Gyalzinite Material in Gokrenxia | World Anvil

Gyalzinite (jē-āl-zĭ-nīt)

For me, green is the color of home.
— A Dwarven Merchant
  Dwarven records credit discovery of the first vein of gyalzinite around 152 1A by Zenlange of House Gaaren. This glowing green metalloid is found primarily in the Stormbreak Mountains. Gyalzinite is an innate component of everyday Dwarven society, bringing light to every darkened corridor of their mountain passes.

 

Characteristics

  Gyalzinite exists on the outside as an uninspiring, drab mossy green. Yet this fascinating metalloid, when split open, reveals its tenebrescence. That is, freshly-broken gyalzinite emanates a long-running, ambient soft-green glow. It is an extremely hard, stable, and heat resistant substance, making it an excellent choice for use in the construction of items meant for lighting.  

Distribution

This magnificent stone is rare but naturally occurring in Gokrenxia. The twelve Dwarven Houses practically have a monopoly on the known veins found in the Stormbreak Mountains.  

Half-life

In dim or dark environments, the warm green 800 lumen (60w) gyalzinite glow fades at a rate of about 30 lumens per day. In other words, a single underground stone is expected to last about one year before needing to be recharged. When exposed to bright light though, that degradation accelerates tenfold and the half-life of gyalzinite can be measured in days. This characteristic makes it a poor candidate for outdoor and above ground usage.  

Storage & Distribution

Gyalzinite is extremely stable. It does not require any special storage and can be easily transported as needed. And yet, it is not often found outside of Stormbreak apart from eccentric collections or those Dwarves venturing out into the world.  

Uses

A host of everyday uses have made gyalzinite an extremely popular material in Dwarven communities. Its primary usage is for underground lighting throughout the deep and winding tunnels of the Stormbreak. Less commonly known is the reason why this stone is so popular. Some scholars have reported from Dwarven interviews the soft green metalloid glow is significantly less painful to their light sensitive (photophobic) Dwarven eyes.   Once gyalzinite's brilliance has faded, it can apparently be recharged by sitting exposed to ultraviolet light. This makes the metalloid a highly reusable and rechargeable resource.

Secondary Uses

The material was found to kill bacteria, algae, and parasites, leading some to believe it is somehow tied to the Dwarves' exceptional constitution. It is used as a mild antiseptic, for washing powders, as a food preservative, and to tint dyes green.
Odor
Due to its low volatility, gyalzinite has no odor, though in powder form its dust may irritate the olfactory senses.

Taste
Terribly bitter, but makes for “enlightening” stories when relieving oneself!

Color
Gyalzinite glows a soft, rich green coloration

Boiling / Condensation Point
1100C / 2012F

Common State
Solid

Related Locations
Stormbreak Mountains
 
Related Species
Dwarves

Cover image: by dream by WOMBO

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Jul 3, 2023 20:02 by Drake Ragon

An article that began to simply interest me because of the light color and yet managed to surprise me here and there. For example the killing bacteria part.   The only thing I want to point out is the weight and usage of headers. The seem to overload the flow of reading a lite. Depending on how you build the article, there might be only a few things or none you can do about that. So that's a mere technicality and not really critic regarding the content.   +1 respect for adding the lumen / W

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Jul 3, 2023 21:54

Thanks so much for the feedback but even moreso for the constructive criticism. I'm still very new to WA. This is my first time filling out the "Material" template. It seems like my options would be to condense sections into the "general" block and/or soften the headings. Is my understanding correct?

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Jul 6, 2023 16:25 by Drake Ragon

No worries about being new here, we all were and some even are, like me, after using WA for years :D. I can only speak from my knowledge but what you had happen to you, happend to me as well. When simply filling out the "boxes" that WA gives you, that can shove around the CSS a little.   Solution A) Take the headings write them down in the main windows and just write everythng there (ecxept for stuff on the sideline, which is indicated by the icon in th upper right) You can than choose your own headings (tipp ctrl+number ads a heading with start and end bracket f.e. crtl+1 > h1.   Solution B) Fiddle arround with containers / CSS - But A that would require to be a Grandmaster or above (I think) and B knowledge. (see the WA own WIki called codex or Discord)   But I would start with solution A - test it out on a new testpage and see if the workflow is for you - remeber, there is no wrong way using worldanvil. Also you might have changed them already? I have read so many materials, I honestly cant remeber. But it feels quite nice now. Which only shows how subjective this is to person / time of reading ect.

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Jul 6, 2023 21:34

> Also you might have changed them already? I have read so many materials, I honestly cant remeber. But it feels quite nice now.   Indeed I did, and that's all to your credit. I took your feedback and did A! Thank you!!!!

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Jul 4, 2023 10:18 by Catoblepon

This is such an interesting material! It has so many uses too! I like the point that they are used mainly underground cuz they are way useless when in contact with sunlight! I wonder if the amount of lumen varies on how time left of utility it has left

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Aug 21, 2023 04:31 by Tlcassis Polgara | Arrhynsia

So - I'm kinda a wordie (like a foodie with words) and you used the term "tenebrescence" which I didn't know and was exciting to find a new word - so I looked it up - and it said "Reversible photochromism; the ability of a material to change colour when exposed to sunlight". I didn't get that from the text? Is that what you meant?   Nice article though.

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Aug 21, 2023 09:11

Thanks for the feedback and keeping me honest here! I think the effect is subtle when it comes to Gyalzinite. In this case it’s not so much a drastic change from say, purple to white (like hackmanite), but when the stone looses its glow, it’s left with the natural mossy green color of the outer shell. The vivid green glow can be returned by exposure to UV light. I was thinking this would meet both the reversible and color changing characteristics that make up tenebrescence. Thoughts?

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Aug 27, 2023 17:41 by Tlcassis Polgara | Arrhynsia

Definitely meets reversible. If I were a purist, I'd say it should be yellow when charged, but frankly art is expensive and unless there's an in world need for it to be changing color I'd just massage the wording - not that you have to. As I said, I was just excited to find a word I didn't know. I read 429 articles, and that only happened twice! :-) On the template thing - don't sweat the templates - you don't have to use them at all - in fact I find them pretty annoying outside of getting me to think about stuff I might want to write about.

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Aug 27, 2023 17:41 by Tlcassis Polgara | Arrhynsia

Oh - and Welcome to WA!

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