The World Of Khoras - Physical World - Mineralogy

Metals

Metals are a class of substances characterized by high electrical and thermal conductivity as well as by malleability, ductility (the potentiality of being drawn into wire), and high reflectivity of light. Copper, tin, iron, lead, gold, silver, and mercury are the most common and most important metals known to the races of Khoras. Although a few metals occur uncombined in nature, the great majority are found combined in their ores. The extraction of metals from their ores is called metallurgy. Metals are mixed with each other in definite amounts to form alloys. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, and brass contains copper and zinc. Steel is an alloy of iron and other metals with carbon added for hardness.

Metal weapons and armor provide a great advantage on the battlefield and those races that have mastered metallurgy usually rise to dominate their lesser, primitive neighbors. The abundance of metals can influence the shape of a culture, the history of a nation and the fate of a war. Copper, the most common and most easily worked metal, is known to all but the most primitive cultures. Steel, however, is known only to a handful of nations and is thus very rare.

Below are listed the more valuable and interesting metals unique to Khoras.

Adamantite
(Admantium)

The hardest and strongest metal known to blacksmiths. Very rare and exceptional expensive.

Prythelene
(Prythelene)

A rare, bluish silver metal used as a decorative trim.

Shadow Steel
(Mithrillium)

A black metal used in the forging of many swords and suits of armor.

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