Blacksteel This unique alloyis incrediblyrare, andits origins are entirely unknown. exceptperhaps to the mysten·ous squid-creatures who occasionallydeign to sell theirsupplyto other races. While somescholarssuggest thatit isdistanUyrelated to adamantine, the evidence is inconclusive. It is incrediblyhard, and virtually indestructible bymortalmeans.ltispitch black, anditssurface does notreflect light. Items madefromblacksteel have hardness 100and 100hitpoints perinch ofthickness, exceptfor annor,which has 100hit pointsper point ofannorbonus theyprovide.Weapons madeofblacksteel ignore allhardnesslessthan 100. Further,allitems made from blacksteel are immuneto rustingeffects,such as the anacksof rust monsters orthe effect ofthe rustinggrasp spell.Finally, annor made from blacksteel grants its wearer damage reduction of2/-ifthe armoris light, 4/· ifthe armor ismedium, and 6/-ifthe annorisheavy. Thetrade-offfor this incredible durabilityis the weight ofthe metal.Items made ofblacksteel weigh four times asmuchas the itemnonnally would, andarmormadeofblacksteelcountsas onecategoryheavier than it aetu.allyis (for example,a suitofchainrnail made ofblacksteel wouldcountas heavyarmor).Finally,weapons madeofblacksteelare more difficulttowield due to theirpoorbalance.A lightweapon made ofblacksteel counts as a one-handedweapon, anda one-handedweaponmadeofblacksteel counts as a two--handedweapon.Characters wielding two--handedweapons made of blacksteel take a ·2 penalty to their anackrolls.
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