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Death Sleep
General information



To induce a death-like sleep and eventually kill

Chronological information
First appearance

Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal (only appearance)

Death Sleep is an ancient poison originally brewed by the Mirril clan, which induces a death-like sleep on a person which they cannot be awakened from, and which will kill the person with time. An antidote, made with rare ingredients found on the Island exists, and the first person to brew it was Orin the Wise, the first Keeper of the Crystal.[1]


Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal[]



The antidote to Death Sleep is made from:

  1. A (Maris) handful of silvery sand from the bottom of a particular clear pool on the Island, which is filled with vicious leeches. The sand is discarded fragments from hatched sea serpent eggs.
  2. The sap from a moon-flower growing in the centre of the same pool.
  3. The feather of a fighter bird for stirring, freshly plucked so as to use its natural oils.
  4. One drop of venom from the Great Serpent.


  1. Add the water from the leech pool.
  2. Add the sap from the moon-flower.
  3. Stir three times with the fighter bird feather.
  4. Add the drop of Great Serpent venom.
  5. Let the mixture still.

Orin the Wise, the first brewer of the antidote, made a rhyme that contained the recipe for the antidote, but which was hidden behind a riddle:

To mix the brew that wakes Death Sleep
Fill one spread hand with silver deep.
In hungry pool moons raise their heads:
Pluck one and add the tears it sheds.
Stir slowly with new fighter’s quill,
Three times, no more, and let it still.
Add venom from your greatest fear—
One drop—and then the truth is clear.


  1. Rodda, Emily. Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal. Scholastic Australia. 1996.