Chirurgeon (Alchemist Archetype)
Many alchemists focus on using their knowledge of the nebulous science of alchemy to destroy their foes and enhance themselves. However, some are more selfless in their goals, and learn to heal the injured and sick with their extracts and surgical skills. In time, they can rival the healing power of many clerics, using science in place of divine mercy.
Thanks to the interaction of chemistry and magic present in an alchemist’s concoctions, they can usually only use their extracts on themselves, unless they learn to infuse them. However, then they have to be used in order to free up space for other extracts, instead of simply divesting the magical power from the extract as normal. A chirurgeon, on the other hand, learns early on how to manipulate the energies of healing extracts, making them available to the rest of the world without locking those uses out.
Eventually, even the most well-prepared healer runs out of spells. When that happens, a chirurgeon is still useful, supplementing surgical skill with an understanding of anesthetic, making things easier for both the healer and the healee.
Finally, the chirurgeon learn how to brew a healing extract so powerful, that if administered within a few seconds of death, can restore someone to life, keeping an ally in the fight longer.
For all of the abilities this archetype grants, the chirurgeon gives up most of their mastery of poisons for. These alchemists make consummate healers, and benefit from a wide array of discoveries and feats that enhance their healing power.
There are many reasons to walk the path of the chirurgeon. A desire to help others, making up for someone they couldn’t save, or perhaps simply the profit that comes with being a healer. Either way, the alchemist will often have to determine how they justify taking the lives of those that attack them on the field of battle.
In a world where disease is used like a weapon, one would think that life would be especially difficult for a nation that forsakes the power of the gods. However, the steam-powered kingdom of Adenspur does just that and prospers, thanks to the guild of chirurgery. They train for years to understand the living body, providing aid to those in need, for a reasonable price.
In the wastelands of Jarde, there is one place that not even the most cold-hearted raider or monster will attack. This healing house is home to several chirurgeons, and any who come in peace, no matter who or what they are, may find aid. More honorable patients stay for an indeterminate amount of time, helping out and guarding the place from ignorant fools and beasts that lack the wit to see its importance.
Veeble is something of an eccentric, a doddering old kobold alchemist who is often absentminded and quick with a joke, but utterly serious and focused when working, providing some of the best medical care. The pained look in his eyes when asked about his history, however, implies a time when he was not the lovable, yipping healer that everyone knows and loves, a time he regrets dearly.