Herbalism

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Herbalism is the study of plants and fungi, as well as their function in alchemical substances and the identification of these same alchemical substances. It is a required subject of learning for both alchemists and doctors.

Herbalism as a subject is a difficult one to learn, and often takes months or years of study to master, since it encompasses so very many plant and fungus species, with each functioning in a slightly different way. One must learn to handle each substance safely in order to be able to harvest its most useful components without the risk of wasting parts of it or poisoning oneself. Timing is also key. Certain plants and fungi are only good for harvesting during certain times of the year. Also, if a plant or fungus has been killed (certain rare fighting plants, for example), there may only be a certain amount of time after it has been killed that it can be harvested from before the components are rendered inactive by the loss of some bodily function.

Alphabetical List of Herbal Components

The following is a list of herbal ingredients that can be useful in the formation of alchemical substances. Some of the more notable components may have their own articles written about them. For secondary alchemical ingredients, see the Alchemy article.

<Name of Component>
Other Names:
Type:
Alchemical Use:
Harmful Properties:
<Brief Description>

Alkanet Plant
Other Names: Dyers' Bugloss
Type: Herb; Root
Alchemical Use: Various Ingestions
Harmful Properties: None
These bright blue flowering plants possess a root from which red dye can be extracted. This is useful in a number of ingested alchemies, and as a dye for textiles.

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Aloe Vera
Other Names: Medicinal Aloe
Type: Herb
Alchemical Use: Cure Wounds
Harmful Properties: None
A stemless plant originating from the tropical regions of the world, Aloe Vera's gel-like extract can be used as an active ingredient in Cure Wounds ingestions, combined with the healing powers of Plantago.

Death Cap Mushroom
Other Names: White Death
Type: Fungus
Alchemical Use: Poison
Harmful Properties: Extremely Poisonous; Gloves and Separate Tools for Handling Strongly Recommended.
This white mushroom is highly lethal in its pure form. The preparation it goes through to form the alchemical poison is meant to both disguise its true nature and alter its effect so that it occurs over a longer period of time.

Fire Beetle
Other Names: None
Type: Animal
Alchemical Use: Oil of Flame (blood)
Harmful Properties: None when pure
The blood of the fire beetle is harmless when it is in its pure form, but when combined with certain other ingredients, it is highly flammable (see the Oil of Flame article for more on this).

Fly Agaric Mushroom
Other Names: Fly Amanita
Type: Fungus
Alchemical Use: Nausea, Hallucinogen, Euphoria
Harmful Properties: Poisonous, Hallucinogenic. Face mask and protective gloves strongly recommended.
This highly toxic grows spore which is useful in many types of mind-altering alchemies.

Larvae Luciferase
Other Names: Glowworms
Type: Animal
Alchemical Use: Liquid Light
Harmful Properties: Highly toxic in large doses. Protective gloves are advised.
The luminescent nature of these creatures makes them a natural choice for the active ingredient in Liquid Light alchemy in places where luminescent plants do not grow.

Ogre Mushroom
Other Names: Warts of the Earth
Type: Fungus
Alchemical Use: Minor Strength, Major Strength
Harmful Properties: Can cause large boils if ingested in pure form.
These hideous mushrooms grow throughout the northern lands, and are generally reviled by the common folk due to their appearance and unfortunate side effects if ingested. Many alchemists keep domestic cultures of these mushrooms in their greenhouses and gardens, owing to the fact that it is one of the few components that can be used as an active ingredient in the Strength alchemies.

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Plantago
Other Names: Plantain
Type: Herb
Alchemical Use: Cure Wounds
Harmful Properties: None
A small, flowering plant that grows worldwide, Plantain has many curative properties.

Rauwalfia Plant
Other Names: Rauvolfia Plant
Type: Herb
Alchemical Use: Weakness
Harmful Properties: None in pure form
These tropical, evergreen plants have a recessive alchemical property which can form the active ingredient for alchemical Weakness gas globes.

Vorpal Plant
Other Names: Deadhead Tree
Type: Herb; Root
Alchemical Use: Vorpal 4 and 12 (pods); Vorpal 20 (root)
Harmful Properties: The extract of the pods are extremely corrosive. The root is extremely lethal. Protective gloves are highly recommended for handling pods. A leather butcher's vest is highly recommended for handling the root.

These trees, native to deep marshlands and jungles, bear corrosive fruit and roots that are the active ingredient in the namesake alchemical contact gels.

Wavy Cap Mushroom
Other Names: Caramel Capped Mushroom
Type: Fungus
Alchemical Use: Hallucinogen, Charm
Harmful Properties: Hallucinogenic, Prepare in a well-ventilated space.
These brown, wavy-shaped mushrooms are useful in a number of weaker mind-affecting alchemies.

Author's Notes

Add components from those collected in-game. Research snake and spider venoms; other herbs and fungi.

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