Water Material in The Morning Realm | World Anvil


Water is vital to mortal life. It springs from ground, flows along the land and drains into the sea. Along the way, certain types of water gain magical properties that are beneficial to alchemy. These waters are often harvested and traded at much higher prices and volumes than standard drinking water meant for consumption.   Some regions, like the Lichen Marshes, base the majority of their export economy around the water trade. The Lichen Marshes is the leading producer and exporter of Rotwater, a crucial ingredient for Healing Potions, due to its undead-infested marshes.   In cases where no innate properties are desired, especially when working with especially volatile ingredients, most chose to use conjured water. This water does not contain any innate magical properties, and may be safely used.



Crosswater is gathered from the point at which two or more rivers meet. It is usually used by druids and other people with divinatory practices to aid them in communing with spirits or seeing into the past or future.   A traditional elven practice of divination uses crosswater. A few drops of crosswater are sprinkled on the forehead of someone at their deathbed. Should it run heartside, the patient will recover, if it runs towards the eyes, they will have difficulties. The patient will die should it run down the right.
SourceConfluence of Two Rivers
Used inPotion of Clairvoyance, Potion of Comprehension, Potion of Mind Reading,

Elemental Water

Water harvested from an elemental is thick with arcane potential. Elemental water is essential for transformative potions. No other water is capable of providing it's own magical source. There have been many attempts to distill elemental water into something a caster can injest to rejuvinate their own stores of magicka, but noone has succeeded yet.   Elemental water does have the drawback of occasional reanimation, which can make it somewhat unpleasant to drink or hold down.
SourceWater Elementals
Used inBottled Breath, Potion of Aqueous Form, Potion of Diminution/Growth, Potion of Invisibility, Potion of Speed

Morning Dew

Morning Dew is collected by dragging sheets across plants, and wringing the water out of the fabric. Keeping track of the moon cycle is especially important when collecting dew, the dew formed after new moons or full moons is especially potent.   Practicioners of Wortcraft give glasses of morning dew gathered under a waxing moon to the ill to aid them in their recovery.
Used inPotion of Giant Strength, Potion of Climbing,


Rainwater is not particularly potent, but is decent for cleansing and purification. It is used alongside snowwater to create Potions of Vitality.   Only one type of rainwater is in enough demand to be traded for; Blood Rain. This unique red-tinted rain occurs rarely in the mountainous southern regions of the Lichen Marshes. If vials of blood rain are left alone long enough, the red settles as sediment, suggesting that it is a contagion causing the red colour rather than some inate property of the local rain.
Used inPotion of Vitality, Potion of Watchful Rest


Also called Dead Water. Rotwater is often gathered from stagnant bogs, or other death-seeped water. Water that has held undead or been around them becomes rotwater.   Rotwater is imbued with the unnatural healing factor of the undead, and is a crucial ingredient for Potions of Healing. It is a dangerous ingredient to use carelessly, as rotwater causes necrosis if it isn't neutralized with Living Water.   Rotwater is a major export from the Lichen Marshes.
SourceStagnant bogs, undead territory
Used inPotion of Healing


Snowwater, or meltwater, is ideal for treatment or prevention of disease. Most alchemists recommend purifying it through distillation, ideally with an alembic.   Snowwater is used as a vaccine in some rural areas. The snow is melted in a cup, and then drunk to protect against the flu. Studies of these rural communities does indeed show a heightened resistance to disease, as well as significant increase in intestinal worms and other parasites.
PropertiesTreating disease, harm reduction
Used inPotion of Vitality, Potion of Resistance


Springwater, also known as Living Water, is running water collected from natural springs or waterfalls. Springwater has rejuvenative properties, and is believed to be ideal for beauty products. It also inately counteracts the negative side effects of rotwater.
SourceNatural Springs or Waterfalls
PropertiesBeauty, Counteracts negative effects of Rotwater
Used inElixir of Health, Philter of Love, Potion of Heroism


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Jul 25, 2021 23:04

I love the juxtaposition of reading through the submissions for this prompt and seeing all of the resources that everyone has come up with that are unique and only exist in their world, and then seeing the title of yours and seeing that you've taken it in such an interesting way.   (Reading this back before submitting the comment I realised that it might not come across as complimentary as I mean it to be. To be absolutely clear, I love your article and think what you've done with it is brilliant.)

Jul 30, 2021 13:22 by Annie Stein

No offense taken at all, that's exactly what I'm going for, and I'm glad someone enjoys it as well! I really enjoy writing about mundane things and making my own fantastical take on it.

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Aug 3, 2021 18:48 by Amy Winters-Voss

This is the most unique take on a water article I've seen! <3

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Aug 4, 2021 09:59 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I learned about magical waters in Russian and Slavic folklore when researching ingredients for my potions of healing, and I absolutely loved it. A lot of these are lifted directly from folklore, and then adapted to fit this fantasy world of mine.

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Sep 18, 2021 18:56 by Amy Winters-Voss

Thank you for entering the Summer Camp Material Prompt! Giving you a sticker in recognition of your excellent entry for interesting and imaginative ideas! As I said before it was such a unique article on water! Loved it!

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Sep 18, 2021 19:31 by Annie Stein

Thank you so much! I'm so flattered ^^

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Sep 19, 2021 12:06

This article is amazing! I actually laughed out loud when I imagined a reanimated water elemental trying to escape my cup to escape me.

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Sep 19, 2021 12:23 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I imagine they've caused plenty havoc, especially when an aspiring apprentice of alchemy is left alone with a storeroom full!

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Sep 24, 2021 15:50 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Great article, I love how you've managed to give lots of different magical properties to the water and how they are logically linked to where it is found /how it is gathered :D

Sep 24, 2021 16:23 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I'm glad it makes sense to someone else too :D

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Sep 24, 2021 23:56 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I love reading about the different types of water alongside the little tables saying what they are used for in alchemy. A really unique take on this prompt. <3

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Oct 29, 2021 11:15 by AS Lindsey (Pan)

Fun read, I love the idea of water having different metaphysical properties based on how and when it's collected.   Small note: it's "innate", not "inate".

Oct 30, 2021 21:09 by Annie Stein

Thanks, both for the comment and the note ^^

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