• Graded • Blood of an Empath

Atop a stony plateau overlooking the lands of central Idalos, and growing wealthy from the gem stones pulled from the rocky soil, Etzos is a bastion of independence; firm in its belief that man should rule Idalos, not be servants of the vain Immortals who nearly destroyed it. But can the many factions set aside their conflicting agendas and see this through?

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Doran
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Blood of an Empath

Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:08 am

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Ymiden 23, Arc 717

Having a little helper, the Mortalborn had realized, was great when it came to cleaning equipment, but it was definitely not conductive to more complicated alchemical research. The arrival of one Finn O’Connor, a cheeky little thief that had broken into his laboratory and that had claimed that he was twelve or thirteen, but that had really looked like a malnourished and somewhat brain-damaged ten-arc-old had collided with his first attempt at Blood Magic. His vials, beakers and cauldrons were spotless now, but he had not gotten anything done in regards to his experiment that trial – or the one after that, for that matter.

That was why he was currently walking down the stairs to his laboratory in the Tower. He had been in the city, procuring much needed substances as well as dealing with a few Etzori that suffered from a bad case of hero worship. Why, one of them had even demanded an autograph from “He Who Must Not Be Deceived” which was a title that he found questionable to say the least. He had smiled at the Etzori though in spite of what he thought of their somewhat laughable behavior because he needed them if he wanted to succeed.

The difference in temperature still astounded him after nearly two seasons. While it was hot on the surface at that time of the arc, it was always cool in the part of the Tower where his laboratory was located, somewhere below street level. Some people might have complained that it was too cold in there – and that there was too little light – but Doran preferred it that way. He found the cold and the darkness pleasant, comforting even, besides few people besides that little criminal or Vuda ever made their way down there which meant that he was able to work in peace. He liked being able to do his work without any interruptions.

He briefly stopped in front of one of the spyholes that could be found in regular intervals in the walls to take a look, but apparently Lord Trask was not in the Tower that trial. No matter. He shrugged his shoulders and continued his descent until he stood in front of the door to his sanctuary. Finn had destroyed the lock with acid when he had broken into his laboratory a few trials prior, but it had been replaced since then – with a lock of far superior make that would hopefully not be destroyed as easily as the old one.

He unlocked the door, entered and then immediately locked it again. He didn’t doubt that Vuda had means and ways to find out what he was doing, but a locked door would at least keep normal unwelcome visitors away. He hung his cloak onto a hook next to the door and then retrieved a pair of fine leather gloves from a drawer of his desk. When handling blood as well as other bodily fluid certain protective measures were a necessity. Neither his Immortal blood nor Syroa’s Blessing made him immune to disease.

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When the Mortalborn had first arrived in Etzos, Vuda had told him that he wanted him to focus his studies on Empathy and given him some blood. After a bit of research he had found out that it had come from some sort of big blood pool. That meant that he would have to determine if it was contaminated before he could begin any alchemical experiments. That had been one of the reasons for his trip into the city. There was a serum that reacted only to human blood and not to animal blood. Creating it was a somewhat time-consuming process, and thus he had acquired some from a fellow chemist since he did not want to waste his precious time with such things.

He filled a small bowl with water, added salt to it and stirred it to dissolve the salt completely before he added a few drops of the serum. Having that done, he walked over to the container with the Empath blood. It needed to be stored under certain conditions to keep it from going bad. He poured a small amount into the bowl. The serum darkened, but not as much as he had hoped. Had the blood been pure human blood, it would have darkened considerably more. Of course it was contaminated, he thought somewhat irritatedly.

But no matter, separating whatever blood it was from human blood would be a simple matter of using a centrifuge. He put the bowl with the serum mixture away – it would have to be safely disposed of later on – and added the remainder of the blood to the centrifuge. Sometime later he finally held a small bottle of what was hopefully pure Empath blood in his hand and looked at it triumphantly. Now the important part of his experiment would finally begin. He didn’t know what the other blood was – whether it was animal blood or something else – but he decided to store it somewhere, just in case.

First of all, he decided, he would make an item that offered the user some protection against those that tried to manipulate their feelings as that would be useful to both Vuda and him. He knew that Empaths had a passive ability that allowed them to do that. What was it called? He walked over to a nearby shelf, removed a small, leather bound book from it and leafed through it. Ah, yes, Quilt! It seemed strange to him that so many Empathy techniques had to do with needle and thread. Had the first Empath been a tailor?

He pondered the matter for a bit and then decided that doing so any longer would be an utter waste of time. Knowing who had named those techniques and why they had been named thus would not change the results of his experiment. It was better if he decided what kind of item to imbue and came to the conclusion that something small and inconspicuous would be best, a necklace or a ring maybe, something that could easily be hidden and slipped on and off.

He decided on silver, purely for aesthetic reasons. Gold was far too gaudy in his opinion. What kind of material you used did, as far as he knew, not have any influence on the strength of the alchemical effect. He could not use a finished silver ring that he had bought from the store though. The reagent needed to be added at the creation stage. That meant that he would have to melt a bit of silver and then add the Empath blood.

