Todd Riordan's Academic Research: Glimpsing the Verdant Apothecary's Pouch

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Talk to Todd and listen to his request

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Central Starskiff Haven

Scholar Todd Riordan of the Intelligentsia Guild seems to have encountered a problem with his research. He holds you in high regard and has asked you to help find medical books. This isn't merely "running errands" - it's "academic."
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Todd
Todd
It's difficult to find an assistant...
What are you doing here? And looking around like this?
Todd
Todd
Ah, it's you, {NICKNAME}... I'm looking for an assistant.
Todd
Todd
Someone familiar with the local situation, friendly, well-educated... A capable adventurer... An outworlder... All these qualities must be present to help me finish my research project on Xianzhou.
Options
Woah, you need that many assistants?
Are you looking for an assistant or the protagonist of a story?
Todd
Todd
That many? I don't think so. Wait, I think you misunderstood. I just want to hire ONE assistant, but as this is for my academic research, I have slightly strict requirements for this person.
Todd
Todd
You think I'm asking for too much? These are just the basic requirements for an assistant when it comes to the Guild's research.
Todd
Todd
We scholars from the Intelligentsia Guild must deeply penetrate into alien civilizations and win their trust, while also braving any natural disasters we may encounter. It's as dangerous as being a Nameless.
Todd
Todd
See? Now there's a Stellaron causing calamity here. My plans to research the medical history of the Xianzhou just went down the drain.
Todd
Todd
The locals originally gave approval for me to enter the Alchemy Commission, browse medical texts, and exchange research findings with others, but they kept delaying my visit. Xianzhou residents might be able to afford the wait, but my old bones simply can't.
Options
A lot has happened in the Alchemy Commission...
The Cloud Knights are already imposing a curfew over there.
Todd
Todd
... How do you know that?
Todd
Todd
What? That won't do!
Todd
Todd
Wait... I've been looking everywhere, but you seem to know a lot about what's happening inside the Alchemy Commission! I heard that the general of the Luofu invited some outworlders to get involved in their internal affairs in a rare turn of events... Could you be one of those people?
Todd
Todd
What luck! {NICKNAME}, are you interested in becoming my assistant...?
Options
I don't meet your requirements, though.
Please go find someone else.
Why don't you want Xianzhou locals?
Todd
Todd
Forget about those darn requirements! I swear with my invaluable academic reputationβ€”
Todd
Todd
I, Todd Riordan, hereby humbly promise that I will never withhold pay, and will provide {NICKNAME} with personal insurance and double pay for any overtime.
Todd
Todd
How is that oath? Good enough?
Todd
Todd
Don't be in a hurry to reject me! I can offer you a hefty pay. The Xianzhou is in utter chaos right now, and many outworlders are struggling to even earn enough money to eat...
Todd
Todd
What? Not interested in money? I understand. Money doesn't bring true happiness. I, too, am the happiest when standing behind a lectern and teaching students.
Todd
Todd
I can give you more than just money! I can give you prestige and knowledge!
Todd
Todd
Just think about it. You will be listed in the Guild's textbooks as Todd Riordan's collaborator, and frequently mentioned by every history lecturer in the cosmos. Does this sound attractive to you?
Todd
Todd
My child, all these long-life species are the same.
Todd
Todd
I've been in the Xianzhou for a year already. They keep taking me to tourists spots and make me drink terrible beverages. They don't plan to share the secrets of their past with me. Even the application to the Alchemy Commission was only granted after painstaking networking.
Todd
Todd
But you are different. You are chosen by the general and can go into many secret places, unlike normal visitors.
Options
But I've got other things to do.
What exactly do I need to do?
Todd
Todd
I understand, I understand. We can start with the most simple task. I just need you run one errand for me. Just go to the Alchemy Commission and pick something up. It's super simple.
Todd
Todd
Don't worry. We'll start with running an errand, the most simple task of all.
Todd
Todd
I want to ask you to go to the Alchemy Commission to pick up some research materials. It won't take too long. Please help a fellow outworlder, {F#young lady}{M#young man}!
Todd
Todd
Say, I need a Xianzhou medical textbook called the Compendium of Remedies. Could you please head over to the Alchemy Commission and bring it to me?
Options
There was no approval. Did you want me to STEAL the book?
These medical textbooks are the Alchemy Commission's secrets, no?
Todd
Todd
Look, we are both educated people... Could we use a less accusatory word? Perhaps "borrow"?
Todd
Todd
I've stated that they've already approved my request to borrow it.
Todd
Todd
How are these books secrets? They are just references that alchemists can browse at any time. Besides, they agreed to let me borrow it.
Todd
Todd
The Alchemy Commission's chief alchemist approved my request when I met her.
Todd
Todd
According to the Guild's creed, knowledge should be exchanged with an equally valuable piece of knowledge. I gave her a copy of an ancient text, and she gifted me a prescription the Guild had never seen.
Todd
Todd
Go. I'll give you the approval documents. Don't let an old man like me wait too long. At my age, arthritis is a veritable torment.

