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Vials were small glass containers that were used to hold liquids and powders. They could be used in laboratories to conduct experiments or to transport these substances.[2]


A typical vial could hold up to 4 ounces (110 grams) of liquid. Outside of the laboratory, vials were most commonly used to store and transport acids, antitoxins, perfumes, poisons, and potions.[1]


A variety of vials were available for sale through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue, along with matching corks and other laboratory glass containers produced in Urmlaspyr by the glass-blowers guild.[2]

Notable Uses[]

  • Vials were essential in laboratories,[2] and were also integral components of herbalism kits and poisoner's kits.[1]
  • Some healer's bags included several ceramic vials for the purpose of having clean water readily available.[4]
  • Travelers typically kept their spices inside of little glass vials, which were encased in whittled wooden 'shielding shells' to guard against breakage.[5]


External Links[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 148, 150, 153–154. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 40. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  3. Tom Armstrong (February 1988). “Better Living Through Alchemy”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #130 (TSR, Inc.), p. 37.
  4. Grant Boucher, Troy Christensen, Jon Pickens, John Terra and Scott Davis (1991). Arms and Equipment Guide. (TSR, Inc.), p. 113. ISBN 1-56076-109-1.
  5. Ed Greenwood (07-13-2020). Spices When Traveling (Tweet). theedverse. Twitter. Archived from the original on 6-18-2021. Retrieved on 6-18-2021.