The Lore of the River Crystalis
March 24, 2011
The River Crystalis separates the tundra from the Rich Lands. Despite the season, the water of the River Crystalis is always just above freezing. This has caused mystery and mystical rumors to spread about the nature of the river. The river itself is simply melt-off from the glacier that splits the mountains north of the tundra. Ice cold and crystal clear, it is easy to see how the river got its name. The people of the tundra believe that the river has mystical properties.
- Bathing in the Crystalis River can heal the sick of illness and disease.
- The ice-cold water of the river can be used to power magical spells and rituals. Whether this is due to any actual mystical properties of the water or the belief by the caster in the water’s properties is up for debate.
- The people of the tundra believe the River Crystalis exists in every plane of existence and that is where it draws its power from.
As in all ritual healing, it is difficult to convince those healed by the waters that their bodies fought off the disease or illness on its own. It is the same for casters who use the water as a source of power in their spells and ritual. It is difficult to discern if the water has magical properties that fuel the spells or if it is the caster’s belief in the water that fuels the spells. The belief that the river exists on multiple planes of existence is also difficult to prove or disprove. Without communicating with a being from another plane of existence, we can only speculate about the presence of the river on planes other than our own.
In more primitive communities, they believe that the spirits of the departed travel as one with the water of the River Crystalis which leads into the Lightning Sea. In these cultures, heaven resides in the sea. Thus, their ancestors are still in existence and are able to be contacted by communing with the sea.
All scientific studies of the River Crystalis show nothing other than a river made up of ice melt from the glacier. To discover any metaphysical properties of the water, a magic user would be needed to cast magical detection spells, planar travel spells, divination spells, and spells of true seeing.
That many spells simply to discover if there are magical properties of a river that many people already believe is magical in nature seems like an expensive project to fund.
Any magic users work pro bono?