THE GALCARDEL METAL ("MAGEBANE", "ERTIMMER'S GIFT")

DESCRIPTION - TERRITORY - ABILITIES/USAGES - HISTORY

Galcardel is a metal of many appellations. Among many in the North, including the Ice Tribes, it is called "Magebane", "Spell Killer", or "Ertimmer’s Gift" (see History). The dwarves call it "ReViij" (lit. "Keeps Back Magic"), while the elves have termed it "Delís’cár'tuulén" (lit. "Magic’s Death"). In all cultures, though, Galcardel is known for one rather amazing property: its ability to thwart magical manipulation.

Description. Galcardel is of a silvery colour, though of a darker shade than, say, mithril. If mithril’s colouration might be compared to a bright star shining through the black sky, Galcardel might be the star just beyond it - trapped behind darkwind - whose light seems half overtaken by night. It gleams less brightly, but no less strong, asserting itself despite its darker complexion.

Galcardel is indeed a strong metal - at least as strong as steel - and very difficult to forge into a desired shape, requiring extremely high temperatures to melt. This is one of two reasons why the metal is often mixed with iron or some other metal to create an alloy. The other is that, much to the chagrin of magic-haters, the metal is rather difficult to find. Only a few select veins have been located, and there are none that are active.
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Territory. The ore is exceedingly rare, found only in a select few mountain ranges - nay, in a select few mountains. Two of these mountains rise from the Gathorn Mountain Range just south of Remusiat. The richest Galcardel mine existed deep in the heart of a mountain called the Huverut.

Of all the vein locations where Galcardel has ever been found, none have supplied the metal with plenty equal to Huverut. In its time, which was many thousands of years ago, the mountain supposedly held enough Galcardel ore to supply an army with breastplates, greaves, pauldrons, gloves, and shields. The mine has since run dry and the armor has been mostly lost.

A newer but poorer source was found in the Moeldis Mountain east of Huverut in around 1564 b.S. However, this source, too, has been mined almost completely. Today, only the rich can afford the rare rings and necklaces that form the last vestiges of the Hiverut mine’s prolific past and the small pittance that is to be had from the remains of the Moeldis mine.

The Rogetyrim dwarves were said to have discovered a vein of Galcardel in the Imlith Mountains; however, the remains of this metal have since been buried deep in the tunnels of their once vast home under the earth.

A small mine in the Mithral Mountains was discovered in 67 a.S., though the amount was quite small - hardly enough for a suit of armour. This sample of Galcardel is now located at the Academy of Ximax, where it is subject to much speculation, awe, and (for many) fear.
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Abilities/Usages. Galcardel has the unique ability to thwart magical attack by limiting the area in which a mage can assert his or her will. From a Ximaxian perspective, the metal locks the meta-states of a cár’áll’s xeuá from unnatural manipulation by a conscious will. Therefore, while the natural fluctuations in a cár’áll’s xeuá - the usual shifts from ahm to soor and vice versa - remain unaffected by the metal, those shifts that occur unnaturally are prevented.

The metal works only when encircling the individual car’all in some way; therefore, it was often made into armour that encircled the body. However, particularly in present time, not enough of the ore exists to make full armour, and so it is often made into ring or necklaces.

The effects of the metal diminish with lower quantities. As such, armour serves as greater protection than a necklace, which serves as greater protection than a ring. This applies, too, to diluting the metal by, i.e., combining it with another to make an alloy. A ring of 100% Galcardel is likely to be more potent at fending off magical manipulation than one of 60% Galcardel. However, objects with high quantities of the metal are likely hard to find, and when found, are likely to be of astronomical price.

How the metal works and why remains a subject of great study to the mages of Ximax. Most Ximaxian scholars agree that, at present, there are more questions about the metal than answers.
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History. At some point between 9500 and 9000 b.S., it is believed, the first Galcardel mine was discovered deep in the heart of the Huverut Mountain in the Gathorn Mountain Range. While the mine certainly exists (and, in fact, small flecks of the metal may still be found in the once plentiful mine shafts), the story of its discovery and creation has been the subject of Remusian legend and myth.

It is believed that at time of its discovery, the great War of the Chosen tore across Caelereth. Remusians were subject to horrifying magical experimentation - the scars of which extended to today. It is said that a temporary reprieve in the war had thankfully descended upon the Remusian homeland as Eckra the Cruel, Ma’asherom the Red, and other heartless Chosen lay waste to other tribes of the Disk. However, soon rumours spread that an army of black mages were marching toward the Remusian homeland, thirsty for blood.

One fateful evening, as Nechya brought night and Necteref walked in the darkness waiting for battle to come, a great military leader of the Remusian people, Derock, prayed that the gods would give a gift to help his people fight the battlemages. Ertimmer, God of Earth, heard the prayer and took pity upon the men. He placed into the earth a great ore, and into the head of Derock a dream of where to find it.

When morning came, Derock was lead to the mine deep in the heart of Huverut. With the ore there found, the Remusian people made strong armour for every warrior. When at last the day came and the black mages came to bring death, the power of the Galcardel protected the people, and the Remusians defeated the black mages.

The veracity of the tale is unconfirmed; however, it is known, from records, that the armour did, in fact, exist. From what records are left, it seems that, when the mine ran dry, the existing Galcardel was melted down and mixed with other metals to create new armor, which was melted down later and further diluted by other metals until the effects of the Galcardel became insignificant.

More recently, in 1564 b.S., a mine was discovered in the Moeldis Mountain, though the yield was so small as to be only worthy of creating small pieces of jewelry.

In around 4477 b.S., the Rogetyrim Dwarves also found small mines in the Imlith Mountains. Supposedly the discovery of Galcardel contributed to the defeat of the Moh’rhim in 3493 b.S. However, when internal strife weakened the Rogetyrim, and the Moh’rhim, with the Rhom-oc as allies, lay waste to the Great Hall and many of the tunnels once belonging to the proud dwarven tribe, much of the metal was buried, too. It is assumed that there is still a moderate amount of Galcardel armour and weaponry in the tunnels, buried deep under the earth.

The most recent discovery of the metal occurred in 67 a.S. by the Mitharim in the Mithral Mountains. The amount was so scanty that the Mitharim traded it, and it eventually found its way to the Tower of Ximax Academy in 113 a.S. It is held in the Library Tower, well guarded, and continues to be the subject of much research, speculation, and fear for the mages there. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 18th Molten Ice 1672 a.S.

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