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Roleplay Ramblings: Alchemy part 1


While magic items are a big part of the game, there will always be a use for those items that bridge the gap between magic and mundanity, alchemical items!

Alchemy in the real world is a broad term for a variety of philosophical and proto-scientific traditions found throughout the world that focused on understanding the relationship between the individual components of the world with each other and the spiritual. In other words, it was chemistry before the scientific method. Alchemists were often concerned with trying to “purify” metals, transmuting a “base” metal into a “noble” metal, the most famous example being lead into gold; or else they were concerned with some other magnum opus such as immortality, a true “universal solvent”, or even the curing of any disease by way of a universal medicine, or panacea. The idea of the Philosopher’s Stone was born from this, and was often said to be capable of any or all of these feats.

Alchemy also delivers to us the concept of creating life, such as homunculi, or even other constructs, including golems in Jewish folklore, mythos and alchemical/theurgical lore.

Of course, while alchemy did indeed lead to many advancements in how we approach the sciences to this very day, it was still shackled in many ways, such as an obsession with the ancient notion of a limited number of elements from which the world is made, as well as jealously guarding their discoveries behind ciphers and code like its sister philosophy, Theurgy, both of which fall alongside Astrology as the three core sciences of Hermeticism.

In pathfinder, however, alchemy covers the combined magical and chemical discipline that is the alchemist class, which we’ll cover at some point in the future, and the more mundane items they can create. Unlike alchemically brewed potions or the various concoctions that only work for the alchemist that made them, mundane alchemical items can be made by anyone with a sufficient training in the skill of crafting alchemical concoctions, and furthermore function for anyone who carries them.

Such items range from alchemical explosives, enhanced medicines, unique compounds ranging from using chemistry in clever and fantastical ways, to outright breaking physics as well. Of course, these items, just like truly magical items, are meant to be used in a world of fantasy and wonder, and while such items are never quite as powerful as their magical counterparts, they can still perform wondrous acts when used correctly.

Over the next week, we’re going to look at various examples of alchemical items, their uses, and even a neat subsystem devoted to creating alchemical items on the fly!


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sh!t josh says (in english) [ cr. 1 / 2 / 3 ]

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The night sky is changing overhead


What do you mean there is another version of the All Out!! figure????? And this version so cute omfg!! They all have different gestures and facial expressions and of course that is the training uniform version!!!!!!

Originally posted by larafernadez

I was doing you a favor by playing the long game...

I too was playing yet another long game by holding on to this for so long.

SO I had read earlier today the owner of a previous job of mine passed away. This was a place that tried to screw me pretty hard and I took some pro revenge on. It drug up some angry old feelings, so why not take an equal dose of catharsis?

WARNING: This is a doozy so strap in if you dare, no TL;DR it wouldn’t do justice.

So this takes place almost a decade ago. I was working as a department manager for a fairly large privately owned pest control company. Their color scheme was black and yellow, much like the taxi’s the owner’s dad used to drive. Since the taxi industry would be around for ever(hello Uber/Lyft) so would this pest control company, (this is important later) or so the owner used to parrot constantly. My job was to over see the techs doing treatments and set their stops and generally manage assorted insect control services, inventory, payroll for that dept, etc etc. I had taken the job from the owners son who took it from the previous manager who they demoted and yet stayed in the dept…this is important later. The owners son was a late 30’s early 40’s man child. I mean if he had dialed it back a few degrees he would have been an awesome guy, but anytime booze was involved he was a mess. If it was weed, he turned into the stereo typical obnoxious stoner making nothing but bad Jamaican accented jokes. He also hit on anything younger than him that moved…while being married w a pregnant wife. But I digress, the owner was a piece of work too, old Jewish guy who was as racist as he was old, not with any kind of seething hatred. Just a “this is the way it is” type attitude. My fave line of his, “The sky is blue, Ch#@ks know math, N@&ers are lazy, Jews know gold. What else is new” Like it was the most clever thing of all time. Finally now on to the revenge and need for such.

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so. quick question - 

are we sure,

i mean just totally sure

that Damen has

a Type??

i mean is that really

supported in

really warranted by

the text???

hard to tell, hard to tell