tmcd at jump.net
Sun Mar 10 12:23:55 PST 2002
On Sun, 10 Mar 2002, Formerly Known as Pop Tart Girl <darcy at seacove.net> wrote:
> At Round Table, the question came up as to whether or not Bloodstone
> was know in period.
I did what Malcolm Drum did and flipped open the OED. To expand:
1. A name applied to certain precious stones spotted or streaked with
red, supposed in former times to have the power of staunching
bleeding, when worn as amulets; particularly the modern Heliotrope,
a green variety of jaster or quartz, with small spots of red jasper
looking like drops of blood; also the heliotrope of Pliny, 'a
leek-green stone (prase or plasma) veined with blood-red (jasper),
the latter so abundant as to give a general red reflection to the
whole when it was put in water in the face of the sun'. Dana.
As to whether that's enough for registration of House Bloodstone,
you'd have to ask a name expert. I did only a cursory search and ran
across a precedent involving "Atlantia, Kingdom of. Order name Order
of the Opal." BUT household names are not order names, so it's not
Daniel de Lincolia
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