In a back alley reeking of blood and littered with vampire bats is a petite little shop run by three witchy sisters - Intravenous Solutions. Gretchin, Sascha, and Filamina sell not potions, but serums, by buying blood wholesale and processing it themselves. With various methods of centrifugation and infusion, they add particular alchemical ingredients to the stock serums to produce potent magical effects.
Some key differences between potions and serums:
- Serums are injected, rather than ingested. (Syringes and needles sold separately!)
- Serums are much stronger. Their effects are more immediate. Potions take several minutes to take effect. Serums take seconds.
- Serums go bad much quicker, and require refrigeration or freezing to extend their lifespan.
- When serums expire, they start to lose effectiveness or gain potentially deleterious qualities.
- Saves against Serums are at disadvantage by default, as it's harder to resist something that's already in your blood.
Also, pretty legit.
These are what serums are available presently.
If doubles are rolled, then that serum is on sale for a discounted price (50% Off), but is "Slightly Expired".
If triples are rolled, then the recipe for that serum is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The Witches only take objects of sincere personal attachment instead of money or other valuables. The more attachment and love an item has, the more valuable it is.
If a quadruple is rolled, then Intravenous Solutions is going out of business, and the three sisters are donating their last batches of serum. They have an entire crate (4d12 vials) of fresh serum available for the cost of a single portion.
|That mead-looking stuff in the upper|
third of the vial, that's serum.
Bargin Bin Serums come by the box, aren't labeled, and produce entirely random effects. It's like the discount DVD bin at the gas station, but you don't know what's inside and it carries bloodborne pathogens.
All Serums of this magical nature normally only last 3 days once they're made before they begin to expire. Refrigeration extends the time required for serums to expire to double the time (1 Week). Freezing will extend this duration up to 3 Months, but every time a sample is frozen it permanently gains a 10% failure chance.
The Sisters will also buy blood wholesale. The rarer or more interesting the blood, the more they'll offer. They will buy whole blood at the listed price for its derived serum, by the pint, but only if it's less than a Day old. (Note: a completely exsanguinated average adult male corpse will yield about 10 pints of blood. Enough for a full commercial batch of magic serum! You will need special tools to complete exsanguinate something, though. Normal methods will net you maybe 1d6 pints per corpse.)
For example, let's say you recently killed a Librarian - not judging, just saying. If you immediately drained their blood and transported it to the Sisters, they'd pay 2d10x10 gold per pint. No questions asked. Alternatively, they would offer you 1 vial of Memory Serum per pint, instead of gold. Making said serum would take 1 Day for the Sisters..
Bargin Bin / Completely Expired Serum Effects