Alchemical Ingredients

All commonly used Alchemical Ingredients in are sold as tiny, portable samples. These are almost universally stored in glass vials and measured in 1-ounce increments suitable for use in potions. Each sample of an ingredient, including the vial and stopper it is stored in, weigh 1/10 of a pound.

Ingredient Standard Price 1 Description
Pure Gold 14 sp A sample of gold (Au), smaller and purer than most coins.
Manganese 4 sp An obsolete word for magnesium (Mg) and far more interesting to pyromaniacs than the “manganes” (Mn) often being mined at the same sites.
Naptha 5 sp An exotic solvent distilled from petroleum, basically turpentine.
Marsh Vapor 6 sp The natural gas methane, exhaled by the marschland biome. The method of isolating and containing this substance is a deeply kept an occult secret.
Eastern Black Bean 7 sp Cacao or coffee beans may be used interchangeably in most recipes, but they must be raw, not roasted like those sold for commercial consumption.
Zincblende 4 sp A dark, crystalline ore containing zinc (Zn), mined locally and pulverized into a chemically-active white powder.
Antimoni 2 sp A hard, irritating, silvery-white powder with antimony (Sb) in it, used since ancient times.
Orpiment 3 sp A poisonous crystal believed to have an alchemical connection to gold due to its orange color, but actually a mere arsenic compound—arsenic trisulphide.
White Cinnabar 2 sp Not to be confused with Red Cinnabar (mercury sulphide), which is a commonly used as a pigment. White Cinnabar is pure arsenic (As) in its powdery, metalloid form, able to toxify several mixtures.
Solanaceae 4 sp A family of plants containing potent and toxic alkaloids — including Capsaicin, Nicotine, and Atropine. Usually sold as liquid extracts, but many merchants fail to accurately categorize them. Budding alchemists need to take special care not to mix up the stimulating Nicotine, with pain-inducing Capsaicin, or potentially lethal Solanide.
Aqua Regia 3 sp A powerful mixture of nitric acid and hydrochloric acid, which takes its name from its ability to dissolve noble metals such as gold and platinum.
Gum Arabic 3 sp A sticky, rubbery organic substance, consisting of the hardened sap of acacia trees.
Mondragora 4 sp A mystetious fiber extracted from the roots of the mandrake plant.
Alum 2 sp A commonly available astringent and antiseptic white, crystalline powder. A hydrated double-sulfate of potassium and aluminum.
Camomile 25 cp A commonly available herbal sedative of the Asteraceae family. It also has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflamatory properties.
Nikel 2 sp A white metal (Ni), regarded by miners as a white variant of copper and suitable for bronze and steel production.
Pitchblende 25 cp Heavy, lustrous black geoform which can be induced to glow. A naturally occuring ore of Uranium oxide (often with traces of lead and thorium).
Zinken 25 cp A soft silver-gray metal with a relatively low melting point. Useful in metal alloys, as solder, and in nutrative formulas.
Brimstone 1 sp An easily-acquired, frequently-required yellow powder, sulfur (16S). It burns blue and emits a stench that invariably associates it with the infernal powers.
Choleric Base 2 4 cp A variety of stock fluids used ad hoc in many potions including aqua fortis, vitriol, distilled water, and alcohol. Named for the choleric yellow humor in alchemy, associated with anger.
Phlegmatic Base 2 3 cp Common minerals used as ad hoc reactants including copper, coal, quicksilver, lead, and lime. Named for the blue phlegmatic humor in alchemy, associated with apathy.
Sanguine Base 2 5 cp Sketchy animal parts, sold by lunatics but used ad hoc in many genuine recipes including such things as bat claws, eye of newt, toad tongues, and powdered unicorn horn. Named for the sanguine red humor in alchemy, associated with passion.
Melancholic Base 2 6 cp Plant matter used ad hoc in potions. Named for the melancholy black Humor in alchemy, associated with pensivity and depression.

1 Not all ingredients may be available in all areas, and prices can vary wildly depending on the rarity of specific ingredients in certain markets.

2 Most recipes simply call for the various bases by name, rather than specifying what liquids, plants, minerals, or animal parts might be needed. Most alchemists can get by with using whatever materials they have on hand as a base (though they will almost never actually admit this to the uninitiated).

Alchemical Ingredients

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