"With Darkness We Thrive"
Black, Ink, Ono-Verilium, Onycium
Behaviors are motivated primarily by a desire for freedom, indulgence, obscurity, or protection.
"With Darkness We Thrive" by @lucas_concept_art
A black substance that shimmers, even in darkness, it can be highly corrosive to both physical and spectral objects, with enough purity or concentration; in smaller doses, it functions as a euphoric, bringing pleasure to those exposed to it; it can also be used to heal
While originally vilified as the cause of all ailments in the early days of civilization, the rise of Asterlight as a weapon of war in some cultures led to the use of Nightsmoke by others as a means of protection. Highly resistant to the caustic effects of Asterlight, Nightsmoke was developed into a potent spectral medicine that could unleash the full potential of a warrior’s soul in battle and even conceal them from sight. The substance is still widely used by healers and the faithful to charitable ends, it is also widely abused by various extremist sects as both a weapon and a shield in their wars.
Nightsmoke with lesser refinement is used most commonly as a spectral ink – sometimes called Ondalan ink – that only appears to those whom the author intended to see it. However, concentrated forms are sometimes stored in small vials and either inhaled or absorbed through the skin for euphoric effect. Nightsmoke tattoos are also popular in some cultures.
3D emblem rendering by Dejan Gotić for the Trials of Ildarwood series.