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Deepstone - Songsteel

 

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Origins

 

Long before stories were told, stars have fallen to the surface of our world embedding themselves in rock and soil. For centuries prospective Starbreaker Dwarves and those of the Mali’ame have sought to harvest the fallen stars, but those that go unfound are swept away by the churning tectonic activity into the depths. Here, the pressure and heat have cracked and churned the deposits in with other base and exotic metals like a mixing bowl, forming it into a new alloy where the rolling plates settle in veins. Amongst deep caverns beneath mountainous sea cliffs or chasoumous valleys of the ocean, streaks of black rock shining with crystals of purple and blue and green and gold coat forgotten walls along chthonic rivers, where the material has found time to cool. The silvery cores of the fallen stars now brimming with impurities of niobium and titanium and base ferrum until a new material was birthed in the rocky womb of the earth. Tales have passed from deep delvers about this mineral and the strange resonating properties it gives off-- tales of caves that chime with the groaning movements of the earth, the light hymnal sound of metal begging to be pulled from the walls, the secret songs of the steel that sing in the deep parts of the world. These stories have all come to give the metal its enigmatic names; some call the strange substance ‘Deepstone’, while others have chosen to use ‘Reverbium’ as a preferred description of the anomalous ore Those who have gotten lucky enough to receive a sample of the stone and refine it have given it the name Songsteel or Deepsteel in refined form. What is known about the substance is its overwhelming difficulty to find.

 

 

 

 

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Deepstone (Raw Form)


 

Deepstone is found in veins of crystalline, jet black striations along walls of deep caverns within regions of heavy tectonic activity-- coastal mountains, volcanic regions, and sea trenches. Having originated with a meteor that went unfound for thousands of years, already a very uncommon find in its own right, the metal is rarely discovered. In a raw, untreated form the rock is a dark black hue with crystal formations of an array of colors including gold, green, blue or purple sprouting from the metal’s structure.

 

The most noticeable sign of being close to a deposit of the material is the slight hum of the rock’s reverberation sounding through the cave. It takes an extremely experienced miner to determine an ore vein to be deepstone by appearance in the darkest depths.



 

Red Lines (Raw Form)

 

 

Spoiler

 

  • Unrefined deepstone will have a slight humming noise that exudes from the rock but doesn’t have a strong enough kinetic repulsion to be used as anything more than a slightly bouncy stone.
  • Most inexperienced miners would not know of the properties and nature of the material, assuming it to be a slightly strange form of firm obsidian. The ore is highly magnetic due to the heavy ferrum impurities within the ore.

 

 



 

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Chthonic Song Mining (Harvesting Method) 


 

After finding a large vein of the vibrating stone, the first thing a knowledgeable miner would wish to do is to test the vein with a small brass hammer, listening carefully to the sound each area of the rock would ring. Once an area was found with a duller, more ‘thuddy’ call a chisel would be placed to the stone and chunks would be freed from the hard stone wall around it.

 

Should a more inexperienced miner pick a part of the stone that gave of a more bell-like, high-ringing chime the vibratory pushback of the material would be far stronger due to the tightly banded crystals of the area, possibly strong enough to cause the brittle crystals to shatter in an event causing a ‘Grim Shriek’, a loud expulsion of stored kinetic energy that sounds like the large wail of a banshee. Should the ‘scream’ be loud enough and the nearby rock weak enough, it would risk a full collapse of the cave around the node. While the process itself is not hard, it can still be quite dangerous should the proper precautions not be observed.


 

Deepstone Ore Chunk items may bear this description and an ST signature:

 

“An irregular shaped rock that hums and vibrates with delight, rough and unrefined. It appears to be stratified with glossy, jet black stone , which glistens with flecks of purple, blue, green, and gold when put under light. It shines and shimmers like untold galaxies under the lustrous dark surface. Even if one knew its name, they most likely will not know exactly what to do with it.”




 

Red Lines (Harvesting)


 

 

Spoiler

 

  • An often inert and mostly safe material to gather, mistrikes of the hammer can cause pushbacks of significant amounts of force that can pose a real danger to those around.

  • Chthonic Song Mining  requires the use of a small impact hammer made of a neutral sounding metal (Bronze or Nickel for example) and a chisel to remove the usable material from the stonewalls. A pick makes a suitable replacement but is capable of causing a ‘scream’ if mistruck.

  • Most miners will not know of what they have found upon first stumbling upon a deepstone node, let alone how to safely mine it, as it is a very rare material spoken of only in certain circles. 

  • Depending on ST discretion based on the miner’s rolls, a ‘scream’ can have effects from simply destroying the ore to bringing down the entire mining node.

 

 

 

 



 

Songsmithing (Refining)

 

 

The process of crafting deepstone into Songsteel begins by breaking the excess of rock away from the jet black ore, separating the slag material from the workable metal. When a large portion of fleck-filled black nuggets are left, they are placed into a crucible. The crafting process of deepstone is very particular, as the ore must be heated in a powerful furnace that keeps the stones frozen in stasis between two large slabs of Magnetite. Because Magnetite has a lower melting point than the deepstone, the preparation of the forge must be careful to retain its magnetic properties, and to not heat it to it’s critical point, losing its magnetism. Once the metal has melted, it is important to clear the slag with proper coke and sintering, before being poured into billets or ingots.

