What Color is Adamantine?


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The adamantine golem is described as being black in color; is all adamantine black? Or, are there varying colors of varying rarity, sort of like with diamonds?


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I always pictured it as a meteoric metal, black, but with silver-ish streaks running throughout.

Here's a picture of some meteoric iron

http://cdn.instructables.com/FDQ/0WVL/FG5PZ0GH/FDQ0WVLFG5PZ0GH.LARGE.jpg


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I will forever imagine adamatine as the only "hot pink" metal in existence...


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The same color as Wolverine's claws.


I always had Adamantine looking a bit like this ...
http://www.meteorites-for-sale-meteorite-sales.com/Iron-Meteorites-For-Sale /Iron-Meteorite-Images/Iron-Meteorite.jpg


williamoak wrote:
I will forever imagine adamatine as the only "hot pink" metal in existence...

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Cpt. Caboodle wrote:
The same color as Wolverine's claws.

Now that, you see, is not adamantine. It's adamantium.


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I always had it in my head that adamantine was a green metal for some reason, and for that matter that mythral was blue. Not sure where I got those ideas from.

It's hard at times to keep in mind that adamantine is the black one and mithral is silver.

...Honestly I kinda like the idea of brightly-coloured metals resulting in armour of similar colour.

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I've always imagined it appearing like damascus steel.


PINKKKKKK! HOT PINK! ALWAYS PINK!

And mythral shall be fuschia.


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It clearly glows purple pixels.


I typically run various strains of metals with different appearances in my games. Like Gluttony said above, I typically think of adamantine as greenish, whether brighter or deeper. I have a player in my game right now who thinks of it as black. I could see it being more silvery or even purple or--yes--hot pink, so adamantine from different regions of the world looks different. Probably same with cold iron (which I usually picture as bluish), although to me mithral is almost always silvery.


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Mithral is Silvery (truesilver).
Adamantine is Gold (true gold).

I used ot always imagine it as black.

Those who imagine it as green probably do because star metal in forgoten realms was green.


I've found that Magic the Gathering veterans tend to think of it as black or yellow-black (due to Darksteel, the MtG adamantine analogue).


Light blue. Dwarf Fortress, baby.


I also pictured it as a pink-colored steel. I think I got it from an old PC game, Rage of Mages.


Used to think it was black. Seen illustrations since, looks more dark grey.

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I tend to think of Adamantine as something added to other metals to strengthen them, so the overall colour can vary dependant on the alloyed metal. It saves wondering for example, just how many damn metorites fell from the heavens to equip a standard adventuring party.


Gluttony wrote:

I always had it in my head that adamantine was a green metal for some reason, and for that matter that mythral was blue. Not sure where I got those ideas from.

It's hard at times to keep in mind that adamantine is the black one and mithral is silver.

...Honestly I kinda like the idea of brightly-coloured metals resulting in armour of similar colour.

Funny, those are the colors they are in my setting (adamantine = green, mythril = blue).

As for in Golarion, I believe adamantine is black in color. At least, every picture I have seen of something made of adamantine, it is blackish colored.

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In an old Gord the Rogue novel, Gygax describes pure adamant as light blue IIRC. In Golarion, it's black.


Kryptik wrote:
Light blue. Dwarf Fortress, baby.

This man knows his stuff.

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I picture adamantine as being the same color as the blade of Sokka's sword from Avatar: the Last Airbender. Seeing as that sword was made of ore taken from a meteorite and was able to slice through the metal hull of an airship, it seems appropriate. :)


As someone said Wolverine's claws.

Adamantite is Adamantium (or Inertron it does the same stuff and looks the same) by another name.

Not sure what edition it came out in (3.x?), but I dare the devs who put it in to tell me with a straight face they didn't read comics.


I always pictured adamantine as faint light or medium green, kind of like mythril's faint light blue but a little more saturated.

I have no idea where I got this picture from, but it seems others have the same idea so *shrug*.


