The Amethyst (Greek ἀ a- "not" and μέθυστος methyskein "make drunk," from methys "wine") is one of the various gemstones that we come across upon our journey through the Realms of the Haunting. The Amethyst is necessary to solve the riddles surrounding the acquisition of the Key of Tears from inside Raysiel's Tower. In the game, this particular jewel is representative of the colour Violet.
It appears in two separate locations:
- The first Amethyst can be picked from the exquisite stained glass window in the small chapel in Raysiel's Tower. Along with six other gems, it has to be arranged correctly, that is according to the ROYGBIV colour spectrum, on the star that has been etched on the floor. Completion of this riddle will yield us the Rainbow-Coloured Key which is used for opening the door inside the Nightingale Floor room, allowing us to retrieve the Coloured Gem from a small casket, required to access the shimmering walkway in the main hall of the Room of Riddles.
- Inside the predominantly purple room in Raysiel's Tower, we happen upon a second Amethyst which is used for completing the Spirit Ring. Purple is the colour usually associated with spirituality, and Raquia is referred to as the Realm of Spirit.
The Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz and, having a similar hardness, is often implemented in the crafting of jewels and trinkets. Amethysts were also commonly used by the ancient Egyptians, and furthermore often employed in the so-called Intaglio technique of engraving gemstones.
The gemstone occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple, and its particular colouring can be attributed to irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of certain trace elements.
The name Amethyst stems from the Ancient Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος méthystos ("intoxicated"), a reference to the Greek belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. Consequently, wine goblets were often carved from Amethyst. In medieval times, European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle, thinking that amethysts could heal people and keep them cool-headed.
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