Okay guys, for writing/general reference, a bit about what a ‘blacksmith’ is and isn’t:
A blacksmith is a generalist, a person who uses tools and fire to work iron. Some blacksmiths work more specifically, so you get, say, an architectural blacksmith, who focuses more or less exclusively on things like gates, rails, fences, or an artist blacksmith, who makes wacky sculptures or what have you. These days, though, that’s a pretty blurry line. ‘Blacksmith’ is a pretty damn broad term, but it’s nowhere near broad enough to cover everything encompassed in ‘metalworker’, which is how I often see it used. There are a LOT of different skills for working metal, and no one knows them all. Some other terms:
A farrier shoes horses. They may make the shoes, or they may buy them and then size them, but they actually do the shoeing. Unless the blacksmith is also a farrier, they don’t know shit about horses’ hooves and are not qualified to deal with them and probably don’t want to.
A blacksmith works IRON (or steel), usually almost exclusively. They might work with bronze or do a bit of brazing, but those are really separate skillsets. If you work, say, tin and/or pewter, you are in fact a whitesmith. You could also be a silversmith or a coppersmith, and so on.
Knifemakers and swordsmiths have their own highly specialized and fairly complex specialties, and usually a blacksmith wouldn’t mess with that unless they want to pick up a new skillset or if they’re really the only game going for a long way around. By the same token, a swordsmith might never have learned the more general blacksmithing skills. They’re not the same thing is what I’m trying to say here. Likewise armorers. There’s overlap but it’s not the same thing.
If you make metal items via molds and casting, you work at a foundry and are a foundryman.
Look, when metalworkers and individual shops and masters were the height of industry, this shit got REALLY specific. There were people who spent their whole lives making pins. Just pins. Foundries specialized and made only bells, only cannon, only cauldrons, etc. This is scratching the surface, I just wanted to make the point that ‘blacksmith’ is not the same thing as ‘magical muscly person who knows how to do everything related to metal’.
263 AC♛ “My father insists on attending. Insists!” Taking the chair beside the king, Tywin leaned back with his boots stretched out in front of him and signaled for wine.
“I would not have thought him capable,” Aerys confessed, adjusting his crown as it threatened to topple. Though he had worn it for nearly a year, the heavy circlet of red gold still did not rest easily upon his brow.
“Making a mockery of me and mine is my father’s sole talent. He would not miss my wedding for the world, or so he claims.”
Aerys voiced his sympathy. “Does she know?”
“Not yet.” Tywin studied the women shaded by a silken canopy as they took their midday meal. One of them, at least. “My betrothed is already marshaling an army of porters, seamstresses, and confectioners. Had we had such numbers on the Stepstones, Maelys would have been defeated within a month. She will be crestfallen when she learns Tytos the Tame shall play the host. At least he has finally tired of his milk cow. I suppose I should kneel and thank the gods we shall be spared her presence.” Tywin swirled his wine and took a deep draft.
“I could preside over the feast,” Aerys said quietly, not looking at his Hand. “Tytos would give way before his king.”
Tywin’s surprise quickly turned to pleasure. “Thank you, my friend.” He returned his gaze to the queen’s companions. “Joanna will not be disappointed.”
Gabriella Wilde as Joanna Lannister ♥ Toby Regbo as Tywin Lannister ♛ Christian Lees as Aerys Targaryen ♥ Tamzin Merchant as Rhaella Targaryen
When people are talking about DA characters in modern AUs, they usually give them ordinary professions, and that’s cool, but give me modern AU where darkspawn are still around and Grey Wardens are some kind of special forces with all modern gear
also darkspawn can sense them anyway, so they don’t really care about camouflage