Read the first part of this series here: Knowledge Stones, Part 1.
Worldbuilding the Knowledge Stone
During the early stages of developing the world of Airtha-Eyrassa — that is to say, before the Major Overhaul I started end of (gasp!) 2014 — I already had the idea for a kind of knowledge stone. It was, however, more like a passing fancy than something I could actually make fit into the story. Then came the “flash piece” A Box of Secrets. Which became the novel The Knowledge Stones. ‘Cause that’s how I roll, apparently.
Suddenly pieces that had either been glaring plot holes or which I’d thought of just abandoning fell into place. If I had been in the bathtub at that time I probably would have at least shouted “Eureka”. Rather, I think, I had one of those weird writer-stares where your brain is running a million miles an hour plotting, while you’re waiting to pay for milk and also still trying to act like a human.
From the beginning, though, the knowledge stones were green (I guess because it’s a pretty colour? *goes in search of symbolism dictionary*), and now they became part of the very mythology of the world as well. Because a world needs it’s myffic stuff.
In the previous part of this series I already mentioned that I picture the original Knowledge Stone as looking something like the Code of Hammurabi:
The Knowledge Stone, however, had to be broken to keep it safe, which meant that pieces and even splinters of the stone was carried away from the hall where the Stone was kept. These pieces may have had writing on them, or have been plain. It was, however, the ones with the writing on that Lewjan and his followers were most intent on finding and taking for themselves. Many pieces were captured in this way by the enemy, but many valuable pieces of the broken stone was kept safe because there was no writing on it.
However, what makes the stone so special in actual fact, is that knowledge can be imprinted into the stone by those who have the Talent called Nithrus. The stone, therefore doesn’t have to be inscribed in order to be filled with knowledge. Only those with Nithrus can read the knowledge locked within the stone. At first only some of the Airus had Nithrus, but, later, some of the half-Airus, half-humans also had Nithrus and could read the stones. It’s these Airus and “Airahna” that mostly become the Seekers of Knowledge.