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Ammy Spiritor
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Glimpse of the Alchemist Reply with quote

(Glimpse of the Alchemist is meant to be an ongoing posting of snippets from her three classes, their laboratory days and any special lectures she’s done. The special lectures can be for her three classes or for other topics or even for another teachers class if they PM Ammy Spiritor.)

Proof is in the Potion
Special Lecture on Emotion-Magic Synergy
Ever Change Caldron
A Simple Request
Moral Choices: Homunculi
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Proof is in the Potion Reply with quote

Proof is in the Potion:
Traditional Alchemy – A Friday laboratory session

A thin, elven youth faced off with a rather quiet vampire with a deceiving look of youth. They both poured a vial of clear liquid into individual flasks of black oil. The vampire’s flask turned golden in color and clarity of honey in sunlight. The elf’s flask remained black and started to bubble slowly.

“50 silver crowns.” The vampire smirked and held out his hand for payment.

“No. I will not pay you 50 silver crowns. You didn’t follow the rules.” The elf said.

“50 silver crowns or you may find yourself a bit anemic in the morning.” The vampire threatened.

“You cheated! I will not pay!” the elf spat at vampire, thumping his work table to emphasize his disgust.

The rest of the students, collaborating on various alchemy experiments all went quiet and gazed at the boy. They knew what was coming next. The elf looked at his peers and classmates with a sudden dawning of realization as a shadow fell over his work table.

”Velrin, we keep a civil tone within the laboratory. We also do not start flinging accusations with free will. Carmine, we do not threaten other students with neck biting, and what is this about payment?” Ammy stared at them.

Velrin half shrunk behind his table as Carmine dipped his head in respect from the rebuke. Everyone knew Ammy was fond of her students; yet her imposing charisma, categorized wealth of alchemy prowess and status of Professor was enough to quell even the staunchest student. Velrin looked at Carmine with an aggrieved air.

“Carmine cheated with his potion.” Velrin accused.

Carmine held a very thin line upon his lips. “I do not cheat. I followed the recipe we agreed to use and deviated once when someone contaminated the veck root given to us by Professor Spiritor.”

Velrin fumed. “Are you accusing me of rigging our contest?”

Ammy listened to them both with patience and a thin wisp of amusement. She held up a furred hand to quell a repost by Carmine. She motioned to Velrin to keep the peace as well and took up their notes.

Well now. A potion of Greater Cleansing by only using 3 ingredients?

She handed them their notes back and looked at their prep work and then at the potions within each vial. She held up each vial and her eyes flicked from gold to electric blue for a few moments. She let a small, amused smile pass over her lips and sat the vials down. Next she investigated their flasks and gave a silent nod as she compiled what she’d found, finally checking the half sliced vek root.

Velrin and Carmine watched the professor, eager to hear who was in the right and the disposition of the contested 50 silver crowns. Ammy looked at both of her students and her tri-tipped ears twitched catching a whispered snicker of ‘oh they are gonna get it now’ from the gnomes in the back of the laboratory.

”I will say that finding my students competing against each other in alchemy useful and encouraging to improve their skills. However, competing with money is never wise as it detracts from the actual learning and leads to any method to win. However, that said, no one was cheated.”

They both looked at her as if she’d sprouted a second head and spoke in rhymes. “His flask turned golden like it should of and mine did not.” Velrin grubbed.

”This is true and I will explain why. Your contest had you attempting a Greater Cleansing potion with only three ingredients. Not even my advanced students feel daring for such a feat. Yet, you both have listed three ingredients that grant you what you wish. You both used aether and wormwood but from there you both deviate. Velrin used the vek root and Carmine used angel tears. Both are compatible agents to use when one or the other is not available. Yet the vek root is indeed contaminated but not by Carmine. It has taken within it a fungal spore rendering it toxic, which is often common for vek root. If you had allowed a fourth ingredient you could have added a pinch of jade to cleanse the vek root of the spore. I am assuming Carmine could smell the spore, thus deviating from the list.”

