A TLOH insight
I came up with the idea of Aegirine’s Chance Dice from a scene in Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace when Qui Gon Jinn was negotiating with Watto for the freedom of Anakin and his mother Shmi. It was to be settled by the throw of a dice. This idea gave me a basis to work with.
The Chance Dice appear in a chapter of TLOH I really enjoyed writing because it allowed the excuse for my interest in Alchemy to come to the fore and it added a real depth to the mysterious Alchemist in my book.
Excerpt from The Legend Of Heliodor: The Crystal Spirits
“… On his desk were five chance dice, all made from the same dark hardwood and looked to be a set. One was a six sided cube, one had eight triangular sides, one had ten triangular sides, one had twelve pentagonal sides and the last one had twenty small triangular sides.
Aegirine picked up the chance dice and cupped them in his aging hand, gently shaking them, careful not to drop any on the floor. He then turned his hand over and placed them on the desk by the Arcana cards and studied the numbers that now displayed, faced upwards.
The eccentric alchemist was visibly shaken as he perused the results and seemed to wobble in his stance as his colour drained with the news the chance dice foretold.”
Aegirine’s Chance Dice
The Key Numbers 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 7 - 12
The hand of Certainty
1 2 3 4 5 = the ‘Perfect Hand’
The hand of ‘Likely’
7 and 12 with either 1 2 3, 2 3 4, 3 4 5
The hand of ‘Possible’
A roll of the dice containing at least one key number with any other
The hand of ‘Unlikely’
Any roll of the dice that does not contain a key number
Why the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 7 12 are the Key Numbers
Alchemy number meanings
1 the First Matter, Prima Materia; ‘the one only one’
2 the 2 Hermetic Laws; Opposites – life death, Sol Luna, fixed volatile, day night
3 the 3 Essentials – salt sulphur mercury
4 the 4 elements - fire air water earth
5 Quintessence – the fifth element
7 the 7 Alchemic metals - gold silver mercury copper iron tin lead
the 7 Alchemic planets - Sun Moon Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn
12 the 12 Alchemic procedures; the 12 Zodiac signs, 12 months
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 7 + 12 = 34 that’s 3 and 4 = 7 = 4 and 3
the 4 elements x the 3 essentials = 12
the 4 elements + the 3 essentials = 7
12 – 7 = 5, Quintessence – the fifth element
the fifth element 5 ─ the 4 elements = 1, the First Matter
the 4 elements – the 3 essentials = 1, the First Matter