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Greenwheel Carnival – Ivorysmile’s Mobile Apothecary and Medicine Emporium

18 January, 2014

As my contribution to Role Play Craft‘s Green Wheel Carnival collaboration:
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Ivorysmile’s Mobile Apothecary and Medicine Emporium

Ivorysmile’s wagon is large and heavy, taking four unhappy looking oxen to pull it from place to place.  The green paint scheme on the wagon is enhanced by various plants growing in window boxes and climbing up the sides of the wagon which is painted with stylized herbs and plants, the real and unreal intertwining.

When open for business, there is a canvas awning set up and straw mats placed on the ground.  Tables of gathered herbs, bottles and jars full of plants, seeds and odd powers and are stacked up and small boxes contain the more exotic materials back with Ivorysmile has a set of scales, mixing bowls, pill makers and more, all ready to “cure any ill and treat any ailment” as he puts it.  Any common medicine or cure, along with a variety of common nostrums for those who will not take his advice, is available along with some more exotic remedies which he keeps close at hand and away from sticky fingers.

Aurson Ivorysmile is tall and thin with heavily-lidded dark eyes.  His fingers are long and dexterous and most have rings on them.   His skin is pale and -in some lights- has a slight green cast.  He wears simple robes with pockets everywhere and often covers his bald head with a tightly wrapped turban.  Ivorysmile happily plays up his foreign and exotic appearance, making obscure comments on occult subject to confer an air of otherness about himself.

Ivorysmile is an amazingly competent apothecary and alchemist, his current focus is tailoring cures and potions to various species.  As part of this he is willing to offer potions to people at highly competitive rates if they promise to report back to him on the effectiveness of the various mixes and tweaks.  He is always interested in acquiring potion, alchemical items and -most of all- research and formula of such, for those he will offer a fair price in coin but a very good value of trade.

Ivorysmile is distantly related to snakemen or dragons or both, even he may not know, but he is able to speak with snakes and reptiles and is near immune to their venom.  He has access to a variety of occult and secret alchemical techniques that he has gained in his travels and researches, all of his notes and journals is kept in his personal cypher.  Among the things that Ivorysmile keeps in his wagon is a wide variety of poisonous snakes, that are all very friendly to him.  But uninvited guests are likely to have a rude surprise.

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2 comments

  1. Totally awesome! You have a very evocative and descriptive style.

    Do you mind if I add this to my post?


    • Not in the least! It was fun to do. Hopefully we will get more people adding things to the carnival.



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