Fringes of Khorvaire
Much of the great magic of the Five Nations would not be possible without the existence of dragonshards, and the economies of Khorvaire demand a steady supply of all three dragonshard varieties. The Siberys shards that fall from the sky, the Eberron shards dug from the earth, and the Khyber shards mined from the caverns deep beneath the surface are all vital elements of magic in the world. Some believe dragonshards to be the physical remnants of the ancient progenitor wyrms, though many concern themselves more with the harvesting and selling of the peculiar crystal shards.
Also called bloodstones, they are found encased in geodelike stone shells—egg-shaped rocks. These stone shells usually lie just below the surface of the ground, covered by 2 to 10 feet of dirt and sediment, but always above the bedrock layer.
Most shard ﬁelds are in lowlands, as opposed to mountains or rocky barrens. The most productive Eberron dragonshard ﬁelds are oft found in the swamps of the Shadow Marches, where the water of has transformed much of the dirt covering the shards into mud, and in some cases washed the dirt away completely. Dragonshard geodes thus sit hidden underneath standing water or muck.
House Tharashk workers wade through fetid waters picking up individual dragonshards that have broken free of their casings. Other orc and human tribal members use extra-long divining rods, letting the forces of nature guide their hands while plunging the 10-foot poles into the mire in search of the solid resistance a dragonshard shell might offer. Many of the most lucrative ﬁelds have already been claimed by House Tharashk – nearly all of them within the Shadow Marches, as well as those ﬁelds within Droaam.
While such shards may be a few feet under the surface of most of the lands in Khorvaire, the task of digging up most of the continent is daunting, so a prospector usually won’t dig indiscriminately unless an area is expected to have a high concentration of Eberron shards.