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|officialname = Blacksteel
|officialname = Blacksteel
|nicknames = Iron
Requires 30 points in [[Smithing]]
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Weaponry, Armor , and Decoration
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Few weapons inspire more fear on the battlefield than those forged of Blacksteel. Its black shine and smooth finish is an elegant departure from the [[Black Iron]] it is refined from. From its unparalleled durability and strength, it is easily one of the [[ Ailor’s]] most notable military achievements. A sign of great status, Blacksteel is forged into the iconic weaponry of distinguished generals and the jeweller of only the most elite of Ailor.
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owes its creation to the same expedition that led to [[ Dark Ungwar]] [[ Orcs]] discovering Black Iron. In the year 270 AC, a group of scouts ventured into eastern [[ Daen]] in the hopes of finding a new site to mine [[Ferr-Iron]] to supply [[Regalia]]. By mistake, these Ailor unearthed a dark metal like they had never seen before. Intrigued by their findings they moved to leave the region and return with better equipment for better excavation. Unfortunately, there were unaware that they had entered into the territory of the Dark Ungwar Orc tribes. Forced into two groups, only one half of the team escaped alive while the others were killed by the pursuing Orcs. The Ailor that escaped still carried samples of the metal with them. Seeking to try and recover some of their lost money, they sold the material to [[Regalian]] smiths who experimented with the material but in their process, helped refine the material into a better quality metal called Blacksteel. However, it quickly became clear that true Blacksteel was extremely difficult to create. Any blacksmith lesser than a grandmaster in their trade would simply produce a metal that shattered after a few swings, just like Black Iron. Due to the skill level required to create Blacksteel, the material remains rare to this day and is only sold at very high prices in a standing trade dea; established with the Dark Ungwar Orcs to produce the raw black ore.
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iconic for its jet black, almost raven, coloring and is only slightly less dark than Black Iron. The metal is known to be naturally lustrous and glints brightly when exposed to any light source. This shine only adds to the metal’s value.
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Due to the long forging process and the amount of material required to create true Blacksteel , the material remains extremely expensive. The material is so expensive in fact, that most weapons forged are no bigger than the average shortsword. Weapons of these sizes are generally seen as fairly priced with the little amount of maintenance they require. With the Kade Family’s wealth, along with only a few of the most elite noble families, are able to afford weapons ranging to the size of longswords only on occasion. While a suit of armor made of Blacksteel is hypothetically possible, it would be so expensive to create that the Royal Family themselves would lose a sizable chunk of their income to create such a suit of armor, rendering the mere idea impractical. Outside weaponry, Blacksteel has been used to create fine jewelry of noble woman and accent the furniture of other aristocratic Regalians. There are even sparse accounts of kitchenware being crafted from the expensive material.
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Blacksteel’s unique durability makes it very resistance to denting to the point where most swords are unable to leave little more than a scratch on the material. Blades made of blacksteel will dull extremely slowly and hardly requires more than two sharpenings in an entire lifetime. However, in order to sharpen the material, it must be brought to a blacksmith who possess a Blacksteel grindstone- for no other metal could sharpen the material in a timely fashion. Other than its imposing look and durability, Blacksteel possesses no other special traits or abilities.
Weapons made from Blacksteel are often passed down as heirlooms in Noble families, and even on occasion a common family that managed to get ahold of such a weapon.
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In Regalia it’s considered dangerous and foolish to carry Blacksteel in public. Muggings over such valuable weapons are a constant threat for anyone who owns a Blacksteel weapon.
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Night Iron, Noiron|
20 Metallurgy Arts|
Smiths in the City of Regalia|
Weapons, Tools, Armor|
Blacksteel is a sophisticated alloy of Ferr-Iron and carbon together created by Regalian smiths based on ideas present in the Orcish forged metal of Black Iron. Instead of their more haphazard and sloppy forging, Blacksteel is made through the continuous, slow application of a small amount of carbon to Ferr-Iron being smelted and folded. The material is commonly used in weapons, both by the lower class and the upper class, despite the fact that it is actually worse than Steel. Instead, its weight is where it shines, and so warhammers and maces are the best use of the material, as well is it commonly used for heavy armor.
Blacksteel is a recent development in Aloria, developed within the last 30 years by smiths in the Regalian Empire’s capital city. 30 years ago marks the point when Orcs first started reaching Regalia in large numbers, largely thanks to the new alliance between them and the Regalian Empire. Witnessing Orcish techniques in smithing, Regalian forges sought to refine it, to produce a darkened alloy without the impurities they knew weakened and ultimately made Black Iron somewhat limited in use. So it came to pass that several smiths simultaneously developed and refined ideas on the creation of such an alloy, meaning that no single blacksmith can be credited with creating it. One group can, however, be pointed out with popularizing the metal: House Anahera. The material’s sleek black look piqued their interest and they took to giving swords made from the metal to their guards and some of their members also dueled with similar blades. Other nobles soon followed suit and while House Anahera itself soon abandoned the fad interest with such weapons, nobles today still make use of Blacksteel blades primarily for the look of them and not their usefulness. Commoners also make use of the metal, but in more simple objects like mallets and hammers.
Blacksteel has a simple appearance, that being the appearance of a black-colored Steel. It is rarely reflective without vigorous polishing, and even though only reflects light.
Blacksteel is commonly used in weapons for both the nobility and the common people. While swords are the most common usage, it is also the worst, as the alloy is naturally less durable and less easily sharpened when compared to normal Steel. A much better use is in warhammers and maces, as it possesses more weight perfect for such weapons. Additionally, hammers, mallets, and other blunt pounding tools tend to be used by those commoners who can afford the dark metal. Blacksteel Armor is very expensive and only used by high-end mercenaries or major nobles, but is far more effective than Steel or plate mail. Piercing is downright impossible for Steel weapons, though a strong blunt weapon can dent and even break the armor.
- Blacksteel piping is a recent development, and is largely being used in the construction of dark toned or gloomy architecture for groups like the Vladno.
- The use of Blacksteel meat mallets were all the rage in the high-end culinary world ten years ago. This fell out of fashion when it was revealed that poorly made mallets would leave scraps of steel in the meat.
HydraLana on 06/29/2019.|
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