Onyx was part of the agate family of ornamental stones but was considered a semi-precious stone when found in pure black, pure white, or in straight bands of both colors.[5][6]


This semi-precious stone was carved for jewelry and decorative housewares and was hard enough to wear well. It was often used for sculpting figurines (including the magic onyx dog).[5][6] A typical specimen had a base value of 50 gp.[1][2][3]


There were "nine secrets" that could be enchanted to become an ioun stone and onyx was one of them. Physical contact with onyx helped reduce complications and pain during childbirth.[6]


Onyx was a common stone among the drow, a gem worn by drow of average station, albeit they used only black ones.[7]

Rumors and LegendsEdit

Unenchanted onyx was believed to cause bad luck when worn or carried. Elminster has confirmed this suspicion.[6]

The lesser drow deity Vhaeraun was known to occasionally send onyx to show his favour or disfavour to his followers.[8][9] Similarly, black onyx was sacred to the Chultan demigod Eshowdow, and he valued unholy items made of it.[10]



External LinksEdit

Onyx article at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.


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