yeah pretty much they wanted to make a philosephers stone so they could be youthful forever which i dont know why i mean when i thing youth i think being trapped in a happy flowery hell with maito gai and rock lee from naruto *gags*
Further books on this subject can be found at your local bookstore in the NEW AGE section, somewhere between "The Sagittarian Sorcerer" and "You're a Teen Rune Casting Goddess".
"You've got to roll a 15+ on that d20 to make the +20 HP potion and maybe with the experience points level up to a level 3 alchemist, that'll allow you to make +30 HP potions and you'll only have to roll a 12+ on the d20. If you roll under you'll destroy your potion source materials and suffer -2 HP for letting the reaction blow up in your face."
Practical alchemy _is_ chemisty, studying and manipulating the properties of matter to get what you want out of the universe.
Spiritual alchemy is what is discussed when "turning base metals into gold" is described. It is a form of mysticism, spiritual self-improvement with analogies to chemical jargon. "Gold" is spiritual perfection, while the lesser "base" metals (such as lead) are impure states of the spirit, unenlightened and full of the problems of mortal life.
Knowledgable alchemists were never trying to make a potion for eternal life or a stone that would transform physical materials into gold.
Use Alchemy to fix that radio
In ancient times the study of Alchemy led to the founding of the science of chemistry.
Unknown to many people the goal of study of alchemy was not to turn base metals into gold.
By being able to turn base metals into gold the Alchemist was believed to transform him self spiritually, and the gold was sometimes thought to be a metaphor for the Alchemist soul.
And the transformation was thought to take place to magical or paranormal means.
Alchemist wrote there texts in a type of code to keep people only seeking wealth from corupting the science.
Modern Alchemy is an occult science and studied by people serious about the spiritual side of the universe.
*as stated here a primitive form of chemistry this is the true definition of alchemy
eg 2) Found some old necklace in my attic, apparently its vintage i flogged it for 500 quid. My alchemy skills mean i'm getting pissed tonight