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September 11, 2009, 8:05 pm

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The old soldier looked up with all three of his eyes. "I lost one of my eyes to a sword point, and they used a little too much Growjuice to heal it. Still, I'd rather have three eyes then only one."

Growjuice was a healing potion that was invented by healer mages at East Point that were trying to create something capable of healing the most fearsome battle wounds. It was tested first on badly wounded POWs that were close to death allready and who freely gave their consent rather then be left to die a painful death. It worked...sort of.

Whilst capable of healing the most nasty wounds, it was found to have an unwanted effect if even a drop of it touched uninjured flesh, causing, depending on where it touched, fleshy lumps, extra, boneless *fingers*, or even multiple eyes if it got too close to unwounded eyes, and medical men who handle it wear gloves. If drunk it can heal a badly burned throat, but should the throat not be allready harmed, the effect will be deadly as the throat cells grow and block the airway, choking the person to death as if they were being strangled from the inside and leaving no marks on the outside of the body.

Plot Hooks-Somebody at a beauty contest has had this thrown in her face and ended up with twenty eyes and two noses. The PCs are hired to protect a beauty queen from suffering the same fate.

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Voted manfred
September 13, 2009, 15:17
Maybe too hastily written, but the idea is there. And yeah, why not? The perfect healing potion, healing everything, even the parts that don't need healing. This is the kind of medicine, that is with great enthusiasm brought into use, only to be rapidly limited when the horrific side effects were shown. Hard to get that point down about magic being unpredictable? "I have this potion, it will cure all your wounds..."
Voted valadaar
September 13, 2009, 18:10
Have to echo manfred - it seems rushed but is a good idea.
Cheka Man
September 13, 2009, 21:45
Maybe I'll rework it one of these days
Voted Citadel
September 14, 2009, 23:12
i like the fact that it is very believable. I could actually use it in my story character's grimrois.
Voted Misanpilgrim
September 15, 2009, 13:14
Even after the side effects were known, it'd still have a market among people who can't afford the //good// healing potions.

Not pretty, but workable.
Voted Ancient Gamer
September 17, 2009, 9:41
There is a glimpse of greatness in this, Cheka, and that kind of twisted logic I find so appealing. Cancerous growth is certainly a great idea for healing potions.

But, alas, you did rush this, and it is felt throughout the entire s(t)ub.

Also, I bet the porn industry would love to get their "hands" on this. I can already envision the blue movie titles...
Voted axlerowes
October 22, 2010, 9:39

There must a place for this somewhere in the gaming world. I guess this is just another niche filled, the baleful regeneration potion or spell was bound to appear sooner or later. Thanks for writing this up so we don't have to.

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Wet Faeries

       By: Murometz

Sages and naturalists frown at the common name given to these strange creatures by the small folk, but sometimes the silliest nicknames for creatures, places and people persevere in the minds of many. “Purifiers”, “Pond Jellies”, “Breath-Stealers”, “Lung-Ticklers” and “River Butterflies” are much less commonly heard appellations for these life forms. Wet Faeries are basically (and simply) a species of fist-sized, fresh-water jellyfish. Several traits steer them toward the peculiar category however. Firstly, Wet Faeries are nearly invisible in the water, much like their marine cousins but even more so. One can swim in a river swarming with these critters and not even notice their presence. Secondly, they possess the unique ability to clean and purify whatever body of water they inhabit. They do this via some sort of biological filtration process, sucking in all toxins present in the water, and releasing it back in its purest form. Needless to say, they are both a blessing and a curse to whichever folk dwell beside the rivers and lakes Wet Faeries inhabit. On one hand, no purer water can be found anywhere than a Wet Faerie lake or pond, and yet, in “pure” water “life” tends in fact to die out, lacking the needed nutrients to prosper. Thirdly, their “sting” is (unfortunately) virulently poisonous to all mammalians. Wet Faeries are loathe to sting anyone or anything, using their barbed fronds as a last line of defense, but if stung, most swimmers will suffer respiratory arrest, and die within minutes, usually drowning before they can make it back to shore.

Alchemists, druids, and less savory characters have studied these creatures over the years, and have predictably found all the ways Wet Faeries could be exploited. Morbidly humorous, some bards find it, that the Poisoners and Assassins Guilds as well as the Healer’s Union, all prize these creatures. The assassins use the extracted venom in obvious fashion, while the priests and healers use the still-living jelly-fish to sterilize other poison potions and to cure those already poisoned on death’s door.

It is known that a certain Earl Von Trumble keeps his vast castle moat stocked with Wet Faeries, the waters so clear that every bone of every one of his past enemies can be clearly seen on the bottom, twenty two feet below.

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