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"Can you believe this rubbish?! The last shipment of ammunition from Kharanos was botched! All we have for ammo now are these flimsy, good for nothing arrows! What in the world am I going to do with 500,000 Thorium Headed Arrows?
I'll tell you what, kid. If you can bring me thorium shells, I'll trade you thorium headed arrows - straight up! Deal?"
The key to Scholomance is called a [Skeleton Key]. It must be forged from the remains of a skeleton - several actually - and hardened by only the strongest of metals within a suitable mold. A signet of power from a being who naturally can open the portal to Scholomance will make the key ultimately function.
First thing's first though, <name>. We'll need skeletal fragments for the key's forging. Skeletons inside Andorhal should yield what we need, but the ones outside the walls might work too.
You need two bars of thorium and a powerfully hot heat source to forge the key stem. You're on your own for the thorium, but I can help with the heat.
To our west in Un'Goro Crater is Fire Plume Ridge - a simmering volcano. The lava lake up top is hot enough to fuse thorium and bone together. Your gold has bought you a mold that simply requires you to dip it in the lake up top; the lava will take care of the rest. That's it on my end. To finish your key, you'll need to talk to Arbington again.
"Truesilver, incredibly light but stronger than steel."
It is said that truesilver is stronger and more durable than mithril. Galvan does not disagree with this assessment of the minerals, but contrary to its name, truesilver is not true! Mithril is a far nobler mineral! HAH! Regardless, for this lesson you will need to find the great silver deceiver, <name>.
"The harvesting of precious gems is of utmost importance to our craft, <name>. Few gems are more precious than the [Citrine]. The magical properties we imbue into our goods are amplified greatly by the presence of citrine.
For this lesson, we will fortify forty bars of mithril with four citrines. The result will be a better understanding of magical gemology and the knowledge to create ornate mithril shoulders."
This is what I found on mithril though.
''Mithril is a rare, silvery, glistening metal that is lighter than iron but just as hard. When worked like steel, it becomes a wonderful material from which to create armor; it is occasionally used for other items as well. Most mithril armors are lighter than other metals. An item made from mithril weighs half as much as the same item made from other metals. In the case of weapons, this lighter weight does not change the weapon’s ease with which it can be wielded (whether it is light, one-handed or two-handed). Items not made primarily of metal are not meaningfully affected by being partially made of mithril.''
02/11/2013 02:37Posted by Haalibela set of elementium armour sounds right tough but given how insanely dense the stuff is supposed to be you wouldn't be able to move.
02/11/2013 13:13Posted by AilredMakes one interested in the properties of those materials that are definitely mentioned and used within the lore, but are not a part of the crafting system. To what do I refer? Well, Lightforge Iron, for one. There is very little information to be found on its actual properties, yet it is obviously used in the world for certain purposes
Years ago, the Third Fleet of Kul'Tiras sunk along the coasts of The Wetlands, an expanse of marsh north of the Dwarven kingdom of Ironforge. Aboard one ship was a load of Lightforge Iron.
This metal is precious to us, for items crafted from it strike with holy truth. If you are to face Morbent Fel, then you will need such a weapon.
Go to Menethil Harbor and speak with my dwarven colleague Glorin Steelbrow. If that lost metal can be found, he'll know where to look.
Lightforge Iron is a precious metal, but it sounds like your quest is a dire one. You've come a long way, <Brother/Sister>. With luck, you might just find what you seek!
And if you do get the iron, I know who can fashion it into a weapon against this Necromancer you speak of in Duskwood.
"A holy artifact crafted from lightforged iron."
Thank you, <class>, for bringing these samples to me. We are hoping that we can uncover some special property from them that will help in the fight against the Scourge.
Ah, elunite ore. This is a fine metal to work with, for it is blessed by the goddess Elune herself. It would be an honor to craft weapons with it.
Please wait while I work...
Rizzle's schematics describe the process of the refinement of indurium ore. From his scrawls, it is apparent that indurium ore is being obtained from the dwarven excavation site of Uldaman in the Badlands.
