Ann Clevenger Duncan
Osnabrück, Haste: Stones of Charlemagne. In ancient times, the location was the site of a large pagan temple and burial area. When Charlemagne mustered the strength to force the Christian faith upon the Germans, his forces killed the priests and desecrated the graves; it is rumoured that he himself broke the largest altar stone. The magic remained infuse in the site and on the winter solstice and summer equinox strange orbs of light are seen, screams are heard, and stains appear on the stones.
The Talisman of Charlemagne, c. 768-814. Two large cabochon sapphires - one oval, one square - enclose holy relics (what are supposed to be a remnant of the Holy Cross and a small piece of the Virgin's hair, visible only when looking through the oval sapphire at the front of the medallion.) The other gemstones are garnets, emeralds, and pearls.