D. over at Fluer du mal posted about the materials used to make magic items in his games. It got me thinking about the special materials that have appeared on Rilmorn. Here is my post on those thoughts.
Way back in the day, I was seventeen and not nearly as well read or knowledgeable as I thought I was, but I knew enough about copyright and plagiarism that I didn’t want to do it. Even back at the beginning I wanted to publish my game world, so I couldn’t use “mithril,” since that came from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Thus, I named my star silver metal argentyl. Since those early days, other materials have made their way into my games, but argentyl is still the most likely to appear.
Ages ago, I read H. Warner Munn’s Merlin’s Godson and Merlin’s Ring and from it I got the impression that orichalcum was milky-gold in color, extremely strong, and had not magical properties, but magical affecting properties. Thus, I introduced two forms of orichalcum into Rillmorn. The first was simply swords made of an orichalcum and iron alloy that had “pluses to hit and damage,” but were not magical. A +2 orichalcum blade would retain its attack and damage bonuses even if its wielder were in an anti-magic zone. The second way in which orichalcum appeared was in the form of “spell breakers.” Spell breakers were magical daggers that could be used to “kill” incoming spells. If a spell breaker wielder had his weapon ready when a spell was cast, the wielder could make an attack roll against the spell’s armor class, if the wielder hit the AC in question the spell “broke.” Spell breakers were useless in combat. Spell breakers haven’t been seen since before my USM days and the last orichalcum blade to appear was the one found by Alkin du Fey Duncan and it was rumored to be a pure orichalcum (a +5 weapon) blade.
I do not remember when I came up with the idea of trollsilver, but it was wildly popular for several games. Before there were spell foci in D&D, a spellcaster using an object made trollsilver to cast a spell could roll a d6 to see how the trollsilver empowered the spell. On a 1 or 2, the duration of spell increased threefold. On a 3 or 4, the range and area of effect increased three times. On a 5 or 6, the “power” of the spell increased by three: IE – 6th level fireball would do 18 dice of damage instead of 6 dice. Trollsilver faded into the background after a just a few adventures.
One of the rarest of all gemstones on Rilmorrin is the prismate. Prismate is a gem forged stone. Gem forging is a psionic/magical art that blends two or more precious or semiprecious stones into a single stone. Prismates are made up of the dust of numerous gemstones and when completed each facet is a different color. Only one magic item ever has ever been found with a prismate as part of it. A flawed prismate was the pommel stone of the sword Policrom. Prismates still appear occasionally in treasure hoards around the world.
While I’ve used other materials in Rimoranic history, but I think these are the best. What materials have you created for your games?