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November 23, 2008, 8:26 am

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Water Silver


A metal with the properties of ordinary gold, which has the properties of pure silver when covered with water.

"Silvery raindrops were running down his golden breast plate…"

A metal with all the properties of ordinary gold, water silver is quickly recognized if the ore mined is washed with water. Whenever its surface is covered with water, it attains the color and all the properties of silver. An item of this metal fully submerged in water is basically a silver item, while a partially covered one is literally made from gold and silver. This metal even changes it’s weight in water to match that of silver.

Any creature vulnerable to silver is vulnerable to the wet metal. It can be used in alchemy and any reaction as silver, if there is water to mask its surface.

Water silver can sometimes be found in gold veins, forming small streaks in the main vein. If it goes unnoticed to the smelters along with the ordinary gold it alloys perfectly with it, permanently lowering it’s yellow sheen and color to a more dulled shade of yellow (depending on the amount of water silver in the mixture). It generally makes people think that this particular batch of gold had lower quality or some other metal alloyed with it (which is true), and is dismissed.

When mining for this particular metal the ore is broken into smaller bits and then sought through under water for the bits containing the magical metal.

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Voted valadaar
November 24, 2008, 12:06
Slick! I like this simple yet cool idea. Would like to see some more applications, but is a pretty good first post.
November 25, 2008, 9:56
This submission kind of blows my mind, but not in a good way. I understand the premise behind it, but the point eludes me.
November 25, 2008, 10:16
I don't get your point either... You mean you don't get the point of it existing at all? It's just a tweaked material that I thought of at some point. What reasoning for its existence should there be?

It is not the most magical thing out there, it's just two things at once. Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Possibly the best use for it is as a flavour material, some bizarre occurrence for the players to gape at for a while and then treasure it or try to sell it as highly magical, or find some other use for it.

Tell me what you meant so I can make it better.
Voted Murometz
November 25, 2008, 11:24
What val said. I like this stuff! Lots of obvious plothooks come to mind, plus I simply like the weird physical properties of the the metal. Easy to use in a game!
Voted Pieh
November 23, 2010, 8:11

I think I agree with Scras'. Without more information for why/how it exists theres no reason to use it. I'm not sure theres even that huge of a different between the weights and properties of gold and silver for it to make a big difference. Why not use silver? why not use gold? It makes an interesting flavor addition, but I don't really like it.

Voted herrozerro
November 23, 2010, 8:31

Only voted

Voted Ramhir
November 23, 2010, 9:31

A good beginning but I agree with Scras and Pieh, it feels unfinished. It is an interesting bit of color, but without some other in-game use, it is unlikely to be included in any campaign. Some ideas about it's unique use or some other reasons to add it to a campaign would really help. 

Voted Mourngrymn
November 23, 2010, 22:53

Brings to mind the Star Trek, Gold Pressed Latinum. Which I know it isn't but that is what I was thinking the entire time I read that. I am not saying I don't like the idea. I can see its use to some small degree for flavor and fluff of some kind, but frankly I don't see this as a viable source for income. A lot of players I game with argue constantly about dividing treasure... how do you divide a precious metal that is two in one?

The using it against creatures that can be harmed by silver is a plausible idea but how to keep the metal wet while fighting it seems virtually impossible. It has a short merit but it needs some more detail and work.

Voted axlerowes
December 12, 2012, 15:53
neat item, useful in a world or game setting with a strong alchemy-esque world view to it. Could provide a tool in a very scenario specific con or battle.
December 12, 2012, 16:24
Hmm, i could use this stuff in a game i'm gm'ing right now (buahaha)
Voted Cheka Man
May 31, 2013, 11:55
A useful little item. If it was the other way, water-gold, it would be useful for fraudsters.

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