Much of the other notes relate to the heat resistant properties.
Used as a paperweight for the plans is a hunk of what appears to be unrefined indurium ore.
Indurium? Interesting... If it is capable of resisting heat to the degree that you say, it would explain the performance increase the gnomes have displayed of late.
This sample you've brought to me will be invaluable, also. I will be able to perform some tests on this, but I'll need more for this to actually be of any use to us.
Rethban Ore is named after the man who first found it, Bart Rethban. When smelted it's not as strong as iron, but its ore has a dark, flat color that some scribes use in their dyes. It can be found in the Rethban Caverns, north of here.
Well you see, I make my own ink for books I copy. It's my own recipe; it doesn't run or smear, and it dries very quickly Unfortunately, it dries too quickly! My last batch dried up before I could finish the copying job, and I haven't had the chance to make more ink!
To make more I need Rethban Iron Ore from the Redridge Mountains. Foreman Oslow in Lakeshire is my usual supplier.
My mentor, Sturgy Ironband, had a compound south of Helm's Bed Lake in eastern Dun Morogh. There he taught blacksmithing and he was the best.
But one day, one of his students brought him a load of strange ore. Master Ironband called it umbral ore and was eager to work with it, but soon after it arrived... a band of Dark Iron dwarves attacked his compound. They killed everyone!
Enter Ironband's compound, <name>, and avenge my master's death. And bring me the load of umbral ore that caused it.
But thank you for the ore, <name>. I'm eager to work it and find its properties.
Here are some weapons, hot off the anvil and made with the new umbral ore you brought me!
Please, <name>, take your pick!
I just arrived here in Feralas, and I've heard that the Gordunni Ogres that inhabit the wilds here have some interesting minerals. Who knows what they are up to, but they sure are protective of that stuff! They don't leave it just lying around; no, they bury it to protect folks like me from getting their hands on it.
If you'd be willing, I'll give you my shovel. Go to the Gordunni Outpost north of here and dig me up some Gordunni cobalt. Look for the blue glow, then start digging!
02/11/2013 14:10Posted by VatsugFeranos, I don't suppose you have any information on the Pandaria metals?
02/11/2013 14:44Posted by VíncentThis. I'm quite interested in Ghost Iron.
For two thousand years the mogu ruled this entire land. So brutal was their regime that its name is never uttered aloud: Pandaren call it either the "Old Kingdom" or "First Dynasty."
The Thunder King was its founder and first emperor. He amassed enormous power on what is now the Isle of Thunder.
His time has passed, <name>. We should claim some of his power for ourselves. Gather mogu relics for me from the Throne of Thunder, and amass some trillium - I have a plan!
<Wrathion inspects the treasures you brought him.>
Well done. The trillium will need additional refinement, of course, but these samples are pure.
I will need to study these artifacts for a time but I believe I can use the knowledge contained here to craft something of great value to us both.
The Dark Iron taskmasters and slavers of the cauldron use weapons of enchanted thorium, an extremely sturdy alloy. If you bring me eight thorium plated daggers, I can break the alloy down and reforge a shaft.
Thelgen Rock over yonder is something of a natural wonder. It's the only known source of incendicite in the world!
The stuff's rare, highly sought, and ridiculously explosive. Hit it with a steel mining pick and you'll set off a fireworks show that'll put a room full of goblins to shame.
Luckily, I've developed a spark-proof pick for such tasks. I'll loan it to you if you bring me back some incendicite ore, and I'll split you in on the profits, of course.
Glorious! Beautiful stuff, this ore.
Good on you for not droppin' your pick. Last person I sent out let the butt end hit the floor, and that part's not sparkproof.
Fel orcs might be complete barbarians but their smithing is not as primitive as you might think. Only fel iron can be used with this mold if we want to end up with a working key - anything else would probably end up breaking it.
