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{{Info materials
{{Info materials
|image = noimg.png
|officialname = Iron
|officialname = Blacksteel
|nicknames = Night Iron, Ero-Steel
|nicknames = Night Iron, Ailor-Metal
|proficiency = [[Iron Family Metallurgy]]
|proficiency = 20 Metallurgy Arts
|origin = [[Eronidas]]
|origin = Smiths in the [[City of Regalia]]
|uses = Weapons, Armor
|uses = Weapons, Tools, Armor
|rarity = Rare
|rarity = Uncommon
|accessibility = Middle and Upper Classes
|accessibility = Commoner
|}}
|}}
Blacksteel is a sophisticated alloy of [[Steel]] and recast [[Black Iron]] 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 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, with its benefits putting it in a similar category to the Dwarven [[Metalitra]] and the Altalarrin [[Nightsilver]]. Blacksteel is used in all sorts of weapons and armor and its versatility makes it ideal for the Ailor people.
Blacksteel is a sophisticated alloy of [[Steel]] created by [[Eronidas]] smiths with the help of [[Ailor]] knowledge. As a result of this blend of racial knowledge, the metal rapidly grew in notoriety and is now highly sought after by skilled warriors seeking to make a visual statement. The material is commonly used in weapons and armor because of this fact, and appears more frequently in heavy weapons given the material’s own heavy nature, and used sparingly in armor.


==History==
==History==
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 Blacksteel. 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 and occasionally armor. 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. The upper nobility tend to persue Skysteel and foreign metals to house in their treasuries, but Blacksteel is the more desired metal for its usability and value.
Blacksteel is a relatively recent material in the history of [[Metallurgy]] in [[Aloria]], but it has an older history than many might think. Cruder versions, now known as Blackiron, were common among the Eronidas during their final decades of life on [[Guldar]], and in their early decades within [[Daen]]. However, as the Eronidas came into greater contact with the Ailor, other [[Races]] and various [[Cultures]], their smiths yearned to improve their now old metal. It was the Eronidas smith Labas Adda-Kabid, who reached the [[City of Regalia]] in 40 AC, who would ultimately begin this transformation. Learning Ailor forging techniques, as well as acquiring a wide range of new materials, Labas forged the first Blacksteel blade in 60 AC and rapidly helped to spread knowledge of it back home among his people. By 80 AC, Blackiron had been rendered extinct as a substance, and the Eronidas completely embraced Blacksteel objects for use during their warring. Ailor smiths in Regalia also benefited from Labas’ efforts, and the unique blades the Eronidas forged rapidly caught the eyes of many. As a result, the material became popular among those who could afford it and, while it was never a secret, soon the knowledge of forging Blacksteel had expanded out to the broader world. Today, Blacksteel sees use in the weapons and armor of warriors across Aloria, its near-black coloration a formidable, sleek, and often menacing addition to any person’s arsenal.


==Characteristics==
==Characteristics==
===Appearance===
===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.  
Blacksteel is an alloy of normal [[Steel]], created through the use of a combination of Eronidas and Ailor techniques. The material has an extremely dark grey coloration, bordering black, hence the material’s name. It can also be polished to a sophisticated shine.
===General Uses===
===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 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 is downright impossible for Steel weapons, though a strong blunt weapon can dent and even break the armor.  
Blacksteel is commonly used in weapons and armor, as it is far more durable than regular Steel. The material is heavier however and thus often sees use in blunt, heavy weaponry. When it is used in armor, it often accentuates or  is made to plate only certain parts of the body. The material can grow expensive when existing in large quantities, leaving full Blacksteel suits or arsenals for the nobility, while common soldiers or warriors may only afford one or two pieces made using the substance in their lifetime.  


==Trivia==
==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.
*Blacksteel piping is a recent development and is largely being used in the construction of dark-toned or gloomy architecture. As such, it is extremely niche and has to be specifically commissioned.
*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.
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|Writers = HydraLana
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Latest revision as of 22:20, 18 December 2021

Blacksteel
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Materials
Official Name Iron
Common Nicknames Night Iron, Ero-Steel
Proficiency Iron Family Metallurgy
Origin Eronidas
Uses Weapons, Armor
Rarity Rare
Accessibility Middle and Upper Classes

Blacksteel is a sophisticated alloy of Steel created by Eronidas smiths with the help of Ailor knowledge. As a result of this blend of racial knowledge, the metal rapidly grew in notoriety and is now highly sought after by skilled warriors seeking to make a visual statement. The material is commonly used in weapons and armor because of this fact, and appears more frequently in heavy weapons given the material’s own heavy nature, and used sparingly in armor.

History

Blacksteel is a relatively recent material in the history of Metallurgy in Aloria, but it has an older history than many might think. Cruder versions, now known as Blackiron, were common among the Eronidas during their final decades of life on Guldar, and in their early decades within Daen. However, as the Eronidas came into greater contact with the Ailor, other Races and various Cultures, their smiths yearned to improve their now old metal. It was the Eronidas smith Labas Adda-Kabid, who reached the City of Regalia in 40 AC, who would ultimately begin this transformation. Learning Ailor forging techniques, as well as acquiring a wide range of new materials, Labas forged the first Blacksteel blade in 60 AC and rapidly helped to spread knowledge of it back home among his people. By 80 AC, Blackiron had been rendered extinct as a substance, and the Eronidas completely embraced Blacksteel objects for use during their warring. Ailor smiths in Regalia also benefited from Labas’ efforts, and the unique blades the Eronidas forged rapidly caught the eyes of many. As a result, the material became popular among those who could afford it and, while it was never a secret, soon the knowledge of forging Blacksteel had expanded out to the broader world. Today, Blacksteel sees use in the weapons and armor of warriors across Aloria, its near-black coloration a formidable, sleek, and often menacing addition to any person’s arsenal.

Characteristics

Appearance

Blacksteel is an alloy of normal Steel, created through the use of a combination of Eronidas and Ailor techniques. The material has an extremely dark grey coloration, bordering black, hence the material’s name. It can also be polished to a sophisticated shine.

General Uses

Blacksteel is commonly used in weapons and armor, as it is far more durable than regular Steel. The material is heavier however and thus often sees use in blunt, heavy weaponry. When it is used in armor, it often accentuates or is made to plate only certain parts of the body. The material can grow expensive when existing in large quantities, leaving full Blacksteel suits or arsenals for the nobility, while common soldiers or warriors may only afford one or two pieces made using the substance in their lifetime.

Trivia

  • Blacksteel piping is a recent development and is largely being used in the construction of dark-toned or gloomy architecture. As such, it is extremely niche and has to be specifically commissioned.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors FireFan96, WaterDruppel, MantaRey
Last Editor Firefan96 on 12/18/2021.

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