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‘Alchemist’ is a general term covering a number of different types of practitioners:

  • Mystics
    • General catch-all – largely charlatans
  • Potion Makers
    • Mix of charlatans and genuine herbal remedies
  • Protoscientists
    • Black Powder
    • Machines
  • Necromancers/Sprititualists
    • Custodians of the old knowledge from the Old Empire days
    • The practice was officially outlawed in Balcia some years after the defeat of the old empire
    • The old order went underground – it’s members spread across the kingdom, adopting whatever guise they felt best to continue the practice in secret. Most became ‘Alchemists’ – playing the role of bumbling charlatan to avoid the gaze of the authorities. It allowed them to keep certain items of paraphernalia and behave strangely without too much notice.
    • What about the ‘witch hunters’?… Perhaps they are not Balcian – Balcia takes a pretty relaxed view, happy to turn a blind eye as long as things are running smoothly

Notable Alchemists

  • Arundel Alfredsun
  • Kenelm Dryden
    • An old alchemist living out in the country near the village of Fenfield, just past the town of Rothbury on the River Tye.
The Balcian Alchemists
Last Updated On June 09, 2017