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Alchemy (錬金術 Renkinjutsu?) is a subbranch of magic that is traditionally associated with turning base metals such as lead into gold and creating an elixir of immortality. However the true goal of alchemic branch of magic is to model everything in the world.[1]

A practitioner of alchemy is called an alchemist (錬金術師 Renkinjutsu-shi?), the only known one being Aureolus Izzard.

Principles[]

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General update, substances - Elixir of life, Panacea, Philosopher's stone (purification of the soul), "as above, so below", Chinese variant

An alchemical glyph of the creation of the philosopher's stone, one of alchemy's ultimate goal.

With it simply being a sub-branch of magic, naturally it involves several applications and theories that are present in magic such as the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, which the Golden Dawn advocates.[2] One of these teachings is that alchemy is not only that of turning lead into gold, but also a process in which one can make a natural body into perfection, the process being called Magnum opus or Ars Magna - put another way, that humans are incomplete gods and through training and making one complete, humans can become gods.[3] The four stages said to be involved in the Magnum Opus are nigredo, albedo, citrinitas (黄色化キトリニタス Kitorinitasu?) and rubedo.[4][5][6]

According to Stiyl Magnus alchemy is an unrefined knowledge, and a magician is referred to as an alchemist if they deal with subject matter closely related to it, if they are untalented enough for other roles.[2] Stiyl also pointed out several times that as the goal of Alchemy is to simulate the entire world, any result that they happen to get before reaching the ultimate objective would, or should be seen as useless by the alchemist.[7]

One of the alchemists known to have made significant progress is Paracelsus,[2] who developed a number of concepts which were incorporated into the field and other forms of magic, including the association of spirits known as Elementals (such as Gnomes (土精グノーム Dosei (Gunōmu)?) and Salamanders (サラマンダー Saramandā?))[8][9] with each of the four elements.[8][9][10] He also developed the concept of the three principles (also known as the tria prima or 'three primes') - salt (body or base matter, 🜔), sulfur (soul, 🜍) and mercury (mind, ☿) (not to be confused with the more mundane substances of the same name), and the relationship between them.[11][12]

Another core concept which various alchemical concepts were developed around is the seven metals,[13][14] which were identified by humanity in prehistoric times and the only ones known prior to the discovery of arsenic in the 13th century. Associated with the seven known celestial bodies among other things, the seven metals were gold (Sun, ☉), silver (Moon, ☽), mercury (quicksilver) (Mercury, ☿), copper (Venus, ♀︎), iron (Mars, ♂︎), tin (Jupiter, ♃) and lead (Saturn, ♄).[13][14]

There are a number of legendary substances which are spoken of and pursued by alchemists; these include the elixir of life, a drug which is said to convey immortality upon its drinkers, the philosopher's stone, said to aid in the production of the elixir and enable the transmutation of metal into gold, and Panacea, a cure-all medicine.[15] Some of these substances also feature in Rosicrucianism, with one of the three main Rosicrucian texts involving the four stage cycle involved in creating the philosopher's stone.[15][4][5][6]

Notable Spells[]

Ars Magna[]

Aureolus Izzard, the only alchemist who achieved Ars Magna.

Ars Magna (黄金錬成アルス=マグナ Ōgon Rensei (Arusu Maguna)?, lit. "Golden Training") is Latin for "Great Art". It is the spell in which alchemist would achieve their goal of simulation of the world inside the mind. With Ars Magna, they can bring out thoughts into the real world, essentially making those who can accurately simulate or mold the real world able to control it.[2]

However, according to Stiyl, since alchemy is an unrefined knowledge, modeling the entirety of the world and its laws into a chant takes centuries, even with the assistance of descendants and removing of unnecessary lines. Kamijou Touma deducted that this why the prospect of actual existing vampires are sought after by the magic side, by both alchemists and normal magicians, since one could finish the chants of the level of Ars Magna if one was able to figure out vampire's immortality.[2] Hence forth, no one has yet to achieve Ars Magna under the above means.[16]

Aureolus Izzard is the only person who has managed to achieve Ars Magna. By utilizing the Gregorian Chant Replica to chant the spell simultaneously, he was able to bypass the time required to chant the spell in only a mere seven days as well as increasing its effects 120 times.[16] In his use, the Ars Magna distorts reality through his thoughts, and requires a vast amount of concentration to accurately model a thought into reality with it.

Limen Magna[]

The dart and chain used for Limen Magna

Limen Magna (瞬間錬金リメン=マグナ Shunkan Rensei (Rimen Maguna)?, lit. "Instant Alchemy") is a type of Alchemy that was used by Aureolus Dummy and possibly Aureolus himself who could use it if he so desired. In normal conditions, the basic procedures for the alchemy of turning lead into gold are very bothersome and quite expensive[17] - this makes it so that the actual cost and effort employed in the task is such that the produced Gold is of little reward when compared to the annoyance of the process. When used by the Aureolus Dummy, Limen Magna collects and condenses "natural mana" from the building, and creates the "turn into gold" process in an instant.[7] Even though it's not nearly as impressive as Ars Magna, the pinnacle of alchemy, Stiyl commended the versatility of Limen Magna as still something beyond the current limits of modern alchemy, even thought it's just doing something that's being done in a new manner.[7]

Background[]

According to Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, William Wynn Westcott 'brought alchemy back at the end of the 19th century'.[18]

Chronology[]

Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Deep Blood Arc[]

