|Common Nicknames||Crystal Metal, Glass Steel|
|Proficiency||Requires 20 points in Smithing|
|Uses||Blades, Armor, Decorative Sculptures|
|Accessibility||Middle and Upper Class|
Famous Ithanian bards often cite the sparkling blades of the Ithanian knights as being the weapon of a true knight-errant. Crysteel is a unique combination of metal and crystal, possessing all of the strength of good Steel, while having the appearance of fine crystal. Originally discovered by miners of the Elven Empire around 3554 BC, the metal can today be found being used by aristocrats across the eastern coast of Ithania and Daendroc. Crysteel appears as a translucent glass-like structure and grows in veins near the surface. It is not uncommon today for noble Ithanian and Daendroque families to own a pair of crysteel blades that they keep on display above the mantelpiece.
Crysteel was discovered by a group of Altalar-owned Varran slave miners in present day Lusits, roughly four centuries ago, making its discovery around 100 BC. Records of the discovery report it being a complete surprise to the miners, as they uncovered a large flat slab of the metal only a few feet down when attempting to dig a new shaft. Original attempts at using the metal as glass resulted in failure, until one smith attempted to heat some and found it behaved similar to iron when melted. Pouring the material into a mould, the smith created a crysteel pickaxe, which proved to be stronger than the iron tools the miners were using, while weighing only half the weight. The region soon saw several dozen other strip mines open as the mineral was dug out and shipped southwards to the Elven homelands to be used in military purposes. The metal was popular for some time within the Elven Empire, though fell out of favor as other metals were developed. Today, Crysteel can be found in use by both commoners and nobility. The price of the metal is similar to that of steel, but a few veins can still be discovered on the surface.
In its raw state, a Crysteel vein appears as if someone poured molten glass down an ant hill and let it harden. The veins run deep, often branching off and crossing themselves. Once heated and moulded into an ingot, the metal loses some of its natural shine, becoming a brick of translucent, red-tinted glass. Smiths claim that the metal takes its color from the heat of the fire, though metallurgists have yet to give a full reason as to why the metal changes shades. Blades made from Crysteel maintain the red coloration, creating a red, glass-like blade that acts similar to steel.
Crysteel metal is ranked only just shy of steel on levels of malleability, ductility, and endurance. However, a sword made of crysteel would weigh half the same as a similar sword made of steel. Because of this, the metal was favored by the early Elven military, though Nelfinite would soon replace crysteel as the metal of choice. Even then, Nelfinite was normally reserved for the higher-ranking Elven soldiers and generals, leaving lower ranked soldiers still in possession of Crysteel weaponry
Crysteel serves a similar purpose to steel, though will dull sooner than a steel blade when used. It is most often found in tools and weapons, as its lighter weight makes it easier for the user to swing. Richer farmers and miners can sometimes be found to have a single tool made of crysteel, though this is uncommon. Among weapons, it is most often used in blades, arrowheads, and polearms. The metal does not cool correctly when clustered together, and therefore is a poor choice for blunt weapons. Armor, though rarely done, can be made of crysteel. Typically this is avoided as opponents can see through the armor, but there are knight-errants who wear special helms crafted from crysteel to make themselves look more majestic.
In the hands of a skilled smith, Crysteel can be dyed different colors using various metallurgy techniques. Even after dying, the material maintains its translucent appearance, and can still catch the Sun’s rays if tilted at the correct angle. Other than this trick, Crysteel is basically a fancier, lighter weight Steel.
- The only way to dull crysteel is to actively hit/use it. If one were to leave a crysteel blade alone in a tomb for several centuries, their descendants would find that when they return to it, it would be just as sharp as the day their ancestor left it.
- Jewelry made of Crysteel does not sell for much on the market, as it looks like glass and lacks the luster of precious gemstones.
- Crysteel cannot rust.