The Chalice of the Silver Queen
The Chalice of the Silver Queen is a small goblet made of a strange metal and covered in etchings of the moon in its various phases. The metal, known only as star silver, appears as an ever-shifting swirl of pure silver and milky white pearl. When you hold the cup in your hands, you get an sensation that reminds you of the eyes of a noblewoman staring over your shoulder, into the basin of the chalice. This is a holy relic of the Silver Queen, a memento of never-ending love, and physical reminder of the sacrifice that the Silver Queen made for the mortal realm.
To simply look upon the Chalice of the Silver Queen is to know her love borders on obsession. Looking deeper into the cup, past the strange metal, past the moon on all sides; You will see that in the basin, is a relief of a glowing sun with tendrils of light creeping up the interior walls.
The Silver Queen's Gaze
The cup has a few different functions, all relative to the position of the sun and moon. When filled with any liquid, it will transform that liquid into another.
During daylight hours, you will be rewarded with cold clean water and nothing more.
If one attempts to fill the cup on a night of moonless sky, when the Silver Queen has rushed ahead to be with The Golden King, then you will be granted the gift of honey, pure and sweet. If the cup is filled and two people each drink half of the honey, they will be able to read each-other's thoughts and movements until the Silver Queen returns (moon is back in the sky).
If the moon is full when the chalice is made to function, the Silver Queen is enjoying time with her children, and the sweet sugary milk that the cup creates is said to promote fertility among couples that drink it.
On any other night, when the moon is neither Full nor New, the cup will produce light (as that of a torch) when filled with liquid. The liquid transforms into a sort of fluid starlight that cannot be removed from the chalice.
It is said that there exist a few of these chalices and similar objects. Crafted in a holy ritual to the Celestial Court, and crafted from the metal found in a fallen Star-Child, these objects are highly valued by the churches of The Golden King and Silver Queen.
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A nice handy thing for argueing couples.
This is simply beautiful -- exactly in line with my thoughts on the Silver Queen. The only part I would change is where you say that her love is 'bordering on obsession'. While all those who are deeply in love might be considered obsessed, it's not really a nice way of putting it . . .
A few questions: does this cup require light to work, or will it function even underground as long as the appropriate phase of the moon is happening above ground? What would happen if it was exposed to moonlight from a different source -- say from one of Lytharian's orbs?
I would say that the moonlight is required for the chalice to function, and Lytharian's orb would do the trick. But it might viewed as 'cheating' the Silver Queen, in a sense, and would only be done if deemed extremely necessary.
This is beautiful. I love it. Very well done, Pieh.
I love it. The idea is fabulous, and your description is extremely well-written. Five stars!
Sweet, and lots of ways it could be emended for different campaigns. Love the idea of the contents changing with the moon - of course, in a setting where the planet has more than one moon, things could get really complicated. :)
This is really cool, and surprisingly benevolent.