Main article: Deep Blood Arc

The concept of alchemy was prominently featured only in the Deep Blood Arc but was introduced earlier. It is also referenced much later, usually in the company with eerily similar concepts such as the teachings of Kabbalah and Thelema as well as Esper powers. Touma even thought that the basic principles of alchemy were similar to those of espers.[2]

La Regina del Mare Adriatico Arc[]

Main article: La Regina del Mare Adriatico Arc

While not present in the actual story in any form, Biagio Busoni mentioned that the spell that empowered the self destruction of of the Queen's fleet was reinforced with Alchemy.[19]

Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Coronzon Arc[]

Main article: Coronzon Arc

Aleister Crowley referred to the relationship between salt, sulfur and mercury in alchemy, during his explanation of the Lady of the Masquerade Ball's Taphthartharath.[11] Mina Mathers later referred to the seven metals, specifically silver, when detecting Coronzon's imminent attack.[13]

Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Christmas Eve Arc[]

Main article: Christmas Eve Arc

Neoka Norito made use of the seven metals, utilizing their association with the planets and from that the Sephirah, for the magic he had acquired from R&C Occultics.[14][20][21]

Los Angeles Arc[]

Main article: Los Angeles Arc
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GT4[22] - Rosicrucian Citrinitas

A Rosicrucian interpretation of Citrinitas played a major role in the events that occurred in Los Angeles on December 26th, with Citrinitas being the title of the magician protecting R&C Occultics HQ and the basis of the magic they used to trapped the city's population in sand.[4][5][6]

Uses of Alchemy in the story[]

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Examples
Name Description Usage in Toaru Majutsu no Index
Chrysopoeia The transmutation of base metals into gold.
  • The process of transmuting lead into gold was referred to with regards to Limen Magna, which instantly transmuted what it pierced to gold, with the more standard processes being mentioned as bothersome and expensive.[17]
  • The process of transmuting lead into gold was also referred to with regards to Ars Magna, with the analogy connected to it being one of purifying the murky lead-like soul of a human into the pure golden one of an angel.[23]
Citrinitas The third stage in the magnum opus, be it the acquisition of wisdom or the creation of the Philosopher's Stone. The title and magic of Citrinitas is based around the third stage.[4][5][6]
Gnome The elemental associated with earth. Esther Rosenthal invoked a Gnome when bolstering Huotou's defenses with the Armor of the Dead.[8]
Homunculus A type of artificial human mentioned in alchemical texts, created through application of alchemy. Ollerus referred to the concept of a homunculus when faced with clones during the re-telling of his encounter with the Sisters in Toaru Majutsu no Index: Imaginary Fest.[24]
Philosopher's Egg A vessel used in the alchemical sublimation process. Anna Sprengel's Pneuma-less Shell was created from an intentional distortion of the Philosopher's Egg.[25]
Philosopher's Stone A legendary red stone said to enable the transmutation of base metals in gold and the production of the elixir of life.
  • One of the tales about St. Germain involved the supposed possession of a philosopher's stone.[26]
  • Anna Sprengel briefly referred to the 'red stone' when she brought forth the Pneuma-less Shell, deliberately not seeking it in that case.[25]
  • The stone and the four-stage cycle used to create it were referred to multiple times during the incident surrounding Citrinitas.[22]
Salamander The elemental associated with fire.
  • Machina, a member of the Kamisato Faction and an Elemental Spirits Internal Summoner, is known to use a Salamander.[9]
  • Coronzon referred to the Salamander as the essence of fire, when considering pre-ritual food intake (with the meat of four-legged animals associated with fire).[10]
Seven Metals The seven metals of antiquity (gold, silver, mercury, tin, iron, copper and lead), which were identified by humanity in prehistoric times and the only ones known prior to the discovery of arsenic, and play a notable role in alchemy. Neoka Norito used the seven metals and their association with the planets and the Sephirah for a sanctifying vocalization adaptation.[14][20][21]
Three Principles
  • Aleister referred to the three principles and the relationships between them and the substances of the same name while describing the Lady of the Masquerade Ball's Taphthartharath[11]
  • Several of the summoning ceremonies by various individuals in the shared ceremonial ground, which were used by together by Jack Prometeria to summon HMS Hood, incorporated the three principles in their design.[12]

Trivia[]

  • Stiyl commented that alchemists are like scientists of the magic side, who are constantly researching subjects, looking for a basis or rule for them.[2]
  • Stiyl also mentioned that, besides Paracelsus, no alchemist has really done significant progress with their studies and thus "wasn't strong".[2] This, however, was a statement made before he could experience Ars Magna first hand.

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References[]

  1. Toaru Majutsu no Index Episode 07
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Chapter 2 Part 2
  3. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Afterword
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 04 Chapter 2 Part 5
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 04 Chapter 3 Part 7
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 04 Chapter 4 Part 9
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Chapter 2 Part 6
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator Manga Chapter 014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 17 Chapter 3 Part 7
  10. 10.0 10.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 3 Part 10
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 21 Chapter 1 Part 10
  12. 12.0 12.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 2 Part 1
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 3 Part 12
  15. 15.0 15.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Reverse
  16. 16.0 16.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Chapter 4 Part 1
  17. 17.0 17.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 2 Part 2
  18. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 3 Part 4
  19. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 11 Chapter 5 Part 9
  20. 20.0 20.1 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Between the Lines 4
  21. 21.0 21.1 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 4 Part 3
  22. 22.0 22.1 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 04
  23. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03 Chapter 2 Part 8
  24. Toaru Majutsu no Index: Imaginary Fest
  25. 25.0 25.1 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Chapter 2 Part 2
  26. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12
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