#AtoZ: J is for Juniper

This post belongs to the #AtoZchallenge 2024, where I attempt to turn a word a day into something that can be used in Role Playing Games.

Juniper is a tree family, best known for its berries which are one of the base ingredients of gin. Almost all parts of the tree are useful: the berries can be used as spice or turned into oil, the young leaves brewed as teas, the wood for bows, juniper ash as calcium additive. Some cultures use junipers to turn evil.

How to integrate it into your typical fantasy RPG?

  • Have your priests use holy gin instead of holy water for the added oomph against evil beings.
  • Use juniper as paraphernalia in rituals or protection spells.
  • Doppelginger, Flumph and similar malleable beings could be allergic against juniper due to its bone strengthening effect.

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