A philter of love was a potion that rendered its drinker susceptible to becoming charmed by, or even enamored with another creature for a limited amount of time.[1][2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The liquid of a philter of love was rose-colored and sparkling with bubbles. It contained a single heart-shaped bubble inside that was easily missed upon casual inspection.[1]

Powers[edit | edit source]

Drinkers of a philter of love were susceptible for up to 10 minutes to becoming charmed by the first creature they saw. This condition lasted for 1 hour. If the creature seen was of a species and gender to which the drinker was normally attracted, the potion would make the drinker regard that creature as a true love for the same duration.[1] In some cases, this enamored state could only be neutralized by a dispel magic spell.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Priests of Sune who had completed an important task in her name were granted a draft of water from Evergold, which made anyone who looked upon them susceptible to the same effects of drinking a philter of love. The draft was poisonous to anyone else who attempted to drink it.[3]

Mystics in the Realms learned to concoct non-magical love potions during their studies that had similar effects to philters of love. Those who were versed in candle magic could manufacture love candles that produced the same effects and were powerful enough even to affect creatures that were normally immune to its charm effects, such as elves and sylvan creatures.[4]

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