A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy+++Chapter 1: A basic overview of Alchemy+++A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy by Cherry-Chain
This textbook is not meant to be an exhaustive reference for alchemy. Within the alchemical community the findings of one's research is often kept secret unlike within other sciences, as knowledge of alchemy in the hands of the public can cause disasters of immense proportions. Therefore, this publicly available book will only cover the bare minimums for one to understand the basics of alchemy. If one wants to advance in the study of this field, then one must try to gain an apprenticeship or gain access to alchemic research.
The study of alchemy dates back to ancient times, and was supposedly brought to Amestris by a man from the lost nation of Xerxes. Since then it has become a major foundation of the power of our nation, most apparent in our State Alchemist program. Though alchemy has made our nation a dominant military power, its uses are not restricted to combat and indeed can be