Abscess is a named Hydra that can be found in the Blighted Grove. Not to be trifled with. It has a breath attack that is HP based. The lower its health, the weaker it will hit you. Each head breathes a different damage type at up to 5 separate targets.
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Alberta is a portrait painter, who works at the Colored Canvas in Vesper.
Alberta occasionally paints portraits for Elwood, the collector from Haven. If you have been sent by Elwood to have a portrait painted, Alberta will ask you to sit on the stool in front of her for a little while.
Alchemists can create items other than Potions that are used for Imbuing or by other professions, or as ingredients for craftable items from other skills.