The Chaotic Drug, for lack of a better name, is a plant that grows in the Ravarnôss region, mutated from its local sugarcane crops under the influence of Mana Storms brought on by the south-eastern winds from the Nar’sequian Crater.
1. Chaotic Drug Overview
The plant is harvested by the mercenary cartels operating in the region and then sold on the black market around the world, most notably in the ports of the Fair Isles Sea.
Refined, it is a severely addictive substance that usually brings out aggression and bloodlust in the user, but also lethargy and confusion when consumed in doses small enough to avoid triggering aggressive behavior, and large enough to trigger withdrawal symptoms. This phenomenon is used in part to keep the slave workers under control.
2. Forms and Refinements
- The leaves and shoots can be ground into a red-gray powder and inhaled, giving by far the most addictive and dangerous effect. Reports of individuals driven into addiction from a single use are widespread, and this is the most common form upon which the drug is found across the world.
- The powder can also be diluted in liquid, turning it mostly red, and it can hardly be discerned in wine. Ale, on the other hand, foams uncontrollably if spiked, and many tavern brawls are probably the result of such ill-advised attempts.
- The harvested leaves can be chopped and chewed, not unlike tobacco, but with the added side-effect of chaotic addiction and blood-red gums from use. This is the most benign form of the drug, although it is still far from harmless.
- The stems, when burning, produce a dark red smoke, very similar to the clouds surrounding the Nar’sequian Crater, which is also addictive when inhaled directly. It is known to produce blackouts in users during which the induced bloodlust reigns free over them. Fields set ablaze by thunderstorms have been known to turn entire slave settlements berserk. Most unused stems find their way to Nurchan, where depraved scholars « study » the effects of the Chaotic influence.
- Seeds are largely undocumented, as they are savagely guarded by the cartels to keep production in their own hands. Ingestion probably results in similar effects to the other components, though no accounts have been recorded.
Writer and Artist : Guillaume Lupien