Blackwood Falls Chronicles
United Fraternity of Alchemists
The United Fraternity of Alchemists is the premier society dedicated to the study, production, and distribution of alchemical compounds throughout the Empire. A far-reaching and well connected organization, the UFA claims a number of prestigious members, including nobility, merchants, intellectuals, and even a few members of the Imperial Parliament. In addition to procuring funds and materials for the mass production of common alchemical compunds, the Fraternity is the main source of alchemical training and education.
Demand for alchemicals has only increased in recent years, as the magically infused concoctions have found their way into every aspect of everyday life, from cleaning solutions to exotic make-ups and flourishes for high society. In the past, Alchemists were restricted in how much they could make, as they had to rely on their own mystic strength to infuse their potions. The discovery of planeswells changed this rapidly, as opening a well into the desired elemental plane required only a small investment of power compared to the amount of elemental energy that can be harvested. However, the real boom in the alchemical business is just beginning, and it will come from New Avaloria.
In the tumultuous Badlands of New Avaloria, the barrier between the plains sometimes thins, and a massive burst of raw energy spills into the Realm of the Living. Invariably, this is followed by a massive shift in local weather. These Wellstorms, as they are called, are the signal watched for by Fraternity scouts and alchemists untiringly. In response to this, the Fraternity has created a new group of rugged tradesmen, commonly called Stormriders, to locate and lay claim to the constant stream of new and naturally occurring planeswells, usually called Stormwells.