On the Nobility of Metals
On the Nobility of Metals
Just as every substance in the world is formed from a specific balance of the Five Elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Magic, and will resonate with and carry the properties of the Element(s) of which it has the greatest quantity. So to does every substance resonate with, and channel through itself, the fundamental Essences which are to the world as the Humours are to a living body.
While most substances have only slight affinity to any one Essence, some are strongly associated with one of more the the Essences, and this affects their nature as greatly as their Elemental Composition.
Below I have detailed just a few of the metals, and their relationship to the forces of Positive and Negative Essence.
The Noble Metals [Positive Essence Resonant Materials]
Metals which resonate with Positive Energy are eternal, they do not rust, tarnish, or corrode except under highly specific conditions.
Gold is the first, and most common, of the Noble metals. It is composed of equal portions of Earth and Fire, the interaction of which causes the distinctive colour; it is resonant with both Positive Energy, and that of the Sun.
Gold is reactive to the presence of Negative Energy, tarnishing in the presence of weak Negative Energy fields, and corroding in the presence of strong ones. The speed of this reaction is dependent upon the mass and purity of the gold, the duration of exposure, and the strength of the field. The reaction is highly consistent, and should at least two of these factors be known, the others may be calculated.
The corruption effect may be reversed by exposure to a comparable quantity Positive Energy, in most cases simply leaving the object in a fallow field for a season is sufficient. Divine healing miracles can be used, but they will simple undo the corruption, rather than reverse the damage.
This predictable reactive nature is used during the investigation of suspicious deaths, where a calibrated sheet of gold leaf, one of known mass and purity, is used to detect residual Negative Energy upon the deceased.
Platinum is another Noble Metal, and far rarer. It is composed primarily of Earth with equal portion of Water and Air.
The Terrestrial Metals
These are metals which have strong affinity to neither force, and share characteristics of both, as well as some unique properties not found amongst the Noble or Ignoble metals.
Iron, tin, brass, copper, aluminium, and zinc are all Terrestrial Metals.
Silver is a Terrestrial Metal which is aspected towards Positive Energy, but not strongly enough to possess the qualities of a Noble Metal.
Lead is a Terrestrial Metal which is aspected towards Negative Energy, but not strongly enough to possess the qualities of a Ignoble Metal.
The Ignoble Metals [Negative Essence Resonant Materials]
Metals which resonate with Negative Energy are transitory, toxic, and insidious. They tend to be soft and highly reactive. These qualities also make the Ignoble Metals highly useful in industrial processes.
Arsenic is the most common Ignoble Metal, its poisonous nature is well know and well used in pest control and industry.
Quicksilver is mostly considered to be an Ignoble Metal, though its uniquely liquid state leads some scholars to argue for its status as a Terrestrial Metal. Quicksilver is toxic, quick to bind with other reagents, and is nearly 50% Water by Elemental composition. It is used in both manufacturing and alchemy, possessing unique and beneficial properties once its toxic nature has been circumvented, a delicate operation in itself. If handled without caution Quicksilver has a potent detrimental effect on the psyche of those who use it.
Uranium is a thankful rare Ignoble Metal, its simple presence in quantity can poison invisibly, resulting in cancerous growths in foul imitation of life and potentially rising as the undead after death. In small quantities it is harmless, and it is used a yellow colouring in ceramics, one which florescences green under specially refracted illumination.