The World Of Khoras - Magic - Arcana

Common Magic Items

There are many common and simple enchanted items used to make every day life easier. The method of enchantment for such items are well known and documented and often taught at wizards schools. Such items may be found in any town or city and can often be purchased at the local magic shop. The effectiveness of any common magic item often vary as widely as the skills of those who manufacture them. The cost is usually too expensive to make them a daily or weekly indulgence, but still within the reach of guilds, shopkeepers, less nobles, craftsmen and others of modest wealth.

Dancing Quill

A dancing quill will, upon command, dictate whatever is spoken. Wizards often use them in their research, to write notes, spells and so on. Such writing instruments are usually of the finest quality, fashioned from rare and exotic feathers with gold tips. A dancing quill will often function for several years before its magic is depleted. Dancing quills typically cost 50 to 100 gold pieces depending on the quality. Some very fancy quills fashioned from extremely rare materials might go for as much as 500 gold pieces.


Darkmist appears as a churning inky black gaseous solution usually contained within a small vial. It most often is found in a 2 inch diameter glass sphere (commonly called a Darkmist Globe) or a small glass star shaped container. This gas will expand explosively when released from its container. The mist effectively smothers all light and blocks all forms of vision. Usually, the item is shattered as a grenade-like weapon and the instantaneous darkness that results can be used to cover an escape or hide a quick theft. The darkness effect lasts about 10-15 seconds as the gas will dissipate and light/vision will slowly return to normal. Windy conditions will shorten the duration or nullify the effect. The effect is usually long enough to provide an escape from an otherwise hopeless situation. A single dose of darkmist will typically cost 30 gold pieces. Too expensive for casual use, but a good "escape option" that a clever thief might use as a last resort.


Glowdust is a common alchemical and magical concoction that comes in a variety of forms. Glowdust live up to its name with one primary function - it glows brightly. There are many different kinds of glowdust. Some are activated upon contact with oxygen (and typically are kept in airtight glass bottles. Other dusts glow when struck with a hard object. Some glow a specific color. Sometimes glowdust is compacted into rocky nuggets. There are also liquid variations that produce a thick syrupy product which glows brightly.The most common type of glowdust is the powder form. A single pinch will illuminate a 20 foot radius and glows for about a week. It is used as a common tool of adventure and exploration in the deep dark of the underworld. It can easily be scattered to light up a large chamber or sprinkled in small quantities to leave a long glowing trail in the dark to find one's way back. Originally concocted by the dwarves, glowdust is used frequently in the underground city-states of Urmordia and Ulkran. The formula for the production of these various glowing powders and liquids is now well known to the other races and such basic magical products can be produced by many wizards. A large pouch glowdust (or a bottle of the liquid form) might be had for as little as 5 gold pieces.

Healing Potions and Curative Draughts

Healing potions vary widely in potency and form. A healing potion may be a foul bubbling concoction, a clear sweet syrupy resin, a fine powder that is mixed with wine or a thick, putrid paste that is smeared directly into a wound. Healing draughts are a fairly common magic item which are relatively easy to create. Backwater hedge wizards and witches have been brewing healing potions for many centuries. Every town has at least one hedge wizard that can brew a decent healing potion. Healing potions heal wounds. The healing occurs rapidly and is permanent. The amount of damage and healing speed vary depending on the exact nature of the potion. Healing potions can be purchased in most towns and major cities. For more information, see healing potions and curative draughts.

Love Potion

Love potions are elixirs that cause a temporary feeling of strong affection in the imbiber. Typically they will fall in love with the next person they see. Depending on the gender of the people involved and the sexual preference of the imbiber, the result may be romantic feelings, intense loyalty and friendship or some combination. There are dozens of recipes which vary greatly in strength, duration and effectiveness. The average love potion will last only a matter of minutes. The better ones will last for several hours. The cost of a love potion can vary a great deal - anywhere from 5 gold pieces to 100 gold pieces, depending on the potency and duration.

Potion of Clarity

A potion of clarity is a magical elixir that instantly dispels drunkeness. It also dispels sleepiness and instantly invigorates and refreshes both body and mind. Barkeeps will sometimes keep bottles of this potion on hand to deal with rowdy drunks and barbrawls. Military leaders may keep it on hand to rouse drunken soldiers to battle quickly in times of sudden need. The required dose is small and the potion is usually found in small cork sealed glass bottles. A single dose costs 5 gold pieces. If used more than 3 times in a week, it will causes sleeplessness, agitation and nausea.

Scouring Vat

A scouring vat looks like a medium sized iron chest. It is usually decorative and has a clasp. If anything is placed inside the chest and the lid is closed, the item will be instantly cleaned. A typical scouring vat will function three times per day. All types of dirt and stains will be removed and the item will emerge about one minute later dripping wet, but completely spotless. It works on any material - wood, metal, clothing and so forth. The average scouring vat is only chest sized although larger versions have been produced.. Scouring vats are fairly expensive. Depending on the size, they can be anywhere from 100 to 1000 gold pieces. Such vats are usually used to clean pots and pans and sometimes clothing. Although some vats are large enough for a person to climb inside, they are usually not used for bathing. The cleansing is an uncomfortable experience and requires the person being cleaned to hold their breath. More than one person has drowned in scouring vat.

Dragonbreath Candle

A dragonbreath candle appears as a large, fat candle, typically fashioned from dark green wax and a thick black wick. The wax is often carved into the likeness of reptilian scales and sometimes dragon-like heads. The wax of the candle is laced with strong alchemical products and potent spells are woven into the wick. When lit, the candle will produce an abnormally large, strong, steady flame. The dragonwick candle has only one function... it produces copious amounts of heat. A single dragon breath candle can easily heat a large room. It is often used in castles to heat drafty halls. Some churches and temples use them during services. At 10 gold pieces each, dragonbreath candles are not cheap and are usually reserved for important social events.These candles cannot be extinguished by wind. Once lit, the only way to extinguish a dragonbreath candle is by plunging it into water. They are also very difficult to damage or destroy. The candle itself is fire proof. The wax will not melt from any heat source other than its own flame. For this reason, they have been used by cave explorers, adventurers exploring buried ruins and armies seeking shelter from winter winds in a cave. Dragonbreath candles burn fairly quickly. They vary in size, but a typical candle will last about 3-4 hours. They are typically made and sold in batches of six.

Guardian Lantern

A guardian lantern appears as heavy lantern with an unusual spherical design. It is wrought of iron bands and fine glass plates. Within is a large single tallow candle. It is intricate in its design and even has an iron cover that can conceal it's light with the flip of a small metal lever. When lit, this ensorcelled lantern will levitate up to shoulder height and follow the person who lit it. It will also obey the verbal commands of the person who lit it. Not only will it follow or wait on command, it can be commanded to move in specific ways. For instance, it can be told to "go 50 paces down this tunnel and then return", thus lighting up a tunnel ahead for the person who commands it. It could even be told to float across a room and push against a lever. Any simple movement can be performed. It makes a poor weapon, however, as it cannot travel fast and has little weight.The lantern has no real intelligence and no true senses. It simply moves as commanded. The candle within can be extinguished at any time at which time the lantern loses all its magical abilities and becomes a common object, inert and lifeless. The guardian lantern was originally created by the Drakkellian wizard Odo as a convenient means of lighting his dungeon explorations without having to carry a lantern. He made several for friends and the item proved to be quite popular. In all, several dozen were made. Other wizards have copied the design and made similar lanterns.


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