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If I am present I may get cut out or thrown away
Sometimes I am used to create instead of destroy
When I am unlucky I turn tang into gnat or irk into vex
I am at my worst when I arrive to the core

What am I?

Line 2:

My process has been valued throughout the ages. Beloved by ancient kings and commoners alike!

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Are you

Rot

If I am present I may get cut out or thrown away

Rotten parts of food.

Sometimes I am used to create instead of destroy

Wrought is a synonymy for create, or Rot could mean a yeast, which can be used to create bread, wine or beer (from OP fermentation)

When I am unlucky I turn tang into gnat or irk into vex

13 is considered an unlucky number and rot13 does that.

I am at my worst when I arrive to the core

Rotten to the core.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is this better @ITAlex :) $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Sep 13 '18 at 18:48
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    $\begingroup$ Line 2 could refer to the homophone "wrought", which can be used as a synonym for create. $\endgroup$ – TheMadHaberdasher Sep 13 '18 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @TheMadHaberdasher, I will add that :D $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Sep 13 '18 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ Line 2 still not quite right rot13 pbzcbfg perngrf arj guvatf. Ebg arrqf gb or gur perngbe $\endgroup$ – IT Alex Sep 13 '18 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ @TheMadHaberdasher Nice attempt but I was being a little more literal $\endgroup$ – IT Alex Sep 13 '18 at 18:52
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Are you a

seed

If I am present I may get cut out or thrown away

seeds are often cut out or thrown away

Sometimes I am used to create instead of destroy

seeds can be used to grow new plants

When I am unlucky I turn tang into gnat or irk into vex

A seed as in used a rotation alphabet cipher? unlucky 13 added to each letter in tang gives gnat and irk gives vex

I am at my worst when I arrive to the core

seeds are often at the core

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting guess. But not quite there. $\endgroup$ – IT Alex Sep 13 '18 at 18:46
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Are you

a worm?

If I am present I may get cut out or thrown away

if in an apple...

Sometimes I am used to create instead of destroy

silk VS consuming decomposing bodies

When I am unlucky I turn tang into gnat or irk into vex

computer worm (virus) using rot13 to alter data

I am at my worst when I arrive to the core

a computer worm (virus) at a computer core is bad

and

Kings like silk, commoners like butterflies

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