Starris

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Starris
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Materials
Official Name Starris
Common Nicknames Star-Metal, Sky Steel, Purple Steel
Proficiency Requires 40 points in Smithing
Origin Meteorites from space
Uses Weapons and tools
Rarity Exceptionally Rare
Accessibility Noble/Player Orders

Renowned as the most confounding and rare material in all of Aloria, no other material compares to the mear legends of Starris. Found only in meteorites that crash to the surface on rare occasions, near everything about this metal is otherworldly. Wars have been fought over ownership of the metal, and few have ever laid eyes on it, fewer still have the honor to hold it.

History

While meteorites containing the metal have hypothetically fallen to Aloria for millennia, the official discovery of this metal is credited to King Jjol Ragnvald of the Kingdom of Nordskag, circa 187 AC. Legend tells that King Ragnvald caught sight of a meteorite, or what he called a star, falling from the heavens and into the far side of a nearby mountain. The explosion woke every soul in the castle, and the King quickly roused his sleepy troops to go out into the cold night and bring him the star that had fallen from the sky. After a laborious trek through the snow-covered mountainside, the soldiers quickly came to find that the majority of the mountain was reduced to that of a large crater. In the center of this crater sat several chunks of ore roughly the sides of cooking pots. The ore itself looked to be of polished black stone laced with erratic swirls of deep purple. Loading the ore onto sleds, they returned the stone to the King, who was so overjoyed that the mission was complete, that he declared the material be made into a sword immediately. This sword was to be finer than any other, for he believed the material that fell from the sky to be a gift from the Gods.

After hours of intensive labor from the Kingdom’s finest blacksmiths, the extraordinary longsword was presented to King Ragnvald. The blade of King Ragnvald became legendary amongst the people of Nordskag, despite the weapon only being seen in two battles. King Ragnvald himself named the metal of the blade “Starris,” under his false assumption that a star had actually fallen to Aloria that cold night. Unfortunately, the sword of the King mysteriously went missing days before the King’s death and has never appeared in recorded history since. Other accounts of Starris across history are few and far between, and the metal has become the center of many folktales and legends since its first discovery. Despite the separate accounts, no weapon forged from Starris has ever been able to rival the size of King Ragnvald longsword, as that quantity of Starris in one location is near unheard of. The latest report of Starris was in 303 AC on the far side of Farah’deen. It is unknown if the Masaya sought to recover the meteorite.

Characteristics

Appearance

When freshly crashed, a meteorite containing Starris will look like a jagged rock made of black glossy stone, almost resembling that of glass. That black stone is covered in unusual swirling patterns of a deep purple color. If not forged within seventy-three hours of landing, the purple color will fade from the stone completely. When forged down into a pure metal, Starris appears to be a mostly deep purple metal that glints black when light strikes off it. The metal carries a natural luster and never needs to be polished to produce a near mirror-like shine. One of the most exotic properties of Starris manifests when exposed to moonlight. When light from the moon strikes the material, it will brightly glow with a rich purple light, enough to be clearly seen from fifty feet away. This, of course, makes any weapon forged from this material inefficient for stealth.

General Uses

For the seldom few who acquire the material, Starris is known for its virtual indestructible. Only grandmaster smiths could ever hope to get the material to even bend to their will, and even then they will require special amenities. Starris only melts under exceptionally high temperatures and requires forges to be heated for near three hours before the metal will begin to melt slowly. As such, it is common for a team of only the most trusted and renowned smithies to work the metal. Even with the large facilities needed, the largest weapons produced are usually daggers and, on rare occasions, shortswords. Forging a suit of armor requires so much Starris that it is unquestionably impossible, even a chestplate would take too much material.

On top of its rarity, Starris must be forged within seventy-three hours of its landing; else the ore will fade to a black color and turn brittle. Any attempt at forging it after this stage will reduce the rock to black dust. Because of its extreme rarity and difficulty to forge, a single kilogram of Starris is worth thousands of Regals- maybe even more. This worth often makes the material a valuable bargaining chip, though most owners of the metal seldom part with it. A common rumor tells that, with enough Starris, one could buy their way into the ranks of High Nobility in any number of kingdoms. Of course, the likelihood of any commoner possessing any Starris at all is next to none.

Abilities

Most notably, Starris is without a doubt the most durable metal known to Aloria. Not a single account has ever been documented of an object made of Starris to be as much as dented. Experiments have been carried out by extremely wealthy individuals, usually on eccentric tendencies, where a Starris shortsword was placed under various “stress-tests.” Not a single other material, including weapons made of Blacksteel or Black Iron, could so much as scratch the blade. Besides its near invincible nature an ethereal glow in the moonlight, Starris holds no other known abilities.

Trivia

  • Kings and Lords of lands where Starris falls will often accompany their troops on the mission to recover the metal. This is due to many stories of soldiers turning greedy and slaughtering their comrades to flee with the metal.
  • Wars are common to occur in order to obtain chunks of recently fallen Starris on the borders of nations, even if relations were stable before the impact. Of course, the bartering power of Starris is also said to be able to end wars.
  • The dust that comes from untreated Starris ore after seventy-three hours has no known uses, alchemical or otherwise.

Accreditation
Writers TheLimpet
Artists None
Processors HydraLana
Last Editor HydraLana on 07/12/2018.

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