Campo-iron-meteorite

Iron

So one of the questions that’s been coming up a lot is about iron:

One of the things that is known about the true fae, and changeling magic generally is that it doesn’t work on iron and that the nature of the true fae is grievously harmed by cold iron weaponry.

But what is cold iron?

Let’s start with the easy things, what is Iron?

Iron is the conceptual iron, things made of steel is not iron, and not everything that is scientifically iron is iron.

I consider the following to be Iron (with a big I) for the purposes of Changeling: the Lost

Pure Iron – No oxides, or alloy blends. This is definitely iron.
Impure Iron – Meteoric iron, and Hematite and Magnetite
Pig Iron, Cast Iron or Wrought iron – This used to be super popular for chains/rivets and building material and

What however is Cold Iron?

Well for our purposes, cold iron has never been smelted by the hands of man. A tool or weapon of cold-iron is iron that has been cold worked, this is a difficult activity as you need iron that has been extracted from it’s ore form without a human doing it. Meteoric iron works for this purpose and is highly sought in the changeling community, but it is possible through special techniques to acquire cast or wrought iron ingots that count as Cold Iron, where you can acquire this, or manufacture it yourself is a closely guarded secret amongst particularly groups of changelings.

Cold working requires beating the iron into shape without heating it first and is gruelling task.

Hematite and Magnetite:

This is raw iron as it’s extracted from the earth. As it has never been worked, it does penetrate the defences of the True Fae, however it is brittle, has a relatively low density and is unshaped and thus almost practically useless as a material for weapons or tools. It may be used as buckshot, and certainly beads are often produced that could be used in this fashion, however this buckshot is particularly fragile and light, reducing it’s effective range and damage dramatically over shot made out of normal materials.

Rules and regulations:

Cold-Iron weapons, are always Genre approval, as they are super rare and difficult to manufacture.
Iron is iron, go crazy.
Hematite and Magnetite as buck-shot, reduces the range of the shotgun by half and reduces the damage by 1.

Bob Faulkner
GST Lost

If that’s not clear or there are more questions, please feel free to talk in the comments below:

Comments

  • If I understand the above:

    Cold Iron – Worked Meteoric Iron (The real stuff)
    – Penetrates Fae defences but does not inflict Aggravated damage
    – Does Aggravated damage to the Fae
    – Genre Approval and rare. (Only meteoric iron can be used or with a point of permanent WP the Smith Kith can use iron ore with the str 4 blacksmithing pre-requisits)

    Pure Iron – No oxides, or alloy blends. This is definitely iron.
    – Penetrates Fae defences but does not inflict Aggravated damage

    Impure Iron – Meteoric iron, and Hematite and Magnetite
    – Penetrates Fae/contract defences but does not inflict Aggravated damage
    – Can only be crudely used as a lump of something you load into a shotgun.
    – (Can you use a bare lump of rock as an improvised handheld or thrown weapon?)
    – Can be used as buck-shot, reduces the range of the shotgun by half and reduces the damage by 1

    Pig Iron, Cast Iron or Wrought iron – This used to be super popular for chains/rivets and building material and
    – Does this count as above?
    – Could you make buckshot from Cast or Pig Iron?

    Where do Iron Ore and Iron Pyrite fit in here?

  • Hematite and Magnetite are Iron ores.

    In theory Iron Pyrite could be an iron ore. But it has never been used commercially in this fashion, because it is too difficult to extract iron from iron pyrite.

    Iron Pyrite more importantly has another place in fae logic, because it is fake gold. So it doesn’t count as Iron Ore from my perspective.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *