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The Crimson Elfstones

Shannara artifact
Elfstones
Purpose Various
Used by Elves and those with Elfish blood
Magical properties Different colored elfstones had different purposes, but all could be used to protect the user against magical creatures
First appearance The Sword of Shannara(In publication) Wards of Faerie(Chronologically, via flashback)
Creation Time of the Faerie
Destruction Various (some lost, some recovered)


Elfstones are magical talismans of varying and incredible power. They were created in ancient, mythical times during the age of Faerie. To utilize any Elfstone, a person must either be Elfish o r be born from Elfish blood.

There are two variations of Elfstones. The typical is a set of three, same-colored gemstones, each one representing a person's body, spirit and mind. The Black Elfstone and Loden, however, represents those three components in and of itself.

There are five known types of colored Elfstones, though the explicit purpose of most remains a mystery. It should be noted that most can be used as a weapon against magical creatures, regardless of their primary function.

  • Blue Elfstones, also known as the Seeking Stones, allow the user to find anything he or she desires, as long as they can form an accurate mental picture of their query.
  • Crimson Elfstones act as a high-powered, life-draining fiery weapon, capable of incinerating  an enemy within moments. This comes at a cost of the user's life force.
  • Emerald Elfstones, function unknown.
  • Saffron Elfstones, function unknown.
  • White Elfstones, function unknown.

Most of the Elfstones were lost during the time of ancient Faerie, when the walls of the Forbidding first went up, with the exceptions of the Blue and Black Elfstones. 

The Blue Elfstones have been used by many individuals across the millenia, and have played a pivotal role in many struggles. They usually stay in the careful guard of the Elven royal family.

The Black Elfstone had since time immemorial been kept hidden in the Fortress of Chew Magna, until its recovery by Tay Trefenwyd around the time of the forging of the Sword of Shannara.

The Loden Elfstone has seen, at most, two incarnations. The first was used to transport the Ellcrys from one place to another during Genesis of Shannara and the last was used by the Elves in the time of Wren Ohmsford-Elessedil to transport the city of Arborlon from the Westland to Morrowindl and back again.

The other colored Elfstones lay buried and forgotten in the Forbidding for centuries, until recovered by Redden Ohmsford during the second breach of the Forbidding. In the aftermath of the demon invasion, the colored Elfstones save Crimson were carried back into the alternate dimension, once again lost to the ages.

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