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POTIONS THAT MATTER
Herbs are an important part of the world of the Wheel of Time, and as such, this is reflected within the Wheel of Time MUD. Just as in the world created by Robert Jordan, each herb has specific properties and it is these properties which may allow them to be used to create vials, potions or teas that can be used to your character’s advantage.
There are a variety of herbs at your disposal. These can be found in-game in a host of different locations that vary from being found simply on the ground to being found in shops or even on the person of another mob or smob that you may need to kill.
- Belladonna berries are very poisonous, and on extreme occasions, can kill something as large as a horse. Concentrated amounts were used by assassins in The Game of Houses and were applied into needles, rings and glasses. However extracts from the berry are quite useable for healing. Allow the berries to dry and grind them to powder. Add twice the amount of Gheandin powder and grind a bountiful amount of white healall root. Pour some hot boiling water and work into a paste. Simply massage the pink paste gently all over the broken limb after it has been soaked in boiled Goatflower. The effects of these four herbs seem miraculous with boneknitting. One can also dry a precise amount of berries and ground with a few intoxicants, can mixed into something to calm nerves.
- Broomweed is a fiber rich wildflower, and it can be mixed with food to aid with digestion, or brewed with tea to help with bowel looseness or constipation. Dry the flowers for three days, chop and put them into a tea sack. Quite a good remedy when taken hot, along with the slight sweetness of the flowers. Very relieving for an upset, or nervous stomach. The essences are quite easily digested, and the fibers help fuse herbs used in higher medication.
- Dogwort is a natural antiseptic which can be used to disinfect most wounds. Grind as a paste and apply directly. Mix the paste into warm water for a more cleansing application. It actually helps knit flesh together and thickens blood to help it clot faster. Crush the fresh leaves, and mixed with a precise amount of choice berries, it can be processed into something to help with ulcers due to acidic, or anxious stomachs.
- White Fennel, when dried, chopped and made into tea, aids with feminine discharges, acting like the female hormone itself, easing away pains and discomforts. Concentrated amounts are used to help ease childbirth, allowing moisture and liquids to pass through much more easily. Red Fennel when brewed helps with upset stomachs, and is mild enough to be used on infants and children. However, a more than enough serving can cause some rather... undesireable, but healthy flatulent effects as some Wisdom Students have unashamedely demonstrated. Beware of Gray Fennel though - it's sap is rather toxic and is poisonous enough to kill a human being by either oral intake, or by wounds. However, a precise amount of leaves, when dried for three days, chopped and mixed with White Willow tree bark can increase one's every day tolerance to sickness, making the body stronger.
- Flatwort provides the body with energy, its blue leaves give adrenaline and nutrients which supply the body's fuel while burning more energy. Chop the leaves while they are fresh, and encase within a tea sack. Very healthy and provides more strength due to fatigue and exhaustion. Best for aging people.
- Forkroot is a good painkiller, since it numbs the nerves, and is quite effective with headaches and muscle pain, if used in tiny amounts. However concentrating and increasing the amounts of the dosage, the painkilling can spread into something that actually numbs every moveable muscle in the body. Also, it clouds the mind in such a way that concentration becomes an impossible task. Chop off the root of the plant, and allow to dry for three days. Grind and keep in a jar where precise amounts can be extracted. Very suitable for soldiers who cry when being stitched. Taking it orally is not adviced, unless the only reason is for restraining. Having a deceptively sweet taste, it can be laced into tea without interfering with flavors. There have been reports that it actually mutes the ability to channel.
- Extracts from the Foxglove petals can be processed, and used as therapeautic treatment on greater internal diseases and syndromes. The compounds found in this plant actually stun the spread of diseases and malignant tissue, thus stopping further infection, or an epidemic. Increases immunity to a disease, but must be taken regularly if a second infection is to be avoided. Dry the flowers for five days, chop and place into a jar. Provide a concentrated amount when encasing into tea sacks. One hot cup in the morning, and one at night is best.
