|Common Nicknames||Dwarven Steel|
|Proficiency||Requires 20 points in Metallurgy Arts|
|Uses||Weapons and Tools|
Metalitra is often synonymous with the Dwarven race of Aloria. Their mythology and culture claims it to have been the heart of the “Ancient Holds” and the reason their machines and tools were superior to that of neighboring civilizations and empires during the times of old, shortly after the cataclysm. When discovered, Metalitra was way ahead of its time, acting as a directly mined steel with a superior weight to strength ratio. It was later discovered in the more recent Holds such as Skorr, Aldruin and Grebor due to their vast and complicated mining networks. With the introduction of the Urdweld, the metal served as a valuable trade export as Dwarves abandoned their years serving as isolationists and finally left the holds to explore. Metalitra appears as a silver metal with dark grey swirls in its raw state, before being formed as a lustrous grey ingot once refined. Despite some rumors, the metal is much lighter than expected, although not the lightest metal known to Aloria. This makes it a valuable candidate for heavy weaponry to the Dwarves and it is used to make some of the largest battle axes and warhammers known to their culture.
It is not known when Metalitra was initially discovered, however in Dwarven historical texts, it is mentioned several times as a valuable metal used widely in the “Ancient Holds”. Due to Dwarven isolation and xenophobia, the metal was hardly seen outside of a hold bar from stolen or looted armor, tools, or weaponry scavenged from conflicts with foreign civilizations and empires, such as the Isldar in 305 AC when they took the hold of Alduin and enslaved the populace. Even before, when Dakkar threatened the holds and pushed the Dwarves out, the metal left the location from emigrating Dwarves. Throughout these events, the metal was rumored to have been heavy and unwieldy, though this is largely untrue and likely a lie spread to deter foreigners from getting their hands on the metal. It wasn’t until 307 AC, when King Blackhammer retook Alduin, that Metalitra was exported as a trade good, and, although still rare in foreign markets such as Regalia, it was much more common. Especially with the arrival of the Urweld and their mercantile trade caravans, the metal was dramatically exported to mostly Regalia, though other smaller states and nations throughout Aloria partake in the market, such as Anglia, Ithania, and many others. This, among the other exported minerals and goods, has created a trade surplus notably for the Holds of Aldruin and Grebor in the most recent year, 307 AC.
A weapon of Metalitra make is expensive due to the still growing market of the metal from recovering holds. The majority of this influx is because of transportation costs. Most Metalitra is only found within the borders of Dwarven territories, though it is very possible to be located in other regions outside this area. The reason it is exclusive to the Dwarven kingdoms however, is because of the mentioned vast mining networks in many of their holds. Recently, most Urweld are noted to sell the mineral at a large, but reasonable price. As such, commoners usually don’t handle a weapon of Metalitra make, though it is possible, as some commoners have recently traveled to the location to purchase the products at much lower prices.
Metalitra appears as a dark gold/bronzish 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 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 mixed with dulled gold.
The metal is typically used in tools, or weaponry of blunt force. The weight of Metalitra, although much more forgiving than steel, still is overbearing and requires one to hold a reasonable amount of strength to wield. This is generally due to the form of the weapon, which is crafted to be larger than typical steel weaponry, and, is designed to be much larger with an increased surface area. For example, a steel warhammer is usually limited to the amount of weight it holds, whereas a warhammer of metalitra is much less limiting, making the weapons trade off of weight to size superior than that of steel or Ferr-Iron. One swing of a Metalitra Warhammer can cave in a Platemail breastplate. The metal is strong, but it is not godlike. When using large weapons of Metalitra, the owner of the metal must be equally strong and train themselves daily to the same effect as someone using a smaller weapon of steel. With the equal amount of weight, but near overbearing size, weapons crafted from the metal are especially known for the risks of imbalance when in use.
It is extremely impractical to use Metalitra for armor because of its weight, 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. Dwarven carpenters used small portions of the metal 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 Ferr-Iron but improves upon them in almost every way. It’s perfectly re-castable. 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, only slightly stronger than steel; Metalitra, in return for its superior light weight to strength ratio, is capable of delivering devastating blows to opponents, and as a result, it is usually used in Warhammers.
- It is unclear whether Metalitra is the ore that gave metal its modern name in Common or if the Dwarves simply adapted the name to include the word Metal as a symbol of their culture and the “Ancient Holds” of old.
- Metalitra is also possibly used by the Isldar but others believe these examples are simply Isldar wielding parts of ancient Metalira tools and weapons from when the Dwarves were at war with them.
- Almost all traveling Urweld have a large supply of Metalitra ingots and products among other Dwarven exclusive materials for sale. This includes trinkets, some armor, weaponry and tools.