Finesmithing

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The introduction of the Sto Lat Artificers' Academy saw a new craft activity being introduced: Finesmithing. This is creating fine items from metals at the forge in the academy.

Skills used


Where it is done

On the third floor of the Sto Lat Academy of Artificers is a smithy where you can create several items from metal.

Everything you need can be bought there from Master Weestone.

How it is done

To start you need a goldsmith's pattern book for &&&&&&&&&&+19200 A$48. On page one of this book is a short description on what to do and a list of the items you can forge.

And of course you need a metal bar to work with. Metal bars come in different sizes and you can choose different metals too.

The size determines the price for the bar and what item you can forge - e.g. you can't forge a tankard from a tiny bar. It is possible though to use larger bars, any surplus quantity will be vanish - e.g. you can forge an oak leaf ring from a medium bar, but you won't end up with the ring and a smaller than medium bar.

The material also influences the price and it determines what skill (crafts.smithing.gold or crafts.smithing.silver) is used in the following steps.

Apart from the bars that Master Weestone has on offer you can order any size and any material from him. Say 'order' to start this. You can then choose between white gold, black gold, rose gold, red gold, electrum, platinum, silver, bronze, copper, pewter, brass and gold. After that you need to choose a size from medium-sized, very small, small, large and tiny. If you confirm the order you can collect your bar a few minutes later (say 'collect' to Master Weestone).

Forging

Once you have the book and a bar you need to open the book to the desired pattern. You can then forge that item:

forge item from <pattern> using <metal> on <workbench>

This step uses your skill crafts.smithing.gold or crafts.smithing.silver and costs 20 crafts GP. Crafts.arts.design is also used. This is the only step you have to do in Master Weestones smithy. All other steps can be done anywhere.

Sculpting

For the next step, the sculpting, you need a roll of jeweller's files that can also be bought from Master Weestone for &&&&&&&&&&&&+800 A$2.

sculpt <workpiece> with <files>

This step again uses your skills in crafts.smithing.gold or crafts.smithing.silver and costs 50 crafts GP. Again the skill crafts.arts.design is involved. Failing in this step can do some damage to your item. You might have to repeat this step for larger items.

Polishing

After succeeding with the sculpting you may choose to polish the item:

polish <workpiece> with <files>

This mainly uses your skills in crafts.smithing.black.tools and costs 50 crafts GP. But unlike the skills in cr.sm.gold or silver in the first two steps you don't need extremely high skills to make a good item. If your skills are too low you will only damage the item slightly and will have to fix it again. Even if you don't damage the item, you may have to make several attempts before you succeed. The larger the item the more effort you have to put into this step.

Finally you may choose to polish your item with a jeweller's polishing cloth (&&&&&&&&&&&+1000 A$2.50), this costs 15 crafts GP.

The quality of the item is mainly determined in the first two steps and your skills in crafts.smithing.gold or crafts.smithing.silver have the largest influence. Those skills can never be too high. For the skills in crafts.smithing.gold a bonus of 200 should be more than enough. Even with 150 it might work. The same seems to be true for crafts.arts.design.

Metals

Metal Associated Skill Cost
copper crafts.smithing.silver &&&&&&&&&&&&+200 50p
brass crafts.smithing.silver &&&&&&&&&&&&+300 75p
pewter crafts.smithing.silver &&&&&&&&&&&&+300 75p
bronze crafts.smithing.silver &&&&&&&&&&&&+400 $1.00
silver crafts.smithing.silver &&&&&&&&&&&&+500 $1.25
gold crafts.smithing.gold &&&&&&&&&&&+1000 $2.50
electrum crafts.smithing.gold &&&&&&&&&&&+1500 $3.75
red gold crafts.smithing.gold &&&&&&&&&&&+1500 $3.75
white gold crafts.smithing.gold &&&&&&&&&&&+1500 $3.75
rose gold crafts.smithing.gold &&&&&&&&&&&+2000 $5.00
black gold crafts.smithing.gold &&&&&&&&&&&+4000 $10
platinum crafts.smithing.gold &&&&&&&&&&&+8000 $20

These prices are for tiny bars bought from the shop's inventory. Ordering from Master Weestone costs 10% more (i.e. you should multiply the cost by 1.1). A "very small" bar costs twice as much as a tiny bar, a "small" bar costs three times as much as a tiny bar, a "medium-sized" bar costs four times as much as a tiny bar, and a "large" bar costs five times as much as a tiny bar.

Workpiece types by difficulty

Many new items can be crafted in the Artificers' Academy.

Item Required bar size Difficulty
cabbage brooch tiny beginner
oak leaf ring tiny intermediate
tankard medium moderate
chain of stars very small difficult
wise owl ink well small expert
fountain pen nib tiny expert

Workpiece results

Cabbage brooch

  • "Possibly intended to be circular, this uneven blob of <metal> features a pattern of lumps and scratches that bring to mind a bowl of congealed porridge."
  • "This rough disc of <metal> looks rather like a cabbage, but not a great deal. It's possible it could be a cauliflower."
  • "A <metal> disc bears a wreath of cabbage fronds in low relief, evoking memories of the prevalent flora of the Sto Plains."
  • "An elegant circle of <metal> bears a pattern of cabbage fronds in low relief, recalling the tasty and loyal denizens of the Sto Plains."
  • "An elegant circle of <metal> bears a pattern of cabbage fronds in low relief, recalling the tasty and loyal denizens of the Sto Plains. From beneath a frond at the centre of the disc, a pair of eyes peek shyly out with an affectionate gaze."
  • "An elegant <metal> disc has been shaped to resemble a lovingly detailed cabbage, each frond picked out in low relief and a pair of eyes peeking shyly from the centre with an adoring gaze."
  • "An elegant <metal> disc has been shaped to resemble a lovingly detailed cabbage, each frond picked out in low relief and a pair of eyes peeking shyly from the centre with an adoring gaze. They almost seem to follow you around the room, and the overall effect is of a piece of jewellery that doesn't need a pin and is held on simply by a pure and overwhelming desire to snuggle up to its wearer."

