Sulfur, also known as brimstone, was an alchemical substance used in potion-making.[3] It had a potent rotten egg smell, often associated with fiends of the Abyss.[4]

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]

Sulfur was a naturally occurring substance that could be found and, more often smelled, in the vicinity of volcanoes,[3] swamps, and hot springs.[6]

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.[7]
  • Ambilya Shan, the Sacred Mountain of Amber, was known for its exposed deposits of sulfur-tainted obsidian.[8]
  • Carceri's atmosphere was filled with sulfurous vapors and brimstone smoke.[9]
  • Chultan volcanoes were known to produce brimstone.[3]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[7]
  • The Mount in the Border Kingdoms was an active sulfur- and smoke-spewing volcano of many vents.[11]
  • Mount Zatal in Maztica held caverns of sulfurous geysers and melted rock.[12]
  • The Underdark[13] had multiple areas rife with volcanic activity and hot springs. Fyvrek'Zek, the area under Thaymount, was one of them.[14]
  • The Vast Swamp's hot springs were warmed by the volcanic activity deep underground.[6]

Merchants[edit | edit source]

Usage[edit | edit source]

  • Fabric dye of vermilion color was made using sulfur, alkali, and mercury.[3]
  • Fabric dye of yellow color and yellow paint were made using sulfur and were sold by Aurora's Emporium.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[18]
  • Smoke spheres were small sulfurous black orbs that exploded in a flash when thrown and created a 10 feet (3 meters) black smoke cloud.[19]

Spell Components[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Hell hounds' bodies smelled of smoke and sulfur.[34]
  • Iron golems of Ironslag vented sulfurous smoke from their vents when activated.[35]
  • 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.[36]
  • Oblex could create duplicates of creatures that were virtually indistinguishable from the original apart from a faint odor of sulfur around them.[37]
  • Nightmares'[38] and red dragons' breath of fire had a heavy distinct stench of sulfur.[39]
  • Saurials of Tarkhaldale were known to exude the scent of brimstone when confused.[40]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Adventures
Blood ChargeA Dozen and One AdventuresCaravansSecrets of the LampCormyr: The Tearing of the WeaveTomb of AnnihilationWaterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad MageThe Orrery of the Wanderer
Referenced only
Nightmare Keep (adventure)Undermountain: StardockTSR Jam 1999For Duty & DeitySons of GruumshPrinces of the ApocalypseStorm King's ThunderCurse of Strahd
Novels
Pool of Radiance (novel)IronhelmRed MagicElminster in Hell
Referenced only
Pools of Darkness (novel)Pool of TwilightDragonwall (novel)ElfshadowCrucible: The Trial of Cyric the MadAn Opportunity for ProfitThe Crimson GoldThe City of RavensTemple Hill (novel)The GodbornThe Sentinel
Video Games
Secret of the Silver BladesNeverwinter
Referenced only
Sword Coast LegendsWarriors of Waterdeep
Gamebooks
Knight of the Living Dead

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 49. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Cryptic Studios (June 2013). Neverwinter. Perfect World Entertainment.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
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