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Potion Descriptions

Post by SkinnyOrc » Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:51 pm

A little detail I always liked with the old TSR UK adventures was the potions had descriptions, not just a name. I've knocked up some tables to roll those randomly using Laurence's clever "Roll two dice and read them as a two-digit number, 11 through 66" system. Obviously you can choose just to use some of the tables. There's also https://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/201 ... ontainers/ for containers.

Colour
11 Amber Orange
12 Amethyst
13 Aquamarine Blue
14 Bluish Grey
15 Burgundy Red
16 Charcoal Grey
21 Cinnabar Red
22 Clear
23 Cobalt Blue
24 Cream
25 Crimson Red
26 Cyan Blue
31 Eggshell White
32 Emerald Green
33 Fuchsia Pink
34 Indigo
35 Ivory White
36 Jet Black
41 Lemon Yellow
42 Lilac
43 Lime Green
44 Magenta
45 Mandarin Orange
46 Mauve
51 Peach Pink
52 Rose Pink
53 Saffron Yellow
54 Sapphire Blue
55 Slate Gray
56 Tan Brown
61 Teal
62 Turquoise
63 Ultramarine Blue
64 Umber Brown
65 Vermilion Red
66 Violet

Appearance
2 Swirling
3 Metallic
4 Dark
5 Dark
6
7 Cloudy
8
9 Pale
10 Pale
11 Bright
12 Luminous

Smell
11 Acrid
12 Alcohol
13 Almonds
14 Apples
15 Ashes
16 Baking
21 Caramel
22 Cinnamon
23 Earthy
24 Fishy
25 Flowery
26 Foul
31 Fragrant
32 Fresh
33 Fruity
34 Grassy
35 Herbal
36 Lavender
41 Licorice
42 Lime
43 Mint
44 Musky
45 Odourless
46 Odourless
51 Odourless
52 Odourless
53 Odourless
54 Odourless
55 Odourless
56 Odourless
61 Odourless
62 Onions
63 Pungent
64 Smoky
65 Sulphur
66 Swampy

Texture
2 Bubbly
3 Tingly
4 Oily
5 Smooth
6 Watery
7 Watery
8 Watery
9 Thick
10 Chalky
11 Gritty
12 Fibrous

Flavour
11 Ash
12 Bitter
13 Caramel
14 Carrots
15 Cherry
16 Cinnamon
21 Foul
22 Fruity
23 Grape
24 Lemon
25 Metallic
26 Mildly Sour
31 Mildly Spicy
32 Mildly Sweet
33 Nutmeg
34 Orange
35 Pear
36 Salty
41 Salty and Sweet
42 Sharp
43 Sour
44 Spicy
45 Sweet
46 Sweet and Sharp
51 Sweet and Spicy
52 Buttery
53 Tart
54 Tasteless
55 Tasteless
56 Tasteless
61 Tasteless
62 Tasteless
63 Tasteless
64 Tasteless
65 Tasteless
66 Vanilla
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Post by shintokamikaze » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:15 pm

great job, I love it

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Post by dcpchamber » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:50 pm

Great work man!

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Post by Nuvole! » Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:26 pm

Ideally every "school" of magic or every master should have its own specific appearence for every effect...
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Post by SkinnyOrc » Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:08 pm

I've been mulling over something similar. So maybe the potions have recipes, and if you make it with the same recipe you get the same look, smell and taste. Which means the characters can identify potions they've seen before by that if there's no label. But any time you want to throw them a curve ball the potion was made using a different recipe and that might be more likely if it was made in another region or a long time ago. Also the recipes for the more common potions might be widely known but for rarer potions be closely guarded secrets and vary much more.

I've edited the Appearance table. If the characters are going to use the appearance to judge which potion it is the difference between light and pale is a little fine. In case it wasn't obvious, the blank entries in Appearance mean it's a medium shade of the colour.

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Post by Ruffnut » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:38 am

Amazing
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Post by Lorian » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:39 am

Wow. Amazing!
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Post by Nuvole! » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:39 pm

SkinnyOrc wrote:I've been mulling over something similar. So maybe the potions have recipes, and if you make it with the same recipe you get the same look, smell and taste. Which means the characters can identify potions they've seen before by that if there's no label. But any time you want to throw them a curve ball the potion was made using a different recipe and that might be more likely if it was made in another region or a long time ago. Also the recipes for the more common potions might be widely known but for rarer potions be closely guarded secrets and vary much more.
I'm very up for this!
There are other issues around smell and taste: you can judge the potion by its appearance without opening it, but if you want to smell you may spoil it (maybe some potions expire soon after opening them?) and if you want to taste them... it may be too late!
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Post by Slloyd14 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:43 am

Great stuff!
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