Across the coastlines of the many Ashal Islands lie vast swathes of the Seba Iaat, thin stalks that always seem to point toward the rising sun in the east. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties, especially regarding insect bites. While this remedy was lost to time after the fall of the Dewamenet Empire, the return of the Asha to the Ashal Islands changed this fact as the Race rediscovered their ancient history. The plant has been welcomed by many alchemists and medical personnel across the Regalian Empire, and today it is one of the best-known plants shipped out of Asha territory.
The ancient Asha of the Dewamenet Empire once considered Seba Iaat a weed that slipped its way along irrigation systems from the coastline to enter agricultural regions deeper inland. When or who exactly learned of its beneficial uses is not known, but ancient Asha artwork appears to show a deity using a bundle of the reeds to swipe at a large insect, indicating the plant’s use was perhaps discovered through the actions of one of their gods. However, the perception of the plant as a weed thrived in the south, as the Allorn Empire despised Seba Iaat for its invasive nature. When the Dewamenet Empire fell, the ancient Elves thoroughly destroyed the knowledge around the plant, and millennia later, the Asha slaves within the Allorn Empire weeded the crop fields of the reed. However, knowledge survived in the free Asha who escaped the fall of their civilization, and some believe that, at least for several centuries, the enslaved Asha also kept this same understanding alive. By the time the Allorn Empire fell though, only the free Asha had any memory of what Seba Iaat could be used for. It was these same Asha who then shared this knowledge with their newly freed cousins when all arrived on the Ashal Islands. The Living Metal infrastructure allowed the reed to thrive, and today, the extracts made from it find uses in a range of ointments and gels to treat the bites of insects among other maladies.
Seba Iaat are five to twelve-foot tall reeds with a thin, beige-colored stalk. Their great variation in height is as a result of the water, as they thrive best in salt water, but also grow on land. Those on land are the shortest of the reeds, while those in the water can grow later, but much of that height is hidden under the surface of the waves. The top of each stalk is tipped by a series of small orbicular-shaped pale green leaves which curve toward the east along with the rest of the stalk. The plant tends to grow close together, and naturally forms in tightly packed rows.
Uses and Abilities
Seba Iaat can be ground down and used to create solutions that ease irritation found on skin and in joints. It is most commonly applied on insect bites, but can be effective for those with other conditions. The effect generally lasts for three hours, though it can be lengthened, or shortened with more potency, by alchemists. The plant itself has a bitter taste and is not eaten by the Asha, though some of their livestock and other wildlife of the Ashal Islands do enjoy the plant.
- The Asha primarily use Seba Iaat to treat the bites of a range of beetles which thrive in the deserts of the Ashal Islands.
- Some believe the ancient Asha manipulated the Genos of this plant on a fundamental level, resulting in its strange curve toward the east, as well as its growth in rows.
HydraLana on 07/8/2023.|
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