|Common Nicknames||Old Gold|
|Category||Bronze Family Metallurgy|
Copper is a common metal found all across Aloria in mineral deposits and throughout markets. The mineral is extremely common and has been used by the lower classes of all races for centuries. It is often seen in the hands of the Qadir, as its ability to conduct heat and electricity makes it useful in various kinds of machinery. It is also used to create the alloy of Bronze, another metal widely used for decoration. Given its bountiful presence across Aloria, it is unlikely that Copper will run out or go unused.
Copper has been used for centuries by early civilizations and the lower rung of society. The current oldest civilization known to make use of Copper were the ancient Elves that existed before the formation of the Allorn Empire. While evidence is very limited, what few caves sites either show evidence of Copper deposits being mined and unrefined fragments or their rusted remains of the metal hiding in the rocks. The Elves quickly found new metals, many granted by their heavy use of Magic, and so Copper became ignored by their society. After them, the two groups to make use of Copper most thoroughly were the Asha and, later, the Qadir of the Sariyd Empire. Records of the Asha and their Dewamenet Empire are very limited, but evidence and tales of their machines point to Copper playing an extensive role in their society until the collapse of their civilization at the hands of the Allorn Empire. Across the ocean in Farahdeen, the Sariyd Empire mined Copper in vast quantities to use in their machines. In the modern-day, the Qadir also rely on external sources of Copper (among other metals) to help fuel their technology creation. The Ailor also show signs of using Copper in their earliest tools, with scattered burial sites across the world indicating such. In the modern-day, Copper is commonly seen as a poor man’s metal or one used by less refined peoples. It is used in many common items from pans to jewelry to coinage, and this looks to continue for a long time in the foreseeable future.
Copper is a brown-gold metal that appears in porous deposits across the world. When refined, the metal has a somewhat dull reflection and tends not to hold a polish for particularly long.
Copper has many uses; jewelry is a major one, though often only the cheaper or lower class varieties. It also serves a purpose in the creation of cheap statues, of simple cooking implements or tools, and finds a use in currency creation. Most Regals have a Copper or Silver-base covered in a layer of Gold. The metal is also used in the internal mechanisms of Qadir devices, as it can conduct heat and electricity well. The mineral, when combined with Tin, is able to create the alloy known as Bronze.
Copper has the ability to conduct heat and electricity, but too much heat can start to melt it or make it highly pliant.
- Copper is most commonly found in mountain ranges, but curiously, the largest deposit to date was discovered on a flat plain in Ithania.
- Copper statues were once common across the early Regalian Empire. The only one remaining up for public display is an ancient statue in western Anglia known only as The Loner. The statue’s plaque is gone and time has rusted the statue into an almost unrecognizable state.
- Copper jewelry is most common among the Velheim people of Aloria, even as other Cultures turn to “better” minerals like Bronze or Gold.