The Mists of Paoru
Iracavati - Alchemy
The Iracavati are the premiere magic users of the Principalites, solely for the reason that the Principalities are the only place that allows the use of alchemy.
Alchemy was outlawed by the Empire of Baozuo, Tanah Baru and Jiyun for being an affront to the Gods and therefore heretical. Due to the Principalities more lax outlook on religion, they grew beyond what they consider a tired and outdated old world view and turned to Alchemy to further their understanding of the world.
The Iracavati can be considered the top of the arcane hierarchy with the Mantiravati coming second and the Valikatti or Hand Wizards coming last. the Visvadi Academy itself is headed by a small council of 9 of the most elite and profitable magi, with the head chair or Talavan voted into power by the others. For the last two centuries, an Iracavati has held that position.