Suude is an illegal substance sold in Tal'Dorei. It is refined from arcane residuum, and causes a head rush and enhances senses and magic.[2]

Properties Edit

When suude is smoked, the user must make a Constitution saving throw or be knocked unconscious.[1][3] Upon a successful save, the user gains one sorcery point and access to a Metamagic option for one hour; more sorcery points can be gained by smoking more suude, but doing so increases the risk of an overdose.[1][4]

The exact Metamagic granted is based on the color of the suude:[1][5]

  • Brown suude: Extended Spell[6]
  • Blue suude: Twinned Spell
  • Red suude: Distant Spell

History Edit

Background Edit

Suude was first refined during the Age of Arcanum to enhance very long ritual casting, but it gradually spread to less reputable elements.[7]

The Campaign of Vox Machina Edit

Scanlan told Jarett Howarth about how Vox Machina had met and allied with J'mon Sa Ord, and offered to get Jarett pardoned for an unspecified crime he had committed back in Ank'Harel. In exchange, he asked Jarett to get him some drugs. Jarett protested that he didn't deal with that kind of thing, but told Scanlan he could get some suude in the Turst Fields south of the Alabaster Sierras. Jarett offered to send a courier to get it, but warned Scanlan that the substance was highly illegal. However, Jarett did point out that the prison he'd normally be locked in was out of use due to the Chroma Conclave's attack on Emon, so now would be the best time to buy some. It took a bit more convincing from Scanlan, but eventually Jarett promised to get him some suude.[8] 

When Scanlan continued to press Jarett to acquire suude for him, Jarett warned that he had seen the drug ruin lives near K’Tawl Swamp,[9] but he eventually supplied Scanlan with brown suude.[10] A short time later, Scanlan overdosed on the drug and briefly knocked himself unconscious, causing confusion and panic in the party.[11]

Campaign Two: The Mighty Nein Edit

The Mighty Nein looted the Overcrow Apothecary and found a bag[12] that Beauregard identified as suude, ground whitestone, worth 1,000 gold; this discovery led Taliesin to conclude that the store was a front rather than a bona fide business.[13]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 55.
  2. From Matthew Mercer's tweet regarding Tal'Dorei drugs.
  3. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) at 0:35:05.  Scanlan demonstrates what happens when one uses suude and fails the saving throw.
  4. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) at 3:10:10.
  5. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) at 3:10:03.
  6. See "Deadly Echoes" (1x82) from 3:08:40 through 3:09:26.  Scanlan tries brown suude again and succeeds on his saving throw, and Matt explains how that version works.
  7. See from TMx10 through 1:01:25.
  8. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) from 2:27:46 through 2:32:30.
  9. See "The Coming Storm" (1x73) at 1:01:18.
  10. See "The Siege of Emon" (1x78) at 0:51:45.
  11. See "What Lies Beneath the Surface" (1x81) from 33:26 through 44:13.
  12. See "Domestic Respite" (2x62) at 3:16:51.
  13. See "Domestic Respite" (2x62) from 3:22:15 through 3:24:15.
  1. Fan art of suude, by Rhiannon L. (source).  Used with permission.
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