and deeper someone stares into the Seerstone, the more pronounced the effects become. Among the pieces of Mesmerrack that have been discovered, a few common variants have emerged.
As users drift deeper into the dreams by looking into the Wonderrack, their vision is soon so altered that they can no longer focus on it, serving as a natural limitation of how far into the drunken haze one can go.
Not everyone who have opened their mind with the Focustone welcome the change, remembering horrors they'd long buried. Everyone has something they'd rather keep forgotten.Such focus can become a double-edged sword, with some users becoming unable to shift their thoughts to anything else until the puzzle in front of them have been solved. The acuity granted by the Mesmerrack lasts for an hour, with repeated looks into the stone lengthening the duration. The effect lingers even after the user has stopped looking into the Mesmerrack but slowly turns into a numbing fatigue, leaving users too tired to think, even though obsessions remain.
A variant of the Focustone is said to grant not clarity, but artistic inspiration. Such inspirrack or Musestones are even more rare than the Mindrack, numbering less than a handful discovered in all of Patala.
Explorers searching for Heartstone take almost as much joy in figuring out the names for them as with the treasures.
Thought-Metal An iridescent metal found in the deepest reaches of Patala, Thought-Metal bends not to a blacksmith's hammer, but to thought and dreams. It is found nowhere else in Araea but in Patala, and integral to the construction of Mesmerrack. As a result, Mesmerrack is found only there, scavenged from ancient graves or made in crude imitations. Read More About Thought-Metal
SeerstonesMesmerrack is sometimes called seerstones, believed by those who wield them to hold the powers of clarvoyance or fortune-telling. This is especially common among charlatans who have constructed fake Mesmerrack, and will happily sell the secrets of the future to anyone gullible enough to fall for it. Others think the Mesmerrack work as tools of divining, leading to great treasures or ancient cities still lost in the dark. With every rumor, the value of true Mesmerrack rise.
Fake seerstones often use mercurcy mixed with quartz dust or crystals carved from the Plains of Glass, with most swindlers claiming their Mesmerrack to be too powerful to gaze upon before purchasing. No refunds.
ShrikesNightmarish moth-things that dwell in Patala and live in the shadow between thought and reality, Shrikes are a constant danger to any would-be Mesmerrack treasure hunters. The Shrikes are drawn to all thought-metal held by human hands, their thoughts ringing out from it like a dinner bell. Mesmerrack rings even louder, and those who use them carelessly soon hear the chittering, chirping song of hunting Shrikes.
Shrikes, the Thought-Eaters
Hungry things that live in the gaps and shadows of the human mind, dwelling and feasting and spreading through fear.
Being made of thought-metal, Mesmerrack is fragile once in human hands. With just a stray thought, the Mesmerrack can tangle into useless if shiny clumps of metal.
The CenotaphA city of tombs, the Cenotaph is the final resting place of a doomed and forgotten folk, a marker for a civilization lost to the dark. It is also rich in Mesmerrack grave-goods, hidden in urns filled with human ash or locked behind crypt or sarcophagi. The looters have arrived in force now, sifting through charnel pits brimming with bones and ash-filled rooms for the prismatic gleam of gold - or Mesmerrack.
The final resting place of a folk, their names and story lost to the dark.