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The Philosopher's Stone or lapis philosophorum is the holy grail of western and spiritual alchemy. There are three theories as to the stone's function: an object that could turn inexpensive metals into gold, an elixir that made humans younger, or bring enlightenment to its owner and facilitate the completion of the owner's Great Work. The Stone was theorized as having transmutation properties by the 8th century Arab alchemist, Jabiribn Hayyan. He analyzed each element into four basic qualities: hotness, coldness, dryness, and moistness. Each metal was a combination of these four; two interior and two exterior elements. Transmutation happened by rearranging these qualities. A dry red powder made from the Philosopher's Stone created an elixir that would mediate the process. The 16th century Swiss, Philippus Paracelsus believed it was an undiscovered element in which the four elements were derived from. Samael Aunweor believed it was a symbol of spiritual and religious tradition used to reject creative sexual energy and pursue spiritual edification.
Historically, the Stone was a gem on the hilt of King Arthur's Excalibur sword. During Morgaine Le Fey's siege of Camelot, the wizard Merlin hid the Stone. If she ever possessed it, her magical powers would increase to a point in which she would be unstoppable. Ultimately, the Stone was hidden in Merlin's Ark at Castle Branek. The castle was excavated shortly after World War II by Harv Hickman and Henry Moss. Hickman discovered the Philosopher's Stone and kept it for himself. With it, he became a successful entertainment mogul. Le Fey and the Justice League tracked down Hickman and Wonder Woman fled with the Philosopher's Stone, where it was on display in his bedroom. It was then locked away in the Justice League Watchtower only to be stolen by J'onn Jonzz, who longed to see his family again. Jonzz came to and destroyed the Stone before Le Fey and everyone's eyes.