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sunbeam wrote:

As someone said Wolverine's claws.

Adamantite is Adamantium (or Inertron it does the same stuff and looks the same) by another name.

Then, what's vibranium? ;-)

In Golarion, I've always envisioned adamantine to be lustrous, yet black as the night.


sunbeam wrote:

As someone said Wolverine's claws.

Adamantite is Adamantium (or Inertron it does the same stuff and looks the same) by another name.

Not sure what edition it came out in (3.x?), but I dare the devs who put it in to tell me with a straight face they didn't read comics.

"Adamant" as a type of mineral is a concept that long, long predates Wolverine.

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I figured the same color as the Adamantine Golem; shining charcoal grey going to black.


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Ughbash wrote:

Mithral is Silvery (truesilver).

Adamantine is Gold (true gold).

I used ot always imagine it as black. . . .

Jiggy wrote:
I picture adamantine as being the same color as the blade of Sokka's sword from Avatar: the Last Airbender. Seeing as that sword was made of ore taken from a meteorite and was able to slice through the metal hull of an airship, it seems appropriate. :)

Same here. I've always pictured adamantine a charcoal gray to black. I've always pictured mithral as uncorrodeable (?) bright silver. I'd say that's Tolkien's impact of calling it true silver.

I'd want to see Orichalcum. Shadowrun, if I remember correctly, describes it as metallic orange. Though if you go back to Plato, no body quite seems to agree what Orichalcum is.


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most sources have Orichalcum as coppery in color, that I have seen. My own setting has it as a red color. I have seen it referred to as "mountain copper".

Adamantine has been described in Golarion sources as blackish in color, and mithral is typically a purer, brighter silver color. And adamant has been around longer than Wolverine and his adamantium bones. But you can color adamantine any color that you like, really. The "canon" description is dark gray to black.

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It's flat black. As pictured with the adamantium golem and the adamantium tine of the Shattered Star.


It's usually shown as flat black, but there are some cases of variation in the books. The only one that comes to mind is Baphomet's Glaive, at the moment.

Edit: Or the T-Rex shows up and says a thing...

I've always pictured it like the link provided by themanfromsaturn


I see it as flat black..as was first descibed in G3 hall of the fire giant king.

In NWN 2 computer game you can craft items of adamantine, and they are always pure black.

To be honest, I am surprised to read so many different interpretations of what I have assumed was a common fact for the last 30 years.


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James Jacobs wrote:
It's flat black. As pictured with the adamantium golem and the adamantium tine of the Shattered Star.

NO JAMES JACOBS! I DENY YOUR STATEMENT! Adamantine MUST be hot pink, no matter WHAT the T-rex says! :P


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I always viewed Adamantine as a dull, light-absorbing black. Mithril, for it's part, was a bright silver with a blue sheen.

That said, I shall now make all Adamantine in my game pink (which used to be saved for a special homebrew copper that radiated anti-magic). Thus, the big-bad general of the latest massive orc uprising shall be clad in Hot Pink Adamantine! Fear the Pink Orc!


YES! THE PINK SHALL RULE!

I guess I must start doing that myself. It's a good way to lighten the mood to have all the most powerful weapons as hot pink...


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Dungeon Master Zack wrote:
"Adamant" as a type of mineral is a concept that long, long predates Wolverine.
Virgil wrote:

On mighty columns rais'd, sublime are hung

The massy gates, impenetrably strong
In vain would men, in vain would gods essay
To hew the beams of adamant away.

--The Aeneid (ca. 29-19 B.C.)


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Jiggy wrote:
I picture adamantine as being the same color as the blade of Sokka's sword from Avatar: the Last Airbender. Seeing as that sword was made of ore taken from a meteorite and was able to slice through the metal hull of an airship, it seems appropriate. :)

I alternate between this and green, whichever is coolest for the item in question (generally, black for weapons and green for armor).

Dunno where green comes from though. I never played 3.5 (or previous editions) so it's not a leftover from Forgotten Realms as someone said.


