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Metallurgy

The Art of Mixing Metals

Written by RiverFang

The peals of hammers against the metals of anvils ring throughout the caves of the Great Furnaces. Dwarves spend hours bent over their workspace, slabs and slivers of metal being swiftly turned into objects that can be considered art. Smiths of all types can be found throughout the world of Isekai, but only the Dwarves of the mountains are skilled in the art of metallurgy.   The rare metals of Isekai require a large breadth of knowledge to successfully and safely meld and forge two of the special metals into a single, functional item. Many smiths throughout the world tend to only work with single varieties of the special metals as working with two or more together can be volatile under the correct circumstances.   The eleven varieties of special metals can be found in a variety of locations across both Vóreios and Nótios, but the greatest smiths will have these metals mined and sent to the forges. The Dwarves of the Great Furnaces forge their alloys in the depths of the caves, the warmth of the mountains lighting their forges. Here, some of the greatest metalwork that has ever been created comes from the intricate weaving and melding of combinations of special metals and creating alloys that are much stronger than their original parts.  

Special Metals

Arcane Steel
Material | Oct 19, 2021

Arcane Steel is one of the many special metals in Isekai, although it is by far the rarest. Referred to as the True Enchantment metal, the blue of this metal is similar to Frost Steel, but the crackling magical energy proves it as what it truly is.

Black Steel
Material | Oct 20, 2021

Black Steel is one of the special metals in Isekai but is often associated with the darkest things. Referred to as one of the Celestial Metals, the black colors of this metal make it seem more like obsidian instead of an actual metal.

Flare Steel
Material | Dec 19, 2021

A red metal burns bright in the forges of the Dwarves, never dying down as the hours of forging pass. A single nugget, the size of a Dwarven palm, will power the forge for weeks, never dulling, never cooling.

Frost Steel
Material | Dec 19, 2021

Frost Steel is one of the many special metals in Isekai, but is one of the more deadly to obtain and forge. Referred to as one of the Noble Metals, the shining blues are more at home on the open sea or tucked within a blacksmith’s arsenal.

Hush Steel
Material | Dec 19, 2021

Hush Steel is one of the many special metals in Isekai and is by far one of the most useful in terms of forging. Referred to as one of the Noble Metals, the dull greys of this metal make it look identical to Iron.

Moon Steel
Material | Dec 19, 2021

Moon Steel is one of the many special metals in Isekai, awaiting the light of a moon to decide its potential. Referred to as one of the Celestial Metals, the simple greys of this metal found under large bodies of water.

Putrid Steel
Material | Dec 19, 2021

Putrid Steel is one of the special metals in Isekai but is one of the few often associated with a nefarious purpose. Known as one of the Criminal Metals, the metal looks very similar to Iron, riddled with orange & red ribbons of what looks to be rust.

Sickly Steel
Material | Dec 19, 2021

Sickly Steel is one of the many special metals in Isekai, but by far has one of the greatest ranges in its use. Referred to as one of the Criminal Metals, the bright brilliant greens of this metal when polished denote it as Sickly Steel.

Sun Steel
Material | Dec 19, 2021

Sun Steel is one of the many special metals in Isekai but is one of the most used in decoration and religion. Referred to as one of the Celestial Metals, the shining colors are similar to that of White Gold.

Alloys

Access & Availability
Smiths that have spent years of their lives studying the properties of various metals may have the capabilities to create alloys of the special metals. It is a difficult process, so it is not done by many smiths outside of the Great Furnaces, but it is a technology that the dwarves had shared with the world.
Complexity
Due to the properties of the special steels, creating alloys of them is extremely complex. Certain combinations are extremely volatile and have been known to explode or cause other injuries when mixed. It is suggested that only master smiths take on the task of creating an alloy, but that is only after having years of study and practice smithing.
Discovery
It is unknown when alloys of the special steels were first created, but it is known that the first alloy of the special metals was created from Flare Steel and Zap Steel. It was named Spark Steel by its creator.   The creator of the first alloys was a dwarf from the Great Furnaces, a master craftsman and smith that had spent much of his life developing new techniques for his clan. Due to his in-depth study of metals and his invention of the first alloys of the special metals, he was named the Father of Metallurgy, although his name has now been lost to time.
Utility
The alloys of the special metals are much stronger than the individual metals and have extra properties that often have some special effect. Born from curiosity, the alloys are helpful for a variety of things but have been misused in times of war or conflict. Instances of their uses and misuses can be found throughout the history of Isekai.


Cover image: Technologies Cover by Landscape via Artbreeder, created by RiverFang

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18 Dec, 2019 16:27

This is cool! the possibilities are limitless with this stuff.

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