Borrow <i>Compendium of Remedies</i> from the healers at the Alchemy Commission

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Alchemy Commission

Todd intends to obtain the Alchemy Commission's medical book, Compendium of Remedies. It's not shameful for a scholar to seek knowledge, but unfortunately he has to send you to the Alchemy Commission to fetch it for him.
Todd
Todd
My medical textbook! Is my textbook here?
Todd
Todd
Ahh, {NICKNAME}! My old joints are about to break! Please, have mercy on me!
Tired Healer
Tired Healer
I got "asked" to leave before I even finished writing the prescription.
Exasperated Alchemist
Exasperated Alchemist
It can't be helped. It's a mess everywhere...
Exasperated Alchemist
Exasperated Alchemist
Um, hello? How can I help you?
Options
(Ask to borrow the textbook from them)
Tired Healer
Tired Healer
Compendium of Remedies? I remember looking up a prescription in it two days ago...
Exasperated Alchemist
Exasperated Alchemist
Your clothes... Are you an outworlder here for treatment? Why do you want that book? Are you trying to write prescriptions for yourself?
Exasperated Alchemist
Exasperated Alchemist
How preposterous! Since you're already here, a healer will attend to you sooner or later. You can't treat yourself with a medical textbook.
Options
(Recount Todd's request)
Tired Healer
Tired Healer
The Intelligentsia Guild's application to borrow textbooks? I think I've heard about this.
Tired Healer
Tired Healer
*sigh* With the commission in chaos, all of our colleagues are being interrogated by the Cloud Knights. I don't think anyone would know about the request you're talking about.
Exasperated Alchemist
Exasperated Alchemist
However, the new chief alchemist, Lady Yuluo, might be able to help you.
Exasperated Alchemist
Exasperated Alchemist
I think she's somewhere around here. You can try asking her. It's best to ask the chief alchemist about important businesses such as outsiders borrowing our medical texts.

Speak with Yuluo and inquire the location of the <i>Compendium of Remedies</i>

To take without permission is considered stealing. Since it's about obtaining a medical book, it is necessary to obtain permission from the current chief alchemist of the Alchemy Commission. I don't know if the newly appointed chief alchemist, Yuluo, will be agreeable to this request. Ah well, let's just go and ask.
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Yuluo
Yuluo
Weird. It doesn't match up here either...
Yuluo
Yuluo
Umm, hi... how can I help you?
Options
(Recount Todd's request)
Yuluo
Yuluo
Compendium of Remedies? The Intelligentsia Guild's application?
Yuluo
Yuluo
I see. It was something Lady Dan Shu approved when she still held the post... Oh, I'm sorry. I shouldn't call her "Lady" anymore.
Yuluo
Yuluo
I don't want to change her policies, but you must've heard about her crimes, right? The Cloud Knights are thoroughly investigating the commission, and even our day-to-day job as healers are being affected...
Options
So it's not going to work?
Alright. I'll go and decline Todd's offer.
Yuluo
Yuluo
*sigh* I don't think Dan Shu's crimes should influence the academic work being carried out in the commission.
Yuluo
Yuluo
But rules are rules. After what happened in the Alchemy Commission, everything has to be re-approved.
Yuluo
Yuluo
These medical textbooks are not highly confidential files, nor do they contain forbidden knowledge.
Yuluo
Yuluo
But I'm not the one who made the rules. After what happened in the Alchemy Commission, every exchange request has to be re-approved.
Yuluo
Yuluo
I just came back from a foreign business trip myself. The Alchemy Commission had experienced a huge upheaval and armed conflict. Everything is a mess. So many books have been displaced from the bookshelves.
Yuluo
Yuluo
I even saw some books hanging off trees.
System
System
Yuluo smiles at you.
Yuluo
Yuluo
I still need to continue making inventory. If there is nothing else, let's talk another time.

Investigate
System
System
The boxes are more empty than the wallets of the outworlder tourists β€” the kind of tourists who would believe the ads about "a centuries-old establishment having an anniversary sale" in Starskiff Haven.
System
System
The Compendium of Remedies isn't here. I should check somewhere else.
Investigate
System
System
From the minute traces of oil stains at the creases, you think this place might have been used to store food or freshly-dug medical ingredients.
System
System
It is a positive disaster to keep books here. Thankfully, the books were not damaged.
System
System
The Compendium of Remedies isn't here. I should check somewhere else.

