Once a divine gift capable of incredible feats, the Philosopher's Stone has since become an artifact of great evil, split into two halves (one half representing Buer and one half representing Ka) that both carry immense power...however, Buer's half is substantially stronger, due to much of Ka's influence being consumed by Buer's...
Legend has it that Ka and Buer each gave one stone, that, when combined, created the Philosopher's Stone, said to be able to turn any substance into gold and precious stones, bestow immortality and grant every wish conceivable. Overall, the Stone was generally considered a myth, as few people had the privilege of using or even seeing its divine power for themselves.
However, some kings from long, long ago have been depicted holding the Stone, and various ancient texts relating to history and alchemy mention and even describe the Stone in great detail, suggesting that some people have been able to research and record its properties.
Yet no one was aware of the constant turmoil contained within the Stone; Buer's power in the Stone had been locked in a stalemate with Ka's from the very beginning, and while this created a harmonious and powerful balance, it would not last for long...
The insatiable curiosity of mortalkind coupled with the Black Wheel's beguilement and temptations slowly caused Ka's influence within the Stone to be surpassed by Buer's, corrupting the power within into something more twisted and dark. Eventually, it had gone from a divine treasure of the gods to a thing of incredible evil, and gave Buer a powerful, supernatural link from his realm to ours; he now held far more influence in the Stone than he was ever meant to, and he took full advantage of that. Those who got their hands on it became corrupted by him, and used the Stone to commit incredible atrocities.
The Church of the Black Wheel, who had long worshiped Buer, sought the Stone for themselves, but for a different purpose; ancient tomes claimed that the Stone was also a powerful key, one capable of unlocking the doors to different universes, including the Hyperverse and Putriverse. As Buer had overridden most of Ka's influence within the Stone, the Church knew they could use it to grant the Black Wheel access to Mobius, with little interference from Ka and with power that could surpass that of Celestial.
The Splitting of the Stone
At that time, an alchemist by the name of Hermes Treismajice, already well-aware of the horrors the once noble Stone was now capable of creating, sought a way to destroy it once and for all. Such an immensely powerful artifact could wreak disastrous consequences if Hermes did not successfully destroy it, forcing him to be incredibly cautious. He carried the Stone at that time, yet was somehow immune to its corrupting touch.
But he had little time to research; the Church had eyes everywhere, and he was certain that they would find him soon. Even when he pored all his time into finding a way to destroy the Stone, the Church found him. Hermes was forced to flee, taking the Stone with him.
While he could not completely destroy the Stone, he relied on the next best option; taking an obsidian dagger, he split the Stone in half. This caused a massive, brilliant blast of light, staggering the cultists who pursued Hermes and giving him time to escape. Taking Ka's half of the Stone, he retreated into a hidden, underground temple, and used the Stone to seal the entrance, with it also keeping him alive and preventing him from aging. The other half had been flung far away in the blast, and has been lost to time...for now...
- Immortality-granting - Anyone who carried the Philosopher's Stone on their person would cease to age, effectively making them immortal. This is one of the few powers known to have been retained when the Stone was split in half by Hermes.
- Wish-granting - The Philosopher's Stone was said to be able to grant any wish. Just how far this power stretched was unknown.
- Transmutation - The Philosopher's Stone was said to be capable of turning base metals (such as lead) into gold or silver, and could also turn rocks into precious jewels.
- Dimensional Key - Although this has never been confirmed, ancient tomes claim that the Philosopher's Stone was capable of unlocking the doors to different universes; this included the Hyperverse and the Putriverse. This is the primary reason that the Church of the Black Wheel was seeking the Stone.
Buer's Half (the Black Stone)
- Immortality-granting - One of the few powers known to have been retained after the Stone was split by Hermes, anyone who carried the Black Stone on their person would cease to age, effectively making them immortal.
- Advanced Transmutation - The Black Stone is capable of transmutation, and can transmute far more thing than the White Stone can, and even more than the whole Philosopher's Stone could. However, except for the transmuted gold, silver and precious jewels, the by-products will be tainted by Buer's influence, and essentially be dark, twisted versions of themselves.
- HellMagick Channeling - The Black Stone is also able to channel HellMagick, essentially allowing anyone who carries the Black Stone to use this "element" for themselves.
- Wish-granting - The Black Stone is said to be able to grant any wish. Just how far this power stretched was unknown, as it hasn't been used yet, but it can be assumed that the Black Stone would corrupt any wish it granted.
Ka's Half (the White Stone)
- Immortality-granting - One of the few powers known to have been retained after the Stone was split by Hermes, anyone who carried the White Stone on their person would cease to age, effectively making them immortal.
- Weakened Transmutation - While the White Stone is still capable of transmutation, it is capable of far less than the Black Stone, and less than what the whole Philosopher's Stone could achieve.