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Vayeth: unique metal

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The confirmation of a Vayeth find can mobilise armies to secure its lodes. The metal is incredibly strong and resilient but it’s highest value is its strength in easily holding enchantments. However, it can be processed further into True Vayeth which is the metal of the Dædanic Age’s finest artifacts. Legendary items like the Sword of King Michairius the First are forged of Vayeth.

Vayeth

Vayeth is a unique metal that has been found mostly in Kiltayre. It is dug out from deep within the magnetic lodestone under dormant volcanoes. It is a matte-grey metal that has a greasy appearance. In truth this is because vayeth is rarely refined properly (see True Vayeth).

Typical Cost: if they are ever available, and it is a once in a lifetime event, items of Vayeth cost a minimum 100,000 times their normal list price.

d20 effects: Vayeth items as weapons have +2 enhancement to hit, reduce opponents AC by 6 vs. armour (natural or worn), +2 enhancement to damage, +10 to resist destructive magical effects, and are of the highest class for penetrating Damage Resistance. When enchanting items of Vayeth the XP cost is one-third..

True Vayeth

Vayeth that has been properly refined and forged takes on a glorious silver translucence that holds the highest polish. The only known items made of true vayeth are great artefacts of power from the Dædanic age. This metal is so hard that if forged into a sword it will not dull whilst still cutting any non-vayeth material: the depth of cut limited only by the wielder’s strength. Vayeth edged weapons always treat all non-vayeth armour as quilt or soft-leather.

Typical Cost: if they are ever available, and it is a once in a lifetime event that will attract royalty from nearby kingdoms, items of True Vayeth cost a minimum 250,000 times normal list price.

d20 effects: True Vayeth items as weapons have +3 enhancement to hit, reduce opponents AC by 6 vs. armour (natural or worn), +3 enhancement to damage, +11 to resist destructive magical effects, and are of the highest class for penetrating Damage Resistance. When enchanting items of True Vayeth the XP cost is quartered.

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Ulstutz: exotic steel

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While a cursory examination would mistake a blade of ulstutz as wootz, or folded, steel it is really a much more sturdy material. Ulstutz is a layering of hard and soft magical steels that is differentially hardened for the purpose of the item. It has a pattern like rippling water and is very strong, particularly for edged and penetrating weapons or plate armour.

 

Ulstutz

d20 effects: +2 enhancement bonus, except for; +4 enhancement bonus for plate armour, +4 enhancement bonus to damage when made into edged or puncturing weapons, edged and puncturing weapons of ulstutz count as adamantine vs. DR.

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