Given all these colors, I think the only reasonable answer is that adamantine changes color based upon the perception of the user.


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I like the 'shiny black', but am happy to accept flat black, gunmetal grey, Excalibur style green/blue hued steel color.

Basically anything (except hot pink...)

There is a Pathfinder Society Scenario that calls adamantine 'silvery'.

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Majuba wrote:

I like the 'shiny black', but am happy to accept flat black, gunmetal grey, Excalibur style green/blue hued steel color.

Basically anything (except hot pink...)

There is a Pathfinder Society Scenario that calls adamantine 'silvery'.** spoiler omitted **

NO! BAD MAJUBA! You will have your hot pink adamantine and you shall LOVE IT! :P


It's flesh toned with white stripes

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Vod Canockers wrote:
It's flesh toned with white stripes

That's terrible. And now I have Goody Two-Shoes running through my head, for which I curse you.


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My days of playing Run escape makes the metal stand out as agreenish color in my head, but I tend to nit like the thought so I force myself to think that it looks closer to black with a high luster (shiny coat) to it, like obsidian.


On another note, since mithril is considered silver for the purposes of damage reduction, I tend to imagine it as a lighter grey color, closer to white with blue tinges (another holdover from Runescape).


williamoak wrote:
Majuba wrote:

I like the 'shiny black', but am happy to accept flat black, gunmetal grey, Excalibur style green/blue hued steel color.

Basically anything (except hot pink...)

There is a Pathfinder Society Scenario that calls adamantine 'silvery'.** spoiler omitted **

NO! BAD MAJUBA! You will have your hot pink adamantine and you shall LOVE IT! :P

I've always pictured Adamnatium as black, however strangely enough I picked up the idea that Orichalcum is a pinkish colour from somewhere.


I've always imagined it as a dull gray, which unlike most other metals, has no luster.

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James Jacobs wrote:
It's flat black. As pictured with the adamantium golem and the adamantium tine of the Shattered Star.

Golarion is your baby, so on Golarion adamantine is whatever colour you say it is.

But you've role-played for a lot longer than Golarion has been in your imagination, and played in other people's campaigns too. What colour(s) did adamantine have in your gaming experiences?


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Why, it's octarine, of course.

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I have worked with a large variety of metals, so I sort of have a decent idea of what these metals could look like.

There are not any naturally occurring metals that have a polished color that wouldn't be a variation of silver or red. More than likely Adamantine and mithril would follow close to one of those two.

I like to think that adamantine is a green silver (looks silver with a very slight lean towards green,) and that Mithril is more of a blue silver.

James Jacobs's statement still makes sense, because all metals rust or patina. Bronze, for example, turns from a soft red to a deep green if you let it patina. Steel goes from grey silver to reddish brown. Adamantine could be a metal that is difficult to keep untarnished, and which could patina quickly, going from its greenish silver to a matte black. Most metals patina or rust because of oxygen, so I guess this would mean that adamantine reacts very quickly to oxygen. It reminds me of silver, which can turn black if it isn't kept cleaned and polished.

Mithril could also have a patina, possibly becoming a deeper purple or blue.

There is also unnatural patinas, which I once made a living doing on bronze art. With a large variety of chemical applications, both hot and cold, we were able to turn bronze nearly any color. Not all of them "stuck" on very well. The crimson red, for example, had to be handled with great care if you didn't want it to rub off, while the deep gun metal blue was a very strong patina and could take a bit more handling. Unnatural patinas are for both protection and decoration, and were done to armor and weapons in ancient times.

There are metals that are of some interesting colors without any patina, like purple or black but most of them are alloys of gold.


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williamoak wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
It's flat black. As pictured with the adamantium golem and the adamantium tine of the Shattered Star.
NO JAMES JACOBS! I DENY YOUR STATEMENT! Adamantine MUST be hot pink, no matter WHAT the T-rex says! :P

Just prestidigitate a color change.

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