In order to make potions of healing, you need to shave years off of healthy, normal people’s lives, distill that, and bottle it. Often these potions come with side effects, changes in personality, nightmares, memories that don’t belong to you. Cheaper potions may still be potent, but they come with even greater costs, madness, mania, and psychosis derived from failing to distill off the pain, suffering, and anger of the people the potions were made from.
On places like Therum, the digs she went on alone, she lost all sense of time. Patterns disintegrated; simple things, like eating and sleeping became incidental - she did them when they occurred to her. No schedule. No routine. Just a fugue.
With nothing around you but empty space and the ghosts of the dead, sometimes you forget how to live.
This cold grey ship always one crack of lightning away from annihilation is a lot like the fiery grave of Therum, the dust storms of Feros. Isolated. Forgotten. A small sequestrum in the dark, her only window out on the bright lights of the galaxy the data streams that flow under her fingers. All that living distilled into handfuls of pixels. Liara has never balked at being alone. Never stared into that lonely abyss and blinked.
Well, that kind of depends on how you define “you”.
First, let’s distill our living bodies down to their most basic elements, the cells that you’re built of and that build you. Within those cells are countless chemical machines (embodied adorably in the above GIF), doing the work of converting certain arrangements of atoms into other, more useful arrangements of atoms.
And when we tally up just what those atoms are, and where they come from, we begin to realize that we are fundamentally connected to the universe itself, and although we may sometimes find our bodies and minds alone in the conscious sense, our atoms are with the always and forever, always and forever.
I have a really hard time cleaning ink off my brushes. Do you have any tips?
Hi there! I apologize for taking so long to answer your question. Luckily, The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver beautifully restores damaged brushes, so even if you have weeks of dried paint on your brushes, they can be saved! I have religiously used this cleaner for eight years and it has preserved my original set of kolinsky sable watercolor brushes, which I still use today.
Dampen a brush and swirl it in the cleaner. You want a thick paste, not a bubbly lather, so don’t get the brush or soap too wet. Work the paste into the bristles using your fingers, paying special attention to the base of the brush. The dried paint will soften and seep into the soap, giving it color. Eventually, the soap will cease to draw color and you’ll know that the bristles are clean.
Rinse your brushes in distilled water. I never realized the value of distilled water until living in Istanbul, where tap water is very hard and damaging. If you have invested in expensive brushes like kolinsky sables, try to use distilled water at all times.
Finally, swirl the clean brushes in just a bit of cleaner to reshape the points. If I need to retire my brushes for a few weeks and I’m in a dry climate, I will coat them in a bit of Vaseline to keep them moisturized.