"Here around Dorley Peaks, the mining of plink and other such metals helps sustain us miners and our families. It's a hard life, sure, but it's a honest living. My father mined here before me, and his father before him, that was when they discovered the metal you know. I wish to carry on the tradition of mining in our family. It's something to be proud of, and while I can't speak for my children, I know a few of them seems keen to join me digging in the shafts when they are old enough." -Miner from Dorley Peaks.
As the metal emerges from the rock, the shine of the tourches hits the rose colored metal and the gleam of the freshly broken rock is revealed.
Physical & Chemical Properties
This metal is quite soft to the touch, and can be melted at about 800 degrees Celsius. It can be added to bronze to make it an even sturdier metal.
Together with copper, led and tenn it can be turned into different kinds of red metal.
Origin & Source
It is sometimes found in Askirah, in their mountainous regions. They are by far the most rich in the metal, even thought it has been found elsewhere too in smaller deposits.
Life & Expiration
The metal is quite stable, tho if left unused in it's forged state it will start to oxidize a bright red substance. The red oxidation turns brown with time, about a year or so, and eventually it becomes quite dark almost black.
History & Usage
It was discovered quite recently, only a few hundred years ago. It was first used by the locals who found the metals color quite pretty and made ornamental items of them, and after some time they then began to trade their objects with foreigners who also found themselves attracted by the color.
You mostly see this metal used in ornamental details, like a fibula (brooch) to hold ones mantle or a pair of earrings. It can be seen in jewelry and trinkets, often with other warmly colored details like rubies and red fine stones. Men especially appreciates the fine coloration of the metal.
The metal needs to be purified before it is used. The purification process is similar to that of other metals.
Byproducts & Sideproducts
the oxidation from plink can be used to create red pigment, it stabilizes under acidic circumstances so if you add for example lemon juice to the pigment before you add binder, it can help sustain the color... However, because there is other more readily available pigments that already can do the same thing, and the metal oxidation takes a long time to produce, it is not commonly used as a pigment in paints.
Reusability & Recycling
Discarded metals containing plink, or pure plink, may be oxidised by time and exposure but can be restored and resmelted for another usage.
It's a quite rose-reddish metal
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