The unmistakable magical gleam of white with a shimmer of purple was the first he saw from the knight. Torben gasped unwillingly for he had never imagined someone rich enough to possess so much of Whitesteel to make a full set of armor of it. But that was not enough, the warrior before him used Whitesteel to engrave his shield, the saddlecloth of his horse, even his cloak seemed to be interwoven with the metal. Torben never thought he would ever see something so majestic.
Whitesteel is the steel alloy developed by the dwarves of Aliretar
after their original recipe for Dwarven Steel was identified as the source of the devastating plague Blue Steel Taint
. The steel is using a different magical treatment to form an alloy, rendering any danger to the dwarves moot. Furthermore, it contained a large amount of Atuminit (material)
, a metal found almost exclusively in the mountains of Aliretar but is very common there.
Due to the steel being very adaptive to contain magical spells, its natural fortitude, and the appealing looks, Dwarven Whitesteel was very quickly highly sought after. For a while, it became as valuable and as exclusive as gold.
A few decades ago, however, a method to replace Atuminit with Silver (material)
was discovered and since then Baradolia
with its rich silver deposits has started developing a high yield production of Whitesteel themselves.
When he touched the ingot that was going to make him a rich man, he saw himself distortedly reflected on this beautiful matte white surface. A purple glow seemed to expand from the ingot to his hands - he felt a peaceful warmth emanating from it as well.
Dwarven Whitesteel presents itself as a white metal, usually with a matte shimmer of purple under any light. Usually, it feels a bit warmer to the touch as other metals metal and is often surrounded by a sensible aura of magic.
What fool makes a magic sword out of iron? Every dwarven apprentice knows to use whitesteel for that!
Along with Gold, Dwarven Whitesteel has the highest rate of enchanteability. Its durability is on par or higher than those of other types of steel.