COOL! After dungeons, markets are the places that players spend most of their time, so its always good to have another flavorful place to buy and sell, especially one with as much story potential as this one. Go to Comment
An alchemist enchanted his equipment to produce even more powerful alchemical compounds, potions and the like. Unfortunately, it is not well-known that he had different sets of equipment for different processes: If the wrong set of gear is used, the result will invariably fail to function. It's not a cursed item, just something that's hard to figure out.