Traveler's dust was a deadly, addictive drug. Those that used traveler's dust were said to be "walking the crimson road".
Traveler's dust was transported and sold in the form of tiny roseate crystals, each a bit bigger than a grain of salt.
After the crystal was dissolved on the user's eye, it left the user's sight with a red-hazed vista of breathtaking clarity. While the addict was striding the crimson road, all sorrows sank beyond recall, while all joys were raised like blazing stars. The user felt transfigured, alive, and potent.[page needed]
The users of the drug embarked on a journey, likely with their souls or the astral forms, "walking the crimson road". The winding way lead directly into what Japheth Donard once speculated to be the literal Abyss. When the victims' of the dust's astral form was transported onto the Crimson Road they were compelled to walk towards the gaping pit, screaming and unable to fight the urge. The Abyssal landscape was littered with Demons waiting, hungering for the moment the doomed soul plummets into the pit. The pit at the end of the Crimson Road ended in a precipice, and in its tooth-lined gullet, the drug-addled were consumed, mind and soul.
Traveler's dust was used by dropping a single grain of the drug onto the eye and letting it dissolve.
Anyone using traveler's dust showed these telltale signs: trembling hands sometimes slurred speech, and—most telling—eyes the color of blood.
If the users were deprived of the addictive substance, the resultant death was an awful thing to behold. Deprived walkers invariably became violent, first toward others, then to themselves.
Some cities banned the sale of dust and placed its users in secure cells where they could reach their journeys' end in peace if allowed to keep their supply of dust.
Traveler's dust was illegal in most civilized places.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell (December 2008). Plague of Spells (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7869-4965-6.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Bruce R. Cordell (December 2008). Plague of Spells (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81. ISBN 978-0-7869-4965-6.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Bruce R. Cordell (2008). Plague of Spells. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 7, p. ?. ISBN 978-0786949656.
- ↑ Bruce R. Cordell (December 2008). Plague of Spells (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 13, p. 272. ISBN 978-0-7869-4965-6.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Bruce R. Cordell (December 2008). Plague of Spells (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 42. ISBN 978-0-7869-4965-6.