Dravinda Spice

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Dravinda Spice
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Flora
Official Name Dravinda Spice
Common Name Dravinda Drops, Memory Herb
Classification Flower
Common Use Culinary
Origins Sundial Isles
Habitat Dravinda’s Garden, Avela Shishumar

Dravinda Spice is an exotic creation formed by the droplets of blue liquid from the hand of an Unwritten God native to the Sundial Isles and the Suvial Altalar. When these droplets fell into her garden, a new species of plant was born, both with a blend of explosive flavors and the capacity to impart hallucinations of events from the longstanding Suvial-Kathar conflict. The plant is heavily guarded and remains enclosed to the site known as Dravinda’s Garden, where an elite group of warriors and mages restricts access. Simultaneously, the city’s leadership has also legislated very harsh restrictions on the plant’s availability and to whom.

History

Dravinda Spice’s creation is one of the oddest and most mysterious in all of Alorian history. After the petrification of the Suvial crop tender Dravinda, somehow saving the capital of Avela Shishumar, Summar, her statue-like remains stood unmovable for some time. However, after these few months, her raised hand began to drip a glowing blue substance that fell into the garden of spices around her. Within hours, the substance started to affect the plants, causing most to whither within that time, before a new plant grew in its place, a mutation, and an anomaly known today as Dravinda Spice. Since that time, the spice plant has been heavily guarded by Dravinda’s Fireguard, and has been extracted in minimal amounts for use exclusively allowed by the city’s authorities who regulate its sale and to whom.

Appearance

Dravinda Spice may be exotic and strange looking at first glance, but botanists who have been allowed to visit the Garden have observed the plant to share several features from at least three different spice plants in the spice’s structure. However, in the end, the blend of these features and the general coloration and effect of the plant make it different from those it was formed of. The plant has a network of tiny pure white roots that run beneath it before meeting at a central stalk, surrounded by smaller ones of a thinner size known as junior stalks. However, these lesser stalks can sometimes meld with those of others or grow to extraordinary lengths, allowing the plant to act like a vine while also being a ground-based plant; these stems are also covered in oblong or obovate leaves clustered in pairs of three. The coloration of its stems is often a paler green meshed with patches of deeper blue-green coloration while the leaves are a deep, dark blue-green coloration. At the end of the central and junior stalk is a flower of six petals, each flower with a rotate pattern and each petal, a slight point to them. The petals are a blue wash from a deeper tone to a much paler one at the edges, with a yellow pistil rising from the middle of it. However, around this grow stiff, dark green stems, three for the main stalk, and only one and sometimes two for the junior ones. The stems are swirled with tiny pricks of yellow, usually due to the spread of pollen, but at the end of each is a single, bulbous blue Dravinda Fruit used to form the plant’s unique spice.

Uses and Abilities

Dravinda Spice has a primary purpose in cuisine, given its exotic range of sensations it alights in one’s palette. Dried and ground resulting in a cyan-blue powder, the spice is said by some to taste of an individual’s favorite blend of spices together into one. Given that only a handful of people out of all Suvial, or even all Alorians, have tasted the substance, this claim is unknown but that it is a blend of seasonings is certain. It can be applied to many native Suvial dishes, either in the baking process itself or mixed in afterward. About twenty minutes after consumption, the individual will begin to feel tired and dizzy, and within thirty minutes, will start to have the visions that the plant is truly best known for. The imagery of Suvial and Kathar clashing is most common, both at negotiating tables, in the field, or at sea wander through an individual’s mind as they experience a hallucinogenic episode characterized by rapidly flickering eyelids and the utter relaxation of the body. After eight or nine hours, the individual awakens with these memories fuzzy and already fading, feeling only vaguely rested.

Trivia

  • The most famed individual so far to ingest Dravinda Spice is High Playwright Bhasva Puni, the man hired to entertain the combined Avelan courts at the grand capital of Sallatar. Using his three visions, he had produced majestic and highly complex mock-battles, the most recent one from 304 AC combining both mundane and magical combat to depict a battle he saw in his vision.
  • The punishment for stealing Dravinda Spice is the loss of a hand and banishment from Summar.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors FireFan96, TheBioverse, AlphaInsomnia
Last Editor HydraLana on 10/25/2021.

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