Dec 03, 2021 1:16 AM
Camillo, Val, Alexei, Daya, Naima, Marcy, Destiny, Connie, Lily, Riley, Jaromira, Basira, Boston Kevin
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Well, it's not the very best lab slot, but Naima doesn't really care. She's pretty far ahead in Mal Studies, thank God, so she spent most of the last two hours reading through her Materia Medica without trying to memorize, and now she has at least a vague idea of some of the ingredients that she's probably going to want eventually, assuming that Avicenna is actually right about anything and that she isn't being put through this for no reason.

She's sort of vaguely hoping that people rifle through the alchemy components and take out the valuable stuff less than they take the valuable stuff out of the artificing cabinets, on the grounds that it's a little harder to know which things are valuable for alchemy, maybe (although maybe she's kidding herself and that's another thing all the more prepared kids have been learning since they were four). The other concern is that a fair number of Avicenna's components are also foods, and she suspects that she's not going to come by those very frequently, and even if she did, she's not entirely sure they would be more useful as alchemical creations than as, you know, food.

Anyway. Naima is here, and she's ready to learn, and she's ready to excel, although the excelling might take some time because she's kind of never encountered, uh, any of this before.

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A blonde girl with a power-sharer on her wrist comes in with a couple of NPCs with the same power sharer. They start checking for mals. 

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Basira walks in in the middle of a pack of kids who came down from the maleficaria hall (study) at the same pace.

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Marcy is planning to slack off, relatively speaking, on alchemy in favor of languages and artificing; if she wants alchemical substances to put in grenades she can get them from Abigail and Kevin. But the first class is going to be important safety stuff they'll need to know for the rest of school, so she's going to full-ass this one.

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Franklin loves artificing deeply but is not really an enjoyer of alchemy at all; the logic is subtly different from that of artificing in a way that feels vaguely wrong. Fortunately this mostly makes it hard to understand (what seem to him like) the bizzare swerves and leaps of logic in the theoretical explanations; he can follow a basic recipe just fine if he doesn't have to improvise.

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"Hey Marcy. Franklin. I hear the assignments in this one are not all standardized."

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"Yeah. Maybe because there are fewer total sets of dangerous equipment we have to learn to use or something."

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"Yeah, maybe. You wanna check the cabinets together, I need - " hey, assignment paper - "lye, apparently, and a bunch of different kinds of oil."

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"Lye? Are you making soap?" the blonde Atlanta girl asks. 

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"Yes."

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Basira finds her assignment sheet, for... slime.

Ingredients

  • (4-ounce) bottles washable school glue (PVA)
  • 1 to 2 drops. liquid food colouring (optional)
  • glitter (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon. baking soda.
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons. saline solution (i.e., contact lens solution), divided.
Equipment
  • Glass or plastic mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Airtight container for storage

Instructions

    1. Pour the glue into a medium bowl. Stir in the food colouring and glitter, if desired.
    2. Add the baking soda to the glue mixture and stir until smooth.
    3. Pour in 2 tablespoons of the contact lens solution and stir slowly. The mixture should begin to harden, becoming stringy.
    4. Continue mixing slowly until a ball of slime forms.
    5. Pick up the slime and work between your two hands, until smooth. If the slime is particularly slimy, work in another 1/2 tablespoon of contact lens solution as needed.

"...I'm going to skip the glitter," she announces to the room at large.

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"Yeah, let's go through the cabinets. I'm making hand sanitizer, so I need ethanol, water, and glycerin."

(Also , why would that girl deliberately skip the glitter? Is she that confident that she won't be able to get any?)

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