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Re: The Magic of Learning

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Professor Doran opened the door to the laboratory and motioned her inside. Yeva had spent most of her times in medical labs, which involved hands on dissections and amphitheaters with a raised set up in the front of the class where an instructor could propose his or hers most recent discoveries via demonstration. This felt more involved - her favorite - and smelled of lingering alcohol, although less sour than the overbearing bite of embalming fluid. As she moved to one of the tables, the young redhead was reminded of her class with Professor Thorn, and hoped that if she ever taught a class, it could follow in their footsteps. Something like this - something tangible.

She laid out her journal and scribbled more notes, ever mindful of what the experienced alchemist was saying.
Beware of backlash, although there are other dangers to heed in alchemy.

Consider the use of a potion, and whether its purpose will be immediate or sustained. Shelf-life must be considered. For potency that will remain longer lasting, use alcohol. Treat it first with a primer (something to allow it to accept the regent). A binder's purpose is to ensure regents do not negate one another.

Collect regeants and base.
Treat base with primer.
Add binder.
Metabolizer?
"I'm sorry," Yeva looked up, tapping the end of the writing utensil to her cheek, "What's an example of a metabolizer?" she tried to piece together the meaning through context clues. Metabolism in medicine involved the process of turning food into energy, a vital process for the function o f a body, "I believe you mentioned that it enhances the properties of the reagent. I assume... and I could be wrong, but.... could adding too much of a metabolite result in a more unstable product?"

Yeva's attention flickered to the cabinets and their multitude of ingredients; the crystals drew her eye, simply by their array of coloring and alluring shimmer, but she moved instead towards a cabinent with jars and tinctures, filled with potted plants and dried varieties. Above the door was a handmade poster with a list of chemistry lab safety procedures (which was quite extensive: Always pour chemicals from large containers to smaller ones. If a chemical spill occurs, clean it up right away. Chemicals should never be mixed, measured, or heated in front of your face. Water should not be poured into concentrated acid. Instead, pour acid slowly into water while stirring constantly. In many cases, mixing acid with water is exothermic, etc etc.)

Some were straight forward, other quite confusing for a novice chemist, such as herself.

There was also details on appropriate dress, reminding her to tie back her hair and locate protective eye wear for both of them, "Stinging nettle is an anti-inflammatory and can help sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. Butterbur, peppermint oil... maybe black cumin? I've heard regional honey is also a good remedy rather easy to obtain. It's said to build an immunity, thanks to the pollen the bees work with, but there's no actual scientific backing to that... at least, as far I'm aware. You know, it's funny..."

Yeva slipped on a pair of awkward goggles and blinked, twisting to observe the room through the thickened glass, "Scalvoris has something called bumble bears and grizzly bees. A woman at the Knight's Rest was talking about them. I'd never heard of such a thing."

Once prepared for lab, hair tied back and boot laces secure, Yeva fingered through the ingredients and then beamed, inspecting a shrubby looking cut of foliage, thorny with grey twigs, happily collecting it to present to her professor. After almost deciding against it, she also grabbed a secondary and tertiary option, "Sea buckthorn, perilla, and ginger," Yeva searched his face for approval, heart beating once her nerves returned now that she was closer to him, "The buckthorn is nutrient-dense, and has an enzyme that plays a critical part in maintaining respiratory health. We learned about it in a recent lecture - it's supposed to aid asthma, chronic coughs, and maintain mucus membranes. The perilla-" she tenderly set out the ingredients on the table and went to refer back to her journal, flipping through the pages as she referred to her notes, "-alleviate allergic-related skin conditions, eye irritation, nasal congestion... And ginger, I use tea all the time. It's so good. Boosts immunity and helps with digestion. What... What do you think?"

