Diamond Material in The Morning Realm | World Anvil


  Diamonds are precious gemstones used in protective and restorative magic. They are valued both for their beautiful shine, their magical properties, and their natural hardness. Diamond is one of the hardest materials in existence, and often used by artisans to cut or polish others. Natural diamonds are mined and extracted from deep underground. Only about a fifth of natural diamonds are fit for use as a decorative gemstone, and most are instead used by mages or industry.   Gem-quality diamonds have a beautiful rainbow luster. While they are less colourful than other gems, they remain popular in jewelry. Diamonds hold wards and protective enchantments especially well. Gem-quality diamonds are far more expensive than those used in magic or industries, and their price is not equivalent to their value as a magical component.   With the advent of stratigraphy and alchemical diamonds, it has become a common theory that diamonds are created when a significant quantity of long-dead spirits are compressed by rock and exposed to intense heat and pressure over an extended period of time.  

Alchemical Diamonds

  Alchemical Diamonds are alchemically and physically the same as mined diamonds. There is no proven difference in magical efficiency despite multiple studies. While there is no upper limit to how big an alchemical diamond can be, they are prohibitively expensive to create. Most diamonds of a size and value above 500 gp are natural diamonds.   After the discovery that diamonds were pure Aether in 47 IE many attempts were made to attempt to create them from spirits. Claims to have successfully distilled diamonds are frequent since it's discovery, but attempts to create a reproducable alchemical process first began proper in 145 IE, funded by the Church of Coin, and culminated in 194 IE.   These first alchemical diamonds were created by capturing or conjuring spirits en masse, and then compressing them down into solid form. Some of these early alchemical diamonds are rumoured to whisper to those who wield them, as well as causing disturbing dreams for those ressurected using one. Concerns about the ethics of the process were raised, and studies into alternative methods began.   Opinion of how best to improve the process was split. Some alchemists claimed it was prudent to look for a new source of aether, while others instead sought to find a way to kill or deafen the spirits and therefore any side effects of the process. Both methods bore fruit.  

Despirited Diamond

Alchemists discovered an effective way of both killing and compressing the spirits; detonation. By creating a minor explosion, any sentience would be quickly wiped and a diamond left in it's area. These alchemic diamonds are often called despirited diamonds.  

Auric Diamonds

Alchemists seeking a new source of aether soon discovered a method of harvesting an individuals aura. These alchemical diamonds are often referred to as auric diamonds. The discovery that auras can recover up to a tenth in one moon cycle was especially promising. Many temples set up donation banks were volunteers could offer some of their aura for pay or out of generosity. The compression is done much the same as the earlier alchemical diamonds.


PropertiesProtection and Ressurection

Table of Contents

  1. Alchemical Diamonds
  2. Despirited Diamonds
  3. Auric Diamonds

Spells that Require Diamonds

  • Chromatic Orb — 50 gp
  • Revivify — 300 gp
  • Mighty Fortress — 500 gp
  • Raise Dead — 500 gp
  • Ressurection — 1 000 gp
  • Clone — 1 000 gp
  • Gate — 5 000 gp
  • True Ressurection — 25 000 gp
  • Nondetection — 25 gp
  • Stoneskin — 100 gp
  • Glyph of Warding — Up to 200 gp
  • Symbol — Up to 1 000 gp
  • Sequester — Up to 5 000 gp


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Oct 5, 2021 08:00

I really enjoy all the details and thoughts you have put into this, and it's such a fun twist that people have claimed to do it but haven't reproduced anything. Really made me think of cold fusion :D   And it definitely seems like using mass-murder of spirits to produce your magic shiny rocks will lead to lots of fun plot and disaster :D   Awesome stuff as always :D

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Oct 5, 2021 11:02 by Annie Stein

Thank you! The methods are reproduceable, it's just that it took a while to develop these methods. That's also why the diamond price is so stable, it can now be made to supply.

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Oct 18, 2021 11:10 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I love the twist you've put on how diamonds are created, even if it's also slightly horrifying.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Oct 18, 2021 12:02 by Annie Stein

Thank you! Thankfully you can get auric diamonds which involved no spiritual suffering. Aura donations are perfectly safe, with fewer side effects than blood donations (auras, after all, are less important to the body than blood)

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Nov 5, 2021 12:55 by AS Lindsey (Pan)

Really cool idea! Will the rise of renewable auric diamonds eventually reduce the value of mined diamonds?

Nov 5, 2021 19:15 by Annie Stein

Thank you! Admittedly I try to keep the economy fairly simple to keep it easy for myself as a DM. The way I see it, the renewable diamonds would be part of why the prices are so stable.

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