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Lesson Ⅱ: Herbology Basics

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The next day, just after a hearty breakfast, we go outside for the next lesson. I’m wearing a cape that’s dark blue on the outside and red on the inside and a dark blue headband. Both are a symbol of me being Hester’s apprentice.

“Granny, what are we doing?”

“Picking Herbs. You’ll be learning the basics of Herbology. Do you have a sickle?”

I look into my inventory.

“I have received a set of basic tools. I guess there should be one in there.”

I use the item. A toolbox appears. I take a sickle from it.

Hester points to a certain plant. It has lots of small white flowers forming a disk and very few leaves evenly distributed through over the height of the plant.

“Let’s begin with easier plants. This is Mara. There are many colours of that plant. The whiter the colour the more potent it is. We only need the flower itself, so cut it near the top. I guess we need 10 of those.”

Collect them and put them into to basket.

Now Hester points to another flower, this one is rose-coloured. The leaves are all near the ground. The yellow part of the flower looks like a spiny hedgehog.

“This is Roka. Here we need the leaves. Cut off only a few leaves per plant. I guess we need about 30 of those. Both of these plants are most effective when they are harvested in the morning.”

I also collect those and put them into the basket.

“That should be enough for this week. Let’s go inside.”

I put my sickle back into my toolbox and carry the toolbox inside. Hester shows me how to properly grind the herbs using a mortar and pestle. I get a mortar and pestle from the toolbox and mix the petals of one Mara flower with 3 Roka leaves and grind them to a paste before filling that paste into a small container.

Skill: Herbology acquired.
Recipe: Lesser Ointment acquired.
Trait: Menu: Recipe Book accquired.

I grin. Getting skills is way to easy! I put in points max out my Herbology skill.

Hester is sorting other flowers. They look very similar, yet they are different. One of them has 9 petals the other 8 petals. I don’t know there are some more differences but somehow that’s the only difference that catches my eye. I look harder at the flowers.

Item: Life Clover
This flower is used for creating universal antidotes.

Item: Life Clover
This flower is used for creating universal antidotes. Something about this specimen seems off.

So the skill only gives me good intuition for handling plants. Apparently, my maxed out skills seem to be useless without the correct recipes. I continue with grinding Mara and Roka. This time the paste looks somewhat different. It looks like it has a light shimmer. But why would it have that? Judging from me staring at the paste Hester calmly explains:

“It seems you created a high-quality version of this ointment. That would be a great thing if this wasn’t a cheap ointment for bruises. Hurry up with the other ones! If you finish before lunch we can go to the nearest village this afternoon.”