A Fireglass sometimes called a Mirror of the Virtuous is a ceremonial tool that most commonly takes the form of a mirror, usually decorated with gold and pieces of red tempest jade. It can be used by a priest trained in the ceremony of anointing to rekindle the passions of a target, replenishing their spiritual strength. As with any religious ceremony of the Way, using the Fireglass requires a dose of liao which is used as normal for an anointing ceremony. The traditional way to use the Fireglass item is for the subject to look at their own visage in the mirror while the priest performs their ceremony, inspiring the subject by telling them that their reflection shows a heroic or virtuous individual.
The first people to make extensive use of the Fireglass were the priests of the Brass Coast. While similar items were known before the foundation of the Empire it was not until 42YE that the schema for this magic item was made available to the artisans of the Empire by agreement of the Freeborn Assembly. It proved especially popular in Urizen, the League, and among the troubadours of Dawn for different reasons. The Urizen saw in the Fireglass a reflection of profound philosophical ideas around light and vision; the League were fascinated by the ability of a mirror to show the truth - in this case, the truth of the recipients destined power; and the troubadours saw a great opportunity to exalt the champions of Dawn and drive them to embrace glory.
The item takes its common name from the Brass Coast, but historians suggest that similar items may date back to pre-Imperial Highguard and the existence of the semi-mythical sunstones used by ancient navigators. These spheres of naturally occurring crystal are said not only to have aided in locating the sun on an overcast day but also to observe the auras (or "halos") around heroic or powerful people. In the absence of any still existing examples, the true properties of this miraculous mineral cannot easily be assessed.
- Form: Talisman. Takes the form of ceremonial regalia. You must be wearing this item to use its magical properties.
- Requirement: You must have the dedication skill to bond to this item.
- Effect: Three times per day when you use the anointing skill you may restore a spent hero point to your target rather than creating a personal aura.
- Materials: Crafting a Fireglass requires nine ingots of tempest jade, seven ingots of orichalcum, five measures of green iron, ten measures of dragonbone. It takes one month to make one of these items.