|Official Name: Nightshade.|
|Common Name: Widow’s Kiss.|
|Common Use: Medicine, Poison.|
|Habitat: Dry, Temperate Climates.|
Nightshade is a plant found throughout Aloria, and while it is also known to produce a flower, it is however not grown for this purpose.. 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. is typically known to grow from one to two feet tall.
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 the Qadir’iyye Sultanate.
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 later use. 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 digested.
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. This changed, though, 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.
By 300 AC, Nightshade was available in many places across Aloria, growing 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. Though never used recreationally, its anesthetic properties rival that of the poppy. However, this plant also has an array of immediately and potentially life-threatening side effects.
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.
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, but not only, 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, it can cure drowsiness. When a mid-strength dose is administered, the consumer falls into a deep sleep. Then when an extremely potent dose is used, 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.
- It is unknown how this effect was discovered, though most likely through the trial and errors of Qadir Shaman.
- Ailor and 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.
|Nightshade, Widow’s Kiss||A small flowering plant, resembling a tomato plant, with short rounded leaves. It bears purple and yellow flowers that eventually wilt to produce clusters of black berries.||Farah’deen, though now commonly grown across Aloria.|
- 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 keeps the plant out of the hands of 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.