Potions are a liquid consumable that impart a specific effect on consumption. They are known to be produced mainly in Thistleland, and are common throughout the continent as well as any location occupied by The Adventure Guild.
While many potions are considered magically enchanted items, they are one of the few types of item that the Mages allow the free making of without licensing. Outside of the Mages, the main source of Potions are the various Apothecaries found in most villages, towns and cities across Thistleland. While the common Apothecary will sell standard simple potions such as health potions, some are known top specialise in specific types of potions, some such as Sophie Patch even attempting to create new recipes.
Each potion is typically composed of an active ingredient that provides the effect of the potion, as well as various mundane ingredients that stabilise the active ingredient, temper and alter it's effects, as well as make the potion palatable. The correct use of mundane ingredients is what often separates the novice Potion maker from the expert.
Most potions come within standard shaped bottles, and often outside major cities such as Guildtown there is only one type of bottle used for all potions. As such the easiest way to tell apart one potion from another is the potions colour or the small label on it's side, which has resulted in a significant amount of incorrect potion useage. Rarer are potions that are within thin-walled bottles, designed to be thrown and break apart on contact. Such potions have an extra active ingredient that enables the potions effects to be applied on contact, increasing their value.
Healing Potion (Pink, Udderat Milk)
The most common potion in Thistleland, healing potions use the natural healing effect of Udderat milk to heal the body rapidly. This involves condensing the Udderat milk, with the concentration determining how much healing the potion affects, and adding various ingredients to lower the natural transformation effect of the Udderat Milk. While this result leaves a potion that can heal the body of almost all injuries rapidly, there is still a small build-up of what Apothecaries call "Potential Transformation". It is advisable to give time between drinking healing potions, much like Udderat Milk, drinking too many at once can have a temporary bovine-like transformation effect on the user.
Beastly Potion (Pink, Udderat Milk)
Using many ingredients as Healing Potions, Beastly Potions reverse the effects of their similar looking cousins. The healing aspect of the potion is greatly diminished, and the transformation effect is focused on. A side result of this set of ingredients is the removal of any Bovine aspect to the resulting transformation. As such, drinking a Beastly Potion will 'devolve' a person for up to a day, sometimes more, rendering them a more beast-like form of themselves. Paws become chunkier, and their proportions will become slightly more feral like making wearing clothes somewhat uncomfortable or poorly fitting. While using everyday objects is still possible, it is not quite as easy as before. Some people jokingly refer the effect as a "Cut-Rate Werewolf", though it is important to note the mental state of the user is entirely unchanged.
It is worth noting that the effects of Beastly potions do stack, further drinking of more potions will render the user progressively closer to an animal state, though their mind will remain as it was before.
While sold mostly as a prank potion for some time, a more useful side of the Beastly Potion has emerged in recent years. Certain creatures that are somewhat beast-like can be rendered temporarily a less harmful animal with the use of a Beastly Potion, which can make catching certain creatures, such as certain Fossa Beasts a far easier and less embarrassing quest.