What is Alchemy? Alchemy is Chemistry. Well, not really. Alchemy is the medieval forerunner to Chemistry. It is mainly known for turning a common element, such as lead or carbon, into gold. A lot of alchemists were also know for trying to make an elixir of life, that will either awaken a passed loved one, or make themselves younger or immortal. I know, all of these spells sound impossible. I doubt that many succeeded in this crazy sounding magic.
But what did people think of alchemists back then? (not that there are no alchemists around today.>:)) Where they respected? Or were they outcasts? If they were outsiders, what was life like for them if they were outcasts? Alchemy was illegal in 17th century England. Where else did alchemists practice their trade? If it was illegal, life would be hard for alchemists. Would they have to hide what they were doing? What if they were caught?
How does Alchemy relate to Networked Narratives? Here are some guesses. Storytelling is like alchemy, a random mixture of different things. Alchemy and stories are like a sandbox in your mind, where you can have fun with the world without any force stopping you from creating magic.