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“Of course“, the Mortalborn replied in a calm tone of voice and inclined his head fractionally as Yeva asked if adding too much of a metabolite could result in a more unstable product. She could see that he had put on a lab coat as well as a pair of gloves as well. “Too much of a reagent usually has some sort of negative effect. A good example of a metabolizer is Swiftweb, a reagent that is made from the runners of the Spider Cactus, a carnivorous plant that can be found in the Hotlands. It’s somewhat expensive, but more than worth the price, considering its chemical potential.”

“Thank you”,
he added as she located goggles for both them and slipped his pair on before he turned to watch her as she took around the laboratory. She was meticulous, respectful and suitably careful which was an attitude that he definitely appreciated; and what more, she had several ideas on which reagents they could use for their potion. “Regional honey is something that I have some experience with as well. I’ve found that it does have beneficial effects”, he spoke.

“In my opinion, there might be some merit in studying the use of regional honey when it comes to the treatment of allergies”, he continued before he paused for a moment and furrowed his brow fractionally. “I have not heard of bumble bears though”, he admitted in a relatively neutral tone of voice. “Do you know in which way they are different from brown bears or grizzly bears?” he wanted to know. The fauna of the island of Scalvoris was something that he was not particularly familiar with yet, he had to admit.

Regardless of what she said, he would then proceed with the lesson.

Once Yeva had set the three options that she had decided on down on the table in front of them, the Mortalborn took a few moments to consider them, furrowing his brow almost imperceptibly, before he spoke, “A combination of sea buckthorn and perilla, with maybe a hint of ginger, would likely be more effective than just using a single reagent. That was quite excellent, Yeva”, he added in a deep tone of voice, a smile flickering across his face for the briefest of moments. He had to admit, her choice had impressed him.

“Can you chop and grind the reagents, please?” he asked Yeva a moment later. Provided that she agreed to that, he would take the reagents once she was done and proceed to add them to the alcohol that he had prepared with a primer and a binder (all measured carefully) and filled into a metal bowl. The last step was, as he had told her, the addition of the metabolizer. He worked quickly, but meticulously, and before long, he poured the finished potion into a series of glass vials and held one of them up, inspecting it for a moment.

“When I create a new potion, I usually conduct several series of tests involving volunteers and starting with subtherapeutic doses, before it is given to actual patients”, he explained. “There are guidelines that need to be followed. Our potion here is made from plants that have already been studied extensively so the process can be shortened in my opinion. I would still conduct some research though and work out how much of the potion needs to be drunk in order to achieve the desired effect, for example – which is allergy relief, in our case, of course”, he explained before he handed the vial, her first alchemical potion to her, smiling slightly once more.
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"Unfortunately I do not; I haven't had much time to dedicate study on their behalf. I believe they are most frequently seen in Sweetwine, but having only been there once, I could easily be mistaken." Yeva scurried over to where she had left her notebook and jotted a little note to do a bit of research, "I'm a member of the Intelligentsia, I shall ask them what they know at their next meeting." she offered, glancing up with a smile.

While she wrote the memory aid, Doran looked over her choices and his deep voice caught her attention, bringing her eyes upwards as a smile flickered across his face. Was that,... Pride in his voice? Satisfaction? Awe? Yeva stared, nodding as her thoughts melted and she could feel her heartbeat threaten to break her chest. Thump. Thump. Thump. Girlish giddiness nearly tore her in two and she knew if she didn't look away she'd be staring for too long.

'Don't it make it weird.'

"Y-y-y-" a quick clearing of her throat as her cheeks set aflame, "You're welcome. Er, thank you. I-I meant to say thank you." The redhead turned away, clutching the hem of her cloak in silent screaming. Why was she such a disaster!

'Get it together!'

Yeva exhaled, forcing images of Doran's face from her mind, although they lingered, and nodded profusely when he asked her to crush some of the herbs, "Okay, I can do that," she said meekly, shoulders back as she took the offered bowl and proceeded to find a mortar and pestle to grind her frustrations out on the poor flora. The scent of ginger wafted in the room and Yeva's hands slowed, eyes closing as she appreciated the smell before making her way back to the Professor, "Does this work?"