Carmine just smiled, vindicated, and Velrin still fumed. Carmine held out his hand again and wiggled fingers to prompt payment. Velrin sighed and dug out the 50 silver crowns from his pouch and handed it to Carmine. Ammy though had interceded and snatched the 50 silver crowns from Verlin’s hand. They both gasped and protested.

Ammy just smiled and waved a finger. “Betting on school grounds is prohibited and punishable. I’ll just say you both learned a good lesson in alchemy today and consider this bet to have never existed. Carry on with your experiments.”

They both watched their professor walk away with amusement. The amusement soon turned to shame and chagrin seeing her drop the money into the general collections for charity by the door.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:12 am    Post subject: Special Lecture on Emotion-Magic Synergy Reply with quote

Special Lecture on Emotion-Magic Synergy:
Open lecture for both Professors and Students – A Thursday free hour

”Good afternoon colleagues and students, I have come to share some results from a few experiments performed by me over several months. How many of you are aware that magic can be impacted in several ways?” Ammy spoke from the lecture podium in the large auditorium.

A sea of hands gave her a resounding ‘yes’ to her question. She smiled and straightened her notes.

”Good. I can dispense with in depth explanations for the most common ways. Any students or professors curious or unclear on them can see me in my office for a private one on one session. Now, I direct your attention to the overhead projector as I speak.

As you can see from the tree diagram I have drawn up, magic to most people appears at the top of the effects tree with anything else they experience below magic as if they are not connected. This method of thought is erroneous. All who practice magic quickly find out that magic is in fact in the middle of the effects tree as several things affect what effect magic has when used. The usual factors most magic users are familiar with are: Artifacts, Imbued Memories, Intoned Words, Lunar Cycle, Pacts with Higher or Lower Powers, Power Mediums – (ie. Aether, Blood, Divine, Elemental, Familiars, Mathematical, Reagents or Soul), Ritualized Repetition, Runes and Sanctified Space.

From this tree we then see the variety of effects the magic has by these common ways. However, one key factor has not been made publicly aware nor is it a very popular notion. We have a fourth gateway if you wish in our magic cycle. The original three flow in the order of Casting Media/Methods, Magic to be Cast and Magical Results. This fourth gateway is Emotions.”


Ammy diagrammed two trees with branching lines showing how everything funneled through magic in the usual manner; the other manner showed everything funneling through emotions going through magic in a concentrated, singular form.

”I am sure many of you have experienced this gateway either intentionally or were unaware of the effect it played until asked to review the day. How many of your castings have resulted in excellence when you’ve felt confident or terrified? An extra oomph in your spells on days you were quite happy or relaxed? So, so results on days you felt half-hearted, tired or depressed? Unpredictable or misfired spells when angry or upset? Now most of you may suggest that this is really a case of Mental Discipline and Concentration not being at high enough levels for the spells demands. Usually I’d agree but I’ve gathered testimonies and tested results with several mages and students of high discipline and concentration to rule out this factor. What happened was their spells effects changed with the moods they were in.

This impact of emotions is also notable within the practice of Blood Magic and Blood Rites. The act of taking blood, sacrificing or offering blood has a high emotional investment built in. Many creatures have built in safeguards from the evolutionary process that dictates living is top priority over death. Blood loss can lead to death therefore the bodies are conditioned to automatically fight or flee to prevent further loss of blood, preventing expiration and loss of furthering life. The other disciplines of magic are tethered to emotions just the same, just in less obvious or buried ways.

Two other examples of this are Elementists and Ritualists. Ever wonder why fire manipulators seem to run at higher emotional states and tempers than most people? How calm people seem more in tune with healing, earth magic or water? How some rituals excite the body and mind or depress the energies to a muted state or unified whole? It is all about emotions being a channeling gate enhancing the potential from our casting media and methods to give a better or worse result in magic.

