Jet was a deep black gemstone that was hard enough to take facets and was often used in simple pendants or as part of a larger setting. In the wealthy commercial centers of Amn, Calimshan, and Sembia, jet was worn to represent sorrow and mourning. This custom was also practiced in Waterdeep and Westgate. A typical specimen had a base value of 100 gp.
Jet was the material of choice for magic jars and could be made to release the captive life force within by means of certain treatments, or accidentally trigger the release by casting specific spells in close proximity to the magic jar. If this were to happen, a person or creature near the magic jar would have their life essence sucked into the jar and the captive entity would be released to inhabit their body. Being in possession of a magic jar rarely gave any control or influence over the entity stored within.
Legends and RumorsEdit
The legends of jet being used for magic jars were true, and stories about irascible wizards or dire magical beasts popping out to possess the body of the hapless victim gave jet a bad reputation. Jet gems and jewelry found in treasure troves were generally viewed with great suspicion.
The lesser drow deity Vhaeraun was known to occasionally send jets to show his favour or disfavour to his followers. Similarly, jet was sacred to the Chultan demigod Eshowdow, and he valued unholy items made of it.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 136. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 127. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 300. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 134. ISBN 978-0786965622.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 137. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 43. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.