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Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
How much would the insurance payout be...
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
Um? Are you the claims specialist from Heron Express? But your clothes... Why do I feel like you're an outworlder? Did I get the wrong person?
Options
What's a claims specialist?
What did outworlders ever do to you?
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
They're Heron Express staff that specifically manage shipping incidents and provide after-sale support.
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
That's not what I mean. I'm waiting for the local Heron Express specialist to arrive. I'm just disappointed to see someone else.
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
The Cloud Knights said it's not safe around here and that I should stay at home for a few days, but I still haven't memorized my medical textbooks. So, I spent a hefty sum to have Heron Express deliver the books from the Alchemy Commission to my home.
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
But that cycrane kept running into walls and trees before it even left the Alchemy Commission! I'm so angry! I watched helplessly as my books fell from the sky...
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
Oh, my textbooks! My precious textbooks! If Heron Express doesn't pay me a million or two, they'll never hear the end of it from me!
Options
(Ask him where the textbooks are)
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
... You're looking for the Compendium of Remedies? Lucky for you, I do have one of the volumes.
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
But... with the shipping incident... that book ended up in a tree. If you can find it then it's yours.
Unfortunate Healer
Unfortunate Healer
I recorded the incident anyways. Heron Express' specialists just aren't coming, huh? They sure have guts... Seems like I have to visit them myself...

Investigate
System
System
This is an ordinary tree. You can somehow hear the sound of flipping pages as wind blows through the leaves.
System
System
You carefully search the tree for the source of the sound and find a book hanging on the branches. The scene gives off a crude sense of beauty.
System
System
Could this be the textbook that Yuluo mentioned? You decide to...
Options
Take a deep breath and kick the tree.
Jump up and reach for the branch.
Hit the tree with your weapon! No one is watching.
System
System
You take a deep breath and put power into your legs, then kick the tree.
System
System
Unfortunately, the tree doesn't even shake. Only stupefied silence answers you. The book now suddenly feel more distant than ever.
System
System
You jump as high as you can and lift your arms to try to reach the branch. Time stops the moment your feet leave the ground.
System
System
You are concerned that you might reach something you shouldn't touch, such as a bird nest or a beehive.
System
System
As you ponder about this, a book falls from the tree.
System
System
You take out your favorite treasure and swing it as hard as you can.
System
System
The rebound from the tree almost knocks you over. Only now do you realize the Xianzhou's trees don't seem to be ordinary trees... Not this tree, at least.
System
System
You've long had doubts about the Realm-Keeping Commission's aesthetics when it comes to artificial greenery. Alternatively, maybe this is a product of biological engineering β€” The tree trunk is made of some kind of hard metal!
+ <i>Compendium of Remedies</i> x 1
+ Compendium of Remedies (II) x 1

Hand the <i>Compendium of Remedies</i> to Todd

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Central Starskiff Haven

In the midst of the conflict, medical books were scattered all over the place. After several obstacles, you finally managed to gather the Compendium of Remedies that Todd wanted. Hurry and bring the book back to him.
I got the textbook.
Todd
Todd
Really? Let me see.
Todd
Todd
Hmm, it looks like the prescription she gave does exist in the book, but what about the ingredients in it?
Options
What are you researching?
That's all?
Todd
Todd
I want to find out whether the prescription the last chief alchemist gave me is genuine.
Todd
Todd
Of course not. This is only the start of my research, but the question I want to answer the most is whether the prescription the last chief alchemist gave me is genuine.
Todd
Todd
After all, I gave her a copy of Theories on Returning From the Underworld, which is an invaluable ancient text. Of course I need to see how good her returning gift is.
Options
That woman's gifts always contain evil intent...
Don't worry. She is skilled in pharmacology.
Just make this medicine and ingest it to find out.
Todd
Todd
Oh? You've dealt with her?
Todd
Todd
Oh? She's treated you before?
Todd
Todd
You want a short-life species to take a long-life species' powerful medicine? I want to live for a few more years still!
Todd
Todd
This prescription is recorded in the medical textbooks, but there's an extra ingredient.
Todd
Todd
The prescription didn't say what this ingredient is or where it's from. It's just called "Divine Aureate Twig." Is this the name of a common medicine in Xianzhou?
Todd
Todd
{NICKNAME}, what do you think?
Options
I'm guessing it's a twig from the bodies of the mara-struck.
I don't know either...
Todd
Todd
The mara-struck? Why would Xianzhou natives use such odd stuff in their medicines?
System
System
Todd looks at you, puzzled.
Todd
Todd
Hmm, but it does make sense. I've seen these monsters with branches on their bodies. Looks like we've got another mission.
Todd
Todd
{NICKNAME}, bring me a sample of this ingredient. It shouldn't be too hard for you, right?
Todd
Todd
The answer of one question will always lead to another.
Todd
Todd
Can I please ask you to find an alchemist and get some clues out of them? Please find some answers either through greasing some palms or... more persuasive means.
Todd
Todd
{NICKNAME}, old Todd can only rely on you now.
Todd
Todd
If I can't figure out this key issue, that means my net gain would be zero from this exchange of knowledge! Now, go, and I will pay you handsomely.
- <i>Compendium of Remedies</i> x 2

