|Common Nicknames||Earthen Silver|
|Category||Daen Family Metallurgy|
|Accessibility||Middle and Upper Classes|
Pattara is a common material found in Aloria, known for having several peculiar traits. It appears similar to Silver (though with a green sheen) and, once forged, it smells of cut grass and flowers. For this reason, it has often been tied to deities of the earth and nature, something causing the material to usually be rejected by conservative Unionists. However, others look past these issues easily to instead benefit from the material’s strength.
Pattara was originally discovered and mined by the Teledden of the Allorn Empire, though veins of the substance were also identified and remain today in other parts of Aloria. Given its green coloration, early smiths made use of it to create objects in celebration of nature. This connection was enforced further by the earthen scent the material gave off once forged, and throughout the height of Allorn power, jewelry and other artistic works were made. However, due to this connection with Estelley, as the worship of the faith waned in the face of darker beliefs, but also the corruption and collapse of the Estelley priesthood, knowledge of the material found new bearers elsewhere. While the Ailor in Oldtera, sometime before the Cataclysm, had knowledge of Pattara, their shaping of it was crude, and it was instead most thoroughly embraced by the Proto-Velheim. They took the “Earthen Silver” abroad across Aloria, and also found new sources of it. When the Cataclysm came, and the Allorn Empire collapsed, many pieces of ceremonial wear that featured Pattara were also lost, and so, for a time, the Elven art was solely alive within the lands of the Solvaan. However, their own connection with the material was extremely weak, and it was only with the reemergence of the Allorn principalities beginning in 100 AC that saw the Teledden reconnect with the use of the metal. As for the Ailor, the material’s tie to pagan faiths in the face of the spread of Unionism largely saw it rejected, which is an element that has continued into today. Some have looked past the cultural issues and now benefit from fine-smelling metal objects that they use in their daily lives, but other sadly have not.
Pattara is commonly found in mines around and within forests and fields and, when extracted, it appears highly similar to Silver. However, it is far less brittle than natural Silver and is also streaked with green. Once refined, the material resembles Silver but it possesses a sharp green hue in the light.
Pattara is used in a variety of objects, from jewelry to tools to weaponry, but it is most commonly wielded in blades. Armor made with Pattara is rare, given its average durability and its peculiar smell demanding its daily presence. Some have continued to make art using Pattara, and some worshipers of the Estelley have, within their home, a small statuette of the material.
Pattara, as previously stated, has a most unusual scent that has been unable to be explained by scholars for decades. The material smells of cut grass and flowers once it has been refined and perpetually holds that scent thereafter, thus making it one of the clearest ways to distinguish it from normal Silver.
- Ritual weapons that make use of Pattara are often quite elaborate pieces, and most common among the Velheim, due to their great enjoyment of Silver.
- Pattara ore is most commonly found in Westwynd and Oldtera, but Corontium also has notable veins of the material.