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    ANTIVENINS, ANTIDOTES, and ALLERGY REMEDIES

    This chapter of herbal remedies assays the antivenins, directed against natural toxins from animals or insects, and antidotes, which shield against manufactured toxins derived from any source: animal, vegetable, or mineral.  These are typically preparations which flush a toxin from the body or render it harmless.

    The gnomes observed that some people suffer from irritation of the nose, air passages, skin and eyes brought on by substances in the environment.  These substances vary from one person to another, and may include pollen, dust, pipe smoke, wool, and so on.  When an irritating substance is taken away, the person’s condition improves.  ‘Al’erjia’, the gnomish word for an itch, is adapted to the Tharian ‘allergy’ to describe this itching of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.  There are various preparations used to remedy the itching, though the irritation may come back if the offending substance returns.


    Anemonel Flower (Aelvásh Merín)

    Overview:
    Raw Anemonel is poisonous, and accidental ingestion often leads to headache, fever, loose watery stool, stomach cramps, and may even cause death.  The Injerín elves have mastered preparation of Anemonel for medicinal use, carefully guarding this secret from anyone else.  In elven culture, the Anemonel is associated with positive and magical, even mysterious, properties.  To the orcs, however, this flower represents disease and death because of the poison of the living plant and the pale pink color of the flower which mirrors the pallor of death.

    Preparation:
    Dried Anemonel leaves are crushed, soaked with Anemonel petals, then mixed with other herbs that help neutralize the poison in Anemonel to produce Aelvásh’már.

    Effects:
    • Reverses effects of other natural poisons, including its own.
    • Lowers fevers, heals headaches.
    • Reduces hives and swelling from sometimes fatal allergies.

    Lore of Usage:
      The Anemonel, in the elven culture, is commonly associated with positive, magical, and often times mysterious phenomena. Many elves also associate the coming of these flowers with the wind, breezes sent by Eyasha, Goddess of Peace.  Cooling the sanguine element, the Anemonel flower is thought to assuage any internal conflict.

    Location:
    Anemonel flowers are found in forested regions of Northern Sarvonia.


    Bloodweed
    Overview:
    Bloodweed has been the savior of many high-placed persons in Santharia, being a way to detect the lethal Krakenweed poison.  Bloodweed is a sweet-water plant, consisting of a main body, or "knot", half a palmspan in diameter, with approximately 30 to 50 strings floating from the main body of the plant.  Although not very commonly found, the plant is domesticated at several courts, so there won’t be a shortage of it.

    Preparation:
    A small dash of extract of the "knots" is added to food or drink, adding a nice tart taste which sets off the sweetness of many dishes.

    Effects:
    • Will turn blood red in the presence of Krakenweed poison.

    Lore of Usage:
      Though not truly a counteragent, extract of Bloodweed recognizes the presence of Krakenweed and signals its presence with a change in color.  The search for an antidote to Krakenweed was rendered unnecessary by a certain duke who, having evaded several assassination attempts himself, employed alchemists to find a method of detecting the poison in food and drink.  Thus, Bloodweed extract finds much use in noble houses today.

    Location:
    Bloodweed is found in any subtropical waters throughout Caelereth.


    Brisulivan Bush (Butterfly Bush)
    Overview:
    The Common Brisulivan is an attractive, sweet-smelling shrub, developed by the gnomes. It is popular as a garden plant in many parts of Santharia.  Its name comes from the gnomish "brisuli", meaning "butterflies", as butterflies are insects this plant's yellow flowers attract.  This shrub has two varieties: Common Brisulivan, a type domesticated by gnome horticulturist Gwor Bael from Wild Brisulivan, which is a much rarer, less attractive plant growing sparsely along Santharia's east coast.  The Common Brisulivan is a hardy, low-lying shrub of about a fore in height (Wild Brisulivan has been known to grow up to a ped), with wide, deep green leaves, that are rounded and with a very glossy finish to them.

    Preparation:
    The Wild Brisulivan's leaves and bark are combined with other plants and essences to make a concoction.

    Effects:
    • Works as an antidote to the poison of the allia berry, if administered in time.

    Lore of Usage:
    Wild Brisulivan is wildly popular with the Dogodan Halflings of the Acornlands.  A gnome alchemist, Gwor Bael, attempted to domesticate the bush and enhance its beauty, but in the process the Common Brisulivan lost its medicinal use.
    It has been postulated that the concoction of Brisulivan, enhanced with brewed Kell flower petals and a few In’ila berries mixed in, purges the body of toxins, stimulating the Grothan (anima, urine) constituent and flushing out bad influences.

