Purple mineral powder
Micholite, or purple mineral, is an expensive component used by wizards in powder form.
"Look powder" will give you a rough estimate of how many handfuls you have, rounded to the nearest full number. If under a handful, it will give you an estimate of how many pinches you have. "count powder" will give you the exact number of pinches you have, up until one handful, after which it also rounds up to the nearest full number of handfuls.
Thus, 1 handful and 24 pinches will "look" and "count" like one handful, but 1 handful and 25 pinches will "look" and "count" like two handfuls.
The correct way of testing if you have over x handfuls is to do "count x handfuls of powder". This will let you know if you actually have that many handfuls.
You can "put x handfuls of powder in container" and "palm x handfuls of powder from container" but using "get powder" will only take at most one handful at a time.
- Recharging. It defines something about the intended expense of permalights when most artifacts can take a charge with a pinch or two, where the balsa wand takes a handful.
- Radiancing: Master Glimer's Amazing Glowing Thing, one handful.
- Stacklady's Morphic Resonator, one pinch.
- Crondor's Marvellous Sequestration, one handful.
Where to get some
- Pulverise a purple mineral nugget with a hammer. A nugget costs &&&&&&&&&&+27500 (Alchemists' Guild, Creel Springs House of Magic, a strange alleyway in Ephebe, you may know the drill), and turns into a random amount of powder. Argh. (There's some more stuff here about thieves trying to provide a discount.)
- Blue Moon Park, Bes Pelargic. When the streams aren't frozen, they can be searched to find seven pinches at a time (after which the stream is empty until the room refreshes). Succeeding in this requires a small amount of crafts.mining.ore.panning. A bonus of 51 is enough to succeed at least some of the time, but you might occasionally fail. A bonus of 100 seems to be enough to always succeed).
- Panning with a pan in flooded rooms inside the Copperhead mines where there's sediments.