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Nearly every skilled assassin and well-educated aristocrat has heard of the deadly plant known as Nightshade. Known as the “Death Blossom” among the [[Qadir]], the plant originated on their continent and took on new meaning among the [[Songaskians]] who conquered the [[Sariyd Empire]] after the [[Great Storm]]. To the wider Alorian populace, Nightshade first came into focus after a rash of mysterious assassinations across [[Daen]] in 140 AC, and ever since then, the plant has been viewed as suspicious to own, even if one has no intention of using its dark abilities.
| style="height:20px; width:270px; text-align:center;" | '''Official Name:''' Nightshade.
|- style="vertical-align:middle;"
| style="height:20px; width:270px; text-align:center;" | '''Common Name:''' Widow’s Kiss.
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| style="height:20px; width:270px; text-align:center;" | '''Classification:''' Flower.
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| style="height:20px; width:270px; text-align:center;" | '''Common Use:''' Medicine, Poison.
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| style="height:20px; width:270px; text-align:center;" | '''Habitat:''' Dry, Temperate Climates.
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| style="height:20px; width:270px; text-align:center;" | '''Origins:''' Farah’deen.
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Nightshade is a plant found throughout Aloria, and while it often produces a lovely flower, its purpose for being grown often deviates from this. Sought after by healers and killers alike, this plant is praised for its properties as an anesthetic. Nightshade grows only on a seasonal basis and rarely any higher than one to two feet. It is typically known to grow from one to two feet tall.
==History==
The lands of [[Farah’deen]] were always harsh, and many of the local plants and animals were shaped by that landscape. Among them, one of the most perfidious was the plant the Qadir still call “Death Blossom” to this day. This plant, which existed along the coastline and in the arable land of the continent along with its many oases, was toxic to many forms of life and became associated with gods of death and tricks in the vast pantheon of the Sariyd. Over time, the plant also became tied to the [[Black Desert Dragons]] of Farah’deen, with claims that the plant’s spread was caused by the shedding of the beast’s scales. This has no basis in fact and was merely a propaganda tool of the National Qadir to help turn the populace against a group they saw as a threat. This unfortunately only had the opposite effect as those zealous Qadir might have hoped. Avoiding death, the Dragons gathered and unleashed the Great Storm which killed millions. But, the insidious Nightshade survived and in fact, flourished. While it was ripped from the interior, it came to ever more frequently populate the coastline, at least until the [[Cataclysm]]. But, it is widely believed that in that 100 year period, the Qadir that fled abroad to Hadrityas elsewhere brought the plant with them, likely by accident or if on purpose, soon lost control of them.  


==Origins==
In that 100 year period, the plant also gained notoriety among the Songaskians as it became known as the “Death Kiss” or “Damin’s Gift.” Damin-Ouilia was the so-called Life and Death-mancer of the Black Desert Dragons, and Nightshade evolved into a plant to represent this Dragon. It also came to represent the Death [[Mages]] that emerged across the local population and remains in effect to this day. The outsiders of Farah’deen, the [[Regalian Empire]] and others, were unaware of these connections and did not notice the spread of Nightshade until a series of assassinations in 140 AC. Who perpetrated them is unknown, but all of the methods involved the use of Nightshade, alerting many in positions of power to the plant’s ill effects. The plant, which had long been rumored to cause illness, was feared by many [[Ailor]] across the world, and because over half of the victims had been [[Altalar]], their principalities also reacted with disdain. To this day, Nightshade has gained an infamous reputation, and while it is not illegal to possess, suspicion will always grow of those who tend and keep the plant.
Nightshade is believed to have first been discovered in the mountain chains of [[Farah'deen]] by the [[Qadir]] inhabitants. Little is known of the circumstances under which the plant’s effects were discovered, but the first historical records of Nightshade used as a medicine come from this region. These records date as far back as 600 years, during the height of [[Qadiriyye]].  


Used specifically for its anesthetic properties, Nightshade extract was considered the “milk of poppy” for the Farah’deen people. In order to extract the anesthetic properties, the Nightshade is ground up with inclusions of the foliage of the plant among other berries by a Qadir shaman. Eventually, this concoction would be drained and concentrated into a bottle for use later. These uses would include, but not be limited to, a sleep aid, a cure for drowsiness, and a cure for pain. These different uses were dependent upon the amount of Nightshade ingested.  
==Appearance==
Nightshade plants stand at a little under a foot tall, with a system of thin, pale green water-retaining roots that allow for its survival in humid or arid climates. The plant has a small droop to it with a curve at the top, the length of its form infrequently dotted with the small rounded leaves it possesses and sprouting its easily identifiable flowers. These flowers are small, barely half an inch long when measured, and are bell-shaped with a deep purple coloration. They always droop downwards. Along with these flowers are clusters of the plant’s berries, bright green, red, orange, and pale yellow fruits clustered together. The largest, about the size of a grape, sits in the middle while all around it the others, as small as peas, are situated.  


