You see a large folio of loose, oversized drawings accompanied by detailed descriptions of materials and effects. Many of the pages are torn and damaged by fire or damp. On the cover is a stylized depiction of alchemical candles, and the title:
A Treatise on Candle Alchemy, Volume I (Lumenlaum, 2814)
This sleep candle contains a hidden upper core impregnated with lead powder (70%), flashoak tincture (10%), and earth nut oil (20%). It will burn normally for one minute followed by five minutes of an odorless, colorless air that will cause persons nearby or in an enclosed space to fall asleep and be permanently blinded upon waking. The candle burns normally thereafter, once the impregnated core is consumed.
Sleep generally lasts for one hour for unprotected persons, but can be preemptively defeated by cloudcarry candles. Rising candles can successfully keep the person awake or wake them, but will be ineffective against the blindness effect, meaning awake persons will gradually notice loss of vision. Gill fern masks also successfully filter the sleep scent and the blindness.
The effects of this candle are similar to the blind sleep egg in shroud alchemy. Obviously, use with caution and be sure of your target.
A standard-looking candle with wax impregnated with a mix of powdered sphal (50%), powdered mica (25%), and amber colophony (25%), and the wick is soaked first in candle mordant then a second soaking in a mixture of boiled tar water (20%), spirit of salt (60%), sphal (30%), soot (carbun) (20%), similar to the procedure for the smoke screen of shroud alchemy.
This candle burns normally but very gradually introduces an illusory smoke that is difficult to detect at first, especially in an enclosed room at night. The longer it burns, the denser the smoke becomes. If allowed to burn for an hour, it will obscure vision with a faintly glittering shade that dampens the light nearby normal candles, but a plain smoke cannot be discerned. Causes delayed confusion and alarm.
Made with cloudcarry, this candle can be lit prior to beginning dangerous alchemical processes, to help prevent accidental poisoning. The candle is not as potent as a jar of straight cloudcarry and does not produce as much of that effect. Therefore, it is safe enough to work with for short periods without removing too much breathable air.
Knee-high standard-looking candle placed on a pewter plate full of water. Self-lighting: as a person approaches, the candle detects the breathed air, faint embers rise, and the wick reddens before bursting into flame and burning quickly. Spent wax beads on the water in the dish and spills out, alighting when touching the rim of the pewter plate and rolling toward the source of breathed air.
Eventually a scarlet, sulfur-smelling cloud forms around and above the flame. This cloud spins with the rising heat like a miniature whirlwind that gains strength, brightening. It is a toxic mixture of stinkdamp and muriatic air, which can prove lethal with a few deep breaths. If the candle is chopped down, pieces snuff out but the candle on the plate will keep relighting as long as the bottom of the wick is touching the pewter.
This is a simple design for a lethal candle intended to exude poison airs of various types into an enclosed space frequented by the targeted person. Common poisons used in these candles include arsenic, carbuncle, chalk rust, chalice vine water, hebenon, rotten water, nepenthe, and the like.
Regardless of the mixture, the candle alchemists of central Donovan Kingdom tend to color the wax of these candles a dark green for identification, but they can be dipped into normal wax before being used. To further aid identification and avoid accidents, purple dyes and smoking additives are usually added to the wick. All such candles are designed to be countered with cloudcarry, but targeted persons rarely have such alchemical knowledge.
This candle burns constantly for weeks if enough fuel is available and the flame is protected from wind. It is produced by weaving asbestor fibers together and soaking them in candle mordant and powdered cinder or plumbago for at least a month. Ever oil was one of the great labors of ancient alchemy, but it has never been realized. This candle is probably the most advanced, albeit expensive, effort at present.
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