|Common Nicknames||Lustrum, Zazzllos|
|Proficiency||Requires 15 points in Metallurgy Arts|
|Accessibility||Commoner and Nobility|
Gold, despite its majestic appearance, is rather common in several areas of Aloria such as Sendras, Hadaria, and Farah’deen, but can still be found elsewhere. Used for untold millennia, Gold’s connotations of extravagance pre-date even the Allorn Empire. In the modern day, the material is used in the Regal, the currency of the Regalian Empire, as well as in clothing of the wealthy, the arts of the creative, and in the concoctions of the inventive. Gold’s impressive malleability, which allows it to be shaped in an untold number of different ways, ensures that it has a secure place in a variety of different niches. With the many recent wars that have wracked Aloria, Gold has traded millions of hands and the world’s thirst for it has yet to cease.
All evidence of modern gold lust begins with the Allorn Empire, who encountered Gold in limited quantities in Hadaria, Sendras, and Ithania. Their great contemporary, the Sariyd Empire, had their own natural pockets, though these were closer to home in various areas of Farah’deen. Both nations mined the substance extensively for decorative purposes in personal adornments, architecture, and art. The Sariyd Empire also used the substance in their machines, a practice believed to have existed in the Javarindar (the precursors to the Varran) before that civilization was wiped out by the Altalar. Even in distant Sendras, the Serass State pulled Gold from their rivers and used it in their potions but also in the decorations of their great alchemical laboratories and administrative centers. The devastation of the Cataclysm did not stem desire for the illustrious substance, instead having the opposite effect; Gold became all the more wanted as the world diversified. With the rise of Ailor kingdoms and states, Gold’s status as a highly-prized metal was carried on from their former Altalar masters. As for the Altalar, even after the Allorn Empire shattered, the wealthy nobility of the surviving states and principalities maintained their craving for the material wealth of Gold. Even the fledgling Songaskian people were not safe from the worldwide gold lust; not long after the Great Storm, they voraciously emptied Farah’deen’s gold mines, using almost everything they had to build great reflective and beautiful temples in honor of the Sun. Over the last several decades, Gold has remained an important mineral on the world stage. It has been used in coinage, the arts, construction, and scholarly endeavors. In recent years, a great amount of that wealth has traded hands, mostly because of war, through looting, buying allies, or exchanges of technology. The fervor for Gold is likely to continue on for centuries - as so long as it shines and catches the eye, people will seek it.
Gold is a yellow metal with a deep shine to it once it has been refined. When raw, it can scale from the size of an ant-sized flake to hunks as large as a person when unmined.
Gold has a myriad of uses to those seeking to make a profit. For artists, artisans, and clothing designers, Gold can offer a wide variety of uses from gold inlay in books to gold thread in clothing to gold jewelry. To chefs or alchemists, the mineral can be eaten as small shavings applied on top of fine food, which is consumed by the upper class of society, or as part of a potion. The final method of use is in technology as Gold, along with Copper, can help carry electrical currents. Gold is occasionally used in Qadir commissioned works or other technological creations because of its beauty and malleability to create artistic, but still functional, devices.
Gold has the ability to hold a minor electrical charge. The power retainment is barely enough to shock a person and, as a result, Gold is only used to help transfer power a short way to another destination.
- One of the most valuable items ever made of Gold was the Exultant Titan statue in Farah’deen. A clockwork marvel, the large statue was said to manipulate a globe along its body throughout the course of a day and night in a simulation of a Qadir myth. It was lost during the Great Storm.
- Gold is seen by many states to be the standard in currency and is a common material found in monetarily valuable coins in Aloria. The Regal is one such coin and is coated in a thin layer of the substance which hides the common metal underneath.
- The lower classes rarely have access to Gold themselves, and are known to be fooled into buying Pyrignis, a material that only looks like Gold.