Dragonsteel, a Magical Material (A to Z Challenge, D)5 April, 2016
Magical metals and alloys of metals have been known since well before the Sundering, Fae Bronze, Godforged metals, Meteoric Iron and other more obscure. However, Dragonsteel emerged late in the pre-Sundering Era, passed from the Crafter of the Gods and his apprentice to the wonder-workers who followed his path and its knowledge quickly spread.
Dragonsteel is made of high quality steel alloyed with dragon blood and scales and, sometimes, dragon bone or teeth. The usefulness of dragonsteel led to a run on available stockpiles of such materials and quickly led to the hunting of dragons to fuel the forges making this new wonder metal. Scholars who study such things think that these expanded dragon hunts may have been one of the factors that pushed some of the wavering dragons into the Empress’ camp before the Gods War.
Now that dragons rule, they gift their favored smiths with blood, scales and occasionally other things to be used to feed the production of Dragonsteel making it one of the most common magical metals to be found.
Base Dragonsteel is lighter and stronger than the base steel is was made from, it holds an edge better and is stronger. Dragonsteel armors are considered as one category lighter for purposes of movement and other limitations. Heavy armors are treated as medium, and medium armors are treated as light, however light armors are still treated as light. This decrease does not apply to proficiency in wearing the armor; A character wearing Dragonsteel plate armor must be proficient in wearing heavy armor to avoid adding the armor’s check penalty to all his attack rolls and skill checks that involve moving. Spell failure chances for armors and shields made from Dragonsteel are decreased by 10% (15% for the dragonblooded), maximum Dexterity bonuses are increased by 2, and armor check penalties are decreased by 3 (with a minimum of 0).
Bladed or metal weapons forged from Dragonsteel are always of masterwork quality and are treated as magic weapons for overcoming damage reduction even if unenchanted, further they receive a +2 bonus to resist any magic that would dull or otherwise reduce their efficiency in combat.
For base Dragonsteel items, the cost is:
HP/inch 30; Hardness 15; Cost Weapons or armors fashioned from Dragonsteel are always masterwork items as well; the masterwork cost is included in the prices given; Weight An item made from Dragonsteel weighs half as much as the same item made from other metals. In the case of weapons, this lighter weight does not change a weapon’s size category or the ease with which it can be wielded (whether it is light, one-handed, or two-handed).
There are also a variety of colored Dragonsteel alloys with different effects, such as Golden Dragonsteel, which attracts and absorbs electricity.
Notes: Dragonsteel fills the same role in the Sea of Stars as mithril does in the usual Pathfinder/D&D setting but I wanted something that fit in with the mythology of the the setting.