Alchemy (錬金術, Renkinjutsu) is a philosophical and scientific tradition utilized by several characters of the Suikoden series. It is the Suikoden equivalent of the scientific method.
Most non-rune based chemical and mechanical developments in the world of Suikoden are considered alchemical to some degree, save for medicine and, apparently, the works of the dwarves. Alchemy, like much knowledge in the Suikoden world, can be traced back to the Sindar.
Origins and disciplines
Alchemists tend to conduct research individually and independently and as such, their methods and goals can vary wildly. Alchemical innovations and offshoots of Dennis Toller's work have been used by blacksmiths, for both weapon and armour creation, tricksters, for engineering purposes, as well as the Howling Voice Guild, in the maintaining of their weapons. Mace and Tessai, for example, were said to have utilised alchemical innovations in the pursuit of their craft. Trickster research in particular is said to have jumped forward quite a bit in recent times.
These four uses; general research, gadgetry, blacksmithing and gunpowder are usually held separate from each other as four different alchemical disciplines.
The two most widely known alchemical innovations are perhaps Kamandol's previous mentioned engine and Sergei's elevator. Adlai's elevator in Tinto City, used for transporting ore, is yet another alchemical creation.
While alchemy is considered useful by governments and the like, in the wider world, where rune magic is in frequent use, it is not rated very highly. The greater acceptance of alchemy has stalled as most people see no reason to displace their reliance on runes as they accomplish their needs seemingly well enough.
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