Kanatalia, the Guild of Alchemists:
As I write this guide, I sip a glass of enhanced wine that slowly shifts flavor from cherry to apple to lemon. A cart rumbles by my house, with a hawker loudly announcing his remedies for sale. A quicklamp provides my light, glowing a steady blue, never smoking or flickering like a candle.
Truly, one cannot escape the advances of alchemy in our modern society.
Though alchemists have existed since long before the Empire, Kanatalia is one of the more recent additions to the Ten Guilds. It was the first organization to unify the previously contentious brotherhood of alchemists, allowing them to collectively achieve what they never could separately.
Matches, quicklamps, potions, invested alloys, healing salves, enhanced soldiers, vaccines…practically every scientific advance in the past century, including the advance of science itself, can be traced back to Kanatalia’s door.
Just don’t ask too many questions. A true Kanatalian alchemist can be very protective of his secrets, and you might find yourself a drooling vegetable if you get on the wrong side of an experienced potion-maker.
Guild Head: Nathanael Bareius did not become one of the richest men in the Empire by relaxing on his inheritance. After receiving a substantial fortune from his late father, Lord Bareius went on to receive a full education at the Aurelian National Academy. He graduated as a licensed Imperial alchemist and a member of Kanatalia. At that point, he wagered all of his capital on a single risky investment: alchemy. He opened his vaults, spending every bit he had to make sure that every corner and crevice of the Empire had a licensed Kanatalian alchemist there to provide illumination, potions, medical care, and Guild-approved recreational substances.
Lord Bareius has personally earned back triple his initial investment over the past ten years, and is now poised as the most prominent leader in the Capital. Even more significantly, he seems to have won the battle of public opinion—I haven’t seen a street in the Capital unlit by alchemical lanterns, and no one has died of dysentery or plague since before the Emperor’s death. No matter what you think of his politics, Nathanael Bareius has made great strides in moving our Empire forward into this new century.
Symbol: the Bottled Flame
9/13/2014 11:39:59 am
Another guild guide? Most excellent.
9/20/2014 08:24:54 am
I sure did a great job of responding to comments this week, didn't I?
9/13/2014 06:35:27 pm
Omfg this sounds awesome. So many good books coming out late this year:Broken Eye Brent weeks This you Tainted blood ml Brennan Vacant Alex Hughes Hidden Benedict jacka and so much more. Any details on perspectives? (Are we going to get a look at first person? Male? Female? Child? Old person?
9/20/2014 08:26:04 am
There will be a main male POV character and a main female POV character. They are not love interests. They are, in many ways, opponents.
9/20/2014 09:48:01 am
Will it be 3rd person or two different first person?
9/21/2014 03:45:48 am
Third-person. I'll write a first-person book eventually, because I enjoy writing in first-person, but only once I find the right narrator.
7/3/2020 05:54:52 pm
Recreational substances, you say? hmmm.
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