Magical Materials

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All metals conduct magic, but to varying degrees. Basic metals like iron and copper are very bad conductors, conducting worse than air and essentially acting as resistors. To that end, they have been used as magic shields.

Better materials do not just conduct, but even amplify magic. Pure silver, orichalcum, adamantium, or Mithril are the most popular. Gold, curiously, has almost no magical properties to speak of. It conducts magic better than copper or iron (making it useless as a shield), but tends to melt from very small amounts.

Most alloys do not have magical properties, neither conducting or resisting magic (becoming essentially transparent). During the Mage Wars, many cultures learned the secret art of creating magical alloys(using alchemical processes), which was later lost during the Golden Age.

Following the Golden Age, forged silver became the most popular material for producing magical weapons. It had enough strength to produce blades but could still be enchanted. Pure materials like adamantium were better, but prohibitively expensive. Alchemically-enchanted alloys continued to be re-forged.

Other, non-metal materials are also known. White Ivory was a type of stone favored for building Mage Towers, but may have been artificial in nature. Sorcerer's Sand is known to be an alchemical product, but also has potent magical properties.

Metals and Crafting

It has long been held that magical metals cannot be forged, and must instead be molded, retaining properties only in this way. They also cannot be alloyed, and must be pure. However, the existence of many forged orichalcum and adamantium artifacts would beg to differ. Even forged alloy items, though exceptionally rare, have been found. The exact method of making them is considered lost.