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  • Is there a difference between Stygian steel and soulsteel?

    Just that.

  • #2
    IRC, Stygian steel was the First Edition name for soulsteel. I think First Edition also made mention of "death ores" implying that, originally, there were multiple sources of materials besides souls. Don't quote me on that.


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    • #3
      Stygian steel is soul steel alloyed with shavings from the Labyrinth.

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      • #4
        Dammit! nothing is correct. I was thinking of darksteel vs Stygian steel. Carry on.


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        • #5
          Thanks, Nothing. Is there a mechanical difference besides Stygian steel causing aggravated damage?

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          • #6
            Offhand I can't think of one. I think when it is surgically installed (mentioned in Doomslayers) it reduces Permanent Corpus for the duration, but that might just be because of the surgery itself.


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            • #7
              I believe Stygian Steel is also stronger then Soulsteel. I consider it Soulsteel + what with it resonating with Oblivion cast offs.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Eldagusto View Post
                I believe Stygian Steel is also stronger then Soulsteel. I consider it Soulsteel + what with it resonating with Oblivion cast offs.
                It's definitely stated to be stronger, I just don't know if that comes up mechanically.


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                • #9
                  Having scoured the books before for this question, I can tell you there isn't a whole lot printed about it. So, if you want it to have more benefits, go for it.


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                  • #10
                    Isn't Stygian steel aggravated since it carries the taint of oblivion, whereas soulsteel is just lethal?

                    Also Stygian steel is more durable for sure

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                    • #11
                      From the Artificers Guildbook:
                      Stygian Steel (and the cheap stuff):
                      There are a variety of materials that can be worked with
                      soulfire. The two most common are pure plasm, sometimes
                      called soul-steel, and Stygian steel. The former is the pure
                      soul essence of human beings, heated and hammered. Oboli
                      are made from soul-steel, as are most of the weapons of the
                      Legions and many of the buildings and bridges of the City
                      of Chains. Most Artificers can only forge soul-steel, but this
                      material serves their purposes.
                      Stygian Steel is something else again. An alloy of souls,
                      the “death ore” that makes up the islands in the Tempest,
                      and the raw stuff of Oblivion scraped from the walls of the
                      Labyrinth, Stygian steel cuts through soul-steel with hardly
                      a hitch, and as such Stygian steel weapons are coveted by
                      Deathlords and the other mighty of Stygia. It is rare that an
                      Artificer below Forgemaster rank is capable of working with
                      Stygian steel, and anyone without the requisite skill (at least
                      four points in Soulforging) who attempts to work with the raw
                      Oblivion necessary will inevitably destroy all of the materials
                      with which he's working.
                      Between these two extremes lies an alloy of “death ore”
                      and souls that is marginally tougher and stronger than soulsteel.
                      Sometimes called Necropolis steel, it takes longer to
                      work than plain soul-steel. Many soulforgers don't consider
                      the extra effort worth it.
                      Still doesn't say much about the mechanical properties, though.


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