The Dry Season
Alchemy and Internal Alchemy
There are two areas of knowledge in the islands commonly referred to as alchemy. One, practiced throughout, is the alchemy of potions – the mixing of various magical and non-magical substances to create other substances, often liquids, with a wide variety of powerful effects. Explosives, medicines and stranger things are the products of this form of alchemy.
The other form, which is almost unheard of outside of the Celestial Kingdom and is notoriously difficult for non-orcs, is internal alchemy – the art of controlling, and even transforming, the processes of the body to achieve incredible results – longevity, immunity to poison and disease, supernatural strength and speed, even the ability to reshape the substance of the body, transforming flesh to iron or blood to deadly acid. While few internal alchemists achieve even one of these results entirely, the true masters of the art are among the deadliest inhabitants of the islands, and have often been involved in overthrowing the orcish dynasties.