|First appearance||Once More the Nightmare Factory|
The Shamir (Hebrew: שמיר) was a worm or a substance that had the power to cut through or disintegrate stone, iron, and diamond. It made its first and only appearance in Once More the Nightmare Factory.
It was used by King Solomon in the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem in the place of cutting tools. For the building of the Temple, which promotes peace, it was inappropriate to use tools that could also cause war and bloodshed.
Referenced throughout the Talmud and the Midrashim, the Shamir was reputed to have existed in the time of Moses. Moses reputedly used the Shamir to carve the Ten Commandments into the tablets of stone. King Solomon, aware of the existence of the Shamir, but unaware of its location, commissioned a search that turned up a "grain of Shamir the size of a barley-corn."
Solomon's artisans reputedly used the Shamir in the construction of Solomon's Temple. The material to be worked, whether stone, wood or metal, was affected by being "shown to the Shamir." Following this line of logic (anything that can be 'shown' something must have eyes to see), early Rabbinical scholars described the Shamir almost as a living being. Other early sources, however, describe it as a green stone.
For storage, the Shamir was always wrapped in wool and stored in a container made of lead; any other vessel would burst and disintegrate under the Shamir's gaze.
The Shamir was either lost or had lost its potency (along with the "dripping of the honeycomb") by the time of the destruction of the First Temple at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.
In the video game Beast of the Fifth Sun in the final level, Weird World, where they remade any stone blocks destroyed by a variety of things throughout the level, mostly traps and other cryptids, and attempted to encase Zak in stone more often than not.