Erik, I fear that a superfluity of yellow bile has made you excessively choleric. In order to reestablish homeostasis, I prescribe a dish of leeks and watercress. Abstain from the seeds of the mustard plant and talk radio.
Well, there are really only four considerations when it comes to metals. Essential properties are best categorized as hotness, coldness, dryness, and moistness. If you can change these properties, then you can alter their basic properties. Hence, you might be able to transmute base metals - such as lead - into gold. A philosophers' stone can be of assistance. Further, some believe this is the key to immortality.
After all, alchemy was pursued for centuries and some great minds spent their lives trying to turn base metals into gold.
So there must be something to it, right?
Funny thing is that the claims - no matter how many centuries they were pursued - never panned out.
This could be due to the "hate" of the scientific community, as we all know that there are still unknowns in the universe.
Or, perhaps, alchemy was just a bunch of bunk put forward by people who didn't know any better. Shockingly, some even profited and scammed money with alchemical claims.
Imagine that. Making money off folklore claims with dubious scientific merit. Would humans ever stoop so low?
You might want to give some serious thought to the mythology and folklore you hear in this forum. Otherwise, someone might try to sell you a stone that will transmute lead into gold.