A clump of Thanhium crystals.
Material Name and Description (Raw Form):
Thanhium is a crystal that has been known to have a potential for being used in powerful yet dangerous creations. Thanhium oftentimes has a color on the blue spectrum, ranging from a light sky blue, to a cerulean blue, to a deep ocean blue. A subtle and dull glow is emitted from Thanhium when it’s found in its natural state. An abundance of thanhic crystals veins can oftentimes be found in the most frigid of places as these crystals have a unique property of absorbing nearby heat and converting such into mana, which is then stored within the crystals - thus the faint glowing. Any individual can easily note the sudden drop in the temperature and the strange sight of the sea of snow before them, even if they had been riding along the edge of a coast even during the month of Sun’s Smile. A traveler will have little luck encountering life in lands that hold a bounty of thanhium as most fauna and flora will die from the sheer cold. Thanhium is extremely brittle: a light swing from a hammer is more than capable enough to shatter a thanhic crystal and release thanhic dust into the air. This dust proves to be a great danger for most, if not all, living creatures. The inhalation of thanhic dust results in thanhic poisoning and even death.
If one were to ingest or inhale Thanhium/thanhic dust, the Thanhium will absorb heat produced from the body of that individual as it enters their system. There are two things which may occur. The first is Thanhium absorbs heat within that individual’s body to the point where the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, thus resulting in an eventual death by hypothermia/internal freezing. If this isn’t what kills the individual, then the artificial mana produced from the Thanhium will react negatively with the mana already present within that person, the two manas will then conflict with one another, and then result in a negative impact on the individual’s health. If the affected individual was to draw upon this artificial mana, maybe even their own mana in addition to this, they would likely fail and might suffer from Thaumburn - quickly being frozen from the inside, then the outside, and then potentially shattering soon afterwards.
Applications (Raw Form):
Because Thanhium stores mana, It can be used as a battery for enchantments that rely on mana. Mana stored within Thanhium cannot be drawn upon to fuel a spell cast directly by a mage as the artificial mana stored within cannot mix with natural mana; any attempt to mix the two would end terribly. One may use a thanhic crystal as a battery in which the crystal is socketed into an item that carries the enchantment in question. Larger crystals that are embedded into obelisks or are standalone may act as large power banks to fuel a system that runs on mana but cannot rely on a constant supply of mana directly from mages. One may also fill etchings carved into an enchanted item with thanhic dust. A mage may then charge the thanhic crystal/dust by exposing the blue substance to a spell or to heat. However, in order to safely charge the enchantment, the mage will have to do such in a safe environment and take time to do so. The presence of nearby spells can potentially interfere with an attempt to replenish mana stored within Thanhium and may cause a flare of Thaumburn.
Thanhium can also be used as a deterrent against spells due to its mana-absorptive properties. A large amount of mana, which may be found within an offensive spell like a fireball, can and would be absorbed by a sufficient amount of Thanhium if the spell made direct contact with the Thanhium. The Thanhium will absorb the spell’s mana, heating up by doing so, and depending on whether the Thanhium is a dust, shards or studs, and crystals or gems will: burn into hot embers, become a molten liquid, or explode into smaller shards respectively.
Thanhium can be used as a poison that may hamper a mage’s ability to cast, slowly kill the consumer, or do both. Those who consume a small dose of Thanhium like a spoonful will suffer thanhic poisoning and their body temperature will quickly drop as they are overtaken by a severe fever. It is best for an individual afflicted by such to rest for a few days, covered in many blankets, as the illness resulting from ingesting Thanhium runs its course. Any more than a spoonful can and will prove fatal within days unless the poisoned person seeks out medical attention, whether it be mundane or magical, to remove the thanhium from their system.
