I've tried this idea on a few forums, but I have a feeling this crowd is good for a whole other type of input/reaction. So here goes,
Guano (bat poo) is a material component for the fireball spell. So lets say you don't have any guano, but you do have a handy polymorph spell or potion. So you turn yourself into a bat, and when the duration ends and you become yourself again, you collect your poo, mix it with some sulphur and, viola! Fireball components.
Is your poo still guano after the spell ends? Does it come out as human (or demihuman) to begin with? Or, because it came out of a bat, is it, and will it always be, bat poo?
Post by TinkerDragoon on Nov 19, 2003 0:36:05 GMT -5
Substances expelled from the body as waste are not a part of the body (and really weren't to begin with). Polymorph Self does alter some physiological functions (specifically movement and breathing), so I would go with your defecations being authentic bat guano, and remaining so after you resumed your original form. This brings up an interesting question though: is food consumed prior to transformation changed to fit the intestines of the caster, or perhaps merged with the caster as bodily material? Or worse yet, does it remain completely unaffected (meaning a mage who polymorphs into a smaller creature is forced to make an immediate... deposit...)?
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LÖL Now thats definitely an interesting thought "Go polymorph over there this time. I still can't get the smell out of my robe from the last time you did that near me".
I would put my money on the poo being authentic. I mean there's dragons who polymorph into humans and elves. You don't here a lot of stories about giant poo cropping up all over the place. "The other day I let this elf use my bathroom. Then a few hours later....You wouldn't believe what my house looks like!!!"