 

If done properly the metal will retain the vibratory properties in the form of a workable product. To test this, a forgemaster should lightly strike the now processed songsteel with a small mallet and listen to the sound it makes. If the sound is dull like the sound of ferrum or steel, too many impurities were left and the final product will be rendered inert; while if the sound is shrill and screaming like a hellish wail, there is not enough carbon to maintain the form of the final product, rendering it too weak, and it must be reforged with more coke added. If the material gives off a long chime that resonates with a high calling pitch, the material has been forged properly, and can be worked much as one would work steel or lunarite, being difficult to cast quick enough to fill all the holes of the mold, but easy to work with by heat and hammer. The processed bars hum and sing only a light and constant buzz that may comfort those who hear it, giving off a slight vibration upon the skin.



 

Refining Redlines

 

 

Spoiler

 

  • Songsteel must be crafted by separating the waste material from the usable rock before adding it to a prepared forge.

  • The melting point of the steel is above that of mundane steel, due to the inclusions within, at roughly 1600 C. This difference would apply to the temperatures needed to cold work and hot work as well, all increased by about 50 degrees C

  • The forge must have two large blocks of magnetite that will not receive direct heat but are within the magnetic field range to keep ore frozen in place to prevent the kinetic properties of the ore from bouncing the chunks around the forge.

  • The second reason for the magnetic field is to keep the niobium and titanium inside of the alloy without melting away. These two metals are not known to be in the metal IRP, but serve to assist with the properties of this unique steel. Should the field not maintain the metal during the smelting process, the final product would be rendered a useless inert chunk.

  • The unique method of forging Songsteel must be taught, or discovered through heavy experimentation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Songsteel (Refined Form)



 

Songsteel demonstrates roughly the same ductility and toughness as crucible forged steel, but gleams with a jet black finish speckled with opalescent flakes. It is known under many names depending upon the region in which it is found-- ‘Songsteel’ or‘Deepsteel’, but they all bear the same distinct qualities. 


 

 

Songsteel will gather ‘rust’ upon its surface, but remarkably, the layer will not pierce the surface, instead gathering atop the metal in growing crystals of iron oxide material stolen from its atmosphere and contact overtime through the slight magnetic pull of the metal. This layer is easily removed with a chime of the steel, shulking off the accumulated oxide like a dog shaking off water. While a handy property of the metal, it often leaves valuable tools and weapons hidden away amongst rusted artifacts in dusty tombs, waiting for their secret to be discovered.


 

Worked Songsteel will reverberate and hum with an intensity similar to that of a struck tuning fork and about as loud as a singing bowl when subject to even the slightest movement or force. This whimsical quality of the metal has attracted many crafters wishing to make use of the strange sensation it gives off.

 

 

 

 

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Uses of Songsteel (Refined)


 

Once refined, a skilled artisan or blacksmith would find many uses for Songsteel billets, between its beautiful surface, gentle sound, and auditory qualities. Besides the lustrous nature of the finished product, often compared to the sibling of Lunarite, it is also known for its peculiar ability to be etched with grooves that provide audible sound when vibrated-- allowing for certain short recordings to be produced on discs, cylinders, or more rarely metal etchings. Weapons, tools, and armor made of the material are purely produced for decorative purposes, being equivalent in strength to a standard forge smithed steel or starmetal blade. More often it is reserved for decorative pieces such as statues, bells, and other auditory luxury goods. Jewelry and other accessories made of the material will produce a gentle vibration against the skin many will describe as soothing or pleasant.

 

 



 

Songsteel Redlines

 

 

Spoiler

 

  • The power of the vibration is roughly equivalent to that of a tuning fork.

  • Armour, weapons, and tools created from Songsteel must be mechanically represented by their iron counterparts.

  • Jewelry or other small goods containing Songsteel should ideally convey the black color of the metal with flecks of purple and green and gold and blue, but some deviation is allowed.

  • Songsteel is roughly equal to steel in terms of its strength, durability, toughness, etc, aside from their vibratory and audible qualities. Armour, weapons, and tools created from Songsteel are not immune to damage, wear, etc.

  • All Songsteel items must be signed by the ST team.

  • Songsteel vibrations do not vibrate fast enough to vibrate through weapons or armor or anything over the top like that.

  • Refined Songsteel is a heavily ferromagnetic substance and is susceptible to strong fields of magnetite.

 

 

 



 

Purpose


 

Songsteel is purposed to exist as a more flavour focused decorative metal, more known for its audible nature. It is to serve as a twin to lunarite, whose audible and vibratory qualities are to be the opposite of Lunarites luminous and visible nature. Many different types of objects such as weapons, tools, armor, and artisan goods could be crafted of the material in creative ways, including more of a RP focused way for music discs and other rudimentary sound recordings to exist. I hope it also provides more mining and smithing RP, creating specialties in the craft, and filling a niche in the deep cavern environment which often feels empty.

 

 

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I see aesthetic metal, I like.

 

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Much better, very nice.
Going to use Songsteel in alchemy to separate powdered symbols with vibrations.

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mama mia! here we go again

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1 hour ago, Luciloo said:

Much better, very nice.
Going to use Songsteel in alchemy to separate powdered symbols with vibrations.

 

I love that.

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6 hours ago, Luciloo said:

Much better, very nice.
Going to use Songsteel in alchemy to separate powdered symbols with vibrations.

thats actually a good idea, stealing that

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I like this 

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