The blackened supermetal found in the sands of Tarthus
HP/inch 40 Hardness 15 Special: Weapons or armors fashioned from Tarthan Blackiron are always masterwork items as well; the masterwork cost is included in the prices given below. For Weapons: During the daytime hours, a weapon made of Tarthan Blackiron deals deals an extra 1d6 points of fire damage. At night, this becomes 1d6 cold. For Armor: During the daytime hours, armor made of Tarthan Blackiron gives protection from hot environments as per Endure Elements and gives a variable amount of Fire Resist (3 for Light, 5 for Medium, 7 for Heavy) that stacks with existing resistance. At nighttime, it gives protection from Cold Environments instead and Cold Resist of the same amounts that stacks with existing resistance. For Objects: Objects and buildings made of Tarthan Blackiron are incredibly resistant to the elements - especially hot and cold weather. They are almost entirely immune to being weathered over time, and last much longer than normal when left standing.
Ammunition: +60 gp per missile Light armor: +1,000 gp Medium armor: +2,000 gp Heavy armor: +4,000 gp Weapon: +2,000 gp Objects: 20gp / lb
Tarthan Blackiron has most of its characteristics in common with normal iron - aside from its glossy black texture.
Physical & Chemical Properties
The only unique properties of Tarthan Blackiron vary between Day and Night - during Daytime, it seems to crack and glow from within with an orangish-red glow as it adopts a fiery heat similar to the hot desert sun. In contrast, at night, it seems to mend itself and give off a pale blue glow similar to purest moonlight and adopts the properties of freezing desert nights.
Geology & Geography
Tarthan Blackiron is found exclusively within the island desert nation of Tarthus - typically buried within the desert dunes there in ancient ruins and in old ore veins.
Origin & Source
None are sure where exactly Tarthan Blackiron originates from - somehow only the deserts of Tarthus can produce it, leading many Tarthan scholars to believe that it was either an ancient metal uncovered by ancient Tarthans, or normal iron warped over centuries by the necrotic energies that lurk beneath Tarthus's sands.
Life & Expiration
Tarthan Blackiron is notorious for being almost wholly immune to the trappings of time - it is almost immune to the elements and weathering, and will stand for a thousand years or more if left untouched.
History & Usage
Much of the history of Tarthan Blackiron lies buried in the sands of Tarthus, along that of the Tarthan people. It is a metal that has been used in their buildings, arms, and armor since ancient times - and can even now been seen in their pyramids, ancient ruins, and current military gear. It been a status symbol of their military and Pharaonic Guard since time immemorial and in recent years, thanks to veins and massive stockpiles uncovered thanks to the construction efforts of the enormous marvel known as the Amenmesseum Sentrys by Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I, it has become commonplace enough to be used in the dwellings of well-off common folk.
It is said to have been discovered by the ancient High Lords of Tarthus, in the days of yore before even the times of the Pharaohs - and christened as an evil metal associated with death and necromancy. Originally, it was sealed away and destroyed wherever it was found, but that has stopped in recent years.
It is more commonly used in the construction of Tarthan buildings that the people of Tarthus want to last many lifetimes - most commonly the burial buildings of the High Lords and Pharaohs of the past, and on the wondrous marvels built and that are being built. It is also a staple in their military, though in ancient times was reserved solely for the Pharaonic Guard - the royal guards of the Tarthan rulers.
Cultural Significance and Usage
It has a deep significance to the Tarthan people, who commonly believe it to be the solidified spirits of their honored dead - a gift left behind by past generations for the future ones. They treat it with great reverence and honor its protection as the protection of their ancestors.
Trade & Market
Tarthan Blackiron can be found in almost any market in Tarthus-Tetsu, but is only sold in especially large cities or on specialty markets elsewhere.
Much like iron, it requires no special storage means.
Common in Tarthus, Somewhat Rare outside it
Black(Lit red during the day, lit blue at night)
Melting / Freezing Point
Slightly higher/lower than iron
Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I
Character | Jun 23, 2021
The Shining Emperor who founded the nation of Tarthus-Tetsu, said to be a living emissary of the gods.
High Lord Rakthumos
Character | Aug 2, 2022
The last of the Tarthan High Lords, last living relic of its past and last Grandmaster of the Necromantic Arts.
Organization | Mar 31, 2021
The frozen land of raiders, barbarians and giants where civilization must constantly war for survival.
Kingdom of Tarthus-Tetsu
Organization | Mar 3, 2023
The far-distant country of the sands, where gold adorns every corner and death dwells beneath the sands.
Species | Aug 2, 2022
The ancient colossi created by ancient necromantic masters to sustain the dead sands of Tarthus even in the darkest of times.