Metals and woods are ordered a bit differently from other materials. Since these are widely used on Althanas, we group them into rough "tiers," ordered from weakest to strongest. Please see questions 14 and 15 for more information about material strength and how it works on Althanas
These first four tiers are considered "special" real-world metals, and are thus listed as being off of the normal tier list.
- Gold: It is that soft, yellow metal that we have all come to know and love. It is expensive, but its density makes it suitable for use as ballast in a projectile or club.
- Silver: It is the same gray metal that is found in our world. Like gold, it is expensive without being effective. Most useful for use against lycanthropes or use in holy symbols. It is useful as a coating to prevent corrosion.
- Copper: It is a soft, red metal. Though harder than silver, it still does not make an effective weapon. Unlike silver and gold, though, it is actually as inexpensive as it's usefulness would suggest.
- Bronze: Though harder than copper, and more useful, it is in the same boat: weaker and cheaper than iron.
- Lead: It is a soft, dense, inexpensive metal that is best used as a ballast in a projectile or bludgeoning weapon.
The following are metals that fit into the tier system.
- Iron: The simplest material, and yet still with a degree of strength, iron weapons can serve an adventurer with need. It is very vulnerable to corrosion and requires constant maintenance and oiling to prevent degradation within a few years.
- Steel: Providing a bit more strength than iron, steel also costs a bit more. Many an adventurer, including the great Devon Starslayer, used nothing more than a simple steel sword. It is vulnerable to corrosion and requires constant maintenance and oiling to prevent degradation within a few years.
- Plynt: A green metal that absorbs liquid easily due to some unknown property. Plynt is naturally flammable, and after burning for a while will be almost entirely consumed.
- Damascus: Magic imbues into this light gray metal easily, but at the same time damascus provides little resistance to magical attacks.
- Dehlar: Very dense, Dehlar is extraordinarily magic-resistant. It does not imbue well, however, and its high weight means only the strongest can carry it.
- Delyn: An alloy of Dehlar and Damascus that is a blend of both magic-resistance and magic-imbuing potential. It is a good all-around material for many weapons. However it tends to release its stored energy explosively when broken by a significantly stronger material.
- Titanium: Titanium is extremely resistant to fire and explosive impact and is used in the finest gunpowder weapons of the Alerarians. Due to the difficulty in creating this alloy given normal metallurgy on Althanas, it is hard to find this material in large enough quantities for large weaponry and armor.
- Mythril: Mythril is exceedingly strong and light. When unenchanted, it is weak to magical assault, but when enchanted to its threshold it will repel magical assault. A white metal, it is excellent for swords and other precision weaponry.
- Prevalida: Although stronger than mythril, this blue metal is slightly heavier than Delyn. Prevalida is both resistant to magical attacks and capable of channeling the magic of its wielder to new heights.
The rules regarding real-world metals also apply to wood.
- Oak: The staff-wielding adventurer's basic wood, this material is sturdy, lightweight, and widely available.
- Yew: A favorite wood of Raiaeran bowyers, this flexible yet sturdy wood is a perfect choice for a stout longbow or a more flexible quarterstaff.
- Cyper: These trees grow close together. They are about man-height and thin, and people have been known to uproot them for a staff. Lightweight and sturdy, Cyper is perhaps too short for a full quarterstaff, but make excellent arrows.
- Trakym: Flexible to a fault, trakym's springiness makes it too weak to give a good draw on a bow and too yielding for a staff. However, it has one great benefit: it resists magic well. Although good for virtually nothing else, a trakym-lined piece of armor or shield is much more resistant to magical assault.
- Eklan: This wood grows gray with age, while younger trees have a reddish brown tint. Eklan makes an excellent wood for light helmets and shields. Unfortunately, it does not cleave well, meaning it does not maintain a straight line for use in shafts, arrows, or staves.
- Akashima redwood: Named after its place of origin, this beautiful crimson wood is very strong and difficult to break, making it an extremely good wood for quarterstaffs or arrowshafts. Redwood arrowshafts are thick, though, and can be burdensome to carry in large quantities.
- Rywan: Rywan trees grow very tall and very wide. Rywan is too inflexible for a bow, but makes an excellent rod for one-handed shafted weapons such as hatchets or tomahawks. A heavier wood, it is unsuitable for arrows, as its weight throws off an arrow’s flight. Rywan tends to splinter after too much stress.
- Talymer: A light, waxy, and shiny wood, talymer is perfect for larger longbows, as it requires intense strength to pull the bowstring and can send an arrow straight through full plate mail at 200 feet. Although such bows take longer to draw and expend energy quickly, they pack a very real, very powerful punch.
- Ulder: Dark brown in color, ulder is the best wood for regular-sized bows and horsebows. It gives a moderately powerful draw, and can therefore be drawn from horseback, and it does not require intense strength to pull the string. Where talymer gives power, ulder gives mobility and precision.
- Liviol: Liviol wood is the product of trees spending centuries in magically saturated grounds. Modern Liviol comes in colors ranging from deep blue to royal purple. This wood, depending on what wood it originally spawned from, serve to enhance the normal properties of the wood with new potency; Trakym Liviol, for instance, resists magic with extraordinary power. Liviol is most often found in the Warded Wood of Salvar; the difficulty in getting to the Warded Wood, however, renders it quite pricy. It is also located deep within Raiaera's Red Forest, but no sane lumberjack goes there.