By the time the Qadir began to spread out from their lands, it had already been discovered that a specific risk was presented when dealing with the correct dosage per patient. Due to this, only those associated with medicine were trusted to grow and use it. However, this changed when Nightshade was introduced to the rest of the world through the means of trade. It wasn’t long before curious merchants began to buy the plant in stock and take it to market in Imperial ports.
==Uses and Abilities==
 
While the entirety of Nightshade is toxic, the roots are known to be the deadliest. When consumed, the toxins flow slowly throughout the body and begin the process of shutting down various bodily functions. Victims of Nightshade poisoning usually experience immediate sweating and headaches, though, after two hours of having the toxin in their body, they are known to exhibit vomiting and diarrhea. Though very uncommon, victims have also been found to have hallucinations. On top of all of this, it has been recorded that the skin of many victims of Nightshade slowly turns a ghostly pale white, and small blue dots begin to form like freckles all over the body. Four hours is all the time needed by the plant to render the person unconscious and after this point, only administrations of antitoxin substances can prevent death or serious problems. Nightshade is most effective when induced orally, though individuals with stronger immune systems are more resistant to its effects. Sickly people, children, and the elderly are more susceptible to its effects. Those who survive Nightshade poisoning are sometimes marred by skin scarring where their blue dots were, or forever more have respiratory issues. Others suffer constant pain from their lower sides, such as in the liver or pancreas areas.
By 300 AC, Nightshade was made available in many places across Aloria. While it's typically grown in gardens, it has also been known to grow naturally, following an introduction into the local plant life by a rather inexperienced practitioner. Though mainly used for medicinal reasons, the tempting allure of a quick and clean kill has caused its use by commoners to become a taboo. In many cities across Aloria, Nightshade is considered a prohibited substance to all but those in the trade of medicine. Those who sell Nightshade for medicinal uses will often find themselves in fierce competition with those of the opium trade. It's never used recreationally, but its anesthetic properties rival that of the poppy. However, this plant also has an array of immediately and potentially life-threatening side effects.
 
===Etymology===
The name “Nightshade” is a common translation of the Qadir name for the plant’s berries, originally meaning shadow of the moon. The Qadir name originates from the intense darkness of the ripe berries of the Nightshade plant. Later, the plant would be most commonly known as the “Widow's Kiss,” due to a woman known only as the Widow of the Angle Isles. This woman became famous after admitting to the murders of her husband and children by dispatching them with an overdose of Nightshade.
 
==Primary Use==
The Nightshade plant is complicated, as it can be both helpful and deadly, depending on the amount one might ingest and the potency of the concoction. It can only be safely used in the form of Nightshade extract, which is a concoction of juices processed from the plant as a whole. The primary use of the Nightshade plant is for anesthetic purposes.
*Depending on the potency of the Nightshade extract used, it has varying effects when used for medicinal purposes. When a mild potency is used (four drops), it can cure drowsiness. When a mid-strength dose is administered (eight drops), the consumer falls into a deep sleep. Then when an extremely potent dose is used (sixteen drops), the consumer will suddenly faint, often falling into a coma. If this process is not reversed in the inflicted within two hours, their heart is known to often stop beating. Forcing an inflicted person to consume boiled oak tree bark will diffuse the poison within them. Unless produced by a very skilled herbalist, the concoction would be noticeable to any, both in terms of volume and the intensely bittersweet taste.
*[[Ailor]] and [[Elven|Nelfin]] races are often affected normally by the standard amount of drops. It is assumed that the drops would have to be doubled to properly effect [[Orc]], [[Wulong]], [[Ur]], [[Tigran]], [[Thylan]] and [[Mekket]]. It is also assumed that the standard amount, halved, would properly affect those of smaller stature.
*Nightshade extract is created by crushing the foliage and berries of the Nightshade plant and draining them. Once the juices have extracted from the plants, this liquid is then drained, and the liquid sealed into a bottle.
 
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| valign="top" width="200"|Nightshade, Widow’s Kiss
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| valign="top" |Farah’deen, though now commonly grown across Aloria.
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====Trivia====
*Nightshade is most often used as an anesthetic during surgery.
*Though Nightshade is poisonous, strict control policies and exceedingly high prices of the plant in most cities keep it of the hands of most commoners.
*The woman behind the name “Widow’s Kiss” was burned at the stake for her crimes.
*Nightshade poisoning can be reversed before the two-hour point of no return. This is done by the ingestion of boiled oak tree bark. The boiled oak tree must be spoon fed to the sleeping individual under the effects of a Nightshade overdose.


