Use of this guide is essential for all Potion-Making, whether it's done in class or at the Student Laboratory with your Potions Kit. Potion-Making is a combination of creative RPing and an element of puzzle-solving.
To brew a successful potion, you must insert the correct "Potion-Making Icons" (listed below) into your post, and in the correct order. How you mention and RP it are entirely up to you -- be as specific or vague as you wish, so long as the icons follow the recipe. You will need to determine for yourself which ones to add.
You can do up to 2 steps of the recipe per post. Icons can be spread however you wish throughout the post, or grouped in small batches; it doesn't matter how you pace it, only the order. We do apologise that using this feature may be difficult if done by mobile; it could require waiting to post if you're on the go or at a location not ideal for PC use.
To add an icon, go to the BBCode tab in your full reply post. Copy the icon's code from this guide into your post, then place the next icon's code directly beside it (if in the same section of the post), and make sure to center them afterwards -- highlight the group and use the "justify center" button.
Preview it, and remove any unnecessary spaces. Check they appear as intended, then submit. Remember that all Potions begin with adding water to your cauldron, and are completed by waving your wand -- though it is not the final icon.
Instructions may slightly differ from the correct icon order. For example: "add a chopped herb" requires the Chop icon, then the Add icon -- because you must first prepare the ingredient before adding it to your cauldron. Keep an eye on phasing like that, as part of your puzzle-solving. You can RP preparing ingredients in advance or cleaning ahead of time, but the icons must be in the same post and placed in their proper order.
To help you track specific icons, they've been sorted into seven categories below -- complete with an explanation of each, to help you determine if it's the one you need.
Add this ingredient to your cauldron. Used per addition, not per ingredient (unless singular).
Ingredient is squeezed, typically to release something. Used in the place of an Add icon if squeezed directly into your cauldron.
Ingredient is poured into something else. Used in the place of an Add icon if poured directly into your cauldron. May be used with a measurement.
Ingredient is shredded.
Ingredient is washed, via a sink. Also used if instructions specify washing your hands / otherwise.
Ingredient is peeled.
Only used in classes. Signifies you've completed your potion and its steps, including cleaning your workspace. Your character raises their hand to alert the Professor. Required for class task completion, but won't influence the success of your potion.
Ingredient is crushed by a flat side a knife, typically to release juices or break it up. Not to be confused with crushing an ingredient into a powder, which instead uses the Pestle & Mortar.
Scoop something into or out of a container. Not to be confused with ladling a potion into its vial. May be used with a measurement.
Draws a liquid from something, such as an ingredient. May be used with a measurement. This is only for collection; adding drops somewhere uses the Measure and / or Add icon.
The wildcard icon. Used for any form of measurement -- a flask's marked line, spoonfuls, quarter of a cup, handfuls, or otherwise. May be used in combination with other tools or a hand task, which have their own icon -- order placement is determined by the recipe.
Lowest heat setting, also known as gently heating. Icon is also used when specified to reduce heat, which means bring it down to its lowest setting.
Middle-range heat setting.
Highest heat setting.
Turn off the heat.
Allows the cauldron / potion to cool, before the next step or before it can be ladled into a vial. Its flexible for any variation of partially cooling, for only a specified amount of time, or going completely cold.
The cauldron / potion is required to sit for an allocated amount of time, or you must wait before you can proceed.
You've cleaned your workspace, as required. Excess ingredients were put away / thrown out, the cauldron was scrubbed until it shone, and the counter was properly wiped down. This is typically the final icon, unless the recipe specifies otherwise / multiple use.
Wand was waved / flourished to complete your potion or this portion of a multi-part potion.
When the potion is complete, it can be ladled into a vial and stoppered with a cork. Used for each vial, as some potions require / yield more than a one-use quantity.