Ve’laan is a unique metal, completely waterproof. It occurs naturally only on the seafloor around hydrothermal vents; thus mining is limited to merfolk and the like. Smelting the ore into metal is difficult, done in submerged forges with heat and steam. Producing a dark silvery blue used in jewelry, it also keeps a hard, sharp edge. Ve’laan must be kept constantly wet; left dry for more than a day, the metal will weaken and crack. Weapons from it are popular with pirates and some explorers, with custom sheathes of soaked cloth. Jewelry can often be worn in water-filled glass globes.

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