Coral Stars

It is not uncommon, when out at sea on a calm night, to see the stars reflected on the black inky surface of the water, giving the impression that one is sailing in the sky. However, this impression can become frighteningly accurate out in the Dreaming Sea. When the winds of chaos stop howling, one can sometimes sail close to the Wyld, to stumble upon what sailors have called the Coral Stars. As the sea starts reflecting starlight, a brave soul can drag his hand through the water and sometimes pluck the reflection of a star right out of the ocean.

This mysterious physical reflection takes the form of a block of luminescent coral, usually as big as a man’s fist. While it looks like nothing more than a lump of dead white coral during the day, the coral star will shine brighter than a bonfire if held in complete darkness, or when under no other light than that of the moon and stars. It will even retain this peculiar property if ground into powder or mixed with a liquid ; natives use it in ceremonies as body painting, and guild merchants are always willing to buy a coral star to sell to alchemists or even to rich Dynasts looking for curiosities from the edge of Creation.

However, many reasons exist to explain the rarity of coral stars, the first being that one can only take them out of the water by hand, meaning that many would-be star fishers have lost an arm (or more) by letting it drag in the dangerous wyld-twisted sea for long periods of time in the middle of the night. The other makes expeditions into the Coral Stars unnervingly stressful: should the wyld-storms start anew while a ship is sailing in this part of the sea, it risks ending up sinking into the sky of Creation, and will plunge to its doom as soon as that happens. While some believe this to be no more than a folk’s tale, it is true that shipwrecks have occasionally been found in strange places in Creation, on the top of great trees in the Eastern jungles, or on the dry ground of a Southern plateau, sometimes with thousands of mile between them and the next sea.

Coral Stars

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