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.
Where and what
In the new Academy of Artificers on the second floor there 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 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. 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).
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 cr.sm.gold or cr.sm.silver. 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.
For the next step, the scultping, you need a roll of jeweller's files that can also be bought from Master Weestone for A$2.
sculpt <workpiece> with <files>
This step again uses you skills in cr.sm.gold or cr.sm.silver. Again some cr.arts might be involved too. Failing in this step can do some damage to your item. You might have to repeat this step for larger items.
After succeeding with the sculpting you need to polish the item
polish <workpiece> with <files>
This mainly uses your skills in cr.sm.blacksmith.tools. But unlike the skills in cr.sm.gold or silver in the first two steps you don't need extremly 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. The polishing needs to be done successful more than once. The larger the item the more effort you have to put into this step.
Finally you need to polish your item with a jeweller's polishing cloth (A$2.50).
The quality of the item is mainly determined in the first two steps and your skills in cr.sm.gold respectively .silver have the largest influence. Those skills can never be to high. For the skills in cr.sm.bl.tools a bonus of 200 should be more than enough. Even with 150 it might be working. The same seems to be true for cr.arts.design.
Many new items can be crafted in the Artificers' Academy.
Tiny bars or larger
- oak leaf ring
- "This crudely forged <metal> band bears something vaguely oval that was probably intended to be a leaf."
- "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."
- "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 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."
- cabbage brooch
- "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."
- fountain pen nib
- A tiny bar will suffice
- "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."
- A tiny bar will suffice
Very small bars or larger
- chain of stars
- "A half-dozen largish <metal> stars, strung on a necklace, glint like the first stars of the evening sky."
- "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."
Small bars or larger
- wise old owl ink well
- "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."
Medium bar or larger
- "This is a shapeless, ugly <metal> mug, which will probably make the beer taste foul. It almost certainly leaks, too."
- "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."