Sorcery has always been a defining aspect of fantasy. It has been shown to perform magnificent deeds such as turning lead into gold. I had a fascinating idea for my fantasy book that involves a similar feat. What if there was a method to turn any metal or rock into a ore that could be stronger, lighter, and more durable than any other metal? Such a metal would probably be as valuable as gold if it could produce high quality armor and weapons. I will explore this further as my writing progresses.
One of the most famous usages of alchemy is the creation of a homunculus, which means “little man” in Latin. In general, a homunculus is an artificial human being. The most famous homunculus would be Frankenstein’s monster since he was a man-made sentient being that was not naturally born. One could argue that robots, androids, and clones are real life homunculus because they are sentient beings that are artificially made. I imagine an army of hundreds of thousands of homunculus marching through the lands, creating mayhem and destruction wherever they go. It is a chilling idea to consider and I look forward to experimenting with it further.