Greetings again from Steampunk-Shrunk Towers.
Imagine, dear reader, the bats wheeling and swirling overhead and an incalculable quantity of spiders spinning their webs to coat each corner and dangle from every vaulted ceiling. Little light penetrates the ivy-clad windows at this time of year and even the log fire hisses and smokes as the damp permeates every part of our ancient building.
Does that set the scene nicely for what follows?
We noticed that we have not yet provided the full text for our rather popular little Book of Potions. We consider it to be perfectly readable, but there are those who complain that the print is rather small, so here follows a complete transcript for your edification.
TO ENABLE SILENT MOVEMENT
Place into a cauldron a quart of ditch water, collected in the dark of the moon. To this add the following:
– a pinch of broomstick fleas
– 4 bats’ wings
– a scoop of octopus slime
– 2 pinches of tarantula hair
Allow to steep for at least 7 days.
Light a fire beneath the cauldron and boil vigorously for several hours, until a yellow film covers the potion and the mixture is thick.
Strain it into jars and allow to stand for some several days until well congealed.
Rub the potion all over your body and allow to dry before dressing. You will now be able to sneak up on your enemies or prey.
When old age, or a strong fascination with heavy metal music has rendered you less able to hear clearly, you will find this substance of great assistance.
Crush the following items together in a pestle and mortar:
– 1 ounce of pickled beetles,
– 3 fly agaric mushrooms
– a scoop of brain juice
– 7 camomile flowers
Once you have a smooth powder, bind it together with the whites of as many larks’ eggs as needed to make a firm paste.
Leave to dry until hard, then crumble the mixture into jars or bottles.
A small quantity should be placed into each ear. The effects will last for approximately 12 hours
POTION TO REPEL THE UNDEAD
Prepare a concoction composed of equal parts wild garlic, hemlock, sumac, mouldy cheese and dried warts.
This substance will prove quite irresistible to your victim and will draw it to sample the potion.
The active ingredient, however, which will drive all zombies away, never to return, is a plant known commonly as Angel’s Tears. This you must dry and crush very finely, combining it with the other ingredients so that the undead do not perceive it.
Steep this mixture in gin for some thirty days, then pour into shot glasses and leave in places where you suspect the undead will gather or approach.
POTION TO INCREASE LIFE EXPECTANCY
While no potion is proof against natural disasters, mob violence or angry villagers with long pointed sticks, this potion is proven to otherwise extend life to the age of at least 350 years. Indeed, Mistress Althemia Potentate claims to have been alive for 487 years after taking a teaspoonful a day for most of her life.
To a pint of cider vinegar (with the mother), add:
– 17 goji berries
– 3 ounces of rolled oats
– 5 eagle toes
– 6 dead men’s teeth (powdered)
– a sprig of rosemary
– a tablespoon of hearing powder (see earlier recipe)
– a slug of sloe gin
– one cup of cold tea
This should be stirred thoroughly and placed overnight in the light of a full moon before straining and bottling it.
One teaspoon a week, diluted in shark blood if preferred, should be sufficient to prolong your life to a considerable degree. However if you wish to enter the Irish Stout Book of Records or decorate your home with cards of congratulation from many successive monarchs, you could try taking a teaspoon each day.
No book of potion recipes would be complete without one to render you invisible from other humans. Be warned, however, that you will still be visible to certain creatures, particularly hobgoblins, elves, banshees, sprites, trolls and vampires.
To your cauldron add a pint of spring water and the following ingredients:
– 14 moth wings (any variety)
– 3 desiccated spiders
– 2 grams of powdered bat wings
– an ounce of eagle fat
– a pinch of thyme
– a few drops of octopus ink
Boil vigorously until dark brown in colour and of a treacle-like consistency.
Take a tablespoon an hour before you require invisibility.
NB Effects wear off quickly.
We are sure you will recognise how useful it would be to have your own copy of this invaluable volume. Fortunately, you can purchases it for a trifling amount from any of the following outlets:
- The SteampunkDollsHouse Etsy shop (either as a ready-made book or a printable DIY version) with 20% off during October 2019
- The Crispin Emorium in Street, Somerset, UK as a ready-made book
- Magpie Vintage in Midsomer Norton (see previous post for location details) as a ready-made book
- Steampunk-Shrunk stalls, in both formats. The next one is the Wells Spooktacular in Wells Town Hall, Somerset on October 26th.