Alchemists rely on formulas to create various concoctions.
As a starting Alchemist, you begin with one formula. You can
see what formulas you know by using the FORMULA command.
Type FORMULA by itself to see the list. For example:
back upon all the formulas you have learned so far....
# 1 - A rose-honey elixir, the minor healing elixir.
To learn more about a specific formula, use the number of
the formula from your list along with the FORMULA
command. For example, FORMULA 1. This will give you
detailed information about the formula.
back on the preparations for the formula classified by
the Official Council at Al Khemi as "#1"....
Formula # 1 - A rose-honey elixir, the minor healing elixir.
It uses 2 parts of some rosehips and 1 part of a honey
It uses your skills in healing to create.
You feel you have a good chance of successfully creating
It is described thusly by your peers:
"This potion will ONLY heal an injured drinker of
minor injuries. If the drink is not injured or heavily
injured, the potion will have no effect. For more grievous
wounds, they will need to quaff a major healing elixir."
You can learn new formulas by finding or buying scrolls.
STUDY the scroll to learn the formula. You can learn
formulas that you don't have the skills to prepare. The FORMULA
verb will tell you what kind of chance you have of completing
the formula. It is a good idea to go ahead and learn what
formulas you can, when the opportunity presents. Then just
wait for your skills to catch up with your knowledge of the
In the example above, you can see that to complete this formula
you must have 2 rosehips and 1 honey comb. Of course you can
try going to a shop to buy those components, but you may not
always be able to find, or afford, the components you need.
The most affordable way to find components is to FORAGE
for them. Foraging can be more dangerous than just buying
what you need, because to forage you have to go out into the
wilderness. Of course any time you go outside the city you
have a higher risk of running into some monster, but then
that's the life of an heroic adventurer.
You will find some components easier to FORAGE for
than others. In the example above, the components are basic
things you can easily find in the wilderness. Good places
to look for these items are on the North Athens Plains and
the Lower Athens Plains. Go to one of those areas and type
FORAGE ROSEHIPS or FORAGE HONEYCOMB. You
may not find what you need the first time, but keep looking.
Some of the components you are going to need you won't get
from foraging. For example, if a formula requires a snake
skin, you are not likely to find one foraging. Instead, you
need to go kill a snake, and then skin it (or get someone
else to do it). Foraging only works well with things that
you should obviously find in the wilds.
The formula in the example calls for two rosehips and one
honey comb. When you are going to use several of the same
item in a formula, you should COMBINE those items
first. Hold one rosehip in each hand and type COMBINE.
You can tell how many measures of an item have been combined
using the MEASURE verb. Hold the bundle of rosehips
and type MEASURE ROSEHIP. It should tell you there
are two of them.
Once you have the like-components combined, you must then
COMBINE the unlike components. Hold the bundle of
rosehips in one hand and the honey comb in the other hand,
and type COMBINE. If your skill is good enough, then
you will successfully combine the ingredients into a formula.
Be careful when you are practicing your art. Some failures
are harmless, or at worst might splatter you with honey. However,
some formulas, particularly at higher levels, can be downright
dangerous to attempt. Failures can result in explosions that
can do damage and splash potentially dangerous compounds all
over the place.