|Common Nicknames||Grey Gold|
|Proficiency||Requires 10 points in Smithing|
|Accessibility||Middle and Upper Class|
Silver is a relatively common material found in Essalonia. While once the nation of Silsaerimas dominated Silver mining and trading, and the material was once the base for coinage, though Regalia switched to the Gold standard which as such crashed the price of Silver on markets. Although most old Regalian coins of Silver have been melted down for alternative use, a few coins are still in circulation. Silver is still being used as a jewelry metal and additionally as an ingredient for various alchemical mixtures. Today, the New Ceardian Colonies eagerly seek Silver to help fuel their own economy while others remain more cautious, the economic downturn on their childhoods still fresh in mind.
Silver has been a mineral highly sought after centuries. The Elven Empire hunted for it as much as it did Gold, soon expending the veins found in Daen and Hadaria which was possibly a driving force in their attempt to colonize Essalonia as the landmass contains Silver. This attempt, however, failed and Silver became a scarce commodity following the Cataclysm. This was until a small group of haggard colonists reached Essalonia made up of escaped slaves and lower-class Altalar. They had managed to learn of the old Essalonian colony and seeking a new life, had tried to reach it. While they did miss the site, they chose to rebuild their lives in the lands around them regardless. By 30 AC, a small thriving nation began to form what soon thrived, more so when the hills and slopes around them were discovered to be full of Silver. The kingdom that formed ultimately took part of its name from the material and Silsaerimas became renowned for its Silver mines. In 201 AC when the Regalian Empire made contact and showed immediate interest in this mineral wealth. The nation was more than happy to help provide for them and ultimately, was made a client state of the Ailor Empire. Silver became the currency standard of the Empire soon afterward.
But in 264 AC, the broader Regalian Pessimism inflicted its first major economic casualty, a Silver crash followed shortly by several major Silver mines running dry. Silsaerimas was ruined overnight and fell into chaos as the monarchy was forced to abdicate and ultimately fled the country as crime organizations moved in. At the same time, several settlements in the expanding New Ceardian Colonies in the north of the continent discovered Silver deposits of their own. However, they left them where they were and moved on. Following the Chrysant War and the re-empowerment of the Regalian Empire, Silver prices stabilized, and the Colonies opened up their own Silver mines. Silsaerimas however, was still devastated, only nominally recovering in 300 AC when their monarchy returned. Today, Silver is a significant luxury good traded out from Essalonia to other regions and will likely remain stable as a commodity and at a good, if not high, price.
Silver is a bright grey metal that shines even when unrefined and further glints when properly processed. It appears in pockets and veins alongside other materials and rarely appears in any size smaller than an Ailor fist.
Silver serves a variety of purposes, from decorative to alchemical. It is used as a second rank jewelry material as it is gorgeous when paired with gems such as Sapphire, Solacrox, and Diamonds. It most often appears in necklaces and earrings. In alchemy, Silver is used in a smattering of expensive but useful concoctions.
Silver has no natural abilities.
- Some Silver coinage is still out floating in economies of a few Minor Nations and States. As it is not the same value, some people seek to collect the coinage as memorabilia of the past.
- Most assume incorrectly that Silsaerimas has no Silver left at all. They in fact do, but their monarchy is attempting to turn the state toward other economic past times, viewing the material as a reminder of the past and no good to any economy.
- The New Ceardian Colonies have “Silver Rushes” every few years or so as with Silver valuable again, when even the smallest bit is found, prospectors, miners, and merchants flock to the area to try to get a piece of the glittering pie.