Excerpts Archive | 5/22/2009
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Excerpts: EPG Alchemy
Eberron Player's Guide

In today’s Eberron Player's Guide preview, we present new alchemical formulas and items -- including the clockwork bomb!

The process of creating alchemical items is similar to the process of performing rituals (see chapter 10 of the Player’s Handbook). As with performing rituals, a character using alchemy must first take a special feat. To create an alchemical item, you must have the Alchemist feat and the correct formula, and you must spend the time and the component price required. Alchemical components are the same as those used in rituals.

Alchemical Formulas

Name Market Price (gp) Key Skills
Acidic fire 200 Arcana, Thievery
Alchemist’s spark 120 Arcana, Thievery
Clear-path mist 375 Arcana, Nature
Clockwork bomb 160 Arcana, Thievery
Grayflower perfume 800 Heal, Nature
Heartflow 90 Nature, Thievery
Inferno oil 200 Arcana, Nature, Thievery
Keen oil 600 Arcana, Thievery
Lodret leaf 200 Heal, Nature
Noxious grenade 700 Arcana, Thievery
Panther tears 100 Heal, Nature
Resonance crystal 160 Arcana, Nature
Spotted toadstool venom 600 Nature, Thievery
Suppression crystal 120 Arcana, Nature
Tension wheel 120 Arcana, Thievery
Tethercord 120 Arcana, Nature, Thievery
Woundpatch 120 Heal, Nature

Clockwork Bomb

Level: 4
Category: Volatile
Time: 15 minutes
Component Cost: See below
Market Price: 160 gp
Key Skill: Arcana or Thievery (no check)

A clockwork bomb is a small box, about a foot on a side, covered with springs, dials, gauges, and knobs. It issues an unnerving ticking sound, and vibrates so violently that it moves about. When the timer goes off, the device explodes.

Clockwork Bomb
Level 4+
You set the device on the ground and hope that it detonates when you want it to.
Lvl 4 40 gp
Lvl 9 160 gp
Lvl 14 800 gp
Lvl 19 4,200 gp
Lvl 24 21,000 gp
Lvl 29 105,000 gp
Alchemical Item
Power (Consumable Fire): Minor Action. Place the clockwork bomb in your space or in a square adjacent to you, and decide how many rounds pass before the bomb goes off (6 rounds maximum). Each round, at the start of your turn, move the clockwork bomb one square in a direction of your choosing and roll a d6. On a roll of 6, the bomb detonates prematurely. If the clockwork bomb is hit by an attack (the bomb has the same defenses as its user), it also explodes. When the bomb detonates, make an attack: Area burst 1 centered on the bomb’s space; targets each creature in burst; +7 vs. Reflex; 1d10 fire damage.
Special: Once the bomb is set, it can be disabled with a DC 17 Thievery check.
Level 9: +12 vs. Reflex; 2d10 fire damage; DC 19 Thievery.
Level 14: +17 vs. Reflex; 3d10 fire damage; DC 23 Thievery.
Level 19: +22 vs. Reflex; 4d12 fire damage; DC 27 Thievery.
Level 24: +27 vs. Reflex; 4d12 fire damage; DC 29 Thievery.
Level 29: +32 vs. Reflex; 5d12 fire damage; DC 33 Thievery.

Clear-Path Mist

Level: 8
Category: Other
Time: 30 minutes
Component Cost: See below
Market Price: 375 gp
Key Skill: Arcana or Nature (no check)

Ordinary undergrowth cannot stand against this concoction—a mere dusting causes plants to wither and die.

Clear-Path Mist
Level 8+
The mist clears out the underbrush, making your path easier to travel.
Lvl 8 125 gp
Lvl 13 650 gp
Lvl 18 3,400 gp
Lvl 23 17,000 gp
Lvl 28 85,000 gp
Alchemical Item
Power (Consumable Poison): Standard Action. Make an attack: Close blast 3; targets plants; +11 vs. Reflex; 1d4 poison damage, and ongoing 5 poison damage (save ends). In addition, you remove any difficult terrain created by flora such as foliage or undergrowth within the area of the attack.
Level 13: Close blast 5; +16 vs. Reflex; 1d4 poison damage, and ongoing 5 poison damage (save ends).
Level 18: Close blast 5; +21 vs. Reflex; 2d4 poison damage, and ongoing 5 poison damage (save ends).
Level 23: Close blast 5; +26 vs. Reflex; 2d4 poison damage, and ongoing 10 poison damage (save ends).
Level 28: Close blast 5; +31 vs. Reflex; 3d4 poison damage, and ongoing 10 poison damage (save ends).

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May 18

10 Important Facts About Eberron

May 22

Alchemical formulas and sample items.

May 27

Paragon Path: Self-Forged
"I improve myself by any means necessary."

May 29

The pantheon and sample deities.

June 1

Paragon Path: Warforged Juggernaut
"Out of my way, flesh bags!"

June 5

By level, and sample rituals.

June 8

Epic Destiny: Champion of Prophecy
"Nothing can stop you. You were born for this.
It’s who you are."

June 12

Heroic tier feat table.