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It is said that four elements are needed to make a Philosopher's Stone. These are derived from the first matter associated with Chaos. I also heard once that the water of life was needed, which, back then, meant alcohol.

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What you are looking for is the Opus Magnum.

The Wikipedia article lists four stages for the production:

  • nigredo, a blackening or melanosis
  • albedo, a whitening or leucosis
  • citrinitas, a yellowing or xanthosis
  • rubedo, a reddening, purpling, or iosis

What the processes contain is however debated, with various alchemists of the period disagreeing with one another.

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