Over on Pinterest, I've been keeping a pin board full of images that inspire and capture the spirit of the Scorched Continent series. With book one, Steal the Sky, coming out January 5th, I plan to explore some of these images here and explain what they mean to the world and the characters which inhabit it.
A viscous, lighter than air gas, selium can be found all across the Scorched continent. It's embedded in the bedrock, and often forms pockets within the mouths of the continent's firemounts. The native Catari population used the gas for a myriad of purposes - art, performance, ritual. But the Valathean empire has put the substance to work in the belly of airships facilitating trade all across the world.
While selium (sometimes called only "sel") can be manipulated into a wide variety of colors and textures by adept sel-sensitives, the raw material is wispy and multi-hued. It is akin in color to fire opals, and can be stored within weighted leather bladders designed for the purpose.