As a side note, many may ask about whether or not magical or arcane items are affected? They truly are as the magic stored within them was affected by the caster imbuing the item with power to be used later. So in the case of enchanted items, you would have to consider Emotional Alignments between the user and the enchanter. This often the reason it takes time to find the right wand, ring, crystal or tome for you that makes you connect, as if the item and you are one.

This concludes the lecture as my time allowed has come to an end. Any questions or concerns please see me in my office after class hours. Have a good day and smile.“
She put away her notes and left the auditorium, happily chatting with students and professors as she mingled.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Ever Change Caldron Reply with quote

Among the entries of the various halls in the academy as well as the coven grounds, the alchemist had left gifts. These gifts were simple, pewter caldrons, about a gallon in size and they issued a gentle fog from them. This fog was shimmery and smelled of rainbows and mint. Should anyone draw close, a small sign, propped up against the caldron would instruct students, faculty and visitors in what to do:

Dear Guest;

Before you is an Ever Change Caldron. The fog from it holds the power to temporarily grant those who willingly inhale to assume another form of their own choosing or desire. The shape will last for 1 day each inhalation and will end when the participant so desires. Faculty fear not, you can have any unruly students revert back to normal with the phrase 'No Tom Foolery' though keep in mind that the student Tom Foolery is allowed to fool around. These caldrons are provided to give all coven inhabitants and visitors a chance to celebrate the hallowed eve traditions without worry for lack of costuming.

Any questions see Professor Ammy Spiritor at her office or at her shop, the Alchemist's Fire.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:09 pm    Post subject: A Simple Request Reply with quote

(Link to Ammy's participation in the float building. IFL Team Float)

Ammy stared at the behemoth sitting on the lab floor of the Engineering Wing. Her temples twitched as she surveyed the massive engine and the equally massive fuel tank. Who on Rhy'Din place this thing in her classroom? Dangling from a radiator hose was a card. Setting down her satchel, Ammy set out to retrieve the card. She flipped it open once it was in her hands.

Ammy,
Could you get this thing running? It's for our IFL parade float show casing our team The Rock Hards. The engine runs on gasoline.

Kruger


"Gasoline! Does he think that stuff flows like water in this realm? It'll take me a week to distill enough for this beast." She said in dismay.

Sliding card into a hip pocket she took a closer look at the engine and groaned. It was a massive fuel hog having V-16 block. No, this wouldn't do at all. It'd take her labs a month to make enough fuel to get it running for a day. She poked through the snaking hoses a bit more and her ears twitched.

"Hmmm. If I replace the fuel injectors with positive charged blue crystals, lathe down the piston heads and inlay negative charge blue crystals and set the timing to 32 strokes per minute...." The Lupe alchemist delved further into the engine, muttering to herself and removing parts.

An hour later, as her students arrived, they found the labs floor littered with parts discarded from the massive V-16 engine and their teachers usually light gray fur was much darker from grease and oil. Ammy heard the students come and popped her head up above the dismantled engine block.

"Welcome to class! Grab your tools and give me a hand. Today, we are not learning robotics. Instead it's impromptu engine conversion to crystal technology!" Or that is what she hoped she'd said with a screw driver clamped in her muzzle.

The students smiled and took up the challenge with their teacher. In four hours they had the engine reassembled with much fewer parts, no fuel tank or radiator and a sleek, touchscreen control panel. Ammy grinned, proud of her team. They'd even manage to make the frame lighter by 500lbs. Kruger would find the floats frame and engine parked in the middle of the academy event ground with a card.

The card simply read:

Hi Kruger,
The whole thing runs now without gasoline. Instruction manual is taped to the touch screen. Enjoy!

Ammy

P.S. I am so billing your department.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:18 pm    Post subject: Moral Choices: Homunculi Reply with quote

Moral Choices: Homunculi
Philosophical Alchemy - Special Lecture - Spiritor House - Den City

Students of Ammy's Advanced Alchemy Class had gathered within her home answering a special invitation to hear a special lecture. Home side lectures were becoming more common to the students as their professor found herself with less stamina to make it to the academy due to the pregnancy. She was, in their opinion, no less sharp in wit or dispassionate about her subject when lecturing at home. All ten students sat on the leather couches, note pads and laptops out as they faced a comfortable looking recliner where Ammy rested, a large mug of tea in her hands.

