Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied but historically have included the creation of the fabled philosopher's stone, transmuting base metals into the noble metals, and developing reactive substances like dragonpowder.
Alchemy played a significant role in the development of Findle, allowing the struggling nation to contend with more martially powerful countries. Findle alchemists banded together to found the Alchemerium in Findle city. Findle alchemy differs from mortal science in its inclusion of hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, magic, religion, and spirituality. Alchemists developed a structure of basic laboratory techniques, theory, terminology, and experimental method allowing them to produce some fantastic substances and items.
In Danasia, alchemy takes on a more religions aspect and practitioners often focus on either outward elemental forces called Waidan or Kidan where they turn their alchemical practices inward focusing more on meditation and contemplation.