Most of the free world and their uncle, across the globe, are currently sitting around discussing outlandish theories about the most prolific television series in the past few years. Game of Thrones. The very mention of the name itself is sometimes enough for perfect strangers to make conversation in order to discuss their opinion on the latest episode, or a particular character.
A central theme we have noticed in the show’s premise is the significance of Valyrian Steel. A mythological metal, it is presented as having mystic properties that allow characters to vanquish certain creatures, apart from being almost a ‘super-metal.’
What interested us the most about the topic was the secrecy behind the smelting of this steel, and the loss of all knowledge on how to create it. Valyrian steel was explained as being the most coveted metal in the lands. Stronger than any other known metal in the show’s universe, it is often shown to be imbued with mythical powers, a bane to the horrors the characters face. Called indestructible, the strength of the metal is a point that the characters keep circling back to ad nauseum.
In the real world, many scholars and archaeologists have drawn on the numerous similarities in properties between Valyrian steel and the historic Damascus steel. The two have many commonalities, namely, the tell tale patterns in the steel, reminiscent of flowing water; the minute differences in the shades of the metal, that make it seem like there are really two metals forged together.
The rarity of it, in the common markets. The loss of the secret behind its creation. Like its real life counterpart, Valyrian steel is primarily used in weapons, although some wealthy patrons commission it for use in crowns, like the former Targaryen king, Aerys, or the Dothraki warrior who carries an arakh, the only one of its kind showcased in the series (so far)
This representation of a different kind of metal with mystical power and legendary strength, is a clear novelty in fiction where magic is usually displayed as spells and trickery. Smoke and mirrors accompanied by much hand waving and chanting. Lightning bolts and thunderous sounds. This is a much colder and harder avatar, pun intended, that captures an audience’s attention because it is a departure from the usual.
Every single Valyrian steel weapon is customized and made to fit certain characteristics of either the house it belongs to, or the wielder of the blade itself. Sometimes those could be one and the same, since most of the blades are heirlooms passed down from one generation to the next. At Oasis metals, we believe that great metal work should be hardy enough to survive the generations, and utilitarian enough to be unaffected by trends or fashions. We customise our gratings and other steel work to suit your needs, and we work to provide you with the best products available on the market.
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