Philosopher's Stone

The Philosopher's Stone is a red, translucent material that can only be produced by means of a specific ritual. It is hard and durable, but by no means indestructible. The ritual to create it is extraordinarily complex and requires a number of components which can only be produced themselves by means of rituals. The exact details of these rituals are unknown.

The Philosopher's Stone's main value is in the role it plays in two rather simple alchemical rituals- the transmutation of lead into gold and the creation of the Elixir of Life. These rituals are well-known and quite simple to perform but due to the requirement for a Philosopher's Stone, they are hardly ever used.

The transmutation of lead into gold takes about 3 hours and converts up to about 10 kg of lead into gold. It also requires the burning of some cheap herbs.

The Elixir of Life is created from a mixture of one part milk, one part pure water and one part honey. It takes a half-hour long ritual to transmute a single drop. The Elixir of Life is a thick, clear, sweet liquid which when ingested, heals wounds, cures diseases and reverses the aging process. The Agency which had 6 sorcerers working 4-hour shifts, produced about a litre a year. A litre of the Elixir reverses the aging process about 150 years.

The Elixir of Life, it ought to be noted, repairs aging rather than reversing maturation. In crude terms, it will not de-age the drinker past about 20. More precisely, it will reverse the effects of wear-and-tear, but not growth or puberty. A 20-year old dosed with 5 years worth of Elixir will not look 15, but 10 years later, he may well look 25.

The Fruit of Wisdom is created by planting bananas along with a philosopher's stone in a Mediterranian climate, being the singular plant in a one-acre field. It takes one year to grow to a full 'tree', bearing one single fruit. After the fruit is picked, the tree withers and dies within an hour, and the field it is grown in rendered infertile for thirty-three years. The Fruit of Wisdom is a banana-like fruit with a tangy taste which when ingested, heightens one's intellect and wisdom, grants knowledge of some as yet unknown secrets of Magick, and grants sentience to animals. It is said that the only one who knows how to perform the ritual is Odin.