Unlike Domain magicians, alchemists were not in danger of overstepping from using their finished products, but a certain amount of backlash could occur when handling the blood of a mage. A mishap would furthermore result in the loss of the reagents involved and the contamination of the target material. For that reason the Mortalborn decided to only use a small amount of Empath blood in case he failed. It was unlikely that he would be able to get more anytime soon unless Vuda found another dead Empath somewhere.

After he had lit a burner, the Mortalborn put the two silver ingots that he had acquired into a crucible, a container that was made of clay and that was extremely heat-resistant so that it would not melt under the same circumstances as the silver. Since the crucible would be too hot to touch after a while, even with the protective gloves that he was wearing, he decided to use a pair of tongs to move it, if he needed to.

Since it would take a while for the silver to melt, the Mortalborn prepared the reagents that he would need. Once it had finally turned into some sort of thick and shiny liquid he poured it into a couple of smaller crucibles since it was unlikely that he would succeed immediately, considering his relative lack of experience when it came to Blood Magic. He figured that he had enough silver for at least three or four attempts. Now came the most complicated part of the process. He paused for a moment, took a deep breath and carefully grasped the bottle of purified Empath blood, as if it was something infinitely precious.

He poured a few drops of it onto the melted silver. There was a hissing sound, but nothing else happened. He furrowed his brow and waited a bit, but the result stayed the same. His first attempt, he realized, had resulted in nothing which was anti-climactic to say the least. He had at least expected some sort of strange magic to happen, but all that he could feel was a light headache that might as well be the result of him standing in a laboratory for such a long time. He decided to dispose of whatever was in the crucible immediately though, just in case there would be some kind of delayed reaction.

The reagent, he realized, might need a primer in order to work, like some of the reagents that he had previously worked with. He briefly left his table to rummage through one of his many shelves filled with alchemical reagents until he had found what he needed: a horn. The Horned Carowa, an animal that could be found in Central, Western and Northern Idalos, had a small horn on top of their beak that could be ground into a powder that could be used as an alchemical primer.

Once he had taken a mortar and pestle and done just that, he reheated the second crucible since the silver in it had already partially solidified, poured a bit of the powder that he had just ground into it and then added a few drops of blood. Since he wanted the effect to be instantaneous, he decided to also use a few drops of an Accelerant, but again there was no visible reaction. He did not let that discourage him though, but simply took the third crucible and repeated the previous steps. Perhaps, he realized, he needed to also use a binder.

He decided on a type of thick resin that he added after each step in order to make sure that the different reagents didn’t interfere with each other. This time the silver changed color slightly which he found encouraging to say the least. There was a red undertone to it now, not unlike the color of the blood that he had added to it which he found very fitting.

He briefly considered making a fourth attempt, just in case, but then he reminded himself that he only had a finite amount of blood left, and he wanted to see if he could make more items with it and perhaps replicate some of the other abilities that Empaths had.

For that reason he poured the silver into two simple ring molds instead and let it cool down and harden. The resulting rings would be comparatively plain, but a jewelry maker would be able to improve them and polish them so that even a man of wealth and power would not be ashamed of wearing them.

He would take one of them to Vuda so that the Chief Adviser could test it and keep the second one for now to experiment with it some more.

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OOC:Bought: 2 silver ingots: 30 gn
Tongs (small) – 2 gn
Non-fiction book – 10 gn

I’m not sure about the price of the serum, the ring molds and the horn, so I decided to pay 60 gn total. Reviewer, let me know if this is too little!
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Doran
Skill Knowledge:
➳ Alchemy: Primers: Are sometimes necessary for a reagent to work
➳ Alchemy: Accelerants: Speed up a reaction
➳ Alchemy: Blood Magic: Infusing a medium with the capabilities of a domain of magic
➳ Alchemy: Blood Magic: Beware of backlash!
➳ Empathy: Quilt
➳ Chemistry: How to tell human and animal blood apart

Other Knowledge:
➳ Horn of a Horned Carowa: Can be used as an alchemical primer

Loot: I think -60gn is fair; thank you for your estimate. Don't forget to record it in your ledger! (Where does one purchase purified Empath blood? I don't want to know.)
Injuries: A slight headache. Sleep on it and it won’t hang around for the next trial.
Fame: N/ADevotion: N/A

Points: 10 | These points can be used for magic.
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Comments:
I love reading the job threads of others (I, too, find my own boring … is this just the curse of the grass being greener elsewhere?), so there’s no need to apologize for that. What I really enjoy, of course, is reading the Empathy explorations of others, though this was in an entirely different context than I’m used to. I have been thinking about protections against Empathy magic, and it’s like reading this thread just was a nice compliment to my thoughts. I don’t want to know how Doran has Empath blood sitting around as a reagent. Nope nope.

If you see anything I’ve missed or have a question, please feel free to drop me a PM!
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Because of his Competency in Empathy magic, Pash exudes an aura of calm emotion that is always "on." While it's not strong enough to overcome extreme emotions and it also loses strength the more people he's around, it's still up to you how that affects your character in whatever situation we're in. PM with questions!
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