- Gheandin is a good poison killer. It can be used to fight off poisons, malignant fluids and toxic juices. Having a rather spicy taste when dried and powdered, the blossoms can also be used fresh. Chop the blossoms finely and include in a mixture of Dogwort or Willow bark and work into a paste. The taste is rather perplexing, spicy and bitter at the same time, so a little honey will be of no harm. Use regularly to relieve heart or inner side pains; constant treatment has lead to remarkable healings of malignant tissues and heart problems.
- Ground Ivy
- Goatflower strengthens the system against damage. It boosts the body's immunity and provides more adrenaline. It also has the ability to make bones knit faster when boiled with water, the benefits of which are actual strengthening of bones after the knitting. Hang the blossoms to dry, and prepare into a tea sack within a week. Mixed with chopped Willow tree bark, it can be used into most teas since it does not do otherwise effects, and also has no real taste.
- The local Ground Ivy is a good remedy for aching and tired muscles. Chop the fresh leaves finely and work into a paste with warm water or Juniper oil. Massage for quick relief, and take orally for more effeciveness in the long run. Leaves a strange hot and cold feeling when mixed with finely chopped Sunburst root, and actually repairs slightly torn muscles and flesh.
- Healall is a mineral and fiber rich plant, the root of which actually helps with the potency of each poultice or herbal tea. It is used as a major ingredient in healing broken bones, or waving away fever. It is also a good alternative for healing herbs, when no specific herbs are available, though its effects might only be soothing or cleansing, it cannot actually take toxins or poisons away. Chop off the root and place into a jar and store in a moderate place. Do not wrap into cloth since it absorbs the root's juices. Chop of a good piece, grind and allow to chew for a person who feels a little unbalanced or feverish. If the efffects do not go away within three hours, check for signs and syptoms and use more specific herbs, or contact better professional help.
- Juniper Berries are useable as acid indicators, the juice when warmed over a fire is used to indicate pregnancies as the color change suggests. The juice extracted from the berries is strangely intoxicating, allowing nerves to relax and tensions to soften. Concentrated amounts can be used for a calming and relaxing additive to teas and even some drinks. Oil processed from the dried berries are quite healthy for people approaching old age.
- Kaf is an aromatic Seanchan beanplant, the fruits of which provide the bitter beans. The beans are brewable into a strong, bitter tea which awakens the body's senses, causing one to be quite energetic even when tired. The tea's essences tingle the nerves and causes the heart to palpitate more, but, providing more exertions and 'livening', it does not replace the energy it uses.
- Honey is a product of bees gathering nectar, which can be farmed and harvested from artificial hives that one can simply construct. Pure honey, is useable as a sweetener that does not damage the properties of herbs. It can be used in tea or bad tasting potions to soothe the taste, or simply a flavoring for every day meals for people with a sweet tongue. It also has properties which clear up the respiratory system and other allergic reactions. Gather the substance when farming bees. Be careful and wear nets and gloves to avoid beestings. Place into jars and store in moderately cool areas.
- Nighstbane leaves can be ground, and made into a poultice or paste, which can be used to relieve fevers, disorientation, or dizziness. Use together with Sheepstongue Root to clear blurring or darkening visions, eye infections, or failure of sight due to sudden bursts of light, or infectious poisons. Strange enough, it us simply futile against the effects of being blinded by the One Power.
- Sheepstongue root is quite bitter and hard to swallow, and it can be used to induce vomiting when someone has swallowed something poisonous or dangerous. It is also used to soothe the eyelids when fatigued by too much eye strain. Forming a green and slimy paste when ground, it is also used as an effective cure against sulky and stubborn girls. Use in desired chastising amount.
- Sleepwell clears headaches and to an extent, makes a person drowsy. Chop off the root, grind to a poultice and mix well with food or drink to soothe a throbbing head, while allowing the patient to sleep. Any headaches or tensions will be completely removed upon waking.
