Gehennese alchemists are pharmacists or industrial chemists, not seekers after the philosopher’s stone. Emerging in time for the Classical Period, they make dyes, cosmetics, fireworks, medicines, greek fire for military use, curare for hunting-arrows, camphor, soap, laudanum, shellac, spirits, etc. Alchemists are fairly common in cities, and reasonably competent, though lacking any systematic knowledge of chemistry. One of the triumphs of alchemy was the invention of hydraulic cement by Lykomorphus.

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