(ET Only) If one were to consume Thanhium, particularly thanhic dust, in small doses repeatedly over the course of many months and even years, they may find themselves bestowed with a strange gift if the ingestion of Thanhium hadn’t already killed them. Those successful in surviving can wield unstable magics at the cost of their wellbeing and sanity. These individuals will find that their skin has become pale, their veins are a bright blue, their strength has greatly wavered, patches of their hair may turn gray. Their mental health will be no better: oftentimes these individuals will be plagued by frequent delusions and crippled by a constant hunger for more Thanhium.
Redlines (Raw Form):
Thanhium CANNOT be used to make explosives. Although thanhic crystals are brittle enough to the point where a light strike from a weapon can easily shatter them and produce a shower of thanhic dust, the thanhic is neither flammable nor can it combust from absorbing mana.
The acquiring of ‘unstable magics’ is Event only and can only work for ET-played characters. If a normal player attempts to do such, they will only suffer the normal negative effects of consuming Thanhium and there will be a high likelihood of dying from such.
Thanhium cannot be avoidably felt through Transfiguration or some other Voidal Feat.
The ‘unstable magics’ are up to the ET actor in question, however, it is advised that they talk to the LT about what these magics can be.
Thanhic poisoning, if severe enough to where rest won’t be enough, may be dealt with by removing Thanhium in someone’s system either through a cleansing potion, cleansing herbs, or a healing magic of some sort.
Charged Thanhium crystals or thanhic dust lining does not provide any additional strength to an enchantment.
Large crystals which act as power sources may hold energy for up to one IRL week. Players cannot use these crystals to power their own spells nor can the large crystals be used for combative machines.
Charging a socketed Thanhium crystal or thanhic dust lining an object’s etchings is an alternative to managems which can be charged via exposure to heat in addition to absorbing mana. This cannot be done in combat.
Thanhium dust will absorb small amounts of mana before turning into burning hot embers. If one were to coat a gambeson or aketon in a thin layer of Thanhium dust, the wearer’s torso would be protected from 3 T1 spells, 2 T2 spells, or a single T3 spell before the Thanhium dust combusts and starts to burn the article of clothing/armor it covers - where it will then more than likely burn the wearer.
Thanhium shards or studs will absorb medium amounts of mana before melting, this molten liquid will not resolidify to become Thanhium again. If one were to embed these shards or studs into a coat-of-plates or a brigandine jacket, the wearer’s torso would be protected from 6 T1 spells, 4 T2 spells, 2 T3 spells, and a single T4 spell before the Thanhium shards/studs melt and burn through whatever it is that they’re embedded in - where the molten liquid will probably burn the wearer if there’s nothing between them and the vest.
Thanhium crystals or gems will absorb large amounts of mana before shattering. If one were to adorn a plate cuirass with a handful of Thanhium crystals, the wearer’s torso would be protected from 12 T1 spells, 8 T2 spells, 4 T3 spells, 2 T4 spells, and a single T5 spell before the Thanhium crystals/gems explode and release tiny thanhic shards into the nearby surrounding area: inhaling these shards would result in Thanhic poisoning, of which the wearer is at the greatest risk as they are the closest to the shards.
Because of the fragility of Thanhium and risk that accompanies shattering it, one must take great care when they decide to mine a vein of thanhic ore. The ideal method is to carefully chip away at the stone surrounding the Thanhium, effectively freeing it from its stone confines, and gently lifting the crystal(s) out. It would be wise to wear thick gloves that can protect against the cold produced by Thanhium, lest someone risk frostbite after prolonged physical contact with the substance. It is also advised that someone mining Thanhium wear a thick covering over their mouth and nose to avoid inhaling thanhic dust in case they accidentally break a thanhic crystal. When transporting Thanhium, one will want to carry it within a container whose interior is cold so as to prevent the Thanhium within from being exposed to heat. Some Alchemists have used athin-coated sacks to carry the thanhic crystals they’ve collected from the frigid wastes they’ve traveled to.
Thanhium ore breaks very easily, a misplaced swing from a pick or a hammer can shatter the crystals within a vein and release thanhic dust into the air.
Inhaling the thanhic dust produced from the shattering of a thanhic crystal will result in internal freezing and/or thanhic poisoning.
