|Category||Rich Family Metallurgy|
|Accessibility||Middle and Upper Classes|
Gold, despite its majestic appearance, is rather common in several areas of Aloria such as Hadar, and Farahdeen, but can still be found elsewhere. Used for untold millennia, Gold’s connotations of extravagance pre-date even the Allorn Empire. In the modern day, the material is used in the Regal, the currency of the Regalian Empire, as well as in clothing of the wealthy, the arts of the creative, and in the concoctions of the inventive. Gold’s impressive malleability, which allows it to be shaped in an untold number of different ways, ensures that it has a secure place in a variety of different niches. With the many recent wars that have wracked Aloria, Gold has traded millions of hands and the world’s thirst for it has yet to cease.
All evidence of modern gold lust begins with the Allorn Empire, who encountered Gold in limited quantities in Hadar, and Ithania. Their great contemporary, the Sariyd Empire, had their own natural pockets, though these were closer to home in various areas of Farahdeen. Both nations mined the substance extensively for decorative purposes in personal adornments, architecture, and art. The Sariyd Empire also used the substance in their machines, a practice believed to have existed in the ancient Dewamenet Empire of the Asha before that civilization was wiped out by the Allorn. Even in distant Sendrass, the ancient Allar pulled Gold from their rivers and used it in their potions but also in the decorations of their great alchemical laboratories and administrative centers. The devastation of the Cataclysm did not stem desire for the illustrious substance, instead having the opposite effect; Gold became all the more wanted as the world diversified. With the rise of Ailor kingdoms and states, Gold’s status as a highly-prized metal was carried on from the time of the Allorn. As for the Elves, even after the Allorn Empire shattered, the wealthy nobility of the surviving states and principalities maintained their craving for the material wealth of Gold. Even the fledgling Songaskian people were not safe from the worldwide Gold lust; not long after the Great Storm, they voraciously emptied the Sariyd Gold reserves and took over every mine they could find. Over the last several decades, Gold has remained an important mineral on the world stage. It has been used in coinage, the arts, construction, and scholarly endeavors. In recent years, a great amount of that wealth has traded hands, mostly because of war, through looting, buying allies, or exchanges of technology. The fervor for Gold is likely to continue on for centuries - as so long as it shines and catches the eye, people will seek it.
Gold is a yellow metal with a deep shine to it once it has been refined. When raw, it can scale from the size of an ant-sized flake (often found in sources of water) to hunks as large as a person when unmined.
Gold has a myriad of uses to those seeking to make a profit. For artists, artisans, and clothing designers, Gold can offer a wide variety of uses from gold inlay in books to gold thread in clothing to gold jewelry. To chefs or alchemists, the mineral can be eaten as small shavings applied on top of fine food, which is consumed by the upper class of society, or as part of a potion. The final method of use is in technology as Gold, along with Copper, can help carry electrical currents. Gold is occasionally used in Qadir commissioned works or other technological creations because of its beauty and malleability to create artistic, but still functional, devices.
Gold has the ability to hold a minor electrical charge. The power retainment is barely enough to shock a person and, as a result, Gold is only used to help transfer power a short way to another destination.
- One of the most valuable items ever made of Gold was the Exultant Titan statue in Farahdeen. A clockwork marvel, the large statue was said to manipulate a globe along its body throughout the course of a day and night in a simulation of an ancient myth. It was lost during the Great Storm.
- Gold is seen by many states to be the standard in currency and is a common material found in monetarily valuable coins in Aloria. The Regal is one such coin and is coated in a thin layer of the substance which hides the more common metal underneath.
- The lower classes rarely have access to Gold themselves, and are known to be fooled into buying Pyrignis, a material that only looks like Gold.