As of today, all alchemy lore contained under the accepted subforum will be tracked and moderated by the same application standards as magic and creature races, bar lore where alternatives to the system are explicitly written.
This means that for the most part alchemy is categorised between two main types of app.
The first, which has existed for some time already, is ‘further alchemy’ (FA) is used to denote an app for an individual area of lore that is specialised in some way, like animii crafting or affliction.
The second, based on the new defunct ‘general further alchemy’ (GFA) system proposed in the past, is an umbrella feat application simply known as ‘alchemy’. An alchemy feat is required to perform all recipes not included in further alchemy lore or specified to use an alternative system.
These alchemy feat applications and further alchemy applications will function independently of one another.
Why is alchemy being app gated?
So as to allow staff and players a more objective grasp on what knowledge is held by characters and what items characters can reasonably create based on IC knowledge as well as an OOC understanding of the lore.
This also allows alchemy to be moderated and for misuse of lore to be better thwarted by a TA system dependant on teachers understanding and properly using alchemy lore, as well as room for blacklisting problem players from benefiting from alchemy (or using it as a loophole to avoid blanket ‘magic’ blacklists as has been done in the past) after cases of abuse.
It is for these same reasons that magic - which originally was also without apps and based on an honour system - now depends on MAs and TAs.
Who will be given an app?
‘Grandfathering’ is a term used to describe when a player is handed a lore application without going through the conventional means of being taught in the usual system.
In the case of alchemy feats, from today until the 1st of July 2020 (after which point all new apps will require a teacher in the alchemy feat), the following will be able to post a ‘grandfathered’ app by completing the usual format for feat applications and linking one of the following under ‘teacher name’:
-Accepted further alchemy applications for the character being grandfathered.
-Outdated (though in their time accepted) further alchemy applications for the character being grandfathered (where the lore behind that application has been removed. NOTE: players whose applications are denied due to moderation will not be eligible for grandfathering).
Outdated (though in their time accepted) homunculi applications where the character being grandfathered is listed as ‘creator’.
Outdated (though in their time accepted) chimera applications where the character being grandfathered is listed as ‘creator’.
Creators of alchemy lore that is currently accepted in the alchemy subforum. NOTE: only one app per piece. Players whose alchemy lore is accepted must also contact Mordu (discord: Mordu#6495) to ensure their lore is up to date and consistent with the new lore before posting applications.
Creators of alchemy lore that is currently pending review, submitted before the 1st of June 2020, will also be offered the chance to be grandfathered if necessary (subject to their lore’s acceptance). New alchemy lore posted after this date will not warrant grandfathering in the same vein that writing a single spell would not usually warrant grandfathering into a school of magic.
How does teaching now work?
In current alchemy, a teacher application (TA) is required to spread the feat to new characters, as explained here.
These can be posted four months following the acceptance of an alchemy feat application and will be accepted subject to a teacher interview just as with further alchemy teachers or teachers of magic lore. Special exceptions can also be made for quicker access to a TA for those meaning to spread new lore, subject to ST ruling.
Alchemy’s skill levels are split into three tiers (down from the usual five that magic schools are split into) and the alchemy feat can be taught to up to five students at once (up from the usual three that magic schools are usually capped at) assuming that teacher isn’t also teaching a magic at that point where the usual student cap would be enforced.
New recipes categorised as ‘rare’ must be obtained by an alchemist via roleplay instruction (such as from a teacher) and new recipes categorised as ‘common’ can be deduced by tier three alchemists with the product of that recipe in their possession using the ‘identification’ process.
What if I don’t have an app?
An alchemy application is not required to use botany nor the products of alchemy.
The application is however essential to any meaning to carry out alchemical recipes and the alchemist in question behind these recipes will be held responsible for the misuse of their products where it is unclear OOC instruction or misinformation are found.
Those attempting to create alchemical products without an application or the proper tier requirements for that product will be treated in the same manner as those trying to practice magic without an application or the proper tier requirements.
Where can I apply/reapply?
You can apply or reapply here.