Solo [The Catholicon] Backroom Alchemy

In which Gemma tries to philter, and phails.

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[The Catholicon] Backroom Alchemy

Postby Gemma Parker on March 6th, 2019, 8:07 pm

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Spring 6th, 519av, 5 Bells

A few days later, Gemma was grateful both for the lessons she had learned from her dad and in her class a few days previously. She had taken lots of notes, and was pretty sure she was ready to apply what she had learned, but now at work. She had bought a full philtering kit for home, but the Catholicon had one so she was now using theirs. She was currently technically on a break from work, but with all the colds and flus in the ward, she felt she needed to do something more, even if she wasn’t getting paid for it.

She knew that she was new at this, and knew that her dad had said she might fail the first few times she tried, but she couldn’t help herself. She had all this information swimming around in her head about essential oils, but there were none of the essential oils she had heard about available for use. Thankfully, The Catholicon had everything she needed to get started. They had a storage room full of dried herbs, including all the oregano she could need.

They also originally had oregano essential oil, but she had kind of… used it all. Izo had warned her about this very problem, but she had been over zealous. Granted, her patients had gotten better swiftly, but she had probably given them more than they absolutely needed, leaving less for the other patients. It had been short sighted of her, but now she was hoping to rectify her error. She probably should have been working on this with her dad, or at least with someone monitoring her, but come on, it wasn’t so complicated… Right?

Gemma might have been overexcited, but she got to work. She struggled to set up the stand as she was supposed to, forgetting how to operate the shifting mechanism. It didn’t break, but for a long moment she had to stare at the device and check her notes before she finally found the little release that let her manipulate the height of the stand. She was aware that her time was running out. She only had fifteen chimes for her break, and it was looking like she wouldn’t even get to start the philtering process. But maybe if she could get the kit at least set up, she could come back later and work on it more.

She put the unlit brazier in place, remembering what her dad said about keeping it in the center. It might not have been exactly in the center, but that probably didn’t matter too much, right?

She then filled up the bottom glass with water, spilling some over the side, but otherwise having no problem. She put the glass on the brazier, but then she stopped. She remembered that the glass had not been on the brazier. But what was she missing? There was only one circle holder thing on the stand, and she needed that for the herbs. She looked around and finally found another circle of metal near the philtering kit. She fiddled with it, trying to get it onto the stand, but then she was out of time, having only just attached the second holder. She would have to come back later and continue the work.
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[The Catholicon] Backroom Alchemy

Postby Gemma Parker on March 7th, 2019, 10:54 pm

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"Be well, miss Ceveros." Gemma said with a smile as she closed the woman's door. It was time for another break, and she could not wait to get down to the little philtering lab she had set up during her last break. The sounds of hacking coughs and moans echoed through the ward as she walked into the lower storage room where she was going to be making her essential oil. That was, if she ever managed to get the process started. In her last break, which had been for fifteen minutes, she had managed to get the kit set up, but that was all. Now she was off of her shift, and it was a rest period, but she was allowed to stay if she wanted to. So she did. She could always catch a nap later at the rest house on Zintila so she didn't have to go all the way back home.

She entered the room feeling almost a little naughty. She knew that she was allowed to be here and that the philtering set was for anyone who needed it for patient related uses. But the fact of the matter was that she was trying to do something that, while simple in theory and easy with experience, might not work. And if it didn't work, she might get in trouble for wasting materials. But she was pretty sure she wasn't going to do anything wrong, so here she was.

She slid on the oversized leather apron and gloves, which both smelled like a dusty room. She didn't have this kind of safety gear at home, and she wasn't really worried about getting hurt since she could just heal herself, but it did still cause her pain when she bumped something hot, so on the gear went.

She had already brought the needed herbs, wrapped carefully and dried, into the room, and she got those now. The leaves of the oregano plant were shriveled and brittle, so Gemma had to be careful, but this was her specialty. Herbal care was the easy part. The philtering was the hard part.

She carefully unscrewed the biomass jar from its place on top of the bottom flask and started putting the oregano leaves inside. She held the stalks in one hand carefully removed the leaves from the stem using her knife. The dry leaves fell into the biomass flask and were covered soon by more, and then more. Gemma had brought a lot of oregano because it took several kilos to make even one small flask of essential oil.

She squinted, shaking the flask to see if the leaves were packed too tight like before. But she was pretty sure it was fine. The leaves still rustled, and she had barely pushed the leaves down to make room for more. She would have to make sure, though, so she made a note to watch to see if the steam was coming up. What else?

She connected the biomass flask to the bottom flask that held the water, and got ready to light the brazier, sending a quick prayer to Yahal to protect her from her own stupidity.
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