Dust

An Author's note to readers.

Dust is essentially magical fantasy oil, it's moreso an in-universe catalyst for politics and conflict than a believable substance.
 
Research is understanding what we can do with what we have. Scholars discovers limit. Engineers tests them. Both understand that everything has boundaries; Dust may the exception to that understanding
Château Verrel Scholar.
 

Properties

Once you gaze upon it's golden shimmer and see what marvels lies within. Dust becomes the most beautiful thing.
Kassai Merchant
Dust has the appearance of gold but mundane properties of iron but also incredibly brittle.
Otherwise in it's raw form dust has unpredictable magical properties, altering the fundamental properties of it's environment. Although it can be refined as either a magical fuel source or catalyst for practical applications.

History & Usage

Everyday use

[...] What can you do with Dust? My friend, what can't you do with it? Any advanced applications of magic uses it: from enchantments, to underwater ships, floating cities, and so much more!
Of course the real beauty of dust is in Dust Gems, jewels crafted with a magical purpose. You could use them for safe smoke free light, iron gates that wind themselves up, self driven caravans, and even live longer! With a good Artificer or Animancy the possibilities are nearly limitness. So how many barrels do you want?
— A recorded sales pitch from a Kassai Merchant

Cultural Significance and Usage

Friend, they say dust makes the world go round. And if we're talking about Dust it very well might!
Kassai Merchant
 

Dwarven Pit Cities in Royeaux


The largest supplier of Dust, accounting for 70% of the global market supply. Additionally the discovery of dust in Dwarven deserts several millennia ago had transformed them into nomadic tribes to a prominent industrial civilization.

Templar Circle


The Templar Circle imbue their Justicars with Dust, granting them magical resistance and magic nullifying abilities. As a result of the Justicars, the Templar Circle has gained world-wide prominence, despite their anti-magic beliefs, for their ability to combat the supernatural.

Kassai Trade Coalition


Founded to peddle Dust Products produced in the Dwarven Pit Cities to the world. Owing to the prevalence of Dust in most civilized cities.

Château Verrel

It's prosperity heavily relies on the commercial Dust research that occurs within their academies. As a result of their research and wealth, Dust products are a regular part of their society.

Secrets of the Ancient Dwarves!

The Origins of Dust

The original Dwarves lived underground, being children of the Titans. Whose bodies are earth, and blood is Dust itself. A majority of the Dust found in the Dwarven Pit Cities in Royeaux is actually the spilled blood of the Titans who fought in conflicts long forgotten. [3]

Broken Lords Secret!

Origins of the Broken Lords


Only known for their Human proxies and impossible ironclad submarines to the world. The Broken Lords are actually Dust-steel suits of armor animated by Dust Spirits. Once flesh and blood, when an eruption threatened to cover their skies in ash and take the sun from their lands, an elite few forsakened their mortal forms to prevent the noblest family from starving. As a result they turned themselves into eternal lifeless beings sustained by Dust, or the lifeforce of living humanoids.

Origin & Source


Dust is generally found in permeable earth at least 300 feet deep with greater quantities of dust found deeper underground.
Other magical processes and rituals can also create dust but they are always costly and inefficient.  

Manufacturing & Products

Dust-steel. A costly yet iron efficient way to create enchanted steel. [1]
  Plasteel. A rare alloy that is incredibly tough yet flexible as plastic while retaining high enchantability and innate magical resistance. [2]
  Magical Equipment. Nearly all enchanting processes uses dust as some form of catalyst or component.
  Dust Gems. Jewels that store magic to perform a task, usable by any sentient creature.  

Hazards


My daughter lost her heart and life to Dust mining! Even the Warforged are beggining lose their minds to it. You can't ignore us forever! Dust is dangerous! We demand rights! We demand reparations!
Dwarven protester in the Pit Cities
  Due to the powder nature of Dust. It's often inhaled by miners and with continuous prolonged exposure causes random and occasionally unknown side effects.
  Common side effects include but are not limited to constipation, diarrhea, nausea, weight gain/loss, dizziness, hallucinations, seizures, hostility, elation, loss of sight and other sense, magical abilities, mutations, internal bleeding, organ failure, spontaneous combustion and death.

Comments

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8 Jul, 2018 23:14

I really like all the quotes, footnotes, and general integration into the world. Feels a lot like coal in terms of "you sure don't wanna be the one mining this, but it's gonna make a few people very, very rich"

8 Jul, 2018 23:36

Thanks! I was very much trying to get the "shiny new non-renewable resource with a nasty side" feel.

8 Jul, 2018 23:30

You've made fantasy magic oil. I love this so much. Such fantastic use of all the different aspects of World Anvil; secrets, quotes, footnotes... Just really well done.  

Common side effects include but are not limited to constipation, diarrhea, nausea, weight gain/loss, dizziness, hallucinations, seizures, hostility, elation, loss of sight and other sense, magical abilities, mutations, internal bleeding, organ failure, spontaneous combustion and death.
  Only thing missing here is an erection lasting more than 4 hours!

8 Jul, 2018 23:38

Haha thanks. I was hoping someone would notice that little tidbit, maybe i'll add that as a side effect too.

8 Jul, 2018 23:40

Good mix of narrative and quotes! I like it. It's hard to do some of the more core resources of a setting cause they can either feel very dry or very overwhelming in scope to write out but you've done well.

9 Jul, 2018 01:49

*peers closely* I feel like you're referencing one of my favorite games here, and I think I might love you for it. That being said, this was a lovely little read. Fascinating to explore how a substance like this can affect a world, given its presence.

9 Jul, 2018 01:50

P.S. Would Dust happen to be Endless? ;)

9 Jul, 2018 02:01

Thanks! The campaign setting is heavily inspired by Endless Legends amongst other games *wink*

9 Jul, 2018 03:27

It feels like an iron-magic-gold-drug mix. I'm into it. Plus I liked the quotes very much, it's much what a good and charismatic merchant would say!

9 Jul, 2018 05:56

Thanks! I've been getting good reception on the quotes. I'm glad trying out the quotes paid off.

15 Jul, 2018 19:28

Congrats on your feature in World Anvil's Summer Camp Roundup for Week 2!

15 Jul, 2018 23:22

Whoa thanks! I didn't think i'd get featured