In this world, a bunch of wizards colonized a new planet and are in the process of terraforming it (more details here).
This newly-created civilization has access to a reduced variety of materials. All their fabrics are crafted from silk and bamboo fibres, all their buildings are built of granite, they can’t grow cereals, have very little wood, etc.
I’d also like to add restrictions to their metal supplies. For now, I think I’ll make silver the cheapest and most commonly used metal (the reason being that their first mines produce only silver and silver alloys).
IRL, silver is already used to make a large variety of items. I was wondering if it could be used without major drawbacks to make most things this world would need, like:
- Furniture (they don’t have much trees, so making furniture out of wood is a luxury)
- Doors and door hinges
- Metal flooring
- Plumbing (for both drinking water and sewage)
- Pans, pots and kettles (I have no idea if it's safe to heat and store food or water in silver containers)
- Tools (medical, manufacturing, gardening, etc.)
- Small boats
- Wheeled carts
- Robots (powered by magic, think of them as articulated metal puppets)
This civilization doesn't have electricity or steam engines, so it doesn't matter if electronic components of heavy machinery can't be made of silver.
Are silver and naturally occurring silver alloys versatile enough materials to be used to make most everyday items ?
If they have any major limitation, can I work around it?