I would guess that the blackrock elemental is used by the UO team as a method of forcing up the price of ingots. When the price of ingots from the blacksmiths and tinkers accross the land falls too low, a blackrock elemental is caused to spawn where a miner is mining. The miner gets killed, as well as his or her pack animal. This discourages the miner from mining and selling ingots to the blacksmiths and tinkers. Since the player blacksmiths keep buying ingots, the price goes up. - Leroy
I don't think that Blackrock Elementals have anything to do with Ingot prices. They were created originally for the Inu events. A developer did once comment that they had the nice side effect of hindering script miners. - JC the Builder 17:07, 8 January 2008 (PST)
Indeed, by my observations the elementals only appeared whenever blackrock was dug up, and then only 50% of the time. Given that only a GM Miner can achieve this the elementials don't pose as much threat as they otherwise could (a dedicated ore miner could drop their skill down to 99.9 and continue digging quite safely).
On the other hand, I was recently told that the elementals have been disabled altogether. As I've been mostly off line for a few months I haven't been following the patch logs - Was there anything in there to support this?
- Bomb Bloke 06:25, 15 April 2008 (PDT)
- They were turned off in the publish before Valentines Day. - JC the Builder 10:06, 15 April 2008 (PDT)