Alchemists use their trusty mortar and pestle to create an impressive array of potions that can restore hitpoints, stamina and mana; increase strength, dexterity or intelligence; and even turn the imbiber invisible! If you feel daring, you can even make potions that explode on impact, just be careful not to drop them too close to yourself!
To get started, all you need are some reagents from a mage or alchemist, a mortar and pestle, and hours of grinding the reagents into a pulp and to pour into bottles. It is recommended that new alchemists begin by crafting poison potions because of the low reagent cost. This has the additional benefit of being able to train your poisoning skill at the same time. You will be a master of poisoning blades long before mastering the art of alchemy though. Good luck!