==Trivia==
*Through small amounts at a time and plenty of antidote on hand, Nightshade is actually one of the easiest poisons to prepare a body against.
*Some believe that Nightshade was spread to wider [[Aloria]] far earlier than is often assumed, perhaps as far back as the first wave of Qadir who left their homeland several centuries before the Cataclysm rather than just in the final few decades before that event.
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Nightshade
Nightshade.png
Flora
Official Name Nightshade
Common Name Belladonna, Almaw'iiz
Classification Flower
Common Use Utility
Origins Farah’deen
Habitat Humid environments

Nearly every skilled assassin and well-educated aristocrat has heard of the deadly plant known as Nightshade. Known as the “Death Blossom” among the Qadir, the plant originated on their continent and took on new meaning among the Songaskians who conquered the Sariyd Empire after the Great Storm. To the wider Alorian populace, Nightshade first came into focus after a rash of mysterious assassinations across Daen in 140 AC, and ever since then, the plant has been viewed as suspicious to own, even if one has no intention of using its dark abilities.

History

The lands of Farah’deen were always harsh, and many of the local plants and animals were shaped by that landscape. Among them, one of the most perfidious was the plant the Qadir still call “Death Blossom” to this day. This plant, which existed along the coastline and in the arable land of the continent along with its many oases, was toxic to many forms of life and became associated with gods of death and tricks in the vast pantheon of the Sariyd. Over time, the plant also became tied to the Black Desert Dragons of Farah’deen, with claims that the plant’s spread was caused by the shedding of the beast’s scales. This has no basis in fact and was merely a propaganda tool of the National Qadir to help turn the populace against a group they saw as a threat. This unfortunately only had the opposite effect as those zealous Qadir might have hoped. Avoiding death, the Dragons gathered and unleashed the Great Storm which killed millions. But, the insidious Nightshade survived and in fact, flourished. While it was ripped from the interior, it came to ever more frequently populate the coastline, at least until the Cataclysm. But, it is widely believed that in that 100 year period, the Qadir that fled abroad to Hadrityas elsewhere brought the plant with them, likely by accident or if on purpose, soon lost control of them.

In that 100 year period, the plant also gained notoriety among the Songaskians as it became known as the “Death Kiss” or “Damin’s Gift.” Damin-Ouilia was the so-called Life and Death-mancer of the Black Desert Dragons, and Nightshade evolved into a plant to represent this Dragon. It also came to represent the Death Mages that emerged across the local population and remains in effect to this day. The outsiders of Farah’deen, the Regalian Empire and others, were unaware of these connections and did not notice the spread of Nightshade until a series of assassinations in 140 AC. Who perpetrated them is unknown, but all of the methods involved the use of Nightshade, alerting many in positions of power to the plant’s ill effects. The plant, which had long been rumored to cause illness, was feared by many Ailor across the world, and because over half of the victims had been Altalar, their principalities also reacted with disdain. To this day, Nightshade has gained an infamous reputation, and while it is not illegal to possess, suspicion will always grow of those who tend and keep the plant.

Appearance

Nightshade plants stand at a little under a foot tall, with a system of thin, pale green water-retaining roots that allow for its survival in humid or arid climates. The plant has a small droop to it with a curve at the top, the length of its form infrequently dotted with the small rounded leaves it possesses and sprouting its easily identifiable flowers. These flowers are small, barely half an inch long when measured, and are bell-shaped with a deep purple coloration. They always droop downwards. Along with these flowers are clusters of the plant’s berries, bright green, red, orange, and pale yellow fruits clustered together. The largest, about the size of a grape, sits in the middle while all around it the others, as small as peas, are situated.

Uses and Abilities

While the entirety of Nightshade is toxic, the roots are known to be the deadliest. When consumed, the toxins flow slowly throughout the body and begin the process of shutting down various bodily functions. Victims of Nightshade poisoning usually experience immediate sweating and headaches, though, after two hours of having the toxin in their body, they are known to exhibit vomiting and diarrhea. Though very uncommon, victims have also been found to have hallucinations. On top of all of this, it has been recorded that the skin of many victims of Nightshade slowly turns a ghostly pale white, and small blue dots begin to form like freckles all over the body. Four hours is all the time needed by the plant to render the person unconscious and after this point, only administrations of antitoxin substances can prevent death or serious problems. Nightshade is most effective when induced orally, though individuals with stronger immune systems are more resistant to its effects. Sickly people, children, and the elderly are more susceptible to its effects. Those who survive Nightshade poisoning are sometimes marred by skin scarring where their blue dots were, or forever more have respiratory issues. Others suffer constant pain from their lower sides, such as in the liver or pancreas areas.

Trivia

  • Through small amounts at a time and plenty of antidote on hand, Nightshade is actually one of the easiest poisons to prepare a body against.
  • Some believe that Nightshade was spread to wider Aloria far earlier than is often assumed, perhaps as far back as the first wave of Qadir who left their homeland several centuries before the Cataclysm rather than just in the final few decades before that event.

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Writers HydraLana
Processors MantaRey, Woodwork
Last Editor HydraLana on 06/20/2022.

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