Despite all this ridiculous incense, mistress, I suddenly detect the odor of sulfur. And a strange presence—similar to dragonfear, but not nearly as strong. Should we be concerned?
Description[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
Naturally Occurring[edit | edit source]
- Akarav's Bay was a place of always warm mineral springs and sulfur-infused hot springs.
- Ambilya Shan, the Sacred Mountain of Amber, was known for its exposed deposits of sulfur-tainted obsidian.
- Carceri's atmosphere was filled with sulfurous vapors and brimstone smoke.
- Chultan volcanoes were known to produce brimstone.
- Imnescar was a small Amnian town that had sulfur springs inside the caves to its east. Locals believed that the sulfuric smells came from an old wizard's potion brewery hidden inside the caves.
- Lake Esmel's western shallow waters had a high concentration of sulfur, coloring its waters sea-green, as opposed to the rest of the lake's deep midnight-blue color.
- The Mount in the Border Kingdoms was an active sulfur- and smoke-spewing volcano of many vents.
- Mount Zatal in Maztica held caverns of sulfurous geysers and melted rock.
- The Underdark had multiple areas rife with volcanic activity and hot springs. Fyvrek'Zek, the area under Thaymount, was one of them.
- The Vast Swamp's hot springs were warmed by the volcanic activity deep underground.
Merchants[edit | edit source]
- Seven Suns Trading Coster in Neverwinter: A drow merchant M'tari Prin'tal was selling various alchemical supplies including sulfur circa 1479 DR.
Usage[edit | edit source]
- Fabric dye of vermilion color was made using sulfur, alkali, and mercury.
- Fabric dye of yellow color and yellow paint were made using sulfur and were sold by Aurora's Emporium.
- Firenewts were known to make a paste out of sulfur, mineral salts, and oil. They enjoyed chewing on the mix and often carried a container of it with them.
- Ghul-kin's weaker cousins, lesser ghuls, could be created from living beings via a cruel magical ritual that involved placing the victims into a stupor, dusting them with sulfur, wrapping them in bandages, placing them inside copper containers, and dusting them with metal powders. The victims were left inside the containers for a number of months slowly being transformed into the ghoulish ghuls.
- Lures made out of sulfur were used in Port Nyanzaru, Chult, as a way to attract Hedetet, a scorpion-like elemental creature that was birthed from a volcano in years past.
- Oil of sulphur was a magic oil often used to trick intelligent creatures into setting themselves on fire as well as a delightful massage oil used by efreeti.
- Smoke spheres were small sulfurous black orbs that exploded in a flash when thrown and created a 10 feet (3 meters) black smoke cloud.
Spell Components[edit | edit source]
- Conjure fire elemental required a pinch of sulfur and phosphorus to be used as the material component.
- Conjure nature elemental required lit incense, softened clay, sulfur, phosphorus, sand, and water.
- Explosive cascade required bat guano and sulfur, as well as copper pieces packed into a metal tube with one end sealed.
- Fireball and delayed blast fireball spells both required bat guano and sulfur.
- Firebrand required a pinch of sulfur and a spark of fire.
- Flame strike's only material component was a pinch of sulfur.
- Flashburst's material component was a pinch of phosphorus or sulfur.
- The lightning bolt spell, or at least a version of it, could be cast using a handful of dry sulfur as the material component, as demonstrated by a harper wizard Brenna Graycloak in 1362 DR while battling a darkenbeast.
- Melf's minute meteors required a bead molded out of nitre, sulfur, and pine tar.
- Protection from the elements, when cast as protection from fire, required the use of sulfur.
- Syluné's streaking meteor required a wing of an insect or a feather, a pinch of ash, and a pinch of saltpeter or sulfur.
- Steam blast required some wetted powdered sulfur and two tea leaves or a drop of dragon saliva as material components.
- Summon fire dragons, a Zakharan spell, required a strip of paper soaked in saltpeter, coal oil, and sulfur to be lit aflame as its material component.
- Zikalan fireform, a spell very rarely seen on Toril, required a mix of salt, sulfur, and ground peppercorns to be tossed into fire.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Hell hounds' bodies smelled of smoke and sulfur.
- Iron golems of Ironslag vented sulfurous smoke from their vents when activated.
- Kruthiks could not stand the smell of their dead. The creatures' insides reeked of sulfur. Kruthik ichor, innards, and body parts were a valuable commodity in the areas where these monstrous insects were common.
- Oblex could create duplicates of creatures that were virtually indistinguishable from the original apart from a faint odor of sulfur around them.
- Nightmares' and red dragons' breath of fire had a heavy distinct stench of sulfur.
- Saurials of Tarkhaldale were known to exude the scent of brimstone when confused.
Appendix[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Blood Charge • A Dozen and One Adventures • Caravans • Secrets of the Lamp • Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave • Tomb of Annihilation • Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage • The Orrery of the Wanderer
- Referenced only
- Nightmare Keep (adventure) • Undermountain: Stardock • TSR Jam 1999 • For Duty & Deity • Sons of Gruumsh • Princes of the Apocalypse • Storm King's Thunder • Curse of Strahd
- Pool of Radiance (novel) • Ironhelm • Red Magic • Elminster in Hell
- Referenced only
- Pools of Darkness (novel) • Pool of Twilight • Dragonwall (novel) • Elfshadow • Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad • An Opportunity for Profit• The Crimson Gold • The City of Ravens • Temple Hill (novel) • The Godborn • The Sentinel
- Video Games
- Secret of the Silver Blades • Neverwinter
- Referenced only
- Sword Coast Legends • Warriors of Waterdeep
- Knight of the Living Dead
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