While Simon is speaking with Aulexus, Warran’s mind races to see if there is anything he can remember to help. He thinks back to his schooling and though he was never really interested in Alchemy, there was a period of time when he did listen to some older students and scribbled down some notes in his earlier years to see if he was interested in learning about it. Maybe there is something in there which can help us… Most likely not…
He pulls out his journal and goes towards some of the very first pages. The words on the page are tightly scrawled and close together. They are hard to read, as time has caused them to fade, but he is able to make most of them out. 'Bezoars, mostly ineffective against…unable to read…’ A mixture of an alcoholic drink with 'cinnamon and gold leaf to aid digestion’… Another digestive aid made with a 'liqueur of deer blood, liquorice, and anise seeds/crushed’… Warran thinks to himself: What were these guys on about… None of this is helpful!
Finally, he spots something at the bottom corner of the page, something helpful. 'Items which can and cannot be dissolved in alcohol.’ There is a short list of 30 powders: under ‘can dissolve’ is salt; under ‘cannot dissolve’ is saltpetre. Finally, something useful!, he thinks to himself.
Around this time, Simon is finishing his talk with Aulexus. Before they enter negotiations, Warran gives Aulexus a consolidated breakdown of all the information they have gathered the last couple of days, highlighting the most important notes, and finishes by saying, “Kaelin found out we should be looking for a blend of salt and saltpetre. I instructed the orc guide to find us someone who can acquire this for us. If at any point you think the goods on offer are not this, we can always test the salt mixture in a clear spirit. The regular salt will eventually dissolve, but the saltpetre will not and will cause the liquid to be cloudy… Or at least that is what my old notes indicate…”
Warran shrugs, “I imagine this can be used as leverage in your dealings with the captain. But I am not sure it is of much use to you. But still having more information is better than having less…”