Imperial College of Alchemistry
The Imperial College of Alchemistry began as a disagreement between faculty members at the College of the Five Colors. Alchemy and its often eccentric practitioners had begun to mature into an organized discipline of knowledge, and many scholars who studied alchemy began to rename the discipline as “alchemistry” to try and distinguish themselves from their past, stereotyped as superstitious, ignorant, and sometimes insane. The College of the Five Colors refused any attempts to rename their Alchemy Department which triggered a massive exodus of faculty and students. These rogue scholars began meeting in the nearby tavern to discuss and share research, eventually growing large enough to warrant renting out a nearby inn. Eventually, the King purchased the inn and declared it as the campus for the new Imperial College of Alchemistry in 1052 KY.
The Imperial College of Alchemistry boasts some of the best alchemists and mixologists in the Empire, pushing forward with cutting-edge research. One of the results of this research is the widespread use of magical potions, salves, and other materials among the common citizenry. Many of these materials were restricted to the aristocracy due to cost, but with mass alchemistry, the living standards for the average Imperial subject dramatically improved. Because of this, the Imperial College of Alchemistry is incredibly popular.
While it does not have the same economic power as the College of the Five Colors, the Imperial College of Alchemistry in the Imperial District of Freeport holds a massive storehouse of common alchemical items. A quick visit to their apothecary reveals many affordable items useful to adventurers delving into Eastward’s dangerous interior.