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Cold iron

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Cold iron
Alchemical symbol for cold iron
(Alchemical item)
Type Alchemical reagent

Source: Alchemy Manual, pg(s). inside front cover
See also: Iron

Cold iron is a type of iron ore mined deep underground. Demons and many fey creatures are particularly vulnerable to it, as are certain other magical creatures such as jackalweres. Weapons made of cold iron generally cost twice the normal price, and are much more complicated (and costly) to enchant.[1][2]

Alchemical reagent

Cold iron is an alchemical reagent in its purified form. As an alchemical power component it is associated with boosting the effectiveness of abjuration spells.

The alchemical symbol for cold iron is identical to that of the red planet Akiton.[3][4]

References

  1. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 154. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  2. Paizo Staff. (2011). Bestiary 3, p. 154. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1
  3. Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, and David N. Ross. (2014). Alchemy Manual, p. IFC. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-605-8
  4. Paizo has not drawn out the significance of this, but such linking of alchemy and astronomy was common in real-world alchemy and is clearly not a coincidence. Indeed, this particular example is analogous to iron having the same alchemical symbol as the planetary symbol for Mars.