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Azoth


Paracelsus, the famous 16th century alchemist/physician, owned a sword with the word "Azoth" carved into the pommel. It was believed at the time that Paracelsus hid a magical healing elixir within the pommel in case he was poisoned or fell ill.

Although Azoth is often thought to be the name of the sword, the word actually refers to a substance credited to Paracelsus known as philosopher's mercury. It was "a powder of the reddest colour, almost like saffron, yet the whole corporeal substance is liquid like resin... it is a ruby colour of the greatest weight." It was believed to be able to cure any ailment and had the ability to transmute metals, like the fabled philosopher's stone.

CE 16th Century, History, Medieval Europe, Mythology, Sword, Weapon


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