Galcardel is a metal of many
appellations. Among many in the North, including the
Ice Tribes, it is called
"Magebane", "Spell Killer", or "Ertimmer’s Gift" (see History).
The dwarves call it "ReViij" (lit. "Keeps
Back Magic"), while the
elves have termed it "Delís’cár'tuulén" (lit. "Magic’s
Death"). In all cultures, though, Galcardel is known for one rather amazing
property: its ability to thwart magical
Galcardel is of a silvery colour, though of a darker shade than, say, mithril.
If mithril’s colouration might be compared to a bright star shining through the
black sky, Galcardel might be the star just beyond it - trapped behind
darkwind - whose light seems half
overtaken by night. It gleams less brightly, but no less strong, asserting
itself despite its darker complexion.
Galcardel is indeed a strong metal - at least as strong as steel - and very
difficult to forge into a desired shape, requiring extremely high temperatures
to melt. This is one of two reasons why the metal is often mixed with iron or
some other metal to create an alloy. The other is that, much to the chagrin of
magic-haters, the metal is rather difficult to
find. Only a few select veins have been located, and there are none that are
The ore is exceedingly rare, found only in a select few mountain ranges - nay,
in a select few mountains. Two of these mountains rise from the Gathorn Mountain
Range just south of Remusiat. The richest Galcardel mine existed deep in the
heart of a mountain called the Huverut.
Of all the vein locations where Galcardel has ever been found, none have
supplied the metal with plenty equal to Huverut. In its time, which was many
thousands of years ago, the mountain supposedly held enough Galcardel ore to
supply an army with breastplates, greaves, pauldrons, gloves, and shields. The
mine has since run dry and the armor has been mostly lost.
A newer but poorer source was found in the Moeldis Mountain east of Huverut in
around 1564 b.S. However, this source, too, has been mined almost completely.
Today, only the rich can afford the rare rings and necklaces that form the last
vestiges of the Hiverut mine’s prolific past and the small pittance that is to
be had from the remains of the Moeldis mine.
The Rogetyrim dwarves were said to have discovered a vein of Galcardel in the
Imlith Mountains; however, the remains of this metal have since been buried deep
in the tunnels of their once vast home under the
A small mine in the Mithral Mountains was discovered in 67 a.S., though the
amount was quite small - hardly enough for a suit of armour. This sample of
Galcardel is now located at the Academy of
Ximax, where it is subject to much
speculation, awe, and (for many) fear.
Abilities/Usages. Galcardel has the unique ability to thwart
magical attack by limiting the area in which a
mage can assert his or her will. From a Ximaxian
perspective, the metal locks the meta-states of a
cár’áll’s xeuá from unnatural
manipulation by a conscious will. Therefore, while the natural fluctuations in a
xeuá - the usual shifts from ahm to soor and vice versa - remain unaffected
by the metal, those shifts that occur unnaturally are prevented.
The metal works only when encircling the individual car’all in some way;
therefore, it was often made into armour that encircled the body. However,
particularly in present time, not enough of the ore exists to make full armour,
and so it is often made into ring or necklaces.
The effects of the metal diminish with lower quantities. As such, armour serves
as greater protection than a necklace, which serves as greater protection than a
ring. This applies, too, to diluting the metal by, i.e., combining it with
another to make an alloy. A ring of 100% Galcardel is likely to be more potent
at fending off magical manipulation than one of
60% Galcardel. However, objects with high quantities of the metal are likely
hard to find, and when found, are likely to be of astronomical price.
How the metal works and why remains a subject of great study to the mages of
Ximaxian scholars agree that, at present, there are more questions about the
metal than answers.
History. At some point between 9500 and 9000 b.S., it is
believed, the first Galcardel mine was discovered deep in the heart of the
Huverut Mountain in the Gathorn Mountain Range. While the mine certainly exists
(and, in fact, small flecks of the metal may still be found in the once
plentiful mine shafts), the story of its discovery and creation has been the
subject of Remusian legend and
It is believed that at time of its discovery, the great
War of the Chosen tore across
Remusians were subject to
horrifying magical experimentation - the scars of which extended to today. It is
said that a temporary reprieve in the war had thankfully descended upon the
Remusian homeland as
Eckra the Cruel,
Ma’asherom the Red, and other heartless
Chosen lay waste to other tribes of the Disk. However, soon rumours spread that
an army of black mages were marching toward the
Remusian homeland, thirsty for
One fateful evening, as Nechya brought night and Necteref walked in the darkness
waiting for battle to come, a great military leader of the
Remusian people, Derock, prayed
that the gods would give a gift to help his people fight the battlemages.
Ertimmer, God of Earth, heard the prayer and took pity upon the men. He placed
into the earth a great ore, and into the head of Derock a dream of where to find
When morning came, Derock was lead to the mine deep in the heart of Huverut.
With the ore there found, the Remusian
people made strong armour for every warrior. When at last the day came and the
black mages came to bring death, the power of the Galcardel protected the
people, and the Remusians defeated
the black mages.
The veracity of the tale is unconfirmed; however, it is known, from records,
that the armour did, in fact, exist. From what records are left, it seems that,
when the mine ran dry, the existing Galcardel was melted down and mixed with
other metals to create new armor, which was melted down later and further
diluted by other metals until the effects of the Galcardel became insignificant.
More recently, in 1564 b.S., a mine was discovered in the Moeldis Mountain,
though the yield was so small as to be only worthy of creating small pieces of
In around 4477 b.S., the Rogetyrim Dwarves also found small mines in the Imlith
Mountains. Supposedly the discovery of Galcardel contributed to the defeat of
the Moh’rhim in 3493 b.S. However, when internal strife weakened the Rogetyrim,
and the Moh’rhim, with the Rhom-oc as
allies, lay waste to the Great Hall and many of the tunnels once belonging to
the proud dwarven tribe, much of the metal was buried, too. It is assumed that
there is still a moderate amount of Galcardel armour and
weaponry in the tunnels, buried deep under
The most recent discovery of the metal occurred in 67 a.S. by the
Mitharim in the
Mithral Mountains. The amount was
so scanty that the Mitharim traded
it, and it eventually found its way to the Tower of
Ximax Academy in 113 a.S. It is held in the
Library Tower, well guarded, and continues to be the subject of much research,
speculation, and fear for the mages there.