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Red tears were teardrop-shaped crystals with a glossy surface, vividly colored fiery orange, cherry red, or blood crimson. Legends say they were the tears of lovers left behind after their sweethearts perished in battle, stained by the blood of the fallen. A typical specimen had a base value of 1,000 gp.
These gem stones served as a substitute for all material components used in any healing spell that didn't require specific construction. Powdered red tear was an ingredient for making the magic ink for creating scrolls of spells that mended broken objects.
The church of Tempus believed that their deity appeared during the Time of Troubles in both Battledale and the Fields of the Dead, but which occurred first has not been established. What is known is the Foehammer journeyed across four famous battlefields, using or creating a circular chain of one-way portals, and leaving a trail of red tears behind him to mark the path he took. If they were real gems, they have long since been collected or stolen. What remained behind were actually illusions of Tempus's weepings, only visible to those who successfully met the challenges at each stop along the trail.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 138. 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 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.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 139. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 301. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (2001-12-05). The Trail of Tears—The Fog of War. Perilous Gateways. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on November 10, 2013. “The first portal in the chain known as the Trail of Tears connects an unnamed, low, flat-topped hillock in the Fields of the Dead to the caverns beneath the Abbey of the Sword in Battledale.”
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (2001-12-05). The Trail of Tears. Perilous Gateways. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on November 10, 2013. “The Lord of Battles strode across the battlefields of Faerûn during the Time of Troubles, leaving a trail of Tempus's weepings in his wake. These blood-crimson gems, also known as red tears, mark a path of pilgrimage for the Foehammer's followers seeking either atonement or a boon from the god.”