Rich Man’s Ore, Glintver
Rich Family Metallurgy
Middle and Upper Classes
Pyrignis is an uncommon material found in Eastwynd, Southwynd and Oldtera, but lacks use in the creation of weapons or other conventional tools. Indeed, for much of its early history with different groups, it was assumed to be Silver, only to be discarded when found to lack the properties of that material. But, it eventually was revealed to have a value given its reflective quality, and unique coloration. It has since found uses for some, and helps support the economy of smaller nations both in and outside of the Regalian Empire.
The history of Pyrignis, its trade, extraction, and production within Eastwynd, is noted to be a tedious one. Pyrignis was discovered by the peoples of Arlora and neighboring Torse, and was one of the substances they fought over. While they initially thought it to be Silver, foreign merchants first dismissed it as useless because it was not true Silver, leading both groups to abandon their efforts in collecting the metal. But, they soon learned that this material was a brand new substance and had its own value given its gleaming appearance, quickly changing their tune. Once again interested in the substance, Arlora and Torse continued to fight over it. Meanwhile, in distant Oldtera and Southwynd, it took until after the Cataclysm for the metal to be properly identified and mined. Why it was likely initially ignored was due to the same reasons as those in Eastwynd, with Velheim and Ceardian locals believing it was some sort of tainted or tarnished Silver. However, they soon realized their mistake, and it forms a part of the local economy among these southern nations. To this day, there exist many towns that were born solely out of the rush for this mineral all across Aloria, alongside the normal Silver it appears near.
Pyrignis has a mostly cuboid or dodecahedron structure to its natural formation, and a bright, shiny silver coloration to its surface as well. It attaches itself to other metals, most commonly Silver, but also sometimes Gold. The material in this state also weakly reflects any light shone on it. Once processed, Pyrignis adopts a yellowed-silver color with a high degree of reflectivity, even when not polished.
Pyrignis has two main uses, both being appearance-related. The first is in high-end jewelry, adorning those that can afford one piece of beautiful personal adornment. The most common use is in earrings or normal rings, though some also enjoy necklaces of the material given its reflective qualities. This is often found among the poorer people of society, as most wealthy men and women would not be caught dead wearing this "fake Silver." The other use of the metal also relates to this reflectiveness, and that is in mirrors. While more expensive, gilded varieties exist for those who seek it out, an upgrade of Copper mirrors, and a step down from Silver mirrors, Pyrignis mirrors are common for the middle class homes, but they are often small and far plainer than others. The metal can be used in other capacities, but the material is still largely seen in a decorative substance.
- Pyrignis weapons, while ornate and often only ceremonial, are still effective given that the material is as strong as metals like Iron or Steel.
- Despite being considered a different material, Pyrignis is still often clumped into Silver in terms of cultural dislike by groups like the Teledden and the Ithanians.
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HydraLana on 12/21/2023.
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