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Blacksteel is a sophisticated alloy of [[Steel]] and recast [[Black Iron]] together created by [[Orcish]] smiths, with a Regaliaon appropriation of the metal being created by the [[Ailor]] based on said Orcish forging methods. Blacksteel is made through the continuous, slow application of a small amount of refined [[Black Iron]] to Steel being smelted and folded. The material is commonly used in weapons, both by the lower class and the upper class, due to its superior nature to Steel. Given the time and care that goes into edged Blacksteel weapons, many warriors and nobility who carry the metal form something of a bond with their weapons, so often do they need to repair and upkeep them. Blacksteel sits below Skysteel in overall value and effectiveness, but its benefits putting it in a similar category to the Dwarven [[Metalitra]] and the Altalarrin [[Nightsilver]], if not an improvement on those two metals due to its usability and relative ease of access. Blacksteel is used in all sorts of weapons and armor and its versatility makes it ideal for the Orcish and Ailor people.
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Blacksteel is a sophisticated alloy of [[Steel]] and recast [[Iron]] together created by [[Orcish]] smiths, with a Regalian appropriation of the metal being created by the [[Ailor]] based on said Orcish forging methods. The material is commonly used in weapons, both by the lower class and the upper class, due to its superior nature to Steel. Given the time and care that goes into edged Blacksteel weapons, many warriors and nobility who carry the metal form something of a bond with their weapons, so often do they need to repair and upkeep them. Blacksteel sits below Skysteel in overall value and effectiveness, but its benefits putting it in a similar category to the Dwarven [[Metalitra]] and the Altalarrin [[Nightsilver]], if not an improvement on those two metals due to its usability and relative ease of access. Blacksteel is used in all sorts of weapons and armor and its versatility makes it ideal for the Orcish and Ailor people.
  
 
==History==
 
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===Abilities===
 
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Blacksteel's forging process inherently creates a high carbon steel, and generally produces a weapon with increased the strength and durability compared to common Steel. Heavier armor forged with Blacsteel are almost always incapable of being pierced by Steel weapons, but it is relatively susceptible to breakage from heavy weapons. A rarer variant of Blacksteel is the so-called "Folded Blacksteel", which is a more refined method of creating Blacksteel refined by Ailor smiths around 30 years ago. Regular Blacksteel is folded once or twice until the smith believes that it is adequate but Folded Blacksteel is folded precisely 16 times. This process is believed to remove impurities and evens out the makeup of the metal, as well as enhance it with flexibility, durability, and toughness. The softer metal at the core of the weapon allows for more flexible weapons, making folded Blacksteel ideal for blades and lighter weaponry, whereas unfolded or "regular" Blacksteel is still best for heavier weapons and armor. Patterns or words etched onto Blacksteel weapons will carry a more pronounced shine, suggesting yet further qualities to Blacksteel that have yet to be discovered.
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Blacksteel's forging process inherently creates a high carbon Steel, and generally produces a weapon with increased the strength and durability compared to common Steel. Heavier armor forged with Blacsteel are almost always incapable of being pierced by Steel weapons, but it is relatively susceptible to breakage from heavy weapons. A rarer variant of Blacksteel is the so-called "Folded Blacksteel", which is a more refined method of creating Blacksteel refined by Ailor smiths around 30 years ago. Regular Blacksteel is folded once or twice until the smith believes that it is adequate but Folded Blacksteel is folded precisely 16 times. This process is believed to remove impurities and evens out the makeup of the metal, as well as enhance it with flexibility, durability, and toughness. The softer metal at the core of the weapon allows for more flexible weapons, making folded Blacksteel ideal for blades and lighter weaponry, whereas unfolded or "regular" Blacksteel is still best for heavier weapons and armor. Patterns or words etched onto Blacksteel weapons will carry a more pronounced shine, suggesting yet further qualities to Blacksteel that have yet to be discovered.
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==

Latest revision as of 20:58, 22 March 2020

Blacksteel
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Materials
Official Name Blacksteel
Common Nicknames Night Iron, Ailor-Metal
Proficiency 15 Metallurgy Arts, 20 for Folded Blacksteel
Origin Smiths in the City of Regalia
Uses Weapons, Tools, Armor
Rarity Uncommon
Accessibility Noble

