Going through the to-do list given to him by his bright-eyed boss, a wizard finds the following shopping list:

a shaving of licorice root
a red dragon's scale
a lodestone and iron filings
a drop of giant slug bile
a piece of obsidian
rose petals
a pair of linked silver rings
a chip of mica
a small crystal sphere
a bit of string and of wood
a small leather loop

The wizard knows that his boss, as a wizard herself, has issued company-mandated arcane focuses (gorgeous crystals styled after her secret prized possession), so spell components are redundant. After poring over it for a while, he grins, and pulls open his spellbook to study a spell. What spell does he study, and who does he work for?


The answer to "who does he work for?" is generic, not her actual name.



The spell is the Dungeons and Dragons 5E spell "Soul Cage", and he works for a lich.

Explanation of list:

The items on the list are spell components for D&D 5E. The corresponding spells are:

  • Haste
  • Aganazzar's Scorcher
  • Reverse Gravity
  • Vitriolic Sphere
  • Erupting Earth
  • Sleep
  • Telepathy
  • Shatter
  • Otiluke's Freezing Sphere
  • Unseen servant
  • Levitate

Taking the first letter of each spell gives "Harvest Soul".


I couldn't find a "Harvest Soul" spell, so this might be an instruction to the apprentice. Looking at the Necromancy spell list, "Soul Cage" seems like the most likely candidate.

Liches are interested in collecting souls. "Bright-eyed boss" is a reference to her glowing eye-sockets, and her secret prized possession is her phylactery.

  • $\begingroup$ I was originally going for rot13(vzcevfbazrag onfrq ba gur yvpu'f qrfpevcgvba va gur zbafgre znahny), but from what I could find, your answer is just as valid. You solved the actual puzzle part of it, so here's a check for you! $\endgroup$ – samm82 Jan 14 at 22:42
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    $\begingroup$ @samm82 Kudos for accepting an answer that is not the one you imagined, that's not common $\endgroup$ – xhienne Jan 15 at 15:58

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