System Change

Chapter 168: Potion Testing

he two Alchemists that were looking at him like he was a ghost. “That potion… was a failure.” He said.

“What was wrong with it? What exactly happened?” Roman asked as he handed Derek a clean cloth.

That was when Derek noticed his current state. He looked down, only to see a giant puddle of blood. He went to wipe his face with the clean cloth, only to see that it was already stained with blood that had covered his hands. After looking at the cloth, he looked at Roman. “Really?”

Roman shrugged, then smiled. “Its the thought that counts.”

Dereks entire body, from his eyes down, was covered in blood. According to the two Alchemists, when the potion activated, blood poured out of every orifice on his head. They too were stunned, and only came back to when Derek requested a health potion. The blood from his ears had run down his shoulders onto his hands, and the blood from his face ran down his chin, to his torso, then finally down to his feet.

Luckily, Derek had the perfect skill for the situation. Quickly, he cast Cleaning until he, his clothes, and the floor were blood free.

“Well?” Freia asked.

Derek shook his head. “If anything, I would call this a Potion of Assassination.” He said.

“What do you mean?” Roman asked.

Derek went on to explain everything he experienced. From the aneurysms and pain, to not being able to focus enough to use his skills, to the increase in stats once everything was over with.

Roman nodded at Dereks explanations. “Assassination in deed.”

Dereks health was sitting at 16,500 HP. It had gone all the way down to 8,000 HP before he tried to heal himself. It still decreased afterward due to the potion and was only able to restore itself because of the potions he was given.

“What was that potion you gave me?” He asked.

“Potion of Greater Restoration.” Freia answered. “It restores 90% of your health over the course of one minute.”

Derek thought about that. Once he took the potion, he was able to meditate and relieve the effects of the test potion. Finally, he shook his head. “That potion dealt over 20,000 points of damage to me in those few minutes.”

Both of the Alchemists eyes widened in disbelief. Finally, Roman asked, “How big is your health pool?”

Derek shook his head. “Thats only for me to know. Just know that it is big and I have a lot… and I mean A LOT of regeneration. And it still did over 20,000 points of damage, probably way more than that. So, all that for a 10% increase in those two stats… its not worth it. But I dont believe there are more than a handful of people who would be able to survive taking it.”

Roman nodded. “I agree.”

“So, the potion is actually worth a lot. I would say that it would be worth more than whatever you were trying to make. Its basically a guaranteed kill for almost anyone or anything in the kingdom… assuming it works on beasts the same way it works on humans.” Derek explained. And Modified Humans at that. He thought, remembered his status.

“You are correct, but I dont think Ill be selling something like that.” Roman added. Then, he gave Derek a huge grin. “I just leveled up.”

That stunned Derek. “Really?”

Roman nodded. “Thats the thing about Alchemy. You get XP for the process, but you also get a chunk of XP for creating something original. The XP is based on the rarity and power of the creation. I just received a notification about successfully creating aPotion of Greater Mind Destruction, and enough XP to increase my level from mid-way through 211 to a quarter way through 212.”

“Thats crazy!” Derek exclaimed. “Not just the amount of experience earned, but that you just casually told me your level.”

Roman chuckled. “Im an Alchemist. Its to my advantage to advertise my level, unlike you sneaky warrior types. The more people that know my level, the more business it generates. Especially since they know how leveling a crafting class works. Knowing that my level increased from 211 to 212 in such a short time lets them know that I have achieved something incredible. Which, in return, will generate even more business. Which will give me more money and materials. There is no downside for it.” He explained.

Derek shook his head. “I guess…”

“Plus, they all know that I have the backing of an Onyx Ranked Adventurer who just happens to be a Guild Master. Im not exactly a good target.” Roman continued.

Derek smiled. “Well, congratulations… I guess.”

“Thanks!” Roman said. “Now… time for the next potion.” His eyes sparkled as he stared at the next potion.

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