So today, as the title implies, I’m going to talk about medallions. Now I know Blue Phoenix mentioned a few facts about medallions during the tour, but he was trying not to give away to his guest that he was in fact a medallion warrior, so he glossed over a lot of it.
So to recap, medallions are magical talismans first created (invented would sound kinda wrong) by the Rjhr. Yes, I swear that’s a word. That’s the name of a species but I’m afraid that’s the closest we can get to pronouncing it. I would go into a lecture about them but they’re not really important…well they are, they created medallions, and the mirror network…never mind, the Rjhr and their magical crafting skills have got nothing to do with Predgarians so just…forget about them.
Anyway, the Courinese medallions are crafted by the Unicians, one of the most magically-talented peoples on their world. They merge the enchanted metal with the souls of animals (I swear no animals were harmed in the making of this blog.)
The medallions though, come in a variety of colours. When first formed, despite being metal, they appear as clear as glass. Only when they are put on and the soul of the animal links with the wearer do they change colour.
The five Orders put great value on the various colours which the large coins take, because they indicate their level of Power potential and fighting prowess.
The brown is considered the lowest rank, indicating the first level of skill in martial arts, though earning the right to a medallion at all is no small feat. After this there is grey, bronze, silver and gold.
These are merely the physical aspects however. There are also other basic colours, namely: red, blue and purple. These three indicate not only an ability with the elements of fire, water, ice, electricity or air but also that they perhaps rely on these gifts more than physical combat.
The white medallion is sought after in every attack group or unit, because these are the healers of the Orders.
Above these in rank is the green. This indicates not only that they are adept in the Power but very often can use more than one type of energy. As well as aura energy (bolts of pure power similar to plasma,) green warriors may also be found using fire or electricity and who knows what else.
The other ranks above red, blue and purple are the elemental medallions. These share the same rank as a green. Elemental warriors are people with a special affinity to a specific element, granting them brighter and more powerful armour. These are known as fire warriors, or ice, water, thunder or wind.
So before I go on, the ranking order of colours are brown, grey, blue, red, purple or white, green or elemental, bronze, silver and gold.
There is one other rank though, and it’s a right nuisance. It’s called the colourless. This is not exactly rare but definitely uncommon. It occurs when a warrior is especially compatible with their medallion. For some reason their minds, the way they think is just a tiny bit too similar to the animal’s and it affects them. A colourless warrior will be that tiny bit faster, that tiny bit stronger, able to go that tiny bit further.
In these cases, the medallions take on the colour of the animal itself, so it’s usually obvious that they have one. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell what level of skill they are by simply looking at them. Once they’ve been met in battle, tested as it were, then it becomes easier. But if you’re meeting one in battle be on your guard. At the first opportunity, a colourless will have you.
There was one other rank, the orange, which sometimes upgraded to earth. There hasn’t been anyone on Courin with that ability for a good six hundred years though.
That more or less covers it on medallions. Oh, there is one more thing. Medallions can upgrade. If a warrior continues to train and better themselves, then it is entirely possible the medallion might promote them by changing colour – not that common, but it does happen.
Oh, and lastly, medallions are conscious. They don’t really have any concept of wrong or right, or good and evil – which is why the Sarpiens can use them, but they are aware. Warriors have to be mindful of that, overusing them to the point of fatigue can make them grumpy or mistrustful and trust me, you really don’t want to be wearing a grumpy medallion during a fight.