The Pouch Itself
The component pouch is a small bag made of worn, faded red leather, lined on the inside with blue felt. Supple leather drawstrings pull the mouth shut and are long enough to loop around a belt to ease carrying.
The inside of the pouch is divided into one large compartment and two smaller ones. There are three slim pockets in the lining of the larger compartment to hold longer items like sprigs of wood or sticks of graphite.
The pouch always has a vague smell of must and patchouli, along with the combined smells of whatever is currently being stored inside it.
Inside The Pouch
Alongside more common spell components like guano, chalk, iron filings, charcoal, and the like, the pouch contains the following:
- Seven dead beetles, preserved and painted in a variety of shimmering colours – cerulean, umber, dragon’s blood, cadmium yellow, emerald, violet, ultramarine.
- An ivory sculpture of a rotund humanoid with short, stubby limbs. The bloated stomach is painted with a single red eye.
- A set of 23 brass buttons of various sizes, looped together with purple thread and wrapped in a silk pocket square.
- A slender glass cylinder, 4 inches long and the width of a pinky fingernail, encasing a single strand of gold thread. It shimmers in light like oil on water.
- A handful of smooth stone pebbles, each about the size of a silver piece, wrapped together in strong made from dried and wound seaweed.
- A stoppered wooden vial containing pink glass that has been ground into fine dust.
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Image Credit: Police raid a lodging house at night and arrest a convicted thief. Coloured etching by G. Cruikshank, 1848, after himself. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)