A marriage of ancient mysticism and modern science, alchemy is the driving force behind technological advancement in Solaris. There are two sides to alchemy at its core: rune alchemy and formula alchemy. Formula alchemy focuses on the hard scientific part of alchemy, and is currently the more popular practice, as anyone with enough intelligence and diligence may study and master this art. Rune alchemy requires all the same learning as formula alchemy plus an extra something else. Masters of this form of alchemy only come along once in a great while, but each one has completely revolutionized the study of alchemy and made grand advancements in the field.