Alchemy

Ezren applying rigour to his alchemical studies

Alchemy is the science of materials: alchemists can use scientific methods, sometimes combined with magic, to produce a vast array of alchemical substances with many practical uses.

Some alchemists adopt less rigorous methods

Alchemical practices

Although many on Golarion will be familiar with the simple products of alchemy, such as tindertwigs or fireworks, readily found in merchant shops, some alchemists have studied many years to perfect their craft and are able to manipulate matter in many strange ways.

Types of alchemy

As well as traditional alchemy, there are many variant forms specializing in different areas of the subject, such as:

Alchemical processes

Alchemists draw upon a number of alchemical processes for creating their items, namely:[1]

Alchemical crafting tools

Alchemists use a number of tools for their studies often purchased in bulk as an alchemist's lab or a smaller portable alchemist's lab. They contain such items as crucibles, filters and retorts.[2]

A kobold alchemist
A drow alchemist

Alchemical items

The study of alchemy has produced a plethora of substances that are utilized by alchemists. Alchemical items may be categorized into many types:[3]

Alchemical organizations

Many alchemical organizations exists, including:

Schools of alchemy

Purveyors of alchemical items

A number of shops and similar establishments sell alchemical wares and a list may be found here.

Noted alchemists

See also: Category:Alchemists

Perhaps the most notable alchemist in the Inner Sea region is Artokus Kirran, the discoverer of the Sun orchid elixir. Today his legacy is protected by the Citadel of the Alchemist.

Religion and alchemy

Some gods and demigods take an interest in alchemy, including:[9]

Technology and alchemy

The most obvious incarnation of a technological alchemical product is black powder and its use in firearms.

Alchemical creatures

An alchemical golem

Certain creatures have been affected by alchemy, including:

References

Paizo has published a major work regarding alchemy: Alchemy Manual.