Metal in General
Metal are often found in deep underground or among rock formations. However one can never be entirely certain where to find deposits.
This metal is prized for its legendary hardness and it easily surpasses most other metals when used for arms or armour.
Any weapons and armour weapon crafted from this incredibly hard and durable metal alloy is bound to be worth a great deal of coins. With its base black colour and itsdistinctive green sheen it is easily recognised. The metal is prized for its legendary hardness and it surpasses most other metals when used for arms or armour. The metal was previously almost exclusively crafted by skilled dwarven smiths though with the time the secret of its creation have slipped and is more widely known today. Because of its strength and the relative easy it can be magically enchanted it is a highly valuable material.
Once the very heart of the ancient dwarven clan Ironstar, the presumed extinction of the clan has lead to the metal alloy becoming quite rare. The secrets of Darksteel was thought lost until quite recently where ancient dwarven texts revealed the secret. The metal itself is silvery in hue when polished or cut, but its exposed surfaces have a deep, gleaming purple luster. It largely has the same qualities of steel but has a much reduced weight making it useful for any smith. In addition the metal alloy also readily acceptmagical enchantments. All in all the metal ingots and any of its few natural deposits are sought eagerly by both Dwarves and adventurers alike.
This metal alloy is a widely known across Faerûn and has seen many uses in both construction and adornment. It has an almost gold like appearance with its muted yellow colour. Unlike copper, brass is much more resistant to tarnishing making it more much more usable. The hardness of brass is far too weak for it to ever be used for weapons or armour.
Created from alloying zinc and copper in a refinery utilizing the best of those two metals. Weapons and armour of bronze, while inferior to steel items, are not as bad as bone, copper, gold, or stone. Though easily bested by the more durable metals bronze is fairly easy to refine and neither has such a high cost.
This special iron ore is mined deep in the bowels of earth and brought to the surface for its uses in the smithy. The metal is rumoured to be highly effective against certain supernatural creatures such as the fey, the truth of this rumour is howeverdebatable. When forging with cold iron it must be done as surprisingly low temperatures to preserve the properties stored in the metal. Due to all this complications the metal has a step cost to both produce and forge items with.
All of Faerûn know and use this metal to create many metal tools and weapons. The ore deposits are fairly easy to find in several regions of Faerûn and neither does it take too much skill to bend the metal to a purpose. A unknown scholar of Candlekeep once remarked "Who was the first that forged the deadly blade? Of rugged iron his savage soul was made". Iron however is a simple metal and is used widely by both elf and orc alike to forge weapons of war.
Known to all poor folk across Faerûn, copper is also known by spellcasters to be a magical purifier aiding in magic the cures both sickness and poison. While its golden colour makes it widely used for ornamental items its relative softness makes poor a poor armour or weapon. It has been known to be veryefficient in warding against the cold when enhanced with magic.
While most gold is used as currency, magically treated gold can be made as hard as stone. Nearly all spellcasters also know of gold's magical properties. When magically refined and treated, gold is suddenly rendered into a useful metal for both weapons and armour. Quite obviously items made from gold are quite valuable and would fetch a small fortune at any market.
This somewhat common valuable pure metal is known to the elves as; "The Seath and Shield of Art" because of all metals it is the one most associated with and most suitable for magic. Silver is also known to make wonderous weapons and armour in particular in connection with moon magic and bane weapons against shapechangers. Needless to say the material is worth a good sum of coin and most smiths regard it highly
Known as truemetal to the dwarves, this silvery-blue shinning metal is derived from soft glittering, silvery-black ore found in rare veins and pockets all over Faerûn. Mithral is the lightest and most supple of metals hard enough to be used in the making of arms and armour. It is without doubt also highly prized and sought by any smith wishing to createtruly magnificent armour.
This silvery-white metal superficially resembles aluminum but is extremely heavy. Because it is so malleable it must be magically strengthened and enforced in order to maintain its shape in combat. This metal is without doubt the most rare of all metals commonly known and even an ounce of platinum can make a man a noble at the markets of Waterdeep.
A special alloy of iron that is widely used in forging both weapons and armour. Compared to normal iron, steel is much stronger and moredurable. Because of this, the alloy is widely regarded as a significant step foward in the art of forging as it greatly increased the usability of metal.
A widely known and common metal. Though because of its weakness it has relative little use in a forge unless it is alloyed with copper making the much more durable bronze.
Is a heavy yet also relatively soft metal. While it is know across most lands of Faerûn it is rarely used. Folklore states that anyone in prolonged contact with the metal will be sick, some even claim that it is the curse of the fey! Though this is off course debated furiously by scholars who denies such notions as purenonsense.
Magic of Faerûn, page 177-180
Volo's Guide To All Things Magical, page 54-58