The Fundamentals of Potions and Potionmastery
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The Fundamentals of Potions and Potionmastery by Marlin Bridgewater
Introduction The alchemist and potionmasters of old were said to have been able to brew potions to grant life, hasten death, and everything in between. Much and more of the secrets of their craft has been lost during the times of war and shadow. I and a few other potionmasters of this age now endeavour to discover more of this art, and much of what I now know I shall share with you in this book.
FUNDAMENTALS IN POTION MASTERY In simple terms, most potions require three main components: an active ingredient, a neutraliser, and a stabiliser. Of course, be aware that most ingredients may be both active ingredients and neutralisers.
Active ingredient This is the most important and influential ingredient and is responsible for the main effect of the potion. Many such ingredients exist, each with different effects: fireweed (healing), dragon blood (health and mana regeneration), powdered horn (strength enhancing). More complex recipes may even call for more than one active ingredient. Neutraliser Active ingredients often have multiple effects, not all of which are required in a potion. A neutraliser ingredient is capable of extracting or reducing certain negative characteristics of the active ingredient. For example: mint is commonly used to cool the fiery effects of fireweed in a healing potion. Stabiliser All potion are based on a stabiliser potion. This helps the potion ingredients mix with one another and affects how accessible the potion is to the user. The most common stabiliser potion is usually made up of: water, blueberries or redberries, plant matter (cut grass or plant leaves being the most common), and sometimes plant/tree sap (to increase the duration of the effect).
QUANTITIES AND POTENCIES There is much variety available to use from the natural world. Use more potent ingredients to create stronger potions. You may also find that the recipes you find in this book are not as potent as they might be; you should experiment with different ingredients and quantities in order to find the strongest combinations. Making larger potion will also increase the initial effect and the effect will last longer, however the user will find that larger potion are not as efficient in terms of ingredients used. For instance: a flask of healing potion requires twice as many ingredients as a vial of healing potion, however the healing effect is not twice as strong. Also, consider using a tree or plant sap as part of the stabiliser potion. These slow the release of active ingredients, and so extends the duration of a potion's effect.
The following few pages contain numerous example potion recipes which are recommended for novices potion-makers. STABILISER DRAFT A simple stabiliser draft is the basis for almost all potion recipes. For 1 vial of stabiliser potion: 4 blueberries 4 green leaves 1 vial of water For flask of stabiliser draft, double the above amounts of ingredients and use a flask of water. To fill a potion bottle, multiply the amounts above by three and use a potion bottle of water. To slow the effect and extend the duration of a potion, use 1 vial of three or plant sap as part of the above stabiliser potion. This will create a basic stabiliser regeneration draft.
HEALING ELIXIR The following recipe will produce a single vial of healing potion with a potency of between 60-90% 1 fireweed seed 4 mint leaves 1 vial of stabiliser potion The following recipe will produce a single vial of healing potion with potency of between 40-60% 3 fireweed flowers 4 mint leave 1 vial of stabiliser potion MANA ELIXIR The following recipe will produce a single vial of mana elixir with a potency of between 60-90% 1 xilis mushroom 1 vial of stabiliser potion
OTHER POTIONS 1 VIAL OF POISON POTION: 1 withelroot seed 1 vial of stabiliser potion 1 VIAL OF MAGEBANE POTION (prevents mana regeneration for 60 seconds): 1 magebane herb 1 vial of stabiliser potion 1 VIAL OF DRUIDIC ESSENCE POTION: 1 withelroot seed 1 magebane herb (neutralises withelroot to prevent immediate release of energy) 1 vial of stabiliser potion 1 VIAL OF CLOVAR POTION ('five-leaf luck'): 1 clovar herb 1 vial of stabiliser potion NOTE: Despite many years of study, we are still yet to have explained fully how the rare clovar herb acts in this potion. The user will simply find themself to be more lucky in combat. Consequently, this potion has been nicknamed "five-leaf luck". It is more likely that this 'luck' may be attributed to some increase in dexterousness.