C is for Crysglas (A to Zed Blog Challenge, the A to Zed of Jhrin)

Crysglas is akin to titanium in strength, but transparent. It gathers light during the day and glows at night. Depending on the cut or shaping during the creation process, the glow can be one or two sided, and, if worked by a master craftsman, can even appear as stars or fairy lights instead of a solid light.

Crysglas is akin to titanium in strength, but transparent. It gathers light during the day and glows at night. Depending on the cut or shaping during the creation process, the glow can be one or two sided, and, if worked by a master craftsman, can even appear as stars or fairy lights instead of a solid light.

A few engineers have painstakingly relearned the craft of forging crysglas shards excavated from the rubble and ruin left after the Sundering, the secret of its creation has been lost, and except for the occasional artist working smaller bits of found crysglas into mosaics and sculpture, most of the remaining stock is put to use in large-scale engineering projects.

Pneumatic lift tubes are the most popular, allowing a 360 degree view as passengers shoot up to the air docks, or, during the Sword Dance, to the Sky Stage. While such projects are still a marvel of modern creation, considering the difficulty of working with and shaping crysglas, they pale in comparison to the two remaining pre-Sundering structures.

The Night Bridge, sometimes referred to as The Star Bridge or the Crystal Bridge depending on one’s favorite poet, stitches together the two halves of Upper Rannport. The strands of crysglas supporting the deck are impossibly thin and shine like a rain of comets at night, while the deck mirrors the starlit sky. The bridge has survived flood, quake, war, and dragon fire without a scratch.

The Twin Spires rise out of the Istavaran Sea. Here the spires glow ice blue at night. Expeditions below the surface have found the base of the spires decorated with Pre-Sundering bas relief, the most famous of which depict a lifelike, and life size dragon sleeping in a treasure cave, and smaller piece commemorating of the crowning of Maralissandra Alstashevana Trientanis, Sarn of Sarns, Savior of the Nation. Popular belief is that the island houses her tomb, but scholars tend to agree that this is unlikely at best.

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