Only bards practiced in low magic, or those who have learned the nature skill may learn the alchemist's trade. Alchemy is the process of amalgamating certain herbs, and sometimes minerals, into a variety of highly useful potions and purgatives. Once you have acquired the necessary ingredients from an herbalist, you must find an alembic to use. First, ADD <ingredient> into the alembic and then AMALGAMATE <potion> to create the brew. It's always a good idea to FLUSH ALEMBIC after each working to make sure it is pristinely clean. You may only create up to ten batches of any specific potion by adding the proportional number of ingredients. To remove finished potions from an alembic, you must have an empty vial, bottle or keg in your inventory, then simply FILL VIAL|BOTTLE|KEG. Upon mastering the Alchemy skillset, a bard may choose to learn Brewmeister, while those who have taken the Nature skill may choose to learn Lorecraft.