Coronatite is a unique and rare meteoric iron native to Eletreus and is used in many different ways in the craftmanship of magical blades. Pure Coronatite is often used as an inlay for runic inscriptions that power magical swords and weapons of all types, for it easily holds and channels raw mana and allows for more powerful enchantments by any other method. It is also used to form the core of a laminated sword made from different steels, and when encased in steel, strengthens and bolsters a swords magical power and overall durability.
However Coronatite was first used as an alloy with steel, and even to this day this is still the most common use for it. When alloyed with steel and drawn out to a length and mass of a large dagger at its smallest and a gladius at its largest, the blade is inherently magical in nature, and exhibits properties of extreme durability, hardness and keenness of the edge and high resistance (though not immunity) to rusting.
In recent years, it was also discovered that when drawn out into a long thin rod like blade, the armor piercing capabilities become extreme with a rapier made from Coronatite capable of easily penetrating the steel plates of the heaviest armor, and can only be turned aside by magical armors or specialized enchantments.
HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE CORONATITE SWORD
The first Coronatite deposit was discovered in what is today known as Eastern Aeultia by the ancient Kingdom of the aggressive and expansionist Cagbicians. While they were aware that the steel they had uncovered was magical, it was only by trial and error that they were able to alloy it until its magical qualities stabilized in the form of a large dagger and spear head, which they used to great effect against their Northern and Western neighbors, piercing shields and armor and dashing aside and breaking the weapons of their foes.
As the initial reserves of Coronatite started to deplete, the Aelutians discovered a larger deposit in their own backyard a few miles from present day Mythbury and set about arming their soldiers to equal and eventually exceed the supply of swords available to the Cagbicians with the famous Early Aelutian Gladius.
With a monopoly on the last known deposit of Coronatite, this control both made their army formidable and enriched their coffers via trade of this highly desirable steel. During this period which lasted approx 1,000 years and saw the Kingdom of Aelutia expand into first Greater Aelutia and then the Aelutian Empire as we know it today, rival civilizations were on occasion able to use these weapons against them with great effect – most notably by the Parthanians. For while the Parthanians did not have large quantities of blades like the Aelutians, they instead chose to reserve them for their greatest warriors, the so called ‘Thorani Warriors’ – who bore twin Coronatite sabers that were further enchanted by Coronatite runes – and who were as dervishes of death and destruction on the battlefield.
While most armies had at least a few Coronatite alloy blades in their arsenal, none were able to field entire armies equipped with them like the Aelutians – and they tended to appear as either swords for high ranking members of the nobility or private individuals of means. As the only restrictions are to the length and weight – Coronatite swords have been made in almost every conceivable style and configuration. For while its is perhaps most versatile when forged as a Gladius, single edged blades were not uncommon, with the harder and unbreakable edge chopping through spears like reeds and splitting helmets.
In recent centuries however, the Aelutian monopoly on Coronantite was broken – for eventually their supply of fresh ore began to dwindle. But before it was gone completely, a huge third deposit was found smack bang in the middle of the Badlands, an area that no nation could or would ever control – and has been mined and sold by a constantly changing local force who would hold it only to have their position usurped in a violent uprising or confrontation. This steel is sometimes referred to as ‘Blood Coronatite’ to distinguish it from he original supplies and is currently controlled by the powerful Hobgoblin Warlord, Kharang the magnificent, who has become amazingly wealthy and who rules the Badlands with an iron hand unlike any other leader previously.
With a new source of Coronantite, other nations were able to get it at the same price as the Aelutians. and as a result the number of unique Coronatite alloy blades that have been made in the last few centuries has dramatically increased and can be found widely used in all manner of ways, from weapons of war and self defense to a Rangers utilitarian survival knife.
Make Your Own Coronatite Sword
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