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Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898) Title: The Perseus Series: The Death of Medusa I Date 1882 Edward Burne-Jones (18331898) Title: The Perseus Series: The Death of Medusa I Date 1882

Adamant and similar words are used to refer to any especially hard substance, whether composed of diamond, some other gemstone, or some type of metal. Adamantine has, throughout ancient history, referred to anything that was made of a very hard material. Tartarus as having a screeching gate protected by columns of solid adamantine.

Adamant / Adamantine in Mythology

* Cronus castrated his father Ouranos using an adamant sickle. An adamantine sickle or sword was also used by the hero Perseus to decapitate the Gorgon Medusa.

* Hephaestus binds Prometheus "to the jagged rocks in adamantine bonds infrangible."

* Loki is bound underground by adamantine chains.

Roleplaying

Source: Pathfinder d20pfsrd.com

Mined from rocks that fell from the heavens, this ultrahard metal adds to the quality of a weapon or suit of armor

Type of Adamantine Item Item Cost Modifier
Ammunition +60 gp per missile
Light armor +5,000 gp
Medium armor +10,000 gp
Heavy armor +15,000 gp
Weapon +3,000 gp

Weapons

Weapons fashioned from adamantine have a natural ability to bypass hardness when sundering weapons or attacking objects, ignoring hardness less than 20.

Armor

Armor made from adamantine grants its wearer damage reduction of 1/— if it's light armor, 2/— if it's medium armor, and 3/— if it's heavy armor. Adamantine is so costly that weapons and armor made from it are always of masterwork quality; the masterwork cost is included in the prices given. Thus, adamantine weapons and ammunition have a +1 enhancement bonus on attack rolls, and the armor check penalty of adamantine armor is lessened by 1 compared to ordinary armor of its type. Items without metal parts cannot be made from adamantine. An arrow could be made of adamantine, but a quarterstaff could not.

HP/inch 40.

Weapons and armor normally made of steel that are made of adamantine have one-third more hit points than normal.

Hardness

20

Cost

Adamantine is so costly that weapons and armor made from it are always of masterwork quality; the masterwork cost is included in the prices given.

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