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Antimony

A bottle of molten Antimony.

Antimony (chemical symbol: Sb) is a chemical element. In its elemental form is a silvery white, crystalline solid.[1]

Antimony is used as an ingredient in potion-making in its molten form is also used as a potion ingredient.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Antimony reaches its melting point at 630.63°C (1167.13°F). Given this, it is most likely that liquid Antimony is a not-so-common potion ingredient, or else that it is bewitched to melt without heating.
  • Antimony trisulfide (stibium) was used around the ancient Mediterranean as a cosmetic to darken the eyes and was also sometimes used medicinally.[3][4] In the Middle Ages, antimony was well known to alchemists.[5]
  • Antimony is quite toxic in all but the smallest amounts. However, it's quite possible that some form of spell or magical means is employed to neutralize this toxicity, or that potions using antimony include other ingredients which react alchemically with antimony to produce a non-toxic end product.

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