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September 11, 2009, 7:05 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, 14:17
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, 17:10
Have to echo manfred - it seems rushed but is a good idea.
Cheka Man
September 13, 2009, 20:45
Maybe I'll rework it one of these days
Voted Citadel
September 14, 2009, 22:12
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, 12:14
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, 8:41
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, 8:39

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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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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