    Location:
    Brisulivan bushes are found sparsely along Santharia's eastern coast, particularly in marshy areas.


    Burntrock (Falserock)

    Overview:
    The Falserock is a small plant, a variety of a cacti actually, that actually looks more like a stone than a living thing.  Hiding as it does among the pebbles in the Ráhaz-Dáth Desert, with its gray and brown exterior Falserock has the perfect disguise.  Falserock comes in three varieties - Common Falserock, Painrock and Burntrock.  Burntrock is found near the Norong‘sorno, and named so because of its already burnt colouring. It appears blackened with small lumps upon it that look like cooled lava bubbles having a slight shine to them.

    Preparation:
    The plant is washed and slow-roasted, then the husk is removed and the "meat" inside is eaten.

    Effects:
    • Good for ridding the body of toxins and belly ache.

    Lore of Usage:
    Burntrock has a moist yellow flesh, with a taste of warm spiced meat.  The remedy is thought to come from fortifying the choleric constituent, preventing toxins from taking a hold on the body and fending off undesirable effects.

    Location:
    The burntrock variety of falserock is found near the Norong‘sorno in the Ráhaz-Dáth desert.


    Crimson Rose ("Assassin's Rose", "Lady's Heart")
    Overview:
    The Crimson Rose is the symbol of the Kar'ii order of the Echiilianni and they are also the ones who mostly cultivate them. The Kar'ii use it as a vengeance symbol.  The plant resembles the common rose except for its black stem, with a lot of black thorns.  Its height is roughly one fore. The Crimson Rose has 7 petals, 4 exteriors and 3 interiors, enveloping 5 black pistils in the shape of a grape but a bit smaller. Those petals are rough and of a deep crimson color. It has no leaves and its scent is strong and sweet.

    Preparation/Effects:
    The petals can be pulverized and ingested alone or dissolved in a drink, which will produce sleep or even death, depending on the quantity ingested.
    To produce an antidote, one must extract sap from the stem, cut thorns from the stem, and boil the concoction for half an hour.  This counteracts the poison of the Crimson Rose petals, and is also used to counter insomnia.
    The pistils are used by the Echiilianni to make a soft and energetic beverage.

    Lore of Usage:
    The Crimson Rose is rife with lore about its origin.  The Kasumarii believe it sprang from the ground where Cyhalloi orcs had buried the dismembered body of Echiilan, Goddess of Silent Swords.  On sprouting from the ground, the orcs thrashed the rose bushes with sticks, which dispersed the petals into the air, bringing sleep to an entire population of unsuspecting orcs.  The petals drifted on tidal winds to the island of Guldor, where they now grow wild.
    As Echiilan’s saving grace for her Kar-ii, the elixir derived from the boiled thorns and stems is thought to safeguard the sanguine constituent, blocking the noxious effect of the petals.

    Location:
    The crimson rose is found exclusively in Cyhalloi, on the island of Guldor.


    In’ilá
    Overview:
    The In’ilá is an evergreen shrub, closely related to the cloewen tree. Like its wild Quallian relative, this is a sparse, straggly, shrub, though this sub-species has a climbing habit, often found wound around the trunks of other trees and through branches.  The In’ilá emanates from a trunk, that grows to no more than 2 palmspans in height. From this low level, the In’ilá sprouts long flexible branches that look rather more like vines than branches.

    Preparation:
    The berries are washed and ingested raw.

    Effects:
    • A few berries have a mild laxative effect.
    • In large quantities, used to flush system of toxins.

    Lore of Usage:
    The In’ila berries, tasting slightly of fish, have a laxative effect, encouraging the bilious constituent to purge toxins from the body.

    Location:
    In’ilá may be found in warm southerly forests as a tree parasite, wound around trunks or branches of other trees.

    Nightshade Bush ("Hotvale", "Coór’s Bouquet")
    Overview:
    The flowering and useful fruit-bearing Nightshade Bush may be found in chalky soils throughout southern Sarvonia.  The bush consists of a purple stem, 3 to 5 fores high, putting out deep green leaves and light violet bell-shaped flowers which hang downward.  The flowers produce berries which start out light green, then change color to shiny black when they ripen. 

