Tof (liquid lava)
Liquid Lava is a very practical thing for the Magmer people. It is used for cleaning, grilling meat, or as a simple trash can. Since the lava continuously flows deep under the ground of the Fire Valley, most households have their own stream of tof flowing under the center of their home, called the tofta. This is the cultural center of a magmer's household, and the place where meetings, conversations, and free time happen.
The tof that flows through the tofta of a magmer household is glowing in a bright red, enough to enlighten the entire first floor, even in larger middle-class buildings that are 15-20 meters long. Its red glow gives magmer households a calming, but mysterious touch.
Its temperature is just cool enough for a magmer to touch it for a few seconds, to clean their hand for example, but not longer. Think of a water tube that is turned to maximum temperature. Everything thrown into the tof burns within a couple of seconds. The viscosity of the lava is much thicker than water; it is just viscous enough to flow through a magmers closed fingers' gaps.
History & Usage
In early days, magmer did not know about the tof under ground. They used to consciously heat their hand when they wanted to clean it, or used the same method to grill scale mice. But soon, in the year 242, they discovered the heat source down there. Since then, they use it as a source of light, as well as an easier to control heat source, since burning down a scale mouse was sadly a too frequent occurrence.
Since the invention of the Sand Oven in 779, and the invention of the metal oven roughly 100 years later, magmer now also use their tof for melting processes that their own hands do not get hot enough for.
We were sitting at the tofta, having a nice utu'awaga, and were about to make a break. One of my friends, who was taking notes, went to the tofta, held his right hand down there and cleaned the paint off his hand with the tof flowing along. Then I took the taf of tofta to shut the tofta.