Red Coal

Red coal is a type of coal which was discovered in West Eghea in the years after The Pulse. At the time there were no trees left on the continent and without them the survivors of the cataclysm lacked a reliable fuel source. Regular coal was known prior to the Pulse so people began to search for coal deposits. During their search red coal was discovered. It appears to be a much purer form of coal which can burn a lot longer and with much less smoke.
 

Uses

Heating Homes

Red coal is used for heating homes in the walled cities of West Eghea. Or atleast those cities who need heating in their homes. In Ishdal where the weather is below freezing point all year round a system of central heating was developed long ago. There homes are built in such a way that they have a basement specifically for heating the house. It is connected with pipes to the upper floors as well. So when fires are lit in the basement the air in there heats up and will warm up the floors and walls of the house. This gives a evenly dispersed warmth in every room of their houses and that without spreading smoke inside the house.
 

Cooking

Red coal has also been used in cooking stoves since its discovery. Because it produces a lot less smoke than regular coal, and less of it is needed, it has remained popular. Since the discovery of Heatstone though the use of red coal for cooking has dwindled. Many able to afford a heatstone cooker will at some point make the switch and abandon their red coal stove. Ofcourse like with anything there are people who still prefer cooking on a red coal stove.
 

Mining

Cidale is by far the largest producer of red coal in West Eghea. They have access to several surface mines which speeds up their process of mining and leads to far less accidents. Mining red coal is hard work though and this shows in the hardened population of Cidale. In other locations red coal mines are often underground which brings more danger for the miners.
Type
Sedimentary rock
Color
Red

Cidale

Cidale lies on the west coast of West Eghea between Tiham and Ishdal. It is the smallest of the walled cities and trives completely on their production of red coal. The city has cold winters which requires homes to be heated. During the summer months the weather is mild and some days temperatures can even rise up to 30°C.



Comments

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31 Jul, 2020 08:20

I like nicely done is such short time!

Grandmaster Rynn19
Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
31 Jul, 2020 08:22

Thank you. I wanted to keep it simple so wood or coal were my options for this prompt. And since after the cataclysm parts of my world had no wood left coal seemed a great solution.

31 Jul, 2020 09:00

It is perfect! Well done :)

Grandmaster Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
3 Aug, 2020 12:23

It must have been terrifying to realise that there was no wood left. People did well to survive until the discovery of red coal. I

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
Grandmaster Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
3 Aug, 2020 12:24

Oops, accidentally pressed 'leave comment' too early. I was saying, I really like that it's similar to regular coal but with some benefits. Was it created by the Pulse, do you think, as it wasn't discovered before?

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
Grandmaster Rynn19
Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
4 Aug, 2020 18:22

I am glad to see I am not the only one who sometimes accidentally presses the button too soon. Thank you for your comment. :) As for the red coal, I do think it was created by the Pulse. Although I must be careful with the amount of stuff it changed.