    Caution should be exercised when handling nightshade, since even minute amounts ingested or absorbed through small breaks in the skin may lead to accidental poisoning.  This appears as complete loss of voice, dilated pupils, excitement and delirium, blindness, facial flushing, leading thence to heart palpitations and stupor, giving way to death within minutes to days.  The best known treatment is to induce vomitting as soon as possible, such as with a large glass of warm vinegar or mustard and water, followed by a dose of arv seeds and juk’lan cha, then keep the victim very warm and on strict bedrest for a week.

    Preparation and Effects:
    The tincture of nightshade may be ingested or inserted just under the skin through a small cut, acting as an antidote to Foolsbed dew intoxication.
    Nightshade elixir is used for many ailments of the airways.  It staves off excessive secretions and allays swelling from the sweating disease and other exhausting diseases.  In spasmodic strangling disease, it may assist breathing and open congested passages.
    Tonic of nightshade is prepared from distillate of the root, and may prevent collapse of the sanguine constituent as seen with fluxes and wasting diseases.

    Lore of Usage:
    In Styrásh, this plant is called Ythrecín Cár'tuulén-aváth, "black beauty of death".  Elven lore holds that this bush resulted from Coór poisoning a creation of Avá’s dream, though the poison turned out to be the remedy of which She had originally dreamt.  Dark elven priestesses of Queprur imbibe a fermented infusion of pulverized Hotvale root steeped with kellian petals before worship or invocation of her name.  More routinely, ladies seeking to call attention to their eyes, hoping to enhance their natural beauty, will drop a few drops of the philter into their eyes to dilate their pupils, thus "brightening" their eyes.

    Though nightshade has myriad effects throughout the body, it is likely that it works by reinforcing the phlegm, making one stalwart against collapse of the airways or the blood and preventing angst and woe from overwhelming the body.

    Location:
    Deadly nightshade is found in mineral-rich soils in southern Sarvonia, the Tandala Highlands, along the low foothills of the Caeytharin Mountains, the High and Low Fores, and in patches of densely-overgrown areas surrounding the Thaelon Forest.  It is cultivated mostly by herbalists and monks, but also by enterprising farmers in Onved.



    Waterstar (Bavera's Gift)

    Overview:
    Also known as Már'miés'efér in Styrash, this lovely waterplant with its white petals grows just on the surface of sweet water rivers and lakes, and a variant plant grows in the seas as well.  It produces fruits known as Starberries.  Huge patches are found on the open sea, looking like an island from afar when flowering. The Waterstar is dedicated to the Goddess of Water, Baveras, and seen as her favourite flower. A few medical usages, all connected with the water in some way, is reason for the other name it is known for, Baveras Gift. In rare cases it can be mistaken from a distance for the tyrscaru.

    Preparation:
    The leaves are most efficacious when eaten raw, but are also effective if dried, steeped to make tea, pressed into juice, or dried and pulverized.

    Effects:
    • Salad removes any poisonous substances out of the body, and is a laxative.

    Lore of Usage:
    Born out of Grothar’s love for Baveras, putting forth blossoms crafted by Jeyriall, these flowers are the products of love for an untamable spirit.  Baveras gave these flowers healing properties to exclaim her joy to all the world.  On consuming the leaves in a salad, the anima enlivens brightly and the bile courses vigorously, passing bad tempers from the body.

    Location:
    The waterstar flower is found in rivers, lakes and open water around Sarvonia.[/list]
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    « Reply #1 on: 28 May 2007, 02:14:05 »

    I had some questions when I read through this post:
    *Some of the entries in the Herbarium refer to allergies.  Would allergies be known in 17th century Santharia, or should I change this to irritation (of the nose, throat, or some other body part)?
    *I can’t remember the code to insert pictures of the plants—please, somebody, help!
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    « Reply #2 on: 28 May 2007, 02:27:04 »

    Ok, don't have time to read the whole entry so I'll do the intro.  "These are typically counteragents which block the action of a toxin, eliminate the toxin from the body, or render it harmless."  Ok, this sentence seems a little modern to me, I would suggest changing it to something like,These are typically medicines which help cure the action of a toxin, rid the toxin from the body, or render it harmless. Or something with a less sciency feel. Also by the way I thank saying allergies is fine for it's just what they call stuff like irritation and stuff. It doesn't necessarily refer to a non-santharian science. I'll comment on the whole thing later.
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    « Reply #3 on: 28 May 2007, 12:33:26 »

    You could add a sentence similar to the following:   'The pollen of the XXX commonly causes an allergy(a temporary rheum, accompanied by a cough and weeping eyes, which ceases when the sufferer is removed from the irritant - from the Gnomish "Al'erjia", meaning 'an itch') in the spring season. A common remedy for this is...." etc. etc.