Fel orc blacksmiths may not be the most skilled in the world, but there is some craftsmanship to their trade. Only fel iron can be used with this mold if we want to end up with a working key - anything else would probably end up breaking it.
It's not working, <lad/lass>. I cannot give it enough heat... the materials will not be properly tempered.
You know, the fel reavers used by the Burning Legion are powered by a scalding core of fel fire - it burns much hotter than normal fire.
It's no good, <name>! No matter how many coals I put to the fire, it's just not enough heat.
There's only one thing I can think of that is hot enough to temper this key and it is the insides of the Legion's fel reavers.
The frame that you brought me earlier will not be sufficient to hold molten metal without reinforcement. A rare kind of earth can be used to cool and imbue the frame, giving the adamantite an unnatural strength.
Underwold loam, as the earth is known, is accorded great value among the naga. Few enough of them possess it, and in Outland, I know of only one naga who uses it -- Hydromancer Thespia, who resides in the Steamvault of Coilfang Reservoir.
The sword's enchantments must be contained within a powerful focus, such as a gem. I know of a gem that we can use for this purpose, for there are few that can play host to such powerful magics without shattering.
The gem we need is called the tear of the earthmother. It's a powerful artifact in the hands of the ogres who created it, and Warbringer O'mrogg, who currently holds the gem, has many powerful allies in Hellfire Citadel's Shattered Halls. Take care in retrieving the tear, <name>.
<David Wayne holds the gem up, to the light, admiring it.>
It's absolutely flawless, and that's exactly what we'll need. A flawed gem would endanger the weapon's wielder, twisting the magic against them.
Back again, <class>? Outstanding! The bars you've provided thus far are really going to help out in making all sorts of things for the war. I know, for example, that the copper is going to be used for parts of the steam tanks that are being built, as well as in a small fleet of gyrocopters that we're planning to deploy if time allows.
Back so soon? Stop making me re-evaluate my low opinion of you <class>, you're making me feel all gooey inside. So, as you can tell we still don't have enough iron bars for all of the weapons, armor, steam tanks and whatnot that need building for the bug hunt. Think you have it in you to bring back another stack of twenty iron bars in between all of those trips to Zul'Gurub, or wherever it is that you kids hang out these days?
It is very kind of you to inquire about the needs that the Alliance has. In addition to all of the other collection efforts underway, we are in need of a great quantity of thorium bars, which is the task that I am in charge of. The thorium will be used in the creation of many different things for the war, foremost of which is the construction of a battalion of steam tanks to be airlifted into Silithus as soon as they are completed. Can you aid us in this endeavor, <class>?
Copper is useful for the construction of parts for Steam Tanks, and Gyrocopters seem to be made out of copper to a certain degree as well.
I had a month's worth of dried meats salted and locked away for the cold season. Kept it locked so the bears wouldn't get it! But while I was off hunting deer, that beast, Old Icebeard, made off with the meat locker. He won't be able to smash through that Thorium though. But I'll starve if I can't get my meats back.
It is a well known fact that hyenas possess tremendous strength in their jowls, but the strength to snap through three inches of thorium steel? Impossible, improbable, and yet I have seen this demonstrated with my own eyes.
"Even the steaming goo that flows in Hive'Ashi won't melt thorium. I'm getting out of here!"
--- Savin Lightguard
"They will be like waves crashing against an adamantite wall."
--- Danath Trollbane
Even the metals of Outland carry with them the taint of the Burning Legion.
Forging is complete when the anvil shatters.
It pierces through armor, flesh ... and hope.
"The strength of titanium coupled with the crystalline beauty of frozen waters - truly a remarkable combination."
--- Tiffany Cartier
"Elementium possesses traits unlike any other metal on Azeroth."
--- Zane the Sniper
22/11/2013 06:24Posted by ÀtoroThis is why
22/11/2013 19:31Posted by FyneThis is why
None of the work beyond the table of contents is mine. This is why you love FERANOS. His work, here. For which he knows he has my thanks. And to think, the original question being asked was whether steel would cost a bit more than iron in the setting.
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