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How does Herbalism work?

posted Jun 01, 2018 12:43:46 by Shran
Hi,

I don't really get how Herbalism (Book of Skelos) is supposed to work. Could someone please outline the steps for me?

This is what I assume:

1. Harvesting herbs. This is a Survival test and I get a certain amount of herbs (let's say 1 unit of herbs)
2. Prepare the herbs into a concoction. This is a D0 Survival test and takes 1 day per concoction.

Here is where I get confused. Is this concoction the same thing as the "Basic Concoction" from the table? It seems to be. But the description is totally different. And if it is not the same thing, what is the point of a Basic Concoction?

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rrcautela007 said Jun 01, 2018 17:55:36
+1
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Shran said Jun 28, 2018 07:08:31
Nobody can figure this out or can explain it?
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rrcautela007 said Jul 14, 2018 23:44:50
Hiyas

This is my take:
A herbalist spends a day preparing a concoction, that could be anything on the table (pg 91). The basic concoction on the table can be modified to be any other, using several more tests. Other concoctions can be created but are more difficult to make.

Now, I'm not so clear about the difficulty of other concoctions.

Either that or I think its bettah to ignore the paragraph or the description in pg 91. One of those is probably a mistake.

Less confusing?
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Shran said Jul 19, 2018 12:55:45
I think I got it (at least somewhat)! Here is what I'm now using (unless some better explanation comes along):

1. Harvesting herbs. This is a Survival test and I get a certain amount of herbs (let's say 1 unit of herbs)
2. Prepare the herbs into a concoction. This is a D0 Survival test and takes 1 day per concoction.

Concoctions are building blocks for any other specific concoctions. I am using the Healing Poultice as an example.

3a. Attempt to make a Healing Poultice. This is a D1 Survival test (as indicated in the table). In addition, you must spend 2 Momentum and 2 concoctions. Total cost: 2 concoctions, 2 Momentum.
3b. Attempt to make a Basic Concoction. This is a D0 Survival test and yields additional Basic Concoction for additional concoctions spend (so you can bulk-create Basic Concoctions, thus saving time). Total cost: 1 concoction.

Basic Concoctions can then later be transformed into Healing Poultices by making a Healing test with each success allowing 1 Basic Concoction to be transformed into 1 Healing Poultice. Transforming Basic Concoctions into other stuff is handy because there is no Difficulty attached to it. Creating a Healing Poultice directly from concoctions (like in 3a) is more expensive (costs 2 concoctions instead of 1 concoction which was used to create 1 Basic Concoction) and you need at least 2 Momentum.

Note the spelling difference: Lower-case "concoctions" are the building blocks and different from "Basic Concoctions".

I still think this is a very confusing chapter because "concoctions" and "Basic Concoctions" are not sufficiently distinguished.
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rrcautela007 said Jul 23, 2018 01:10:46
Sounds about righty right right, my droog. A bit more detailed but the same thang I wrote.

Cheerz
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