Mechanics & Inner Workings
More than just a slab of rock, the platforms of a battle stone have intricate carvings on their face meant to hinder the combatants in various ways. Creative depictions of the anatomy of different gods and goddesses serve as obstacles for the participants to fight around or else. Some favourite features are:
- Mictlantecuhtli and his wife, Mictecacihuatl's open mouths bite and draw blood on any misstep.
- Massy and Set's marble hides pull them down.
- Yahui's shells picks and prods.
- Solar Disks of different metal compositions that burn people.
It would not be hard for a mediocre carver to drill holes in a slab, mine grooves and insert spike shards in any old found rock. But an artistic battle stone, properly worthy of a place of public honour, takes a literal lifetime to carve. Such a carver would spend their early, and part of their middle, career doing their obligatory and paid works before dedicating their twilight years to their final masterwork: which is usually a Battle Stone.
The conceptual origins of a battle stone developed as a legal means by which Warg used to settle inter-tribal disputes. After moving into Dragonsgrave, the sang tribe adapted its 'trail by combat' premise to incorporate religious and ceremonial overtones. For example, if a captured warrior displayed great skill and courage on the battlefield, he can win his freedom and a place in the Sang's warrior elite, if he can survive until the afternoon against a host of challengers.
8 strides in diameter
Raw materials & Components
- Volcanic Rock
- Wooden Drill
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