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Saharfaki is a unique plant with a variety of uses from Farah’deen, long considered a gift from nature, whether that was referring to desert gods and incomprehensible powers, or in a more metaphorical sense. The plant only produces three fruits once a year but can be harvested before then for use in alchemy or further use in culinary endeavors. With a generally unappealing coloration, it appears dead, but the plant’s unique ability to expand and contract as needed makes it very effective in surviving the arid landscape of Farah’deen.
The history of Saharfaki is heavily tied up in Qadir polytheism. The source of the plant's origins is unknown, but many of the faiths within the Sariyd Empire spoke of gods or magical places first possessing the Saharfaki before mortals gained it as a gift, or won by great effort. The plant was hardy and even though old Farah’deen was greener and with far more plant life, it remained adapted to the more arid, isolated areas. It is likely that this ultimately saved the plant when the Great Storm came, as while much of the inland samples of the plant were lost, those on the Almina Peninsula survived. In the coming decades, the plant gradually spread itself out into the arid lands it found itself, and today rests in both Songaskian and Qadir lands. Both Races prize its unique fruit as a special gift from the desert in addition to its vines, while foreigners value the plant given its rarity beyond Farah’deen. However, the alchemical industry actively seeks the plant out, forming a market for harvesting the plant before it bears fruit solely for fulfilling alchemical requirements.
Saharfaki appears like a mass of thorny vines growing up to three feet from the ground in clusters of anywhere from six to ten feet broad. These vines are densely packed together, and their dark green surface is covered in black thorns. During droughts, the plant actually gains mass, flattening closer to the ground as its vines are dispersed along the surface of the sand to gain any and all water or nutrients possible. These vines then retract when droughts end. The plant’s roots do a similar move, miraculously gaining and losing growth each year to ensure the Saharfaki’s overall survival. Once a year, the plant produces beautiful bright fruits, oblong and colored green at each tip but fading into a bright red by the middle. They are also quite sweet, and when they emerge, this sweetness is easily smelled from even twenty feet away.
Uses and Abilities
The Saharfaki has an array of uses derived from the plant’s various parts. The first use is its most obvious one, and that is the plant’s fruit. Easily cut and eaten, most are preserved for future special occasions. Regardless of when they are eaten, they are usually made into desserts, often as filling or sliced up along the sides of plates and platters. The plant’s next major use is taken from its vines. When sliced into and extracted in a simple state, they can be used to create a fine sweetener, though it is weaker than normal sugar. However, if processed and refined down, the substance that is produced can be quite different. This refined fluid is an effective anesthetic, capable of rendering people unconscious in a relatively short period of time. The plant has no harmful side effects and can be given in high dosages with little to no repercussions due to how fast the body typically absorbs it.
- The fluid that is produced by the shrub is unable to be traced in the body, making it an excellent herb to assist in crime and thievery. The effects are not immediate however, so Songaskian criminals take heed to restrain the victim first before administering it in high doses.
MantaRey, FireFan96, TheBioverse||
HydraLana on 07/29/2023.|
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