The world has been in a desperate situation for several centuries. Diseases plague the lands, and technology has come to a halt due to the sudden decline in the population. What little machinery the people have is primitive and needs constant repair and maintenance, and people place little faith in these relics from the past. Instead a new science has emerged; alchemy. With their knowledge and skills many alchemists rise above the others, able to help life and ease death for those who near their final moments. While there are still many tragic fates awaiting the people of this world, things have calmed down somewhat. There's still political unrest, restrictions on travel and trade, but at least the great alchemists and their councils throughout the lands are keeping things somewhat stable.