|Official Name||Seba Iaat|
|Common Name||Sun Reed|
|Habitat||Damp coastal areas|
Across the coasts of the Ashal Islands lies vast swathes of the Seba Iaat, thin stalks always seem to point toward the rising sun in the east. Often seen as one of the few means of respite from bites of the Torat-Nekh, it serves as an irritation reliever and can severely lessen the pain from the Torat-Nekh bites specifically. While this remedy was lost to time after the fall of the Dewamenet Empire, the return of the Asha to the Ashal Islands changed these circumstances. With the opening of the Fair-Ports, the Asha who have chosen to engage in a capitalistic lifestyle, have been known to extort quite a fee for this remedy from foolhardy travelers who let their curiosity get the better of them.
Seba Iaat is thought by foreigners to be an almost entirely useless weed. Yet to the local Asha population, it is widely treated as one of the few methods to ease one's pain after surviving an encounter with the Torat-Nekh. Although the usage and knowledge of such a plant and how to use it was widely kept at the height of the Dewemenet Empire, the returning Asha from the fall of the Allorn Empire were far less fortunate. Coupled with the fact that the arduous three year journey had taken a toll on many, and the initial shift in geography had caused a great deal of suffering to the Asha, the outlook for their people on their return seemed to be more grim than one may have thought for a potential homecoming of that nature. Thankfully, the Siwath-Khenu kept alive enough of the stories that this reed’s knowledge was not entirely lost. Upon their reemergence on the Ashal Islands, the Siwath-Khenu began to harvest Seba Iaat, putting into practice the tales they had heard from the past and as they did. They began easing the pain and irritation amongst the wayward pilgrims, allowing them to complete the final step of their journey back home.
Within recent years, the use of Seba Iaat has almost become second nature. Any form of irritation to the Asha’s fur or skin is taken care of quickly, and even some entrepreneurial individuals have begun marketing it as a miracle cream to unsuspecting travelers. For the Asha, it was one of the first sights they saw upon forging and crossing the bridge to the Ashal Islands, a sea of beige gradually pointing toward a new dawn. It remains a growth from the past, a symbol in a sense showing that just because the past has been scoured and destroyed by the Altalar, does not mean it is entirely gone.
The Seba Iaat have the appearance of a thin beige stalk topped off by a series of small leaves, each one maintaining a similar color. The closer they are to the water, the taller they happen to grow, with the ones further inland being around five feet tall and the ones almost completely submerged settling around twelve feet in height. They tend to be arrayed in rows, and rather unnaturally, regardless of how the wind blows, the reed always seems to bow and twist so that the tip of its leaves are pointing toward the East.
Uses and Abilities
The Seba Iaat can be ground and mixed with water to form a liquid paste that, when applied to irritated skin or flesh, tends to soothe the pain and slow down any potential spread of irritation. While it can not heal the flesh devoured by the Torat-Nekh, it has been known to sufficiently ease the pain for a period of time without particular issue. After applying the paste and allowing it to soak in, the skin or fur tends to grow a bit paler, but not to a significant amount of degree to cause worry or have any effect in creating a shift in appearance. The effects last for three hours, and must be applied regularly if someone wishes to constantly relieve such an irritation or pain.
- Certain foreigners have made the mistake in the past of believing that the Seba Iaat can treat any manner of injury inflicted by the Torat-Nekh, and have later been discovered as simply a pile of foolish bones.
- Some individuals question why the Seba Iaat is called the Sun Reed if it only points toward the east, rather than always at the sun, but most dismiss this as simply nitpicking.