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6th Nov '16 8:02:07 PM SasquatchJim
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*In one of the most [[UpToEleven ungodly expensive]] examples of this trope, we have Cabot Guns' [[http://cabotgun.com/oak-collection/the-big-bang-pistol-set/#1 Big Bang Pistol Set]], a pair of [[CoolGuns 1911 pistols]] constructed primarily from meteorite iron. Asking price? ''$4.5 million''
28th Oct '16 1:59:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* The steel swords that [[TheWitcher Witchers]] carry (in the books and video game of the same name) are crafted of meteorite steel. However, Geralt does quite sarcastically explain in ''Season of Storms'' that attributing any magical qualities to meteorite ore is astrology-like pseudo-science and they are not magical in any way. They are simply excellent swords made with advanced smithing methods.

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* ''Literature/TheWitcher'': The steel swords that [[TheWitcher Witchers]] Witchers carry (in the books and video game of the same name) are crafted of meteorite steel. However, Geralt does quite sarcastically explain in ''Season of Storms'' that attributing any magical qualities to meteorite ore is astrology-like pseudo-science and they are not magical in any way. They are simply excellent swords made with advanced smithing methods.
28th Oct '16 1:58:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* Thorn, one of the three titular swords that serve as {{MacGuffin}}s in Tad Williams' trilogy ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is made of meteoric iron.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''TheMalloreon'' by Creator/DavidEddings, the main character's {{BFS}} is made of meteoric iron. Granted, having the single most powerful magical artifact in all of existence stuck onto its hilt would have made that sword inconceivably dangerous even if it had been made of a wire frame wrapped in aluminum foil, but a sword made of any other material would have shattered when the orb was placed in the pommel. Also, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo It Was Meant To Be]]. (The only reason Garion can wield or even lift it is because said artifact is magically removing most of its weight. At one point, when required to remove the Orb from the pommel, the suddenly-returned real weight of the sword strapped across his back almost drives him to his knees before he can unbuckle it, sending it crashing to the floor.)

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* Thorn, one of the three titular swords that serve as {{MacGuffin}}s in Tad Williams' trilogy ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is made of meteoric iron.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''TheMalloreon'' ''Literature/TheMalloreon'' by Creator/DavidEddings, the main character's {{BFS}} is made of meteoric iron. Granted, having the single most powerful magical artifact in all of existence stuck onto its hilt would have made that sword inconceivably dangerous even if it had been made of a wire frame wrapped in aluminum foil, but a sword made of any other material would have shattered when the orb was placed in the pommel. Also, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo It Was Meant To Be]]. (The only reason Garion can wield or even lift it is because said artifact is magically removing most of its weight. At one point, when required to remove the Orb from the pommel, the suddenly-returned real weight of the sword strapped across his back almost drives him to his knees before he can unbuckle it, sending it crashing to the floor.)



* The panserbjørne ([[BearsAreBadNews armored bears]]) from ''HisDarkMaterials'' are a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] that focus their whole culture around "sky-iron". Specifically, they beat massive suits of plate armor out of the metal without heating. The armor then becomes a sort of iconic possession/"external soul" similar to the traditions around {{Samurai}}s' weaponry.

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* The panserbjørne ([[BearsAreBadNews armored bears]]) from ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' are a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] that focus their whole culture around "sky-iron". Specifically, they beat massive suits of plate armor out of the metal without heating. The armor then becomes a sort of iconic possession/"external soul" similar to the traditions around {{Samurai}}s' weaponry.
28th Oct '16 1:57:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* The town of Series/TerraNova is heavily dependent on meteoric iron, and rebel forces control the quarry. Digging for other deposits would somewhat defeat the purpose of the mission, which is to avoid the industrialization that ruined the future.

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* ''Series/TerraNova'': The town of Series/TerraNova Terra Nova is heavily dependent on meteoric iron, and rebel forces control the quarry. Digging for other deposits would somewhat defeat the purpose of the mission, which is to avoid the industrialization that ruined the future.
28th Oct '16 1:57:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''{{Redwall}}'' books have the ([[ReforgedBlade reforged]]) Sword of Martin the Warrior, forged from a meteorite; just for extra kick, its blacksmith spoke the name of every hero he could think of [[AndThisisFor as he beat it into shape]], naming Martin himself with the final hammer strike.

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* The ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books have the ([[ReforgedBlade reforged]]) Sword of Martin the Warrior, forged from a meteorite; just for extra kick, its blacksmith spoke the name of every hero he could think of [[AndThisisFor as he beat it into shape]], naming Martin himself with the final hammer strike.



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', the greatsword Dawn is thought to be forged from a fallen star. The blade is handed down to members of the noble House Dayne, and a wielder of the blade is always called the Sword of the Morning. The world of the series also features particularly sharp and strong blades believed to be forged by magic, but Dawn seems to be held in even greater respect. A previous Sword of the Morning once dueled a notorious bandit knight and hacked the bandit's first sword to bits, showing that Dawn is indeed something special.

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the greatsword Dawn is thought to be forged from a fallen star. The blade is handed down to members of the noble House Dayne, and a wielder of the blade is always called the Sword of the Morning. The world of the series also features particularly sharp and strong blades believed to be forged by magic, but Dawn seems to be held in even greater respect. A previous Sword of the Morning once dueled a notorious bandit knight and hacked the bandit's first sword to bits, showing that Dawn is indeed something special.



* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[BooksOfSwords Swords]]'' series, the Twelve Swords were all forged from meteoric metal by Vulcan.

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* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[BooksOfSwords ''[[Literature/BooksOfSwords Swords]]'' series, the Twelve Swords were all forged from meteoric metal by Vulcan.