"Welcome to the lecture. I am so glad you all made it here today. The topic of today's lecture won't be on any tests or in any text books. You may put away your notes if you like. What we will be discussing may shake your foundations or give you a new perspective on this path of curiosity chosen. We will be looking at Morality and Ethics of using Alchemy and this won't be a one lecture topic. There may be several different lectures touching upon the Morality aspect." She said.

Ammy watched her student’s fidget, a few giving her odd looks and several not sure if they wanted to be here for this conversation. She sipped her tea and waited a full 10 minutes before speaking.

"I am glad to see you are all showing discomfort with this topic. It is not an easy matter to discuss nor is it a cut-and-dried matter of wrong or right. All ten of you are my brightest students and you all express a desire to further your studies in Alchemy. Only one road is left to travel to become a Master Alchemist: Philosophical Alchemy. Philosophical Alchemy has nothing to do with book learning or laboratory results. It goes deeper, digging into your soul and heart, and will hold up a mirror to reflect what you look like within; you will learn what Alchemist you really are and if you will be consumed with your thirst of knowledge of if you will master it.

Today’s lecture is about Homunculi."


The hiss of drawn breath and the uneasy silence from her students had her smile.

"Mmm. Touchy and treacherous subject for sure. Let's take this topic nice and slow. What is needed to make homunculi?"

An elf, with a daring streak to prove himself raised his hand. Ammy gave him a nod to speak.

"Homunculi are composite creatures crafted by the alchemist to take on certain living features of a desired being. Often Homunculi are crafted in the image of a golem, animals or as humans and other sentient beings. Creating of them in the image of sentient beings is often seen as crossing the boundaries of the higher powers that be by public opinion. To craft Homunculi, you need a mature mandrake root grown in darkness, wax from blood bees, blood from the alchemist and from the being the Homunculus is to imitate, a grand circle of construction array, powdered philosopher stone and some say a piece of soul from either alchemist or imitated being."

Ammy gave him a nod as he finished. ”Very well described Tolin. Now why would an alchemist want to make Homunculi? If the public opinion is hostile against their creation, even when made in secret, the alchemist would stand the chance of great peril if discovered. So why create one?”

The room grew quiet again as her students thought about the question at hand.

A middle aged Lupinossai, Erthrii in origin and burnished copper in fur raised her hand. Ammy waved for the woman to explain.

”The alchemist may want to make one to perhaps experiment on a living being without harming someone they know or resorting to accosting a stranger?”

”Ah, suggesting a deep potential use. Nicely said Lisa. Next?”

A young dwarf male raised his hand and spoke with Ammy’s permission. ”Perhaps the alchemists wishes to have an assistant that will follow all orders given without hesitation?”

”A very useful application, but a bit costly for simple apprentice labor. Anyone can be trained properly without risking their life creating a being out of nothing. Still, it is a good thought and answer Brohn.”

Tolin raised his hand and spoke next. ”Perhaps the alchemist wishes to replace someone with a copy? A doppelganger that they can control?”

Ammy clapped her hands in delight. ”Deep, dark and very bothersome. Good answer Tolin.”

The room was silent again until a human woman in her 40s spoke without raising a hand. Love. For love they would make a Homunculus to bring back to a broken heart. To restore a fake sense of reality and peace after the loss of something so precious. A fools resurrection.”

Ammy set her tea cup down and leaned forward. ”Excellent answers. High marks for you all, even if you didn’t speak. These questions will not be easy to answer nor will everyone have an answer ready. All the reasons aired so far are valid and have been done. However is it right to perform them? Many will say no, many will say yes, many will simply ignore the issue and continue with their lives undisturbed. What I want you all to take home with you today is this simple question. Does my Homunculus pose a problem to my realm? Now then, off with you all for today. Think on that question and we’ll see what you all may feel when we chat again.”
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