|Common Nicknames||Starlight Ore|
|Category||Daen Family Metallurgy|
|Accessibility||Middle and Upper Class|
Nightsilver is a rare substance made out of chemically altered Steel, invented by ancient Teledden millennia ago. Used for untold centuries by the warriors and statespeople of the Allorn Empire, it ultimately morphed into a status symbol of power and purity. In recent years, Nightsilver is now seen on many of the most important military commanders in the field of battle instead of in the halls of ancient houses or grand parties celebrating the magnificence of their Race. The rebirth of the Allorn Empire has also resulted in a fervor of activity, and Nightsilver will undoubtedly continue to be produced in Aloria.
Nightsilver has been part of Teledden history since the earliest years of the Elves. When exactly it emerged is unknown, but most suspect it was created prior to the formation of the Allorn Empire itself, and was possibly an attempt to mimic Melcarite by southern Elves far from the lands of the Drovv. However, regardless of its origins, by the time the Allorn Empire's formation and stunning rise, it was a valued material. Nightsilver was initially used in the creation of religious artifacts and decorative icons for temples to the Estelley gods but over time, the Teledden learned it could be transformed into beautiful, slender armor that could help protect them in combat. Nightsilver quickly became a prestigious possession for Teledden nobility and Fin'ullen warriors and has remained so up until modern times. However, to many other Races, the material is vile incarnate, worn by slavers and Mages who oppressed millions at the height of the Allorn Empire, and has seen rare use even by groups like the Ithanian Ailor who are scions of the Teledden. When the Cataclysm came, most inventories of the substance were either destroyed by the Wildering or their wearers crushed by the combatants of other Races, be they revolting slaves, Eronidas, or Kathar, who themselves largely abandoned the use of the material. Today, Nightsilver is capable of being made into many beautiful objects but remains largely confined to the Teledden that exist in the west continent. With the rebirth of the Allorn Empire, the material has again been thrown into the public eye, as forges churn out suits of the substance for the nation’s most elite warriors and new objects of worship praising the return of Talea.
Nightsilver is a beautiful substance and is forged by Teledden smiths using a secret mixture of materials known as Essence of Night. Smiths will only ever teach their apprentices how to make this special bath, and while the lure of money can be considerable, having every Teledden loyalist from Ithania to Farahdeen wanting you dead for revealing the secrets is often enough to convince those with greedy intentions to not pursue this goals. Pieces of Steel are drenched in Essence of Night, which rapidly adheres to their form and, after further shaping, fully combines together. The result is a metal with the color of a dark blue night sky, punctuated by small bits of shining light.
Nightsilver is used almost exclusively by Teledden and Fin'ullen to adorn themselves for battle. The Teledden have developed a form of armor known as scalemail that is used exclusively with Nightsilver, which is comparable to Ailor chainmail and is often considered a fine sheath of protection around their bodies. When used in weaponry, most choose swords made of Nightsilver, as the aesthetic effect of moving a narrow blade of Nightsilver is much more present in such weapons.
Nightsilver has the ability to produce a dusting of star-like glitter when moving that remains as an afterimage of the blade for several seconds, gradually decaying through the air. This effect is most striking at night, but even during the day, it would appear that one is wearing or wielding a piece of living nighttime.
- Nightsilver weapons and armor captured by the Regalian Empire are rare. In the Elven War of 302 AC, while many pieces were taken from defeated officers and important guards, a few Teledden agents destroyed much of it, though at the cost of their lives mere hours later.
- Nightsilver does not rust.
- Many suspect that the Breizh, the Ailor Culture who first widely adopted chainmail, got the concept from their battles with the Solvaan, whose elite likely wore suits of Nightsilver.