A to Z of Alliterative Alchemy, Part the Second
The eccentric professor of alchemy, Arkhom Zayta, compiled a number of his student’s greatest works into a single tome, essentially stealing their hard work. And while his body and will were never found, the tome was recently recovered and restored. This is a sampling of the entries found within.
Fade Foilyk’s Foci for Fantastic Final Fatalities
These black crystals are enchanted by wizards that know the end is nigh.
- Reagents: Black lava salt, drop of human blood, pure water
- Catalyst: Whispers of the Dead
- Effects: Cast any spell upon the crystal and place the salty, black stone in your mouth in place of a tooth. When you expire, clench down upon the crystal to give your enemies a last breath of comeuppance.
- Side Effects: Your demeanour grows somewhat erratic and you are prone to extreme mood swings. You are also more death-prone while keeping such an ill-fated item in your mouth (-1 to instant death saving throws). Premature castings are uncommon, but not unheard of... the final fantastic fatal fireball of Fade Foilyk is one such case.
Grommet Ginkoll's Gassy Grim Gorgon Ginger Ale
This pleasant fizzy beverage provides a modicum of resistance to petrification and paralysis.
- Reagents: A ginger ale, grimly gristed gorgon eyes (or basilisk, in a pinch)
- Catalyst: Ginger Bug (a rare insect)
- Effects: Gain a major bonus to all saves vs petrification and paralysis for 1 hour.
- Side Effects: Gassy and sweet smelling. You attract wandering monsters with loud belches and the strong scent of your breath.
Holly Helfer’s Holy Haggis of Hallowed Harmonious Healing
When shared among friends, the haggis creates a bond of healing and trust. Any healing that one gives to another is amplified with this bond.
- Reagents: haggis
- Catalyst: The haggis is not enchanted. The sheep that is used in the preparation of the haggis is massaged with holy oils and blessed each day for a fortnight. It grazes on cloister grasses and drinks from a blessed fountain.
- Effects: Any time a group shares a haggis, they are heal-bonded. Whenever a healing effect is cast between two or more heal-bonded targets, the healing effect is increased by one die type and gains an additional +1/die. A spell healing 1d8+1 becomes 1d10+2. Any healing potion or medicinal ministrations performed by one member of a heal-bond upon another gains the same advantage. If an effect has no dice of healing, increase the effect by 2.
- Side Effects: Holy Haggises are lawful and will have dire effects if shared with someone of a diametrically opposed faith or alignment.
Inigo Inerro's Incredible Incense of Invulnerability
Placed in a brazier and set to smouldering, this incense will endow any who engulf their body in its smoke with temporary imperviousness to harm by all manner of non-magical weaponry.
- Reagents: spikenard, elemi, bay laurel
- Catalyst: ironwood powder,
- Effects: You suffer no harm from non-magical weapons. This effect lasts 6 hours.
- Side Effects: As with Achilles, no one is completely immune to harm. Roll a d6 and add this number to your armour class. This is your magic number; the number required to pierce the magical protection that surrounds you. You will only suffer damage if this number is rolled, any number above or below fails to deal damage. (Optional side effect: this magic number damage is always critical.)
Jacynthe Jelly of the Jackalope
The Jackalope was a strangely shaped wizard from an unnamed land. He was known for his beautiful scent, prodigious horns and incredible leaping.
- Reagents: jacynthe petals, moondew, honey
- Catalyst: a cricket
- Effects: The jelly, when spread on the soles of boots or bottoms of feet, has the same effect as a pair of boots of striding and springing for 1 hour. You also have a strong floral scent that is pleasant and alluring (+1 to social rolls).
- Side Effects: Repeated uses of the jelly can cause deer horns to grow from the forehead.
Keg's Kettle of Kobold Kryptonite
As a Dwarven Cleric of Moradin and master brewer, Keg Ironstein has brought much joy to the many people he has crossed paths with. Except kobolds. Keg keeps a cold closed-off compartment in his crusty old keg-shaped heart for kobolds.
- Reagents: lilac wine, rose petals, beetleberries
- Catalyst: a drop of vinegar
- Effects: When drunk, the alcohol has a strange but please aftertaste. When drunk by Kobolds, it is a potent toxin causing paralysis and in some cases death. If evaporated in large quantities, it can be used to "smoke out" Kobold caves.
- Side Effects: Apparently, this beverage has an aroma not unlike dragon pheromones. Use with caution.