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Lunarite




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Legendary Origins

 

 

Among the Starbreaker Dwarves, they speak a legend of their progenitor Gotrek, who took a star to his forge and with Yemekar as his forgemaster, together wrought it into a blade of pure starlight. Gotrek inscribed runes into the sword, which burned brightly and when the Dwarves took to the field to do battle with Khorvad and his minions, the runes flared with the light of the Sun and blinded the undead horde. It was only when Khorvad himself clutched the blade that it was destroyed. Other Dwarven stories speak of Urguan’s hammer blazing a trail of light when he, Krug, Horen and Malin fought together against Khorvad.


 

Among the children of Malin, the stories of the battle against Iblees recall Malin’s arrows streaking through the night as if shooting stars. Even long after his departure from the world, crowns said to gleam beneath the Sun and Moon, as if magical, were passed down to Elven Princes and Princesses. To this day the Warhawkes fashion gifts and jewellery from the other materials found within fallen stars, though they lack the lustre attributed to other goods fashioned from a star’s heart.

 

Whatever remarkable material Gotrek’s sword, Urguan’s hammer or Malin’s arrowheads were made from, there are no tales which name it, and none alive to this day know of it to tell. Its secrets lost to time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Starstone
Description



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Raw lunarite. The metallic ore resembles gold at first glance.


 

Lunarite is a metal found exclusively in meteorites fallen to the mortal plane from the heavens. It is an uncommon find, which is usually retrieved from the very centre of the space rock, requiring the hopeful prospector to dig deeply within. The raw ore has a silvery-gold appearance, rapidly oxidised during the meteor’s passing through the atmosphere at tremendous speed and heat.

 

Raw lunarite glistens much like the ores of precious metals do, usually seen as pale goldish streaks or blots through the stone ‘heart’ of the meteorite. It takes an experienced eye to determine that the ore is that of lunarite, rather than gold, nickel or other conventional metals.

 

Initially the meteorite’s residual heat can pose a danger to a would-be miner, not to mention the potential for radioactivity. This would lead the wise individual to allow the rock to cool and to study it some, prior to breaking it open for the treasure within. From there the extracted ore is smelted down and refined much like ferrum, though its melting temperature is slightly higher(approx. 1700°C). The molten metal requires slag to be skimmed off and possesses a very bright silver colour, the brightness of which reduces upon cooling, but remains very beautiful. Once solidified and cool, the refined lunarite can be worked into a variety of desirable goods such as armour, weapons and jewellery using mundane shaping methods. The resulting metal demonstrates similar hardness, density and tensile strength to that of ferrous alloys, it’s also receptive to tempering and does not tarnish or rust.

 

 

 

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Mail forged from lunarite

 


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Elven cutlery, created from lunarite.




 

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Forged From the Heart of a Star

Capabilities

 

 

Other than the specific origins and gathering methods, lunarite’s unique quality is the soft silvery glow it demonstrates when exposed to natural light, which is akin to that of the Moon(hence its name). Sunlight or Moonlight will yield this ethereal gleam, making it a particularly desirable choice for lustrous jewellery, or impressive arms and armour. Goods created from lunarite are prized for this quality, which Descendants in the past may have attributed to magic or even divine origins. It does fall from the sky after all. Lunarite does not exhibit this property in raw or molten states.

 



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A lunarite dagger exposed to moonlight.





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The glow of lunarite is not substantial enough to blind or disorient, it’s purely aesthetic.

 

Armour, weapons and tools created from lunarite must be mechanically represented by their iron counterparts. All lunarite RP items require ST signing.

 

Lunarite is equal to steel in terms of its strength, durability, toughness etc., it may be tempered to soften it for non-combative wares. Goods created from lunarite are not immune to damage, wear etc.

 

Acquisition of lunarite ore requires an ST to oversee the roleplay of seeking and mining it, or for a player to submit evidence of such roleplay to an ST. Should the roleplay be accurate and of a satisfactory quality, the ST will provide the signed lunarite ore, which may be mechanically represented as renamed gold ore.

 

Knowledge of lunarite is lost to the Descendants. They do not know its name, where it comes from, nor its properties. Hints lie in old stories and legends, which might lead a character to mine out a fallen star. It’s reasonable that a smith hoping to make use of ‘starstone’ might think to simply throw it into a smelter first.





 

Purpose

 

Spoiler

 

It surprised me that there were a variety of gems and crystals which glowed, or changed colours, but there weren’t really metals which demonstrated a strong fantasy aesthetic quality. Bluesteel has a unique appearance yes, but one uses it for the functional advantage over mundane ferrous alloys, rather than its colour.

 

Lunarite is meant to be a new metal for smiths to learn about and play with, while bringing a fantasy flavoured aesthetic to metalworking and goods, without OP or powergame-able properties. Its qualities mean it can be used for a variety of popular wares including arms, armour and jewellery so metalworkers across the board get to play with it. By the same token, I hope to see other players have positive RP experiences in seeing lunarite items and then interacting with smiths and jewellers to commission their own tasty RP goodies. In this way, I want to see it encourage roleplay between players as trade and masters teaching apprentices etc.

 

Though the backstory only mentioned Dwarves and Elves, lunarite is not exclusive to those races, it’s merely that they live long enough for their legends to carry forward tidbits about an ancient glowing metal. The fact that its name is not known to the Descendants means characters get to come up with their own name for it organically, Orcs may come up with a specific name in Blah which is entirely different to a human who names it in common, a Dwarf who names it in Dwarven and different again to Elves who might name it in Elven.

 

 

 

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***** done did it. Good. 

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epic stuff !

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I like it! +1

(LT doesn’t exist anymore btw, it’s ST now)

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like it

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Throwing in my +1 to the +1 pile. Really diggin it.

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Gib space steel

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Gib more metal to make cool metal things with. +1.

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Absolutely adore this lore and can’t wait to see the RP it brings~!

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I like this +1

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