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