The dark-haired man took her offering and inspected it. She wrung her hands, slightly nervous and still riding the high of his approval, but he seemed pleased with her work and continued the demonstration. Yeva rushed to write his steps, warm gaze bouncing between him and her page as he added the metabolizer.

He told her the process of testing and its value, adding that given these reagents were well known, she could shorten the process, "I actually might have someone in mind. Maybe a couple volunteers actually..." Dari would agree, if she asked nicely and especially if she offered some sweets. And... maybe Devin would know someone? Balthazar could be persuaded, if she threw in an alcoholic beverage. She reached out, taking the new potion from him with two hands, as if in reverence, "Thank you," she whispered, returning his smile with one of her own, "This was... very special. I think I shall study alchemy in the upcoming trials. You are a wonderful teacher and..." she gave the little vial a shake, watching the liquid swirl inside the glass container, transfixed, "I hope to learn from you again in the future."

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Yeva

Experience: 15 no magic xp

Knowledge:

Medicine
Pharkamon: Both Remedy & Poison Treatment
Anaphylaxis: A Severe Allergic Reaction

Chemistry
Never Mix, Measure, or Heat Chemicals Near Your Face
Water Should Not be Poured into Concentrated Acid

Alchemy
Blood Magic Theory & Its Uses
How to Transfer Properties from a Solid or Gas to a Liquid State
What is a Reagent
What Are Primers, Binders & Metabolites
Take Precautions to Avoid Backlash
Binders Prevent Reagents From Negating Each Other
Consider Use & Shelf-Life Needs
The Basic Steps of Alchemy Creation

Renown: 10 for impressing the class and seeking extra-curricular enrichment.

Skill Usage: Appropriate to level. I almost lifted an eyebrow at her knowledge of herbalism, given her low level of gardening (which I would've included in the skills used). But it could as easily have fallen under the umbrella of medicine in the end. But if you want to become an expert at more rare herbal reagents and remedies, I would definitely encourage you to work at the gardening skill.

Loot/Losses: 1 anti-allergy potion for Yeva.

Injuries/Conditions: none

Consequences: none

Comments:

Yeva: I enjoyed the way you opened up this thread, with a post that was nearly solo length in itself! Yeva is such a darling, and her excellence in the medical class was an interesting way to segue into a meeting with Doran.

You reacted to Doran's ability very well in my opinion, not ignoring it as many might be inclined to, but allowing her to be overly susceptible to it was a daring move that really paid off in the narrative as she forged ahead with her lessons with Doran. Doran better watch it with those compliments, it seemed at times like he was going to give your girl a heart attack!

Anyways, what followed was a very interesting lesson plan, that turned out to be quite the entertaining story on its own. Giving Yeva assignments based on blood magic was pretty inspired. I enjoyed when Yeva was coming up with different ideas for potions and elixirs. Basilisk potion sounds interesting... as does the potion of diminution.

All in all, great writing.

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Doran

Experience: 15 no magic xp

Knowledge:

Alchemy x3
Chemistry x3
Teaching x3
Medicine x2

Renown: 5 for guest lecturing. I gave a little less because Doran is already well known for doing this :)

Skill Usage: Appropriate to level

Loot/Losses: none

Injuries/Conditions: none

Consequences: none

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Doran: Doran was no nonsense as always, and I found his reaction to the affects that allure had on Yeva to be interesting. He had a very clinical outlook to the entire thing, and yet didn't let it get in the way of his professionalism. Very much a Doran trait, I'm finding.

I was a bit surprised at how open Doran was about his research with a student he hasn't met before. Perhaps he's confident enough in his own work that another couldn't replicate it. Or perhaps he doesn't care as long as it's put to good use? Either way, I found his openness refreshing.

As always, Doran's alchemy threads are fully educational and interesting. Making me want to make one of my pcs an alchemist. ONE DAY!

Great writing, enjoy the rewards.

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