An alchemist did peak my interest. According to history, an alchemist is someone who transforms or creates something through a seemingly magical process. You would think the wizard is doing the same thing. But an alchemists believes that lead can be “perfected” into gold, diseases can be cured, and that life can be prolonged through transmutation or a change of some essential element into a superior form. Their secretive experiments usually involve heat and the mixing of liquids. Their power is to transform things for the better, real or imagined. Dewin knows these things but he is more than just about transformation.
Finally, what is a druid? The origin of the word ‘druid’ is unclear, but it is the Irish-Gaelic word for oak tree (which is also a symbol of knowledge and wisdom). Druidism relies on a combination of contact with the spirit world and nature. A druid is someone who connects others with the gods but also has other highly respected roles. They are teachers, judges, herbalists, and historians for their people as well as storytellers, musicians, and environmentalist. The earth and all living things give them their knowledge which makes the druids more like a library of knowledge and power. Dewin, I felt, has some of these skills and knowledge, but he was not interested in being a teacher or leading in the path of a druid. His unending search for knowledge was not for others, it was for himself.