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Another slo day in the lecture theatres..

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Virikai Talius
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6th Trial of Saun, 715th Arc


The Academy building was phenomenal, a remarkably exquisite testament of human architecture. The carvings that riddled the walls and pillars that supported the corridor seemed to be far too intricate for a mere pair of human hands, they seemed to be more of the work of six pairs, all at once, and polished off with some form of arcana. The arches, and the way they bent and curved, it just seemed so impossible, so other-worldly. It annoyed Virikai to no end that it was of human creation. Although he, like all eídisi, thought himself above other races, save perhaps the ellune, the Talius scion couldn’t help but admire the interior of the beautiful building. But, it was best to save the admiration for another day, as today was his first class at herbalism, and he would in no way allow himself to be late.

Virikai arrived rather early, as the classroom had only three students and no lecturer stood at the front. He stalked the marble floors with utmost care, as if one false move would cause an explosion. The room was just as beautiful as the hallway, with the same carvings and accents peppering the walls and ceiling, and the back wall even houses a frieze. The designers must've given so much care and attention into making it the way it was. The walls were a remarkable pristine white, and the floors were polished and gleaming, mirroring the mahogany desks and the well-dressed students that sat behind them.

A small wooden stage was propped up by the front of the lecture theatre, with the desk attached to it filled with various pots, pans, and jars of different shapes and sizes. A myriad of planted herbs, flowers, and miniature fruits were propped up by the eternally closed windows - without fresh air circulating around the room, there was an aromatic, intoxicating scent filling Virikai’s sensitive nostrils, causing him to scowl and chose a seat at the back of the room.

Taking his seat, he placed his satchel on the desk in front of him and pulled out his bottle of ink, reservoir pen, and a sheet of vellum parchment. Leaving them alone on the table, the rest of his items were placed on the floor beside him. A sea of students swarmed into the classroom and Virikai guessed, from the expressions on their faces, that no one was excited for the lesson, as the other students filled up the back and kept the very front row empty. Perhaps it was the small they detested also.

The quiet conversation of students around him ended as the lecture theatre door opened one final time and in walked their herbalism lecturer. “Good morning,” he greeted simply, as he rummaged around the desk drawers for something unknown to the rest of them. He was a rather aged man, with hair that grayed around the sides, but ceased to be along the top of his head. He wore copper-rimmed spectacles, and grew quite the amount of stubble upon his chin and jaw. But his stately clothing were enough to merit him respect and caution.

Once settled, he gestured towards the plants by the windows and urged the class to view them. “Now, let’s not waste any time,” he began, without preamble or even an introduction. “Herbalism is simply the study of the medicinal properties of certain herbs and plants. These herbs and plants are what aid our healers in curing their patients, or lessening their pain. Now, there are five ways to utilise a herb for medicinal purposes.

The professor had the low, garbled voice of an aged man, quiet, and somewhat monotonous enough to have the potential to lull students into a stupor. Virikai shifted in his seat, preparing for a long two breaks.
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Now, before I start the lecture in earnest, it is important to strongly suggest that you all read about these in detail in the library, as my demonstrations can only do so much,” The lecturer chuckled, and the rest of the class smiled, “experimenting on things on your own is well and good, too.” The young scion made a mental note to try to get some placement experience in the Infirmary - perhaps behind the scenes with the crafters.

The most common way a plant may be utilised is in the form of a n infusion- a herbal tea or a plant extract in liquid form, which may or may not be diluted. Though considered the simplest of forms, this does not mean that it cannot be incredibly dangerous, if done wrong.” The professor began to place objects onto the front of the table as he lectured. “But I will not demonstrate it; you must all have reasonable intelligence to have gotten this far in your education, and you know how to add herbs to hot water. It is that simple… the nutrients from the plant are dissolved into the liquid over a period of time, and that is what we use.” Some of the class laughed.

The erudite immediately scribbled down the information onto his vellum sheet. Even if the information was relatively useless, writing was the best way to stay awake in a lecture. In this case, Virikai was pleased to be learning something new. “Tinctures are very similar to infusions, though are generally considered to be stronger. They are alcoholic extracts of herbs, and will have an ethanol percentage of at least 25%, and up to 90%.

