In the fictional world
s come from the bones of dead god
s. Different pantheons of gods left different kinds of Rune Metal
is made by Dwarves (sapient beings of stone). Dwarves consider all Iron their own, and will try to capture iron whenever they can. Iron is toxic
There are also copper
, which can be alloy
ed to make bronze
. Bronze can be mined ready-alloyed as well; it is also thought to come from Storm gods.
s (not bronze, tin, or copper) enhance magical effects related to the element associated with the pantheon whose bones they are: darkness
for lead, fire
for gold. Quicksilver armor does not impede movement in water
GM's allow steel
into their campaigns, usually from adventures in worlds other than Glorantha (Middle Earth
, in my case). Steel enhances lightning magic.