The Science of Alchemy
What is Alchemy?When learning of the history and of the application of Alchemy, one must first distinguish fact from fiction, which, by the way, can be pretty difficult. Alchemic history is dived into two catigories: Classical (or Historical) Alchemy and Modern Alchemy.
Classical AlchemyAlchemy has been historically defined as "a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination'. This definition was established when historians studied the first centuries of the Empiric Era, when alchemy was commonplace and used in nearly all aspects of daily life. The definition was created when alchemy was believed to be a pseudoscience and historic form of chemistry. Chemistry and Alchemy do share many traits; both fuse and separate materials at the chemical level, both attempt to harness the elements, both use heat, oxidation, and other methods to trigger reaction. The defining aspect of this form of Alchemy in place of Chemistry, and the reasoning for many to continue practicing it even when outlawed in the 5th and 6th century in Redgrao and the 4th through 6th century in Sindu, was the theory of Transmutation. Transmutation, or the ability to transform something into something else, was a complicated and difficult practice. In many cases, it was all together improbable, and thus thought to be impossible. The texts and practices from this era are under great scrutiny by modern practitioners in an effort to reintroduce the practice as a formal science.
Modern AlchemyWithin the century of the rediscovery of Alchemy and its uses, the practices were once again applied in day to day settings, but with different results. Due to the rise of the Copper and Mechanical Ages of the empires, the Classical Alchemy reacted differently to its applied environment. Adjustments were made, adjustments that made the alchemic theories stronger and more wieldy then their original forms. And thus, Modern Alchemy was named and redefined; Alchemy is now 'the ability to use personal will to influence the environment around a person."
Schooling and Scholarly StudiesThe study of the materials and capabilities are deemed as an advance form - if not ridiculous to some - science, and the scholarly pursuit is nearly unknown. There has been a drive for charter-like schools to be introduced so that students may get a secondary education in the subject, but there are currently only two known 'schools' under such education, both under the University, and both in Dragcovii. There are apprenticeships undertaken from interested individuals for specific studies by culture. Traditional apprenticeships do continue to take place.
Alchemy Around the WorldAlchemy in the Sindu and Inyx Empire are considered under different lights. The Inyx Kingdom has held a form of Alchemy for centuries, one that is formally taught in their schools, but under religious uses. The Sindu Empire is similar to Redrago in the fact that the belief of Alchemy in the public eye is humorous at best, utterly taboo at worse. There are practices similar to Alchemy, but are considered either taboo in their history, or shaman practices. Many forms of 'magic' or 'rudimentary' Alchemic practices are common all over the world. Deciphering and applying these forms under a single universal one is the main goal of current Alchemic groups.
Significant Scholars in Modern Alchemy
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