So... This might be moved to art and lore due to the fact this is about the world's alchemy but since google's search engine optimization confused my query as "stuff about the alchemy machine", I thought I'd ask in general discussion to get some ideas behind my curiosity:
The rampant theme of alchemy in this game and lore.
Yes, there's a alchemy machine, but in both vanilla mode and Together, I see themes of alchemy. Not just with the William Carter puzzles with its mysticism or the fact Maxwell is called one in the Forge but symbols in the Gorge's alter.
I know people compare Don't Starve to Minecraft due to "Crafting" but Minecraft never really focused on alchemy or the spiritualism of alchemy either.