A relatively recent creation of alchemical experimentation, Guilloux Gluant, or simply Gluant, has found use in a multitude of ways. Originally created as a means of sealing wounds without gauze, Gluant has been used in new and exciting ways since its creation. The creator, Jean Luc Guilloux, is a carpenter-turned-alchemist who was looking for a better way to seal cuts he received on a daily basis from accidents in his workshop. After many attempts, he came up with a substance that, when allowed to dry, created a seal over wounds that acted efficiently as a substitute for a gauze bandage. Further experimentation proved that the new compound also worked to bind objects together, a lesson he learned the hard way when the jar he was holding the mixture in stuck to his hand. Today, Guilloux’s Gluant has drawn interest in the fields of medicine and construction for its applications. Although it is uncommon to find it on a store shelf at this point, the recipe is quickly spreading across the world.
Guilloux Gluant’s creator, Jean Luc Guilloux, is a carpenter living in Ithania who suffered from shaky hands, and often ended up gaining nicks and scratches all across his arms as he worked. As bandage prices began to take up a majority of his income, he decided to take matters into his own hands and began experimenting with local ingredients to create something to cover up his wounds. What he ended up with was a viscous yellow paste that, when allowed to cure, formed a hard seal over a surface. After testing it on a cut on his arm, he found that it allowed the cut to heal over without much interference to the process or harm to himself, outside of ripping the hair from his arms when removed.
Content in his experiment, he went to set down the old glass jar he had chosen to store the Gluant in, only to find himself incapable of releasing it. After much flailing and the destruction of a few bottles of rum he had stored in his workshop, he finally managed to free himself. Thinking on his feet, he whipped up a few more batches and began to sell it at the local market as a ‘wonder sticker’. To further prove his point, he constructed a stall without using a single nail, instead relying on the Gluant to hold the boards together. From there, the compound spread, and with it other alchemists attempting to backwards engineer the glue. Today, Gluant is just entering the markets of Regalia, though what it will provide in the future is anyone’s guess.
To start, the bones of any Equine creature must be cleaned of all flesh and then boiled until sterile. The bones are then crushed or hammered into a fine powder and set off to the side. Next, the distilled water must be brought to a boil over a fire. To the boiling water, add the powdered bones and vinegar and stir until combined while maintaining a boil. After this is mixed thoroughly, one can turn down the heat mix in the tallow using a spoon or hands, taking care to perform the actions before it sticks together. Once the ingredients have been thoroughly distributed, pour the compound into air tight container and seal. For best results, store in cool, dry place.
Gluant can be applied to any surface using one’s hands or a brush, and begins to take effect the moment the compound is exposed to open air. When applying it as a bandage, the wound should be pressed together as best as possible before applying a layer of Gluant to the lesion. This should then be given time to dry before engaging in any strenuous activities. If applying to a surface as a binding agent, one must make sure that the area is clean of debris before applying the Gluant. The secondary object should be pressed onto the Gluant as quickly as possible, and held there for ten seconds to allow the Gluant to bind the two objects.
When applied to a wound, the Gluant will form a hard, protective seal over the cut, allowing the body to heal naturally. This will flake off in roughly a week, where either more needs to be applied or the wound can be left open to the air. This is due to the compound being exposed to the open air and elements for extended periods of time. It can be used for longer if the individual does not bathe or get the material wet. It should be noted that Gluant does not make wounds impermeable to infection, and thus should be cleaned thoroughly and regularly.
If applied as a bonding agent being used to stick things together, it can last upwards of two months if kept in the proper conditions. This can be utilized as a cheap replacement for nails when metal shortages occur, though does not result in as high a quality seal as traditional nails. Gluant has a threshold for breaking around fifty pounds, and anything more than that will cause the two objects to quickly come apart. Tests to attempt to strengthen the compound have met with mixed results.
Gluant is a thick, yellow paste when in liquid form and a hard, pale yellow shell if allowed to dry. It smells strongly of vinegar and will separate when left alone for extended periods of time. Gluant should never be consumed, despite the product being safe for most races to ingest, excluding Maraya and Maiar. The product may harden as it is being digested, forming a large blockage and potentially killing the individual.
- So far only strong alcohols such as Vodka or Rum have been able to effectively dissolve the bond made by Gluant. As a result, particularly strong alcoholic drinks are said to be strong enough to strip paint or Gluant.
- Since the creation of Gluant, Ithanian clinics have had to start a new form for ‘individuals who have gotten something stuck to themselves’.
- Almost tragically, Guilloux originally attempted to make a keg to store rum in using boards and his Gluant. The keg fell apart shortly after the rum was introduced.