I love the alchemy idea. That is a lot in line of what I was thinking and hoping you were, too. I would say things like the homunculi and the philosopher's stone would be too much, naturally. But definitely potions and elixirs are acceptable! There are Aether infused drugs that ave terrible side effects, but I would see an alchemist being able to more refine it, and other elements, for a specific purpose rather than a high for mass market.
That said... as far as the scientist is concerned, I think a ray gun is a bit too much, a bit out of scope for the game. You could work something with a similar effect with a high velocity rifle and venom or acid like substance.. but lasers are a bit to high tech. Electricity is rare in the setting, almost non existent. Most things are run on steam from coals or aether, or a combination of the two and most of your lighting is done by oil lamps or candles.
If the Alchemy works I'll start working up a character sheet and we'll see how that looks. At least it seems there will be plenty of interest in the concoctions that he cooks up!
I wasn't thinking of lasers at all, not unless a series of giant, Aether infused, lenses is involved. Lighting cannons or 'ray' guns would be large bulky devices, powered by a dedicated steam engine, and involve long recharge times and many blown fuses. Also an abundance of Tesla coils... because Tesla.
I can produce steampunk pseudo-science as needed. But really that was more a oversimplification for the flavor of character; I can avoid ray guns in favor of super-magnet grapples, rotary pneumatic cannons, and hydraulic boots.
Yes, you read that right. Hydraulic boots
. Don't test me, I can and will
come up with a legitimate reason to invent these if needed. I have the insanity!
P.S. I think I'm running the Alchemist first. I can hash out my Madboy later, once I have a personality established in my head and if it looks like I can run two characters without loosing quality.
Edit: Anyone have any good pictures to recommend? As both an Alchemist and an Artillerist anything with lots of flasks/vials/bottles or explosives would be appropriate. I'd prefer a relatively young male but at this point I'm losing hope of finding anything that close to my goal.