Every day this week I'll be providing a sample from a section from my upcoming product: The Flavour Handbook. This week I'll be presenting sections from an article offering suggestions on how to describe powers and abilities in unique ways. First up: Acid damage!
Many people picture the ubiquitous green bubbling goo as the classic example of acid, despite many of the most common acids actually being clear and water like. Many other DnD writers have pointed out that acid is associated with the element of earth, but why is this? The general response is that they draw on Alkali salts. Imagine your acid attack as a hulking chunk of chalky white salt that causes flesh to burn and blister with a touch. Or break it down into jagged salty crystals that pierce into the flesh and burn from within. Grind that down even further and your acid attack can be a spray of fine scouring powder that erodes and burns everything it touches, think lye or other intensive powder cleaners . If you dare to do a quick internet search for acid burns you'll see some absolutely horrifying images, and I only recommend this if you're very hearty as some of those images stick with you. If realistic acid doesn't suit your needs; consider pure dissolution. The target of your damage just seems to corrode, disintegrate, fall apart on a most basic level. Or get even more aberrant, perhaps your acid damage appears as strange alien runes and symbols carved or burned into the target, and an object destroyed is left as unusual oddly shaped and sculpted eldritch designs of otherworldly geometry.