Black powder


Black powder is a chemical explosive, often used as a propellant for firearms, for which it is often called gunpowder. Black powder when used as an explosive is also often called blasting powder.

History[edit | edit source]

Invention and early use[edit | edit source]

The first confirmed invention and use of black powder came with the invention of the firearm. Around the year 807 PD, two years after the Briarwoods invaded Whitestone and killed Percy's family, he had a dream in which a shadowy creature, a demon named Orthax, offered him a means to enact revenge. Percy, believing the dream to be nothing more than that, accepted the bargain. When he awoke, he set about creating his first gun, as well as the black powder necessary to fire its bullets.[3]

In the city of Vasselheim, an eccentric man named Victor independently, and accidentally, discovered black powder by 810 PD. Victor would acquire and sort mining byproducts and in doing so and stumbled onto black powder. He had discovered that the substance had explosive results and was using it for the purposes of blast mining. He was overjoyed to learn that Percy had another use for black powder and was looking to purchase some from him.[4]

In Anna Ripley's attempts to recreate Percy's firearm technology, she would also recreate black powder, though doing so would cost her an arm.[5]

Later use[edit | edit source]

After Ripley produced and sold her firearm schematics,[6] creation and use of black powder spread worldwide, though the first city to mass produce black powder was Whitestone in 811 PD, on the authority of Percival himself so as to arm the newly formed Whitestone Rifle Corps.[7] The process was later particularly refined by alchemists and tinkerers of Port Zoon in the Clovis Concord. By 836 PD, black powder is produced in the Dwendalian Empire within the city of Hupperdook,[8] notably at the Firemark Facility,[9] and, around that time or earlier, found its way to Nicodranas, realizing as fireworks.[10]

In 843 PD, a part of the Crown Keepers was able to acquire a number of dynamite sticks within Kymal,[11] and in Marquet black powder goods, including dynamite, are manufactured and freely purchasable in Bassuras, in such places as Finders Takers.[12]

Uses[edit | edit source]

  • Firearms
  • Dynamites: Can be lit and thrown up to 30 feet as an action. It explodes at the start of your next turn. Creatures and objects within 20 feet of it must make a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw, taking 6d6 fire damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. Costs 100 gold pieces in the Cracksackle Guildhall of Kraghammer.[13]
  • Gluebombs: Can be primed and thrown up to 30 feet as an action. It explodes on impact. Creatures within 20 feet of it must make a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw or be restrained for 1 minute. A restrained creature can make a DC 12 Strength check as an action, escaping on a success. Costs 50 gold pieces in the Cracksackle Guildhall of Kraghammer.[13]
  • Stink bombs: Can be primed and thrown up to 30 feet as an action. It explodes at the start of your next turn. Creatures within 20 feet of it must make a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for 1 minute. A creature can repeat this save at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. Costs 25 gold pieces in the Cracksackle Guildhall of Kraghammer.[13]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The spell Fireball uses bat guano (a source of niter) and sulfur as its material components.[14] Because Fireball was a common spell as far back as the Age of Arcanum,[15] it can be surmised that while black powder may not have been invented then, its components were nonetheless used for magical explosives.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Rematch" (1x23) at 2:10:57.
  2. "The Rematch" (1x23) at 2:11:20.
  3. "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) from 5:43 through 6:13. Two years after Percy escaped from Whitestone in 805, Orthax appeared to Percy in a dream and showed him how to make his first gun.
  4. "The Rematch" (1x23) at 2:09:56.
  5. "Whispers" (1x29) at 46:07. see also 47:16
  6. "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) at 1:48:31.
  7. "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 48:56.
  8. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, "Welcome to Wildemount", p. 9.
  9. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 5: "Adventures in Wildemount", p. 222.
  10. "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 31:01. Returning from Rumblecusp, Beauregard bought from Sheila Bobsnopper a large cart full of fireworks.
  11. "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 4:21:48.
  12. "Hidden Truths" (3x26) at 1:40:27.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 3: "Tal'Dorei Gazetteer", p. 100.
  14. Player's Handbook, 5th edition, p. 241.
  15. "Bitterness and Dread" (E3x02) at 3:17:35. Laerryn casts Fireball.