Add a room (current Eden Headquarters could be a good place) with NPCs that provide all the requirements and services associated to make Forging/Brewing easier and faster.
This place would have the following NPCs:
- Alchemist Soul Link Service
- Blacksmith Consumables Vendor
- Alchemist Consumables Vendor
- SP Healer / Inn Manager
- Kafra Storage
The idea is people would need to bring all their characters associated for their activities (Priests, Performers, Paladins, etc), and have them all in the same room where they don't bother anyone with the Forging and Brewing noises.
Brewing and Forging is a very tiring and time consuming activity, that requires 0 player skill, is mindless and incredibly annoying for no reason than to be annoying. Brewing in particular, can be incredibly damaging to the person doing it, it can cause actual body harm in the form of RSI and CTS.
All of this combined with the staff's stance about macros that don't provide competitive advantages and do not automate gameplay, means there needs to be a way to alleviate the stress on the player.
In addition, many consumables are sold in different cities on different vendors, increasing the time spent on these activities because of how far away some of these are and are nowhere near a Kafra.
Alchemist Soul Link Service: This NPC for free (or a small fee) would give the player the "Alchemist Soul Link" buff, this allows for fast creation of many alchemist items. Just make sure the NPC that warps in and out of the map Dispells players, this is to prevent abuse of other benefits from the Soul Link.
Blacksmith Consumables Vendor: Mini Furnaces and Hammers.
Alchemist Consumables Vendor: Medicine Bowls, Empty Potion Bottles, Empty Test Tubes, Scells, White Potions, Yellow Potions, Red Potions
SP Healer / Inn Manager: Full heal, 5.000z fee.
Kafra Storage: Just a Kafra.