Grave-Sand

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Grave-sand of Shyish

Realmstone from the Shyish is known as grave-sand or the Hourglass of Mortality.[2a]

Appearance

It is a granular crystalline substance, that appears like grains of sand, ranging in colour from black to mauve.[2a]

Locations

The largest deposits of this realmstone were found on the Realm's Edge of Shyish, trickling down on dunes of lonely deserts. However Nagash moved a substantial ammount of it to it's center, eventually resulting in the creation of the Shyish Nadir and the subsequent Necroquake.[2a]

Properties

Grave-sand represents power over death both inflicting it and defying it. Legends say that rivulets of this material is linked to a living creature. The lifespan is tied to the numbers of grains in that stream. Capturing one's own grains in a hourglass will prolong their lives. After the creation of Shyish Nadir some believe that each person’s rivulet trickles at the bottom of the pit acting as a collective hourglass of the Mortal Realms [1][2a][4a]

Uses

The most infamous use of Grave-Sand was the Black Pyramid and the Necroquake if worked as intended could have instantly killed every living thing across the cosmos. However smaller amounts of Grave-Sand can replicate the Necroquake on a smaller scale, efficiently killing off entire kingdoms. It can also be used to create lethal tools such as nadirite the metal used by the Ossiarch Bonereapers. It is also used to empower Amethyst magic and necromancy.[2a][4a] Grave-sand can also stall death, stop senescence, drag spirits from the grave, or protect souls from being torn apart. For example the phylacteries of the Ossiarch Bonereapers that store their gestalt souls are made from Grave-Sand fired into glass. Grave-sand is commonly vitrified into brooches and wards across Shyish or mixed with clay or similar substances to create building material that can withstand the death-storms of that realm. [4a]

Grave-sand sucks away life and even the skeletons of Nagash that mined it could only transport a single grain at once and even then risked crumbling to dust. A trained Necromancer can work with raw grave-sand as long as realmstone’s power could be redirected but a single mistake could risk decades of their lives. Those that are immune to aging such as Soulbound and Stormcast Eternals would be afflicted by a crushing lethargy. No being except gods have true immortality thus grave-sand could stop a Stormcast Eternal from reforging or a Sylvaneth’s lamentiri from being replanted. The weight of oblivion causes grave-sand users to become increasingly pessimistic and fatalist. In addition to individuals grave-sand also drains life from the environment, undiluted or unprocessed grave-sand causes the withering of plants, taking away the colours from the surroundings and eroding stone until only a smooth desert is left.[4a]

Notable Objects

Sources

Magic of the Mortal Realms and Beyond
Spells Magic Spectrum Heavens {{{3}}}Beasts {{{3}}}Fire {{{3}}}Metal {{{3}}}Life {{{3}}}Death {{{3}}}Light {{{3}}}Shadows {{{3}}}
Realmsphere Magic AzyrGhurAqshyChamonGhyranShyishHyshUlguEightpoints
Chaos Beasts of Chaos (Twisted WildsDark Storm) • Chaos Ascendant (Ruinous Sorcery) • Disciples of Tzeentch (FateChange) • Hedonites of Slaanesh (SlaaneshForbidden Sorceries of SlaaneshPain and Pleasure) • Maggotkin of Nurgle (MalignanceVirulenceFoulness) • Skaven (RuinWarpvolt Galvanism) • Slaves to Darkness (Damned)
Death Flesh-Eater Courts (Madness) • Legions of Nagash (SorrowsSoulblight Gravelords (DeathmagesVampires)) • Nighthaunt (Underworlds) • Ossiarch Bonereapers (Mortisans)
Destruction Gloomspite Gitz (MoonclansSpiderfangs) • Ogor Mawtribes (GutmagicSun-Eater) • Orruk Warclans (WeirdSavage Waaagh!Savage BeastSwamp)
Order Cities of Sigmar (CinderLeavesSmogPhoenixDark SorceryWhitefireEaglesUmbral SpiteIlluminationGhurish Heartlands) • Daughters of Khaine (Shadows) • Idoneth Deepkin (Deeps) • Lumineth Realm-lords (HyshHigh PeaksWindsZaitrec) • Seraphon (Celestial DominationCelestial Manipulation) • Stormcast Eternals (StormInvigoration) • Sylvaneth (Deepwood)
Other Common SpellsEndless Spells Units SpellsBloodIceShadespire
Realmstone (AetherquartzAmberboneCelestiumChamoniteCyclestoneEmberstoneFalsestoneGrave-SandNullstoneVaraniteWarpstone) • Arcanum OptimarIncarnate