Appearance

The vial varies in appearance, as little care is taken containing it, apart from the needs of safe transport and reasonable breakage ability. It always appears a disgusting grey-green color.

Benefit

A victim stuck by one of these thrown vials, or having one dumped upon them, is in peril.

The slime contained with the vial can shift from being very liquid or very thick - whichever suits its needs best. It can seek to soak items vulnerable to liquid (paper), slow down the victim by making armour joints gluey and sticky, or even attempt to smother and blind the victim by covering the head. If directly ingested, such as if the target's face is hit, it will attempt to choke the victim by entering the mouth and nose and clogging it violently.

If the victim is injured by edged weapons while the goo is active, it will attempt to enter the wound and cause further damage, generally causing an equal amount of damage that the original wound caused.

Its actions are largely random as it has little intelligence. The goo will become inactive after a minute, or if soaked by an equal volume of any other liquid.

Vial Vile Effects Table (Unwounded target)

1 Goo infiltrates clothing/armor and causes a 25% reduction in Agility/Dexterity due to stiffness
2 Goo attempt to enter targets nose and mouth. Immensely distracting. If target helpless, they begin to smother.
3 Goo forms a layer over victims eyes, degrading vision significantly (-25% to all vision-related activities until removed)
4 Goo retains fragments of the shattered vial and uses them to cut at the victim - inflicts damage equivalent to a dagger thrust, though armor will prevent this.


Drawback

The liquid is generally malevolent, smells disgusting even when stoppered, and if not well secured will seek to soak virtually any person who attempts to use it (see Twist for the exception). It is possible for the goo to escape, but its limited intelligence and short lifespan outside of container will somewhat limit the mayhem it can cause.

Lore

The liquid that fills the vial is rumoured to spew from the great Troll King statue at the lost temple of Gneroth.

Twist

If one has the Ring of Vistinthorp, has the Parasiticon, or is a member of the School of Parasites one can command the goo. Its lifespan is also doubled when used by such people. Its duration is also doubled if used in areas of high humidity.

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