Blacksteel

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Accreditation
Writers LumosJared
Processors BillyTheScroofy
Last Editor Jared4242 on 09/21/2019.

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