The Gifted Four were standing in front of the grandest and biggest fountains in Rome — the Trevi Fountain! Felix turned his back to the fountain and closed his eyes. He tossed a Mysto into the fountain over his left shoulder using his right hand.
“Why are you tossing Mystos into the fountain, Felix?” said a confused Scorch.
“I’m making a wish,” replied Felix.
It’s a long-held belief that tossing coins in fountains or wells grants you a wish. In fact, this belief is so popular that coins worth about $3,000 to $3,500 are thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day!
But where does this belief come from?
In MysticLand, the Mysticals worship Elementia, a power that stands for natural elements and gives their magic to the Mysticals. Just like that ancient human tribes worshipped water. Back then, clean, potable water wasn’t easily available. That’s why when ancient humans stumbled upon a source of clean water, they believed it to be a gift from the gods.
It is common practice to gift the gods something in exchange for your prayers being fulfilled. Ancient humans, too, subscribed to this belief. People would often toss coins into wells and other water sources to please the gods while praying. This little ritual continued when fountains were built.
Take the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the capital of Italy. It was a source of clean, drinking water for the people of Rome. So, the tradition of tossing coins in the fountain began. According to legend, tossing one coin into the Trevi Fountain means someday, you will come back to Rome. If you toss two coins, you will find romance, and if you toss three coins, you will marry a local resident of Rome (or Italy).
Whether or not these wishes come true, every coin tossed into the Trevi Fountain is used by a charity called Caritas to provide food for the poor and aid shelters.