Shocking grasp charged the caster's hand with electrical energy that damaged a touched foe. A foe with large amounts of metal would suffer a greater effect.[7]

Shocking grasp was a common spell in the Realms, though not a popular one.[8] It was known but rare in Zakhara in 1367 DR.[5][note 1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Netherese arcanist Volhm was given the credit for the creation of this spell in −1970 DR under the name Volhm's grasp.[1]

Components[edit | edit source]

Inscription[edit | edit source]

According to the tome known as the Book of the Silver Talon, the ingredients for the ink used to inscribe shocking grasp into spellbooks were: one ounce of giant octopus ink, an ounce of ash from a tree that was struck by lightning, four drops of holy water, a powdered sapphire, one pinch of powdered orichalcum, asafetida, balm of gilead, ginseng and either mace or masterwort.[9]

The herbs were burnt in an oakwood fire, the ash of which was combined with the ash from the tree in a small bowl of either copper or white orichalcum. Two drops of holy water were added to the bowl and stirred into a paste, after which the powdered sapphire and metal were thrown in the last two drops of the holy water. When it was all stirred together into a paste, it was added to the octopus ink and heated to a boil, while constantly stirred.[9]

Known Users[edit | edit source]

Pre-spellplague, the underwizards of the Arcane Brotherhood typically knew and used this spell.[10]

Calishite elementalists who followed the Tradition of Air were especially adept at the casting of shocking grasp.[11]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Canon material does not provide dating for the Al-Qadim campaign setting. For the purposes of this wiki only, the current date for Al-Qadim products is assumed to be 1367 DR.

References[edit | edit source]

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