Holding thanhium with your bare hands will quickly result in those hands being afflicted by frostbite.
Material Name and Description (Refined Form):
Thanhic steel is an alloy made from combining steel with thanhic dust. The alloy has a bluish, silver hue to it, the surface of which produces both a subtle glow and small amounts of mist. Weapons made from Thanhic steel are dangerous as they can inflict thanhic poisoning upon those that they wound, making them excellent weapons for assassins and mage hunters. Armor made from Thanhic steel boasts powerful anti-magic capabilities, making a suit of plate from this material the ideal armor for knight errants seeking out sorcerers and magical beasts on their quests.
Applications (Refined Form):
If used in the creation of a weapon (a sword for example), the thanhic weapon will prove to be slightly more durable that a weapon made from regular steel. If one were to touch this metal with their bare hands, it would feel as cold as touching ice. Appearance-wise, the alloy has a light blue tint to it which is accompanied by the release of small amounts of mist.
If one was cut by a thanhic-made sword or pierced by a thanhic-made spear, they would suffer thanhic poisoning as if Thanhium had entered the area where the wound was. However, the thanhic poisoning will remain within that area as opposed to spreading through the victim’s body as it would if someone were to inhale Thanhium. The result of a wound inflicted by a thanhic weapon oftentimes is frostbite in the wounded area: limbs may be difficult, or even impossible, to move if struck by a weapon made from thanhic steel.
Because thanhic poisoning can result from wounds inflicted by thanhic weapons, these weapons make for excellent arms against sorcerers and creatures that rely on mana. The presence of foreign mana would interfere with a mage’s ability to cast, thus eliminating their spell-casting abilities for the duration of the thanhic poisoning. Creatures like atronachs which are made up of mana will suffer severely if wounded by a thanhic weapon.
One can attempt to craft armor from thanhic steel, ideally plate-armor as mail and lamellar may prove to be difficult to craft. Even so, forging a piece of plate-armor out of thanhic steel would prove difficult considering the amount of Thanhium needed to create the alloy. It is heavily advised that one dons a gambeson or at least several layers beneath a piece of thanhic-made armor, so as to deal with the cold released from the armor. Armor made from thanhic steel, like weapons made from thanhic steel, will comparatively be more durable than armor made from normal steel.
Red Lines (Refined Form):
Being cut/pierced by a weapon crafted from a thanhic alloy will result in thanhic poisoning and thus frostbite in the wounded area. If the palm of someone’s hand was cut by a thanhic dagger, their palm would suffer from thanhic poisoning which means frostbite - effectively making use of their wounded hand near impossible due to the cold and severe numbness.
Because foreign mana is introduced to a victim’s body through a wound inflicted by these weapons, mages cannot cast as their natural pool of mana would conflict with this new source of mana. Attempting to cast would more than likely result in Thaumburn.
Armor made from thanhic steel will need to have some sort of padding beneath it, so that the wearer does not freeze while wearing the armor. A thick gambeson with multiple layers or a fur coat can prove effective enough.
Thanhic steel can absorb extreme amounts of mana before heating up to the point where it’s as hot as heated steel and begins cracking. If one were to craft a cuirass from thanhic steel and wear it, the wearer’s torso would be protected from any number of T1 spells, 16 T2 spells, 8 T3 spells, 4 T4 spells, and 2 T5 spells before the thanhic cuirass heats up to the point where: the wearer is at risk of overheating and effectively being cooked alive, thus needing to remove their armor; the cuirass would need to cool down and be repaired. Repairing requires a single thanhium ingot for individual pieces/sections of armor.
Spells must make direct contact with the surface of Thanhic armor for it to be absorbed. If someone wears a thanhic steel cuirass but their arm is hit by a fireball, their arm will still suffer the damage done by a fireball.
