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  1. The_Very_Cranky_Varangian


    The old man slowly and carefully writes his name on the document. "Ser Rolando de Castelo"
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    This, the Old Man Knew

    Sitting somewhere by the dying campfires dotting the ravine, a man pulls his frost-wolf pelt cloak tighter around himself. The man had grown old and gray, just like the land that birthed him. The man knew Atlas all too well, for it was there that his story began. The man plants the haft of his Warhammer into the snow, using it as a support to hoist himself up. His thumb rests over the engraving of two figures fighting a wyvern on the side of the hammer’s head as his other fingers wrap around top of the hammer. He pulls himself to his feet. This winter was a cold one. The winds whipped about the canyon – racing through the crevices in the steep ice cliff faces. Deep gashes through the snow trail the man as he tows along a large box on a sled. His progress was slowed by the snow and the weight he carried, but he knew if he continued through the night he would catch up with the refugee caravan. Perhaps there he could find the rest of his family. As the sun sets a chorus of howls begins to echo around the ravine’s walls. The man mouths a silent prayer as he presses on, using the moon’s glow to light his way. Almost there. As daylight breaks, the smoke of distant fires lazily rises towards the southern sky. The man looks to the north, the land where he had married his beloved and fathered his children. Part of him wishes to turn back, to keep fighting, and to take back his land from the Vaeyl. The man looks to the south, a land unknown to him filled with danger and opportunity. He inhales deeply and takes his first step outside the continent in which he was born. Sitting somewhere by the dying campfires dotting the ravine, a man pulls his frost-wolf pelt cloak tighter around himself. The man had grown old and gray, just like the land that birthed him. Ser Rolando Castelo knew Atlas all too well, for it was there that his story began. Sitting with him are his children, his children’s children, his friends, and his allies. This world was for them to inherit. This, the old man knew.
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    On the Effectiveness of Wyvernbone Armor: Buff Needed Because of Math

    I'd reccomend you read the section about how increasing bone's density (and therefore weight per cm3) increases tensile strength. Air exposure is a nonfactor considering it's quite easy to seal it off from the air by glosses, oil, or paint. Also. I didn't decide that wyvernbone was heavy. Lt did. It's a pretty rare material, reducing its weight and making it the same level as bluesteel wouldn't make it OP in comparison to the oodles of materials that are on the same level of effectiveness such as bluesteel, carbarum, and bloodsteel. Bloodsteel in particular being easy to obtain as all that is needed is for that is a bloodsmith and several liters of blood from any animal. (You could quite easily make a full set of bloodsteel armor from purely cow blood)
  4. The Rationale: I was recently told by a LT that a set of Wyvernbone platemail is heavier than standard steel, yet provides the exact same protection. I have found this illogical and underwhelming, so I have gone on to calculate exactly how effective a set of bone armor, compressed to the point of being 1.25 times heavier than steel, would be. I wasn’t completely sure where to put this, so I’ve placed it in the story feedback section due to it being feedback to material lore. This investigation is operating under the following assumptions: 1.Cortical bone is 4.27 times lighter than steel, thus wyvernbone must be compressed to achieve a weight that is heavier than steel. 2. Wyvernbone has the same weight/hardness/tensile strength ratios as human cortical bone, and if uncompressed to a weight of 1.85g per cm3 they would have the same properties. Thus the ratios of human cortical bone are the standard ratios. Key Terms: Mohs= a 1-10 scale used when determining the hardness of a solid substance named after F Mohs, a German mineralogist. Mpa= Megapascal, used to denote the tensile strength of an object. First, let's consider the properties of each material Bone For the sake of consistency human cortical bone will be considered. Cortical bone makes up the majority (80% in humans) of skeletal mass in animals, and excludes bone marrow. Weight: 1.85g per cm3 (Source: https://www.aqua-calc.com/calculate/weight-to-volume) Hardness: 5 Mohs (Available from a Google search) Tensile Strength: 130Mpa (Source: https://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/systems/GBIO/gbio001/chap_2.3.pdf) Steel For sake of consistency in the medieval time period, untempered mild steel will be considered. Mild steel is created with a lower carbon content than contemporary steel, thus it possesses a lower tensile strength than today's steel yet nearly-equivalent hardness (.5 Mohs scale difference). Weight:7.9g per cm3 (Source:https://www.aqua-calc.com/calculate/weight-to-volume) Hardness: 4 Mohs (Available from a Google search) Tensile Strength: 402.45Mpa (Source: https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/analysis-of-mechanical-behavior-and-microstructural-characteristics-change-of-astm-a36-steel-applying-various-heat-treatment-2169-0022-1000227.php?aid=67903) Why Tensile Strength is Important in Using Bone Armor Judging from the above data, one can see that bone is both 4.27 (7.9/1.85) times lighter and 1 Mohs harder than mild steel. That begs the question: Why didn't we have knights-in-shining-bonemail in the medieval era? That boils down to bone's lower tensile strength. Tensile strength is the resistance of a material against shattering under tension, and can be increased by increasing the density of the material in the case of porous natural materials such as wood and bone. (Source:https://www.quora.com/If-the-density-of-a-material-increases-does-the-tensile-strength-increase-as-well) Wvyernbone’s Tensile Strength Now we have to consider that, in equal masses, wyvern bone is reported to be heavier than steel. That means that it must be denser/more compressed than normal bone. For sake of argument, let's assume that Wyvernbone is 1.25x heavier than steel of the same mass. This means that 1 cm3 of wyvernbone weighs 9.875g (7.9x1.25) per cm3, and thus is 5.34 (9.875/1.85) times denser than normal bone. Raising the density of a material increases its hardness on the Mohs scale, as well as often increasing its tensile strength. In the case of porous natural materials such as bone, increasing the density of the material increases its tensile strength at about a 1:1 rate. This would give Wyvernbone a tensile strength of 694.2Mpa (130x5.34), on-par with high-quality modern steel which would have been impossible to produce through the medieval period. (Source:https://www.quora.com/If-the-density-of-a-material-increases-does-the-tensile-strength-increase-as-well) What does this mean? Unlike the brittle uncompressed bone, Wyvernbone would be far more resilient when taking hits. Due to its tensile strength of 694.2Mpa, it would be impossible to fragment a plate of armor made from Wyvernbone without a godlike show of blunt force. Additionally, its Mohs hardness would increase from bone's 5 (already harder than steel) to an even higher number due to its density. This would make the plates of armor more difficult to slash or stab through than plates of the best modern steels which only rank 4.5 on the Mohs scale. Conclusion: Wyvernbone armor needs to be buffed. Either reduce the weight to match steel pound-for-pound (thereby reducing the density by .25, making the tensile strength 520.65Mpa) while having it as effective as bluesteel, or keep the weight at 125% that of steel and increase its effectiveness to above that of bluesteel.
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    [Complete]Old Man's Giveaway/Trade