- Sunburst is quite a fiber rich plant, the fibers of which thrive in the roots. Thread can be made out of the fibers of the root, which are used to sew up wounds. The root decays cleanly and slowly allowing the wound more time to knit. The properties of the root also allow blood to clot, which is quite useful in more critical wounds and hemmorhages. Poultices, salves and teas made from the root are quite effective with inner bleedings. Like ginger, it leaves a warm feeling when applied as a paste, and together with Ground Ivy, emits a cold, almost burning sensation. When mixed in teas it produces a soothing, warm effect that can be unbelieveably calming. Chop off the root, peel the skin and use a Wisdom's probe to gather the fibers which should be long enough to entwine together.
- Tremalking Black
- Tremalking Black is an herb whose leaves one can use into teas to release wonderfully smelling essences. Dry the leaves for a day and immerse in hot water for its aromatic effects. The vapors can be inhaled for good relaxation as well as to clear up the nose and lungs for the time being. The fruit, which contains dozens of small, round beans are used for flavors unto food. Dry the fruit until the skin is crumpled, break, and grind the beans in a mortar and store in your spice jars.
- Willow Tree is a very useful tree, as well as a beautiful ornament. The leaves are fragrant and can be dried and made into relaxing tea when chopped with Flatwort. The treebark can clear the body's blood passageways which cause pain when becoming swollen or infected. Very useful in soothing mild inner pains when brewed and sipped hot. Relieves mild fevers and sicknesses, as the aromatic vapors from the steaming tea are inhaled while being taken. Willow can clear up children's fevers from growing or toothing, and can also be used by adults who wish to improve their health and strength.
- A clump of tabac, andilay root, segade plant, a blue rose, a crimson rose, a long-stemmed rose.
In order to use the herbs that you collect, you must first be practiced in the Hunter Skill, ‘Wisdom Lore.’ Practicing this skill to Level 5 or higher will ensure that you are able to mix, however, the higher you practice the skill the less chance you will have of failing and ruining at least one of your herbs (meaning you will need to collect another of that type before you can try again).
Also, to ensure a higher success rate when mixing, you should purchase a mixing flask from the local grocer. (Note: A mixing flask is not essential, a water skin, flask, pouch, pack, purse or any other container is also acceptable. A mixing flask has the highest success rate, however). Finally, before you mix, place all your herbs into the container and then close the lid on the container. Again, closing the flask/container is not necessary, but it will increase your likelihood of success. You are now ready to mix!
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What can be mixed?
Currently, the ingredients are known for the following vials/potions/teas.
- A Thin Vial of Yellow Fluid
- Combining the invigorating properties of Kaf with refreshing Flatwort Tea and a pinch of ground Ivy, produces remarkably refreshing effects.
- A Cup of Thready Brown Tea
- The wonderfully stimulating effects of Goatsflower Petals and pain-reducing properties of Willow Bark, Nightsbane and Fennel, can be combined to create a tea which gives one's body a sense of well-being and strength.
- A Vial Filled with a Vivid Blue Liquid
- The pain-numbing effects of Forkroot have long been known, together with a strange side-effect which appears to mute the ability to channel Saidar or Saidin. When combined with a small amount of the aptly named Sleepwell Root, it makes an effective pain killer, or temporary aid for male channelers seeking help. The sheepstongue gives it a particularly nasty taste, while the Belladonna is added to induce vomiting, which should help alert people that they are drinking something potentially dangerous. Concern comes with the opportunities for abuse such a vial presents, which could see it being used solely to inhibit the abilities of a channeler, leaving them vulnerable and confused.
- A Vial Filled with a Dark Red Liquid
- The poisons in the Belladonna berries, when diluted with dogwort, juniper and sunburst, seems to produce a sedative effect. When mixed in the proper fashion, the effects can be so relaxing that one no longer feels fear and it can even calm someone who is near panic.
- A Tinful of a Black, Foul Liquid
- A vile substance that has been well documented to restore health to the Eyeless but is immediate death for any humans who drink the tainted liquid. As this substance is lethal to people, the ingredients for this recipe should not be freely given.
- A Cup of Thick Syrup
- An amazing tonic to cure most common poisons, this syrup uses several herbs to achieve full potency. The ingredients required for this syrup are currently unknown.