Soil Testing Solution
hp.png Soil Testing Solution

This potion allows a gardener or herbologist to test an intended area of soil, checking if it is suitable for planting the desired foliage. When properly completed, this potion naturally starts out a clear, colorless, perfectly smooth fluid; it can be distinguished from water by two subtle characteristics:

  1. It has a significant concave surface tension, so when filling a container to the brim with this potion, it will appear 'indented' in the middle; water has a mild convex surface tension, so it appears to slightly 'dome' in similar circumstances.
  2. It has a pseudoplastic viscosity, so the more sharply it is accelerated, the less the liquid inside shakes around, and movement occurs in 'chunks'.

Gardeners sometimes add a sprig of saffron to turn the initial color an unpleasant yellow and reduce the chance of accidental ingestion, as these properties are hard to notice.

To use the potion, the brewer should place the seed (either in fruit or separated from it) in a second flask with enough soil such that the seed cannot be seen from any angle, then gently drop the combined seed and soil into the potion; if it falls from a great height or with too much speed, the seed and soil may instead bounce off of the fluid surface.

After a few seconds to settle, the brewer should stir the soil, seed, and potion gently with their wand and recite the incantation "Anesidora Chthono".

Over the following half-minute, the fluid will lose its psuedoplastic characteristics, gain a color, and may gain additional features.

Color: If the fluid turns green, the soil is within acceptable acidity levels for the seed. Red or blue respectively indicate that the soil is too acid or too alkaline, with intensity of color indicating the severity of the difference.

Effervescence: If the potion begins to bubble, there is too much salt in the ground for the seed's ideal conditions; intense bubbling indicates growth is not possible.

Illumination: The potion will form sparkling motes of light inside if the soil texture is compatible with the seed. Motes of shadow will form instead if the soil is too coarse, while it will take on a uniform glow if the soil is too fine.

This potion cannot test for compaction or other drainage issues.

Skill/Roll: +roll Potions Brewing.Time: 10 minutes - 6 months
Training: {$training} Duration/Shelf Life: Dependent on Success / 1 Day - 1 Year
  • Embarrassing Failure: Potion is destroyed, all ingredients and container are useless. +roll Body to judge any damage to brewer.
  • Failure: The proportions are off and the potion is of poor quality. +roll Body to judge any damage to drinker.
  • Any Success: 1 Potion is created.
  • Success: The duration lasts for 30 minutes.
  • Good Success: The duration lasts for 1 hour.
  • Great Success: The duration lasts for 3 hours.
  • Amazing Success: The duration lasts for 6 hours.
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