EDIT: Changed the eye colour and fixed the text. Also he's now drooling. How fetching. <3
Finally got round to making another one of these, they're so much fun C: This one is dedicated to Eternity-Beckons
because she helped me a hell of a lot with the design for this one, especially with her disturbingly thorough knowledge of the symptoms of mercury poisoning. Thank you Steph, you're a star <3Element name:
Hg (from the Greek Hydra
for 'water' and the Latin Argyros
for 'silver')Atomic number:
80Relative atomic mass:
Mercury is bizarre in that it is the only liquid metal at room temperature - it flows like water, but is much heavier, and leaves no residue behind it. As a result, my Mercury character is a trickster and a shapeshifter, who can transform the lower part of his body into any shape he chooses.
Most mercury occurs naturally in the ore cinnabar, which is a gorgeous deep red colour. Cinnabar used to be used for vermilion pigment in paints.
Mercury used to be used for many medical purposes, despite its highly toxic nature, including dentistry and vaccines. Mercury here is dressed in a surgeon/apothecary coat, and carries a Caduceus staff, a commonly used medical symbol
Weirdly enough, the Caduceus staff was also an object carried by the Roman god Mercury, after which the element was named.
Adding nitric acid to mercury produces red crystals and a toxic red vapour that floats weirdly over the surface of the mixture, a bit like fog.
The phrase 'mad as a hatter' comes from the fact that hat-makers used to use mercury(II) nitrate to make felt for their hats. Mercury is poisonous and working with it over prolonged periods of time could cause madness and other psychological issues.
Mercury poisoning also causes the skin to form dark red blotchy marks on the hands, arms and legs, and mercury fillings would cause your gums and teeth to go blue. It can also make your hair go orange/red or cause it to fall out.
Mercury is commonly associated with snakes, though I'm not sure why (maybe a link between the snakes on the Caduceus and the god who carried it?) so my shapeshifter is taking on the form of a Lamia, a human-snake hybrid from Greek mythology.
Mercury(II) iodide has two forms, alpha and beta - alpha is bright yellow, beta is bright orange.
Chemical Solitaire (c) JammyScribbler