Alchemy can be applied to medicine. Believing that, I've tried for a long time to create the panacea Azoth. But I still can't identify the catalyst.
Then I received a letter saying that a catalyst exists in Alexandria! I'm not able to leave this house because of my research. So I'd like you to investigate in my place.
Recently, some notes and powder were found at an Alchemist's home that was knocked down by lightning. The notes were indecipherable and quite tattered, but a shaman said the powder might be the catalyst for Azoth. So that's why I sent the letter. I'm no expert when it comes to alchemy, so I really don't know anything else.
If you'd like to know about Azoth and its catalyst, you first need to study some alchemy. The tuition fee is five boxes of mercury, which symbolises the passive principle. That should cover the costs of the materials that we'll use in alchemic experiments.
Then I think I have what I need. Mercury, sulphur and salt are the primary substances used in alchemy. Natural phenomena and the materials existing in this world are all created and animated by the World Soul. This is the philosophy of alchemy.
And sulphur and mercury, especially, are substances that have been isolated by the World Soul.
The World Soul is able to transform all substances and cure every illness.
When the World Soul changes the form of something, it becomes known as Azoth, which is also called true mercury. The ultimate goal of alchemy is not to create gold, but to obtain the World Soul in a specific form such as Azoth.
The request of the alchemist
The catalyst used to create Azoth is said to exist in Alexandria. The World Soul is capable of creating all natural phenomena and substances, transforming all materials and curing every illness. When the form of something is changed by the World Soul, that is known as Azoth. The ultimate goal of alchemy apparently is then to acquire Azoth.