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Topaz was a very hard, clear gemstone that was usually golden yellow but could be found in shades from yellow to brown. Topaz turned pink or light blue if subjected to high temperatures. A typical specimen had a base value of 500 gp.
Topaz stones were considered sacred by followers of Deneir, Horus-Re, and Gaerdal Ironhand—appropriate for sacrifice, or to be consecrated for use, or recognized as boons or omens when found. The blue variety of topaz was sacred to followers of Eldath.
Topaz was often used to create items that conferred protection from magical effects because this stone protected the item itself from trauma due to force, acid, fire, petrification, and disintegration. It was the preferred component when making a gem of brightness because topaz took on the hardness of mithral when so enchanted.
Topaz gems naturally stored healing magic. By casting a healing spell on this gemstone, the topaz could be placed into an open wound where it would release its stored magic and dissipate completely, or it could be powdered and mixed with milk or wine in a mithral vessel (any other substance leeched the magic out of the mixture before it could be consumed). A topaz healing draught tasted cold and sour.
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- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds (2002). Deity Do's and Don'ts. A Faiths and Pantheons Web Enhancement p. 11-12. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2014-09-22.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Cook, Findley, Herring, Kubasik, Sargent, Swan (1991). Tome of Magic 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 104. ISBN 1-56076-107-5.