hp.png Veritaserum Mind

Arguably the most potent truth serum in the world, Veritaserum is a substance strictly controlled by the Ministry of Magic. Three drops is said to induce the drinker to spill even the darkest and most well-guarded secrets. There are methods of resistance which vary in degrees of success, such as utilizing its antidote or Occlumency. It is most effective when used on one who is unaware and unprepared to attempt resistance. Despite its efficacy, Veritaserum is not used to coerce confessions of guilt or innocence in trial as it is considered to be unreliable and unfair - much the same as Muggle Polygraph test results.
Only an advanced potion maker should attempt to brew Veritaserum. The process is complex, and the finished product must mature over the course of one full lunar cycle (approximately twenty-eight days.) If done correctly, the potion will be odourless, colourless, and almost indistinguishable from water.

Part I
• On the day of the new moon, pour Standard Potioning Water into an iron cauldron and bring to a simmer
• Pour Vial of Ptolemy into cauldron with an anti-clockwise motion and allow to simmer for ten minutes
• Stir Powdered Moonstone into the mixture one spoonful at a time, dissolving thoroughly
• While the mixture simmers, carefully slice Adder's Fork lengthwise to divide the tongue into halves and drop into cauldron
• Raise heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil
• Drop Jobberknoll Feathers into cauldron, stirring clockwise one time between each feather
• Remove cauldron from flame upon reaching a rolling boil
• Quickly crush Sopophorous Beans with the flat of the blade of a silver knife and add to the mixture
• Allow mixture to cool before straining into a bottle for maturation

Part II
• Leave bottle in a dark, cool undisturbed location for the duration of the cycle
• On the night of the full moon, place bottle in the moonlight to absorb the light
• If this last step cannot be performed due to weather conditions, the potency will suffer to a degree

Skill/Roll: +roll Potions Brewing.Time: 1 Lunar Cycle (28 Days)
Training: Private Study Duration/Shelf Life: Dependent on Success / 1 Day - 1 Year
Ingredients: Standard Potioning Water (32 fl. oz.) • Ptolemy (1 vial) • Powdered Moonstone (10 oz.) • Adder's Fork (1, sliced) • Jobberknoll Feathers (12, whole) • Sopophorous Bean (3, lightly crushed)
  • 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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