- Cooldown: Although Chemistry has many practical usages a Chemist must always remember that putting foreign chemicals in ones body usually has harmful effects attached to them. It is important for a chemist to know and let their patients/customers know the side effects of their product, as well as instructions for use. Failure to successfully go through a cooldown cycle will damage the body and potentially lead to an overdose with drugs, while medicines simply negate their effects. The cooldown will be negated if a suitable amount of time has passed ICly. (i.e. a few hours IC or a "rest period" to process the drug out. If you only post twice in a month OOC you won't overdose despite weeks ICly passing since your last dose.)
Toxic- Reusing any drug before or during the cooldown will delay the drawbacks and refresh your duration for the benefits. Cool, right? However, your body can only handle so many foreign chemicals in one sitting. For every rank your Constitution is above the rank of the drug is how many times you can repeat this process until you reach the Overdose stage. When the duration of the drug wears off the cooldown process begins again. This time the cooldown is doubled and the user suffers a one tier decrease in Intelligence in addition with the drawbacks of the drugs taken as a result until the entire cooldown is over. If multiple different drugs were taken, the longest cooldown is the one that will be followed.
Overdose- At this stage, accepting any more drugs will inevitably kill your character no matter the rank. The user will still suffer a one tier decrease in Intelligence as well as a two tier decrease in Constitution along with the standard drawbacks of the drug. If at anytime the user's Constitution drops below E-tier they will go into a comatose state dying ten posts later, or four hours IC unless given medical attention. The cooldown time is now tripled at this point.
- Poison Resistance: The rank of the poison directly competes with the victim's Constitution. If the Constitution of the victim is higher than the rank of the poison or is equal, it is processed out of the body with no negative consequences attached. This means the poison must be one rank above the victim's Constitution in order to work. Drugs on the other hand work regardless of rank sometimes making a crude drug a more desired and cost-efficient method of weakening an opponent than a high grade poison.
- Addiction: Addiction is caused by using a single drug multiple times within a short frame of time. Unlike toxicity, which is relative to using many drugs within a posting time frame, addiction refers to one drug being abused over a span days, weeks, or even months OOCly. The rank of the drug determines the time frame required to wait in order to safely use the drug again. The amount of ranks the user's Constitution is above that of the drug's is how many times they can repetitively take a drug before they become an addict themselves.
D - 3 days
C - 5 days
B - 7 days
A - 14 days
S - 30 days
An addiction is relatively harmless depending on the character and drug used. An addict must use the drug they are addicted to at least once within its rank's time span to feed the addiction. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the character suffering temporary debuffs in the stat the drug modifies (ex. If I'm using a drug that boosts stamina by +2 advantages my stamina will be at -2 disadvantages.) The temporary debuffs will subside after the rank's time span is complete. After that your character is no longer addicted to the drug and all negative effects are clear. Within the addiction process you may only take a drug so many times before you build a tolerance to it. This is determined by how many tiers of Constitution you have overall. **Note: E-tier is given. The count starts at D-tier Constitution being one tier overall.
- Tolerance: By abusing a single drug so much you become dull to its effects. Inevitably the character will suffer a permanent debuff of one tier in all stats the drug affects (If the drug affects all stats even by only one advantage, they will all be lowered a tier and must be retrained.) The damage to your body also causes you to lose a tier in your highest stat (if the user has two stats or more tied for highest they may choose which one gets decreased). By reaching this stage the drug used will no longer grant benefits to your character thus requiring a new drug or strand to modify your abilities.
In order to practice Chemistry, you are required to know the Chemistry Skill. There are some exceptions; namely Iryojutsu (Med-nin) which allows the creation of up to B-Grade poisons and medicines (When using the Iryojutsu Skill to create medicines and poisons, anything higher than B-Grade poison or medicine strictly requires the Chemistry Skill).
All other subcategories of Chemistry have listed INT requirements to craft except Compounds. Compounds require an equal base INT to the rank of Compound being created. The only exception to this is X-Grade Compound Items crafted by Master Craftsman, which only require S-Tier INT.
Chemistry Items do not have a crafting time, and are created instantly. They do still require a specific crafting post however and may not be created mid-combat. Just like all other crafting, Chemistry also may never be done in Flashbacks.
Those with the ES Level Restricted - Master Craftsmanship - may create 1 X-Grade Chemistry Item per year. To clarify, since there are five subcategories of Chemistry, this is only a single item. A Master Craftsman may choose one of the five subcategories of Chemistry to create a single item from per 12 months. These, just like all other X-Grade items, may not be banked and the cooldown only begins upon completion of the crafted X-Grade Item.
X-Grade Items are Artifact Level, there are currently no hard set rules for their designs as they are so incredibly rare. They must follow the basic rules and guidelines found on the site for boosts, debuffs, stats, power etc. And must always be approved by a member of staff. Since these Items are outside the bounds of the usual rules, it is important to remember that this is a guide and game balance and reasonability will take precedence.