|Common Nicknames||Lustreum, Zazzllos|
|Proficiency||Requires 15 points in Smithing|
|Uses||Decorative, Alchemy, Scholarly|
|Accessibility||Middle and Upper Class|
Gold, despite its majestic appearance, is rather common in several areas of Aloria such as Sendras, Hadaria, Farah’deen but can still be found elsewhere. Used for untold millennia, Gold’s connotations of extravagance go back to the time of the Elven Empire and even further back than that. 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 art of the creative, and in the concoctions of the inventive. The reasoning behind this is because of Gold’s impressive malleability, allowing it to be shaped in an untold number of different ways. 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 goldlust begins with the Elven Empire, who encountered Gold in limited quantities in Hadaria, Sendras and Ithania. Their great contemporary, the Sariyd Empire, had their own natural pockets, though these were closer to home, in various areas of the Farah’deen supercontinent. Both cultures mined the substance extensively for mostly decorative purposes, in personal adornments, architecture, and art. The Sariyd Empire also used the substance in their machines, a practice also believed to have existed in the Varran Empire, before that civilization was wipied out by the Elves. Even in distant Sendras, the Serass State pulled gold from their rivers and used it to erect their great alchemical laboratories and governmental centers.
Even the Cataclysm did not stem desire for the illustrious substance, instead having the opposite effect; gold become all the more wanted. With the rise of Ailor kingdoms and states, Gold’s status as a highly-prized metal was carried on. Even after the Elven Empire shattered, the wealthy nobility of the surviving states maintained their craving for material wealth. Even the fledgeling Songaskian people were not safe from the worldwide goldlust; not long after the Great Storm, they voraciously emptied Farah’deen’s gold mines, offering everything they had to built great reflective temples to their sun-god. 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. This looks to remain the same as it has throughout the past 3000 years.
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, 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 shaving 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 often used in Qadir commissioned works or other works 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 Farah’deen. 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 a Qadir myth.
- 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 a coin and is coated in a thin layer of the substance which “hides” the common metal underneath.
- The lower classes rarely have access to Gold themselves and are known to be fooled into buy Pyrignis, a material that only looks like Gold.