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Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:30 pm

Talia wakes up bright and early. Today was going to be the day she would finally ask Malva for some further training. It’s been a while since their last training session, and to be honest, she’s been really nervous to approach her again. She feared it wouldn’t be as easy this time around.

She gets ready, crawls out of her tent, and makes her way towards the bunkhouse. She is a ball of nerves and excitement. She enters the bunkhouse hoping to find Malva.
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:38 am

Malva enters the bunkhouse for the other door with an armful of flowers. "Morning, Talia" she says as she continues walking over to her bunk.
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:39 am

“Good morning, Malva” she says and moves her way over to Malva’s bunk to join her. “ I was hoping, if you’re not too busy that is, you could teach me a little more alchemy.” She nervously continues, “I feel like I’m very close to where I want to be, so a little bit more training to improve my skills should be all I need. And then I’ll never bug you again.” She looks hopefully at Malva waiting for her response.
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:44 am

Malva stops for a bit, seeming pensive.

"I've already taught you a fair bit Talia. If I taught you much more you'd be dangerously close to myself!" She forces an awkward chuckle. "But I suppose you want to make the knights antidotes, don't you? You are just a step away from the skill required, as I recall from our last lesson..."

"... so perhaps if you offer me something worthwhile in return, I'll consider it."
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:44 pm

“Hmmmm.....I wouldn’t necessarily say I want it for the Knights, though it would really be hopeful if I could make antidotes. I just like learning and improving my skills.” she says, “I don’t really have much to offer. What kind of thing would you be interested in?”
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:48 am

"Well certainly recipes, any hard to come by ingredients, even information; if you can tell me with absolute certainty what a discord is, or what constitutes a 'plague creature', I'd accept that."
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Post by Talia Swanheart on Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:58 pm

“I’m afraid I do not know what those are”, she looks slightly confused but continues “and most of the recipes I have were given to me by yourself or Torivillas.” She grabs her book and of her bag and starts flicking through the pages, murmuring to herself as she does. Finally, she stops on a page. “There you are!” she says “Do you have the recipe for Stall? It’s a recipe my father taught me. It kind of halts the effects of potions or other alchemical effects for one hour. Which is pretty great if you’ve been poisoned by a spider or something.”
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:48 am

"Oh, no I don't have that! That would be a perfectly acceptable trade."
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:21 am

“Great!”, she scribbles the recipe down on a piece of paper and hands it to Malva (oog: I’ll send it over a pm). “Can we start?”, she asks excitedly.
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:38 am

"Sure. Have you ever used an alembic before?"
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:25 pm

“I haven’t. How do they work?”
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:14 pm

She picks up her alembic and starts demonstrating it. "An alembic is usually made out of glass or metal. They're these domes that gather and condense gas which then drips out this little spout. This is useful for separating solutions and mixtures with different boiling temperatures. So it's very useful for purifying things, as well as rending the ingredients from potions."
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Post by Talia Swanheart on Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:00 pm

Talia looks closely at the device as Malva explains it. "That's very interesting.", she says still observing the alembic, "I assume that you would only use the liquid that comes out of the spout for new potions and throw the rest out? Oh! And this would make rending potions so much easier. You would just boil the potion until each ingredient separates since they all have different boiling points. Right?". She looks up at Malva.
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:38 pm

"Well it depends on the potion, but usually, yes. 
As for the different boiling points; yes. This will help you with everything that boils, but not everything does boil. For example if you have dissolved solids, those will be leftover in the alembic. Which, if there was only one solid, that's easy enough, but that's often not the case and you would need to separate them further."
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:33 am

“I see....how would you do that?”
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:51 am

"Well you could separate by mass or by magnetism; some varieties of hematite are magnetic so you could try to separate them that way.
And even if you can't separate them, you can still investigate them under a magnifying glass. So for example you have salt and plant matter left; the salt will stand out as cubic crystals."
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:21 pm

“This is all so helpful and interesting! How can I get one of those?”
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:55 am

"I got mine in Applevale."
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:03 am

"Anyways, Talia, I think that's enough for now. Even if you don't have your own alembic, I'm sure your new understanding of boiling temperatures will help you in making antidotes."

[Signing off on Alchemy 4 for Talia]
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Talia Swanheart on Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:06 am

“Okay, well thanks so much, Malva! I promise this will be the last time I bother you. If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to ask!”

(OOG: Thanks Danica!)
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Re: Early Morning Alchemy Training

Post by Malva on Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:28 am

"Sure thing!"
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