    [!] Roland eyes the Wyvern scale armor – it’d make a fine replacement for his cockatrice scale-shirt. Name: Rolando de Castillo Username: Cranky_Varangian Giveaway Item #1: Wyvern Scale Armor Giveaway Item #2: Wyvern Scale Armor Giveaway Item #3: Wyvern Scale Armor
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    [Pending]Nonival's Lore Master Application

    An excellent choice! Nonival is a great person to work with, a fantastic writer and artist, and a ridiculously hard worker. I couldn't imagine a person better suited for the job! I'm only sad that I only have one +1.
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    [Pending]Toxcat's Lore Moderator Application

    Very knowledgeable about voidal lore and all-around a great guy too. I'll give this a hearty +1!
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    Reaffirmation of Knighthood Name (and House if applicable): Rolando Castelo Age: 39 Knighted By: Emperor (then King) Aurelius I Horen Moniker: None Liege Lord: Emperor Aurelius I Horen Lands: Stettin Are you willing to reaffirm your vows of chivalry and fealty to the Emperor and Country?: Yes. Coat of Arms:
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    Renatian Citizenship Act, 1662

    BASIC INFORMATION OOC MC Username: Cranky_Varangian Discord Username: dquinn1030 Have you joined the Renatus Discord server?: The Legion's, not the City's How active are you?: 2-4hrs daily IC Name: Roland Surname: O'Castelo Title: Literati/Engineer Liege Lord: King Aurelius I Horen Gender: Male Date of Birth: Race: Human Subrace: n/a Culture: Santegian  PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Height: 6ft Weight: 130 lbs Eye Color: Blue Skin Color: White Hair Color: Brown Markings: None PERSONAL INFORMATION Residence: The Legion Barracks in Marna Occupation: Engineer for the Legion CITIZEN’S OATH OF LOYALTY  I, Roland O'Castelo, hereby swear my loyalty to the King of the Crown of Renatus-Marna, and to uphold and obey the laws of the Crown as its loyal citizen. I understand the penalties and punishments that shall be incurred should I violate these laws.
  10. What I ment to say was A royal bodyguard

  11. Hey, forgot to tell you, It's David, but I'm assuming you guessed that allready.

  12. Hey, Havent seen you in a LONG time, How's it going?

  13. Err, sorry about that, didn't realise your comment had acual text, just thought it was a random repost of what I said