Chain of stars

  • "A half-dozen fairly shapeless <metal> stars dangle from an unfashionably long and rather clumsily made chain."
  • "A half-dozen <metal> stars, not too well matched and slightly lumpy, hang from a necklace. The chain is quite well made, even and delicate, however."
  • "A half-dozen largish <metal> stars, strung on a necklace, glint like the first stars of the evening sky."
  • "A dozen twinkling <metal> stars, strung on a matching necklace, shimmer and draw the eye."
  • "A slim, delicate <metal> necklace supports a dozen shimmering, twinkling stars, each the size of a child's fingernail."
  • "A slim, delicate <metal> chain supports a dozen shimmering, twinkling stars, the largest no bigger than a child's fingernail. The small movements as they hang from the necklace chain draw the eye, sending the subtlest of glints and twinkles across to anyone watching."
  • "A slim, delicate <metal> chain supports a dozen shimmering, twinkling stars, the largest no bigger than a child's fingernail. Each has been lovingly shaped and polished, and the subtle variations in the metal lend each star its own individual magic. The small movements as they hang from the necklace chain draw the eye, sending the subtlest of glints and twinkles across to anyone watching."

Fountain pen nib

  • "This is an ugly <metal> italic nib which will probably ruin your handwriting."
  • "This is an extremely poorly made <metal> italic nib."
  • "This is a rather poorly made <metal> italic nib."
  • "This is a well-made <metal> italic nib."
  • "This is a very well-made <metal> italic nib."
  • "This is a masterfully made <metal> italic nib."
  • "This is a beautiful <metal> italic nib."

Oak leaf ring

  • "This crudely forged <metal> band bears something vaguely oval that was probably intended to be a leaf."
  • "Not entirely circular and not very well polished, a <metal> band bears a recognisable leaf shape at the front."
  • "A vaguely circular loop of <metal> seems to have been intended as a ring, but it's terribly uncomfortable to wear. The mess of scratches on one side looks as though it could possibly have been intended to resemble a leaf."
  • "A simple, not entirely circular <metal> band wraps around the wearer's finger, bearing a stylised oak leaf as a jewel at the front."
  • "This ring is a simple band of <metal>, with a single detailed oak leaf set as a jewel at the front."
  • "A deeply incised pattern of oak leaves wraps entirely around the <metal> band of this ring, as though falling endlessly from a tree in the autumn."
  • "This heavy, ornate ring consists of a thick band of <metal>, wrought in the form of a dozen oak leaves overlapping around its length. Lovingly detailed as they are, the leaves could have been picked from the ground on an autumn day."
  • "This heavy, ornate ring consists of a thick band of <metal>, wrought in the form of a dozen intricately detailed oak leaves overlapping around its length. A single acorn, done in low relief, sits cradled between the leaves in the centre. The leaves look as crisp and fresh as if they'd been plucked just that moment from a flourishing tree in the height of summer."

Tankard

  • "Presumably, this <metal> mug is intended to hold liquid, but it looks extremely flimsy and not at all a pleasure to drink from. It looks like the sort of thing a stinking drunk bum would scorn to use as a pisspot."
  • "This is a shapeless, ugly <metal> mug, which will probably make the beer taste foul. It almost certainly leaks, too."
  • "This simple, serviceable <metal> tankard will do the job it's designed for, holding beer."
  • "This <metal> tankard is quite tall and slender, with a neatly rounded rim and a solid base."
  • "Short and sturdy, with a solid base and a strong handle, this <metal> tankard will hold a full pint safely in even the most drunken grip."

Wise old owl ink well

  • "Short and squat, with a deep well bored into it for ink, this <metal> statuette is clearly intended to resemble an owl, but the flipper-like wings and the wide flat beak give it an unfortunate resemblance to a penguin instead."
  • "This squat cylinder might well be intended to represent some sort of owl. Probably one that was struck by a cart and lay in the gutter for a day and a half before being rescued by a passing philanthropic taxidermist with more optimism than sense, and then stood unregarded, un-dusted, and unprotected against moths in the storeroom of a small rural museum for several decades. The inkwell in its head probably leaks too."
  • "This little <metal> owl ink well has a simple charm, though the feather detailing is sketchy at best and one folded wing is a little longer than the other. The little hooked beak seems to smile at you."
  • "Simple and elegant, with a wise, affectionate look in her wide round eyes, this decorative <metal> owl statuette has a deep well in her head for ink."
  • "This lovingly made <metal> owl statuette has wide round eyes and tufted ears, and every feather has been painstakingly picked out in lifelike detail. A deep well in her head provides the perfect place for ink, and words written with it may well be wise ones."

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