Lady blacksmith, late 19th century.
This is just a reminder that when Sir Terry Pratchett was knighted, he dug up his own iron ore, learned to smelt, smelted it, added meteorite iron, learned to forge, and forged himself a starmetal sword. As you do.
And then he put it away somewhere safe so he wouldn’t violate any UK knife laws.
A sword of future legend
Gods rest his soul.
what the fuck ethan
I wish i had a context for this. But I really dont.
I was all ready to “um, actually” this, but, um, actually there’s about 3-4 grams of iron in a person, which x400 is 1.2-1.6kg, which is a smallish but not unreasonable sword. So. Math checks out.
How would you extract the iron, though? The more practical solution would be to kill a mere hundred men, then mix 1 part blood with 3 parts standard molten iron, imo. Cheaper and faster, while still retaining the edge that only evil magic can give you.
You’re going places
I always though they were talking about quenching the sword in the blood.
which while not practical is a lot easier than extracting the iron.
They were talking about quenching the sword in blood, which is a part of the forging process. The phrase isn’t ‘forged WITH blood’ it is ‘forged IN blood’ ie: quenching/dipping the sword blade in blood during forging, as a part of heat-tempering the blade to make it stronger.
Also you wouldn’t want to make an entire sword out of iron, anyway. You’d want to make a sword out of steel, which is an iron-carbon alloy. So you’d need to figure out how much carbon and other elements to take from your enemies as well. No sense in going to the trouble of making a sword from your enemies if it’s not going to be a sword good enough to continue the slaughter.
Literal round table of this discussion. Like can you imagine some King going what the fuck is this I said “IN the blood of my enemy!”
Sumerian Electrum Hedgehog, Early 2nd Millennium BC
The symbolic meaning of the hedgehog to Sumerians is a mystery although, they may have shared the same beliefs as the Egyptians who saw the awakening of hedgehogs from hibernation as a symbol of rebirth. In several ancient Egyptian scenes from the Old Kingdom hedgehogs are shown as inhabiting the deserts; by living there, on the edge of the ordered world, they could be seen as triumphing over adversity, and hence as another symbol of continued life.