Refining Technique (Refined Form):
A specialized forge is necessary for the creation of thanhic steel. Ideally the room is built underground so as to prevent any sunlight from being present. In order to cool the room for the temperature to replicate the environment in which Thanhium is naturally found, a handful of large Thanhium crystals will need to be placed in the room. These Thanhium crystals will absorb the heat within the room, thus bringing the room temperature down.
A crushing mechanism and sieve are necessary for taking small quantities of Thanhium and turning that into finely ground thanhic dust. The purpose of this is to prevent the possibility of stray Thanhium crystals exploding and releasing toxic material into the confined area that is the forge. The Thanhium should be fed into the crushing mechanism, where the product of that should then be put through the sieve. It’s advised to clean the sieve after each use to remove any Thanhium residue.
Steel ingots will need to be melted and poured into the desired mould: this mould may be that of a sword’s blade. While the steel is still molten and resting within the molt, sprinkle small amounts of the fine thanhic dust on the mould’s contents. If a shard or chunk of Thanhium was to accidentally fall into the molten steel, it would explode and ruin both the steel and the mould.
Thanhic dust should be added to the molten steel in small doses over the course of several days so as to avoid an explosion within the mould. It is for this reason that the mould will need to be periodically reheated so the steel within doesn’t entirely cool down and solidify. Once all the thanhic dust has been added, the mould’s contents can be removed and may solidify.
The product, if it’s a sword’s blade for example, must now be reheated and hammered into the smith’s desired shape. It is entirely possible that the initial strike from a hammer will shatter the blade in its entirety and release thanhic dust and shards into the air as a result of some miniscule error. This will force the smith to restart the whole process. However, if the initial strike succeeds, then the smith may reheat and hammer the blade as many times as they deem necessary. They may then finally temper, sharpen, attach a hilt, pommel, and handle to the newly forged blade.
The forge itself may be built both MCly and RPly to the player’s discretion, however, it must have the following components: a crushing mechanism and a sieve (choice of block is up to the player as long as a sign is present for each block), four Thanhium crystals (Lapis blocks would make the most sense, but the amount of Thanhium RPly will need to be discussed with the LT), and the general pieces of equipment in most, if not all, forges.
The addition of thanhic dust to the molten steel will need to be done over the course of 3 IRL days. Screenshots must be provided to an overseeing LT or an LT who’s signing the item.
When striking the thanhic alloy product with a hammer for the first time, a d20 roll must be done. If the roll results in a 5 or below, then the blade will shatter and release thanhic dust into the air. A screenshot of this roll must be provided to the overseeing LT.
Because of the cold within the room, the smith must wear some kind of warm clothing that one might wear when trekking into a frigid wasteland.
Transfiguration cannot be used to assist in the forging process. Attempting to use Transfiguration would simply feed the Thanhium with mana, which would then produce heat.
The conversion rate of steel and Thanhium to thanhic steel is as follows:
1 steel ingot: 1 Thanhium shard: 1 thanhic steel ingot.
1 thanhic steel ingot: 1 thanhic spearhead: 1 thanhic dagger: 1 thanhic axehead.
2 thanhic steel ingots: 1 thanhic sword (of medium length: arming sword to longsword in terms of length).
2 ½ thanhic steel ingots: 1 thanhic greatsword.
4 thanhic steel ingots: thanhic gauntlets, couters, vambraces and rerebraces (enough protection for both arms).
4 thanhic steel ingots: thanhic greaves, tassets, cuisse, sabatons, and poleyns (enough protection for both legs).
2 thanhic ingots: thanhic pauldrons (enough protection for both shoulders).
2 thanhic ingots: 1 thanhic helmet (closed helmet/armet/burgonet with falling buffe).
6 thanhic steel ingots: 1 cuirass (enough protection for front and back of the torso).
18 thanhic steel ingots: 1 whole suit of thanhic plate armor.
The purpose of this submission to consolidate the three current posts on Thanhium into one larger post. Clarification was also necessary for how armor made from thanhic steel worked. The use of Thanhium in explosives also needed to be addressed.