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|officialname = Metalitra
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sometimes seen as the icon of [[ Dwarf|Dwarven]] engineering and creativity; it has been frequently used by Dwarves in the past due to its being endemic to Dwarven holds in [[ Ellador]]. In [[ Regalian Empire|Regalia]], it isn’t only accessible by nobles, though it is incredibly difficult to obtain because of the partial reluctance of the Dwarves to peddle the material. Pure Metalitra is found much deeper in the ground than conventional [[Ferr-Iron|Iron]]. Weapons made of this material can be found in abandoned Dwarven ruins, albeit at a high cost.
discovered by the Dwarves close to the commencement of Aloria, or so it is theorized. Ancient art shows Dwarves working the metal from the very beginning of their existence, making it impossible to put an exact date on the metal. The Dwarves made their foundations on Metalitra after they progressed from the stone tools they had previously possessed, shaping the metal into newer tools and weapons. It is also possible that the metal shaped them just as much. Metalitra is so heavy that the constant working and forging of the metal demands great strength.
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Before the metal even meets the forge to be worked into a weapon, a swirling pattern of deep-set black lines can be found covering the silvery ore. After the metal is refined and crafted into a product, it has a dark gray shine to it that cannot be matched by any other metal. In fact, the blade of the metal can be likened to the color of dark ash. Combined with the expertise of Dwarven forging and metal crafting, Metalitra is certainly a sight to behold.
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The metal is typically used in weapons of blunt force, as the trade-off of its extremely heavy weight is that it is extremely strong. One swing of a Metalitra warhammer can cave in an ordinary Iron breastplate. The metal is strong, but it is not godlike. Of course, in order to actually be able to use a weapon of this material effectively, the owner of the metal must have exceedingly strong muscles and train themselves daily. Even then, using Metalitra will take a massive toll on them. It is not uncommon for someone to faint after or even mid battle because of the excessive weight.
It is extremely impractical to use Metalitra for armor because of its mass, but it was used by the Dwarves for mining tools quite frequently. Pickaxes of Metalitra are especially efficient because of the amount of force you can put behind the swing; huge chunks of rock will come away from the target upon impact. Small portions of the metal were used by Dwarven carpenters as small hammers. Almost any tool that a person would normally use can contain Metalitra, except for small tools that are meant for precision.
Metalitra has many of the characteristics of Iron, but improves upon them in almost every way. It’s perfectly recastable-- in fact, one of the most convenient ways to obtain a custom weapon of the material is to recast an already made weapon of Metalitra. It is also very durable and strong, though only slightly more durable than Iron. Its strength, however, far exceeds Iron; Metalitra, in return for its heavy weight, is capable of delivering devastating blows to opponents, and as a result, it is usually used in warhammers.
The easiest way to obtain Metalitra is recasting weapons found in ancient Dwarven holds. Even then, however, it’s a tough find since only Dwarves of high rank were able to use the metal.
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*It is possible to buy Metalitra from Dwarves, though they express a certain reluctance to sell it, almost as if they are selfish and want the metal to stay within the Dwarven society.
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Metalitra is often synonymous with the Dwarven Race of Aloria. Their society claims it to be the “eternal metal,” and material that helped them forge a dominance of Ellador centuries before the Isldar arrived, and ruined said dominance. The ore has a dark coloration in its natural state, but when refined produces a fine (though dull) golden sheen that accentuates the dark grey of the material. Since the diaspora of Dwarves, the material has grown popular with the flashier warriors of the other Races of Aloria. The fine contrasting colors help Metalitra stand out, even among the offerings of the Dwarves.
Metalitra has an unknown discovery date, but its nickname as the “eternal metal” encourages people to believe it was developed early into Dwarven society. The substance proved itself time and time again as the Dwarves expanded out from their founding Hold of Olovomm. They fought creatures of the deep earth and even of the surface now considered extinct, while others survive. They also bore great tunnels in the earth and broke down vast minerals for forging and experimentation. This was all on the back of Metalitra, which was used extensively in weapons, tools, and other objects at the height of the expanse of the Dwarven Empire. However, as the Dwarves declined, the use of Metalitra did as well. It became seen as a decadence, with those lower on the rungs of society either shirking it for the sake of practicality and focus on the “hardy substances,” or could no longer afford it. After the fall of the Dwarves from the surface, and the later wars with the Dakkar, Metalitra was once again thoroughly embraced, but most commonly among the Ruin-Khuur and Greborrin, as a symbol of the past glories of the Dwarves that needed to survive. Those that rejected the substance looked at its golden sheen and saw a hundred greedy eyes staring back, the ghosts of past plundering efforts deep in the earth, and so chose to avoid it; however, this sheen is exactly what caught the eyes of outsiders. By 200 AC, Dwarven forges, even if the owner personally rejected the substance, often made Metalitra tools and weapons for those that would pay, and this practice has continued until today with the Dwarves teaching few the secrets of how they forge it.
Metalitra appears as a dark gold or bronze ore covered in dark grey and black swirling lines throughout the deposit. Once the metal is refined and crafted into a product, it has a dark grey color to it, with a dull golden sheen unmatched by mundane elements surrounding the finished product, thus making anything made with it a splendid object for any warrior. Some may be fickle and complain at the dull brightness of the color, but many still admire the base-pairing as sublime.
Metalitra has seen the most use in tools and armor, forged to Dwarven specifications and proportions for decades, and less use in weaponry. However, with their spread into Ailor regions and a rekindling of their attachment to the material, the weapon can be found in a variety of forms, and thanks to the coin of Ailor, Fin’ullen, Altalar, Songaskians and more, in a variety of forms wearable or usable to the other Races of Aloria.
- It is unclear whether Metalitra is the ore that gave the term “metal” its modern name in Common or if the Dwarves simply adapted the name to emulate the word Metal as a symbol of their culture and the ancient nature of the material.
- The ruins of many Dwarven Holds across Aloria often feature Metalitra weapons and armor, still worn by their long-deceased and decayed bearers. They are thus one of the easier payouts for scavengers and looters since many Dwarves value the return of these ancient heirlooms.
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