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Awani
08-11-2014, 02:40 PM
Got an application to join the forums from a guy called Steven... he didn't really fit as he was just doing some research for a comic. But I agreed to post his ideas/questions, and perhaps we here can give him some advice and where to look... and maybe even some ideas for the comic itself.

Below is an edited summary of his emails to me...


"I am writing a ongoing story, it's based about a homeless boy who lives in a empty water tower, he's called Skull Boy Mort, he's going to be 12-15 years old, it's kinda set in a future Victorian setting, but not steampunk. I'm kinda thinking of using the circle of the water tower as a kinda protection circle, an I was hoping to use elements of alchemy as his magic that he uses in the story, he's sort of a detective, and he uses his abilities to solve crimes an help people.

The only knowledge I really have on the topic is fullmetal alchemist, an I don't know if that has any accuracy at its base, or if it's all a bunch of rubbish, but I don't want to just copy it, I want to educate my self an build my own magic structure.

I basically want to learn as much as possible about the basics, so I can adapt a story from it, try put a twist on it, without making light of anything, I want to be as truthful to the beliefs as possible, then add some fantasy.

(I'm sorry I'm very uneducated on the topic, so I'm not sure how to word it, I don't know if it's a religion/science/way of life, an I'm trying not to offend or upset anyone, it's just I'm uneducated)

But if anyone could tell me about the basics, how it works, it's origin, history, if there are any famous people I could look up, any myths, stories, books, if it is a religion, which country it started in, what decade, has it changed over the years, is it a religion in itself or is it linked to one, are there potions, rituals, markings, candles, powders, with adding a twist to make it original. I just want to be as honest, truthful respectful as possible, then just add a little twist or something to make it my own.

Also, when it's finished I'm going to get it printed, I will credit anyone with thanks who helps, an, if interested I could work something in where I would mail them a copy of the comic. It may take a time for me to finish, as I am just starting to look into it. But I'm already working on character design, but I don't want to go to far till I get some info."

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h18/deviadah/forum/IMG_8766_zpsac62826c.jpg

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Illen A. Cluf
08-11-2014, 04:21 PM
Here's a couple of links to good historical overviews that he can start with:

http://www.alchemylab.com/history_of_alchemy.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemy

Here's also a history of Alchemy in America, which provides a more modern overview:

http://hermetic.com/stavish/alchemy/history.html

He should also read some of the great influences such as Geber, Khalid, Rhasis, Paracelsus, Trevisan, Ripley, Philalethes, Valentine, Sendivogius, Flamel, Boyle, Newton, etc.

He can find many of the writings here:

http://www.levity.com/alchemy/

Awani
08-11-2014, 04:29 PM
I don't know if it [alchemy] is a religion/science/way of life...

This is an important question... and the answer, IMO, is all of the above. It is after all called a Sacred Art.

The two most important things you need to look at is:


Emerald Tablet (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/forumdisplay.php?17-Emerald-Tablet)
Hermes Trismegistus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus)


To easily understand alchemy just replace the word alchemy with change (and it works both with spiritual evolution as well as the manipulation of physical substances).

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Ghislain
08-11-2014, 08:56 PM
This may be worth looking at...

http://the-modern-alchemist.iwarp.com/

Ghislain

Kiorionis
08-12-2014, 01:11 AM
Sounds like a neat idea, I've always enjoyed seeing alchemical references in the popular culture.


I just want to be as honest, truthful respectful as possible, then just add a little twist or something to make it my own.

Nothing wrong with that, Alchemy is based around seeking out the hidden truth. One reason alchemists are called Philosophers.

Fire is an important concept in alchemy. Knowing how it works on matter to blacken and whiten. I'm sure there's a couple of threads on the subject here on the forums already.