The professor picked up a large glass jar and two vials of a colourless liquid, before walking to one of the plants and plucking a few leaves from one of the many plants. He returned to his desk and placed the leaves inside the jar. He placed a ceramic bowl on the table and measured out a cup of one bottle's liquid, and five cups of the other. “First, you mix together a cup of water, and a five cups of alcohol,” he began to stir the mixture with a glass rod as he spoke, “and place the resulting mixture into your jar of leaves.

After placing a lid and screwing it onto the glass jar, the man raised the jar in front of him and began to shake it rather violently, “keep them in the jar for up to two or three weeks, and shake them often, to maximise the concentration.

Looking up from his notes, Virikai frowned and raised his hand. The professor lowered the jar and nodded in his direction, inviting the question. “Would it always be one part water, and five part alcohol?” The professor was obviously pleased, as he grinned at the Talius heir, “Don't make me pick a favourite on the first day,” he joked. Some of the class tittered, others rolled their eyes, as Virikai, once again, became a teacher’s pet. For his own part, Virikai’s expression did not change; he did not want nor need the attention, only the answer. His question was not even particularly intelligent, he reasoned. “No, not necessarily, but it is a good rule of thumb. As you practice and learn about specific herbs, you will also learn the parts required for different medicines and tinctures.
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Decoctions were next, and the man leant down to pick up a large iron pot and place iton the centre of the front desk. He turned to the desk drawers next and pulled out stems, roots, and barks as he continued on with the lecture. The way he managed to multitask with such ease made it evident to Virikai that this man was an experienced lecturer, and he felt respect for him. “It's another form of extraction that occurs from herb to liquid. Quite similar to infusion really, though we do not make use of dried ingredients, ah, and the water, only water, must be boiled. They are boiled for a longer time, in order to infuse the water.

The scion barely glanced up from his notes as he continued to jot down notes as his teacher spoke and demonstrated in front of him. He missed where the water came from, but next he knew, the lecturer had a steaming pot of water and poured it into the iron pot. “Stems, roots, leaves, barks, you could use practically anything of a plant for this, though, it is uncommon compared to the rest,

One by one, he placed the ingredients that he'd brought out into a mortar and pestle, and began to crush them. “You'll need to thoroughly mash your ingredient, or ingredients, before incorporating them into the mix.” He picked up the mortar and tilted it, allowing the students to see an example.

So, infusion, tincture and decoction. They are the most precise and complicated forms by far. Whilst I have provided a simple demonstration, individual herbs and medicines will require slightly different practices, please remember that. Now… for the last two…” he trailed off, as he walked over to the window and grabbled a few more pieces of leaves from a plant, immediately placing it in his mouth and chewing it. The entire class leaned away from the man and wore sour faces, Virikai scowled, deciding that perhaps herbalism wasn’t for him, if this was what he might have to do.

The professor only grinned at the class in satisfaction. “They are quite simple,” he finished, as he spit the chewed up leaves into a little bowl. Sharp gasps were all emitted in unison, and Virikai’s scowl did not disappear. “The fourth, is simply grinding a herb until it is practically a grain or powder. Sometimes, you will need to moisten it up a bit, and you could either incorporate some water in there, or chew it up, if you lack some.” He brought out a few mounds of stems and began crushing it with the mortar and pestle, to demonstrate a second way to grind the herbs.

The fifth, if you are wondering, is the simplest method of all: using the ingredient as it is. Some leaves work their magic by just making contact on the skin or by just being ingested,” The old man set the previous containers and materials aside and trailed his eyes over his students, expression grave.

Again, although it seems incredibly simple, I must impress upon all of you the importance of not just handing over herbs to a patient. You must know them well, know their condition well, and know the herb well. Herbalism, whilst considered by many to be ‘alternative’ is not without its dangers, and a wrong move could kill a patient.” Then the smile returned and he clapped his hands together, “For now, a short break, as I prepare our next discussion.
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We all know that writing solos can be hard work, especially study ones and job ones, but at the same time, this is what we do to ourselves. I enjoyed the insight into Kai's personality, and the dialogue between Kai and his professor was really great. Suck up, though—nerd. I learned some new things! Succeess.

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Medicine: Medicinal Properties of Herbs and Plants in Herbalism
Medicine: Decoctions in Herbalism
Medicine: Infusions in Herbalism
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Medicine: Using the Whole Plant in Herbalism
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