The lithoform core is a multifaceted purple gemstone the size of a melon. Both the Core and its key are compared to stars in terms of brilliance. It is the last one of its kind in existence. The Kor Planeswalker Nahiri believes that the power of the core can stop Zendikar's Roil forever. She expects to heal Zendikar of all its scars with it, wanting to make the world a safe and prosperous place again, just like it was before the Eldrazi arrived. Jace Beleren theorizes that it is channeling Zendikar's power itself, and Nissa Revane sees it as a threat to Zendikar's current-day plants, animals and elementals.
The power of the artifact causes a Lithoform Blight, a dark effect that withers leaves, branches, and bark, transforming them into something rigid and unmovable.
Finding the key
Nahiri asked for Nissa's assistance in searching for the the core in the Skyclave of Akoum. When they entered the skyclave's heart, they found ancient kor runes covering every surface, every inch of the stone walls, floors, and ceiling. On the dais in the very center of the room, in the heart of the heart stood a small tile, glowing like a star. This wasn't the core she was looking for, but merely a key. The runes told her search for the core itself in the Murasa skyclave.
Using the little bit of the core's power stored in the key, Nahiri was able to partially restore the skyclave and to stop the Roil's influences for a while. However, the effect apparently absorbed life from organic matter. When it killed an elemental summoned by Nissa, Nahiri thought is was worth the cost. For this, Nissa broke up their partnership.
Finding the Core
When they finally found the Core in the Murasa skyclave, the remaining party-members were set upon by aggressive elementals. Using the artifact to defend herself, Nahiri killed Zareth in the process. Realizing the danger of the core, Akiri threatened to drop the artifact over a cliff. Applying her lithomancy, Nahiri used a hedron to petrify Akiri, take back the artifact, and then push Akiri over the edge.
Using the Core
Her lithoforming powers enhanced by the Core, Nahiri started to reshape the world according to her will and to still the chaotic effects of the Roil. In this way, she was unconsciously emulating the Eldrazi.
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- Lithoform Blight