"Huh.... I thought it would be weirder."
"Ooh, colorful alien. Yes. We should." And without waiting, she comes over. "What are those things? Also, hi!"
"Uh," he stalls. Small child, help!
"Hello," he tells the small child, recovering quickly, "In these bottles?" He asks, lifting one to show her, "They're potions. I'm an alchemist," he adds.
Mika follows Tepam, and peers at the bottle from her side, "What are they for?" He asks.
Sefoni stays back, but she eyes the plants curiously. She doesn't recognize any of them, which isn't really a surprise, but it makes them even more interesting than plants usually are.
"...Many things," he says, eyes darting between the two of them for a moment, "This one increases the rate magicka recovers at," he says of the one he's holding.
Ita will just keep Sefoni company.
Blink. "Magicka? Like the one that uses enchantment tables?"
"Yeees," he agrees, slowly, "Do you know of the magic used in Tamriel?" He asks, "I think I would have heard of people with hair like yours if you were native to my world."
"It could just sound alike?" Mika offers. "There's enchanting, and then there's a bunch of magic types, like Destruction and Illusion and Restoration and so on," he adds.
"That does sound like it, yes. I still can't imagine I would have missed hearing of a race of people like you."
"You didn't. I don't think. My mom and his mom met someone from your world when they were pregnant with us."
"Ah, and they received our magic from that person? Hm... I suppose if one could enter the world and be attached to Aetherius..." he trails off, and then shakes his head, "I suppose that person didn't have access to any alchemical ingredients, then, if you didn't know what these were?"
"I don't think so. What those plants do?" Tepam asks pointing at the nearest one.
He glances at it, "That is Dragon's Tongue," he tells her, "Eaten plain the pollen increases heat resistance, and the leaves act as a catalyst in a number of enhancement potions, as well." He pauses, remembering that he's talking to kids, and then shrugs - if they don't understand it, maybe they'll go away; if they do, he could have an interesting conversation.
"All of these are alchemy ingredients," he adds then, motioning to the plants, "I'm working on altering a potion."
Mika looks up from where he's peering at the little blue flowers on another of the plants, "What kinda potion is it?"
He clears his throat, "It's called Vaermina's Torpor. It allows a person to enter the mind of another in their dreams, with a number of other effects. I'm trying to make it... friendlier."
"Friendlier how? Can it give people nightmares?"
"In a way. The problem is that using it physically places the user into the dreamer's memories through their dreams, which opens a person up to Vaermina - she's the Daedric Prince of Dreams and Nightmares, which means she has a great deal of power but she can't use it on a person unless they agree to let her, usually. What I'm trying to do is add some sort of protection against her. It might not be possible, honestly, but it's an interesting project and it would be useful if it did work."
Mika squints, some of this is going in one ear and out the other, "So it's for reading people's minds?"
"I suppose that's one use, yes. But the user also comes out where they were in the dream whenever the effects end. It's bottled teleportation with a few extra steps."
"Oooh, is it hard to make? Could it take you to another planet?"
"It's very hard to make," he nods, "Some of the ingredients are very rare, but luckily the greenhouse I have access to has all of them. I have no idea if it could take you to another world, but a planet within the same world should work. Distance doesn't seem to matter."
"Amentans really need new planets to expand to."
"I don't think this would help you there. Even if you could grow the ingredients necessary for the potion, and alter it to remove Vaermina's influence, you would still need a person who had been to the planet you want to go to." He shrugs, "And then you'd need enough Torpor for everyone you wanted to transport. Portal spells would be more useful."
"Okay..." he reaches out to poke another bottle, "Well, what else can you do with alchemy, then?"