Alchemist Profession in Starstruck | World Anvil


One of the three great studies of the Yiselxà Academia, alchemists compound potions and poisons alike.
An alchemist takes reagents harvested from magical creatures and plants, and blends them to create their stock.



Alchemy as a field of study only took off around 540 AD, but is said to have been around for thousands of years in folk remedies and traditional medicine.

However, it was only after the Starfall that it became a necessity to research. With the Starfall, natural ambient magic decreased to the point that the previous casting type healing fell to near uselessness. However, the monsters raiding their settlements were not only their downfall but also their salvation. Some of the new creatures had parts that could be used to create potions with near the same level efficiency.

Still, while it seems like the next step would be to research this, it took centuries for alchemy to take off. Why? Even today, alchemic studies are dangerous, especially to the inexperienced. Weak potions can be created with no risk, but the life saving healing that civilization needed at this point? The risks were high even without taking in regard the raids. No one had the knowledge base to get far enough, and those who made it far enough were likely to die before completing their research. Furthermore, after a couple centuries of this, most people wrote it off as a risk to the town. Most alchemists were driven off, or forced to operate in secrecy for almost no gain.

It was only after Yuʀu Lalaj created the standard healing potion in 526 AD that things began to turn around. Yuʀu gathered a following and quite the fortune over the next two decades, and his students became the driving force behind the rejuvenation of the profession.

Today, alchemists and their wares are the backbone of civilization. Their healing potions and explosives support adventurers in the field, and create medicine to counter plagues. Most are either hired by the Academia or the Guild.
Research / Scientific
Yiselxà Academia
Organization | Dec 30, 2018

A country sized college of magic

The Guild
Organization | Feb 26, 2020

Guild for Aspiring Adventurers

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Jul 2, 2018 22:08 by Barron

Always like to read a bit about the up and coming field of Alchemy, especially how you tied it into the fall of traditional magic. Good cause and effect!

Jul 2, 2018 22:09 by Mint

Traditional magic isn't entirely, but traditional healing is. Thank you!!

Jul 2, 2018 23:06 by Heath O'Donnell

More hints at the importance of the Starfall! Really enjoying these glimpses and trying to put together the pieces based solely on your prompt responses!

Jul 2, 2018 23:06 by Heath O'Donnell

FYI, its a little hard to read what I am typing on your text boxes.

Jul 2, 2018 23:45 by Mint

Thank you! We'll see how much of the Starfall gets revealed over the next month... And I've noticed. Its something in the CSS, but I'm not quite sure where. I'll take another look at it. Honestly, I can barely read this, too.

Jul 3, 2018 00:07 by James L

A nice little article with plenty of potential links and leads to other parts of your world!

Jul 3, 2018 00:09 by Mint

Thank you!

Jul 3, 2018 00:16 by Koray Birenheide

You start two paragraphs with "However", I would replace one of them with "Still" or something similar.   Consider "alchemic studies are dangerous" instead of "alchemy study is dangerous".   A neat little article over all, really puts a nice spin on the standard healing potion in my opinion, as it introduces a whole new paradigm to the dichotomy of alchemy and magic as you described it here in your setting. As an additional tip for improving the article: I would add excerpts to your linked articles so hovering over them provides the reader with helpful tooltips. also, you have some space left under your sidebar, why not add an article block? For example one to your Starfall article, and maybe even a second one to the Yiselxà Academia ^-^

Jul 3, 2018 00:22 by Mint

Thank you for the edits!
And I wanted to make that dynamic a bit more obvious yeah! It didn't make sense for magic and alchemy to be treated the same, so I wanted to develop more of the relationship between the the schools of magic.
And what do you mean by article blocks? Should I add descriptions what I'm referencing, like a list of definitions?
Thank you very much for all the suggestions!

Jul 3, 2018 00:29 by Koray Birenheide

Alright, so if you take a look at this screenshot:

You can see that there is a special bb-code called articleblock. Every one of your articles has that, you can see it in the edit view in the indicated place. If you paste that code into another article, it will display a super cool block with the article header image, title, and short description (excerpt).   Check out this article block as an example:
The Travelers Guide to Aqualon
Geographic Location | Jan 25, 2019

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE. ~ 1195 Words

  The article it links to itself also contains several articles underneath its sidebar, the way I suggested for yours.   And you are quite welcome, I am happy to help ^-^

Jul 3, 2018 00:55 by Mint

Oooooh, thank you! That's a good idea! Thank you!

Jul 3, 2018 00:57 by Koray Birenheide

You are very welcome :3 I am looking forward to see what you do with it. Just tag me in discord (@Greenhorn should give you the right person on WA) when you updated the article so I can check it out!

Jul 3, 2018 01:09 by Mint

Will do!

Jul 6, 2018 15:02 by Ademal

Short and sweet and it leads off to more content, I like it!

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Jul 6, 2018 16:05 by Mint

Thank you!