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Alchemy began as the science of transforming substances without the use of spirit binding, with the foremost goals being the transmutation of base metals to precious ones, the creation of the panacea to cure all ailments, and elixirs of longevity. These pursuits have produced miracles, terrible weapons, remedies, and enough frauds to bury every true discovery under a mountain of deceit.
List of Alchemical SubstancesEdit
- Fire Dust: A combination of mineral and plant reagents that once ignited, burns even if exposed to water. A fire dust fueled flame requires total submersion in water, or smothering in sand to extinguish.
- Hebenon: A combination of plant essences and reagents that clot blood. In its powdered form it is used to staunch wounds. It can be made into a liquid form and used as a poison to cause a heart attack, but it has a pungent smell that is difficult to conceal.
- Miasma: A universally outlawed and reviled substance traded only illicitly, it is a chemical brew kept in clay pots. If a diseased piece of flesh or cloth is introduced to the brew, it begins to produce a noxious vapor that can transmit the disease to any who inhale it.
- Oil of Brick: Essentially a clay brick distilled in olive oil at very high temperatures, it used by healers to treat tumors and palsies. Gemcutters also use it as a medium for the emery to saw and cut gems.
- Snake Wine: Grain alcohol infused with the body of a venomous snake. On it's own, it's sometimes hawked as a cure-all, though in truth it's only good for getting drunk (and possibly blind). Alchemists use it as a base for any number of legitimate potions and concoctions however.
- Tar Water: A mixture of carbonated mineral water and pine tar, it is marketed under many names and labels in the north as a cure-all. Though it tastes unpleasant, it does actually provide some relief for minor aches and pains.