Head to the Alchemy Commission again to ask the healers about the herb

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Alchemy Commission

What a surprise. Todd actually has some knowledge in the Alchemy Commission's prescriptions. After obtaining the Compendium of Remedies, he realized he was unfamiliar with a medicinal herb called Divine Aureate Twig... His research progress has thus been stalled. Therefore, he asked you to go to the Alchemy Commission to ask the healers about it on his behalf.
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Confused Healer
Confused Healer
Which direction should I go again...?
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Excited Healer
Excited Healer
Tsk, rote-learning is the absolute worst...
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Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
It sure is chaotic around here, but the alchemy has to go on...
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
An outworlder? How can I help you? If you are after treatment, please go to the Healer's Market and make a booking.
Options
(Ask about the "Aureate Twig.")
System
System
The healer suddenly looks very nervous.
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
Where did you hear that name?
Options
(Tell a lie) The medical textbooks...
(Tell the truth) Dan Shu's prescription...
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
The medical texts that outworlders have access to would never contain the name of such a forbidden entity.
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
Hmph! If you're not a Sanctus Medicus disciple, then you must have met the master primus and received her prescriptions.
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
I never thought the master primus gifted this prescription to the Guild. How surprising. It's a pity that the short-life species would never understand the secrets behind this ingredient.
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
Let me tell you the truth. This is nothing less than the overgrowth on the bodies of mara-struck Xianzhou natives. You cannot obtain this ingredient without killing Xianzhou humans.
Options
You sure know a lot about this...
Are you a remnant of the Disciples of Sanctus Medicus?
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
The master primus was martyred, and the disciples all scattered. I had no choice but to hide as well.
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
I can pretend this never happened today, but if you don't want the Cloud Knights or the Ten-Lords Commission giving you trouble, you better leave right now. Otherwise... I can't make any promises.
Options
Sorry, I work for the Seat of Divine Foresight.
Learned Alchemist
Learned Alchemist
You scoundrel!
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Combat

Hand over the herbs to Todd

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Central Starskiff Haven

Surprisingly, the Divine Aureate Twig is this thing. Can this really be used as medicine? Perhaps this is the mystical aspect of the Alchemy Commission's medical skills... Although the process of obtaining the medicinal herb was somewhat tortuous, in any case, you have obtained it. Hurry and bring it to Todd.
I got what you want.
Todd
Todd
Thank you for your hard work.
Todd
Todd
Fascinating. This thing does look similar to twigs, but its veins shine with a golden light... Its mysteries must be related to the Xianzhou natives' legends.
Todd
Todd
Scholar Bernini will be so jealous once he finds out about what I've learned here.
System
System
Todd makes the eerie twig into a specimen.
Todd
Todd
I don't have a lot of tools available to me here, but the Guild's research finally has some progress after a long delay. Thank you, {NICKNAME}.
Options
You are touching upon the Xianzhou's forbidden secrets.
You're not afraid of me reporting you?
Now, it's time to talk about payment.
Todd
Todd
What? Forbidden secrets? I don't seek medicines to grant immortality, and don't wish to become long-life species... What forbidden secrets am I unveiling?
Todd
Todd
What crime is it to collect a small twig that could have come from anywhere? Besides, you gave me this twig yourself.
Todd
Todd
No, {NICKNAME}, I'm not afraid of that at all.
Todd
Todd
You have been my capable assistant and helped my investigation from the start to the end. You will gain nothing from reporting me β€” except losing out on your reward.
Todd
Todd
Even the Seat of Divine Foresight won't be able to pay more than me.
Todd
Todd
Well said, and now it's time for me to fulfill my promise.
Todd
Todd
You've helped me so much, and I'm definitely not a stingy person. Apart from tangible cash, I will also provide the most common reward in the Intelligentsia Guild β€” that of knowledge. After all, knowledge is worth more than gold.
Todd
Todd
I will share with you all the information I gain from this project. Take this manuscript and keep it safe. I'll come find you again, young one, if I need to conduct more research.
- Eerie Twig x 1

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