Blacksteel is a sophisticated alloy of Steel and recast Iron together created by Orcish smiths, with a Regalian appropriation of the metal being created by the Ailor based on said Orcish forging methods. The material is commonly used in weapons, both by the lower class and the upper class, due to its superior nature to Steel. Given the time and care that goes into edged Blacksteel weapons, many warriors and nobility who carry the metal form something of a bond with their weapons, so often do they need to repair and upkeep them. Blacksteel sits below Skysteel in overall value and effectiveness, but its benefits putting it in a similar category to the Dwarven Metalitra and the Altalarrin Nightsilver, if not an improvement on those two metals due to its usability and relative ease of access. Blacksteel is used in all sorts of weapons and armor and its versatility makes it ideal for the Orcish and Ailor people.

History

Blacksteel is a recent public development in Aloria, previously believed to have been developed within the last 30 years by smiths in the Regalian Empire’s capital city. In fact, 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. Orcs had been using Blacksteel since a few decades after the Cataclysm, but the metal had been kept within their borders and largely unknown to Aloria as a whole. This changed in roughly 280 AC, when, Witnessing Orcish techniques in smithing Blacksteel, Regalian forges sought to refine it, to reproduce a darkened alloy without the impurities of their own Steel. So it came to pass that several smiths simultaneously developed and refined ideas on the recreation of such an alloy, meaning that no single Ailor blacksmith can be credited with creating Blacksteel and spreading it outside of Orcish lands. One group within the Capital 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 and occasionally armor, as well as the folded Blacksteel produced by Regalian smiths in the last few decades. Commoners also make use of the metal, but in more simple objects like mallets and hammers, with a few fortunate families holding onto Blacksteel weapons as family heirlooms. Blacksteel weapons and armor often make good ancestral weapons, with a select few houses keeping Blacksteel-Starris alloy weapons.

Characteristics

Appearance

Blacksteel has a simple appearance, that being the appearance of a shining, black-colored Steel. It is rarely reflective without vigorous polishing, but when upkept the weapons carry a smooth, dark appearance. Folded Blacksteel as a variant appears to have a subtle ripple effect up and down the blade and makes any inscription work stand out with a gentle shine.

General Uses

Blacksteel is commonly used in weapons for both the nobility and the common people. Blacksteel is far more durable than regular steel but does weigh more, making it only truly usable in weapons by those with at least 10 in the relevant Combat Proficiency. Sharpening Blacksteel can only be done with a specially carved whetstone, making it difficult to keep edged black steel weapons in useable shape. For this reason, Blacksteel excels in useability when used in Warhammer, maces, and heavy plate mail armor. Metalitra is still superior when it comes to heavy weapons, but the availability of Blacksteel in comparison makes it far more desirable. 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 Blacksteel is near impossible for Steel weapons, though a strong blunt weapon can dent and even break the armor.

Abilities

Blacksteel's forging process inherently creates a high carbon Steel, and generally produces a weapon with increased the strength and durability compared to common Steel. Heavier armor forged with Blacsteel are almost always incapable of being pierced by Steel weapons, but it is relatively susceptible to breakage from heavy weapons. A rarer variant of Blacksteel is the so-called "Folded Blacksteel", which is a more refined method of creating Blacksteel refined by Ailor smiths around 30 years ago. Regular Blacksteel is folded once or twice until the smith believes that it is adequate but Folded Blacksteel is folded precisely 16 times. This process is believed to remove impurities and evens out the makeup of the metal, as well as enhance it with flexibility, durability, and toughness. The softer metal at the core of the weapon allows for more flexible weapons, making folded Blacksteel ideal for blades and lighter weaponry, whereas unfolded or "regular" Blacksteel is still best for heavier weapons and armor. Patterns or words etched onto Blacksteel weapons will carry a more pronounced shine, suggesting yet further qualities to Blacksteel that have yet to be discovered.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Blacksteel Weapons have become slightly more common in the Capital City, but this has only really resulted in a new black market based around mugging Nobility and careless Adventurers who carry Blacksteel openly. A criminal known on the streets as the "Blacksteel Bastard" has gained infamy over the years for amassing a collection of stolen weaponry.
  • Black Iron was a less refined metal used by the Orcs centuries ago, but their skill in smithing and rapid cultural progress quickly removed the need for it, giving rise to the usage of Bronze and Blacksteel as their primary metals.

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