The Glittering Caves

The Gem Caves of Neklian

The Gem Caves of Neklian is an extensive cave system found in Neklian in Dysvoll Ellecran Forest. The caves and the mines within it funded the city-state's expenses for hundreds of years. Now they're abandoned along with the rest of Neklian.  
The mines are filled with riches beyond comprehension, and if you have the right talents you can find the most valuable areas quite easily! Earth magic really makes everything more simple when it comes to locating and excavation of gems.
 

Gem Mining

Several mines have been established in the extensive cave system in accordance with where the biggest abundance of gems is located. The caves allow for easy access to survey the dirt that lay around them. After an area has been chosen, usually by magical means, the mining will start. This usually happens with a mix of both traditional hard work and earth Earth Magic to help out.  

Gems and their uses

The glittering caves have a good variety of different precious gems. Some gems are mostly used for decoration and jewelry while other gems are popularly used in spiritual and religious practices.   The gems that have most often been found in the caves are amethysts, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, quartz, rose quartz and garnets. More uncommon gems to find in the earth under Neklian include opal, peridot and topaz.  

Transport helpers

After the first years in Neklian passed, the inhabitants realised that the underground animals they sometimes bumped into when they were mining were quite mild-tempered. This birthed the idea to domesticate them and use them as helpers in the mines, both with digging and transport of the gems back to the surface.   This became a success and the Buddlers were a valued part of the mining process and even became part-time pets for many when they weren't working. This made the transport of the gems way easier. This practice spread to many other mining facilities over the years.  

The Laughing Mines

Now that the caves and the mines within them lay abandoned, curious explorers go to visit the once great city of Neklian to see the crumbling buildings as well as getting a trinket from the mines. However, some people that return from their exploration trip report that the mines are haunted, still inhabited or that perhaps something in them cause hallucinations.   Many have told stories about hearing laughter from the caves, this is the most common story, and also the reason why many refer to the caves as the laughing caves instead of the glittering caves.  

Parties in the caves

Another part of the myth is that the laughing and sounds of parties and music comes from a constructed room deep within the mines, made like a giant ballroom carves out of the stone.   The ballroom in the glittering mines has been written in to a few fairytales and such over the last hundreds of years where it's been a popular myth.   It is widely accepted that the ballroom is a myth, and it's not a something people actually believe. However, a lot more people believe that the mines are haunted. However, the ballroom in the mines is actually not made up, but rather it's an actual structure that still exists and can be found in the cave system.  

The Ballroom

Opposite to common belief, the Neklians really did carve out a ballroom in the cave system, for special balls. They called this The Glittering Ballroom, due partly to the fact that its located in the glittering mines, and partly due to the decorations.   It's a very luxurious location, with the inside decked out in a mix of the carved stone and marble, which was added in to create a contrast and a beautiful finish. Thousands of gems are installed all over the ballroom, primarily in the ceiling and the pillars. This creates a beautiful sparkle when the candlelight dances all through the ballroom.
Alternative Name(s)
The Glittering Mines
Neklian's Well of Wealth
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Cave System
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Related Myths

Buddler
Species | Jul 17, 2021

A large animal domesticated to use for underground transport of goods. The Buddlers are quite mild tempered.

 
The Laughing Caves
Myth | Jul 10, 2021

A well known myth about the Glittering Gem Caves of Neklian. The city is in ruins, but some swear they've heard laughter and music from deep within the caves decades after.

 
The large quantity of gems underneath Neklian is what supported their way of life right from the start. The Neklians made sure to keep the supply of gems small enough so that the price they could sell them at didn't take a deep dive.   If they oversaturated the market, the price for the gems would be so small that they no longer would have the income they need to sustain their society and way of living.
 
The Glittering Ballroom
Building / Landmark | Jul 9, 2021

A ballroom in the Glittering Caves made by the Neklians for celebrations.



Cover image: by Ninne124

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10 Jul, 2021 10:06

Nicely written, Ninne! I'm enjoying how you're managing to link all the articles so far to Neklian. It's quite enjoying to read this way and I look forward to the next article so I can learn more :D

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10 Jul, 2021 10:45

Thank you Dhel!   I'm currently having a lot of fun with linking everything together as you might've noticed XD   I'm saving posting the actual article on neklian for when I've linked everything together so I don't have to go back and revise it over and over but rather just do it all at once ^-^

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13 Jul, 2021 13:43

What I'm imagining is one explorer stumbling upon that ballroom, which sounds absolutely gorgeous by the way, and trying very hard to get other people to believe him. But they don't, and he can't find his way back. Man I really like this article, great job :)

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14 Jul, 2021 17:23

Thank you so much!   I really want to try and draw it some time, because the whole aesthetic is just so.... much XD

Grab your hammer and go worldbuild! :3
5 Aug, 2021 22:18

Oh wow, that ballroom sounds as though it would be stunning to behold. I'm glad people haven't found it - they'd probably loot all the gemstones off the walls!   The laughing is a little creepy, so maybe that'll keep all potential treasure hunters away.

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AS Lindsey (Pan)
10 Aug, 2021 11:15

Nice work, linking prompts together like that!   The ballroom is a very cool idea - with earth magic apparently very prevalent, why do more people not stumble across it?

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