* In ''TheGodEngines'' by Creator/JohnScalzi, weapons tipped with "single-made" iron (''meteoroidic'' iron collected from deep space) are capable of killing [[WizardsFromOuterSpace the lesser gods used by the humans to power their starships]]. Second-made iron (single-made iron reforged by a smithy, or meteoric iron found on the ground) wounds them, while third-made iron items (meteoric iron reshaped in a forge) can only restrain them. One of [[TheCaptain the protagonist's]] crewmen finds out [[TheDogBitesBack in a most unpleasant manner]] that the quartermaster who provided the pikes used to discipline the ship's power source skimped on the second-made. After he is taken away to the healers, the captain brings out a whip studded with single-made iron[[note]][[{{Squick}} and made from another god's skin and bones]][[/note]] and proceeds to ''[[WhipItGood lay down the law]]''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", enabling the Slave Revolt:

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* In ''TheGodEngines'' ''Literature/TheGodEngines'' by Creator/JohnScalzi, weapons tipped with "single-made" iron (''meteoroidic'' iron collected from deep space) are capable of killing [[WizardsFromOuterSpace the lesser gods used by the humans to power their starships]]. Second-made iron (single-made iron reforged by a smithy, or meteoric iron found on the ground) wounds them, while third-made iron items (meteoric iron reshaped in a forge) can only restrain them. One of [[TheCaptain the protagonist's]] crewmen finds out [[TheDogBitesBack in a most unpleasant manner]] that the quartermaster who provided the pikes used to discipline the ship's power source skimped on the second-made. After he is taken away to the healers, the captain brings out a whip studded with single-made iron[[note]][[{{Squick}} and made from another god's skin and bones]][[/note]] and proceeds to ''[[WhipItGood lay down the law]]''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", enabling the Slave Revolt:
16th Sep '16 2:40:20 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The iron used to shoe Death's horse is never named, but is basically the next level of the same thing. Unlike normal iron it can be taken even into the refuge of the King of the Elves, and Nanny uses it to intimidate him.
8th Aug '16 6:03:28 PM jormis29
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* Aptly-named "Star Iron" in the SteamPunk fantasy role-playing game ''Castle Falkenstein'' is special because it is devoid of magical energy, unlike most iron on Earth, which is saturated with it from all the magical things going on. [[AntiMagic This means it can break nearly any spell with a touch.]] It is deadly to Faerie for the same reason.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' has starmetal, one of the five magical materials. The Sidereal Exalted get the most use out of starmetal, but that's because they serve Heaven; the "star" in question is the star that represents a god's station, which falls from the heavens when they die. Seeing as the metal can only be obtained by ''killing a god'', what little there is is used sparingly. It's rather surprising there is not more evil to it, as there is a tendency towards the gods being executed sometimes unjustly for the purpose of getting the metal.

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* Aptly-named "Star Iron" in the SteamPunk fantasy role-playing game ''Castle Falkenstein'' ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'' is special because it is devoid of magical energy, unlike most iron on Earth, which is saturated with it from all the magical things going on. [[AntiMagic This means it can break nearly any spell with a touch.]] It is deadly to Faerie for the same reason.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has starmetal, one of the five magical materials. The Sidereal Exalted get the most use out of starmetal, but that's because they serve Heaven; the "star" in question is the star that represents a god's station, which falls from the heavens when they die. Seeing as the metal can only be obtained by ''killing a god'', what little there is is used sparingly. It's rather surprising there is not more evil to it, as there is a tendency towards the gods being executed sometimes unjustly for the purpose of getting the metal.
7th Aug '16 6:05:58 PM nombretomado
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* The Ebony Blade wielded by the MarvelUniverse's Black Knight is carved from meteoric metal, and is layered with many and potent enchantments by Merlin the magician, including a "blood curse".

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* The Ebony Blade wielded by the MarvelUniverse's Franchise/MarvelUniverse's Black Knight is carved from meteoric metal, and is layered with many and potent enchantments by Merlin the magician, including a "blood curse".



* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] GreenLantern had an actual lantern, forged originally in ancient China from a glowing meteorite. A piece of the lantern was made into a ring by Alan Scott, who needed to recharge it every 24 hours by touching it to the lantern. This was {{retcon}}ned in later stories as the magical energy of Earth-1 (home of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] [[TheDCU DCU]]), thrust into Earth-2 (home of the Golden Age DCU) by Guardian fiat.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] GreenLantern had an actual lantern, forged originally in ancient China from a glowing meteorite. A piece of the lantern was made into a ring by Alan Scott, who needed to recharge it every 24 hours by touching it to the lantern. This was {{retcon}}ned in later stories as the magical energy of Earth-1 (home of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] [[TheDCU [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]]), thrust into Earth-2 (home of the Golden Age DCU) by Guardian fiat.
6th Aug '16 2:08:52 PM SgtFrog1
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* There was an Inuit tribe whose entire culture was based around two large meteorites, the only source of metal in the area. Which didn't stop polar explorer Robert Peary from hauling them off to a museum under the justification that they could now buy their iron from white traders.

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* There was an Inuit tribe whose entire culture was based around two large meteorites, the only source of metal in the area. Which didn't stop polar explorer Robert Peary from hauling them off to a museum under the justification that they could now just buy their iron from white traders.
16th Jul '16 4:33:29 PM Piromano80
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-->'''Shopkeeper''': This sword was forged from a fallen star. Antimony impurities make the blade surpassingly ''brittle'' and ''weak''.

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-->'''Shopkeeper''': This sword was forged from a fallen star. Antimony impurities make the blade surpassingly ''brittle'' and ''weak''.//
-->'''AltText''': This exotic blade was wrought from a different fallen star. The meteorite was a carbonaceous chondrite, so it's basically a lump of gravel glued into the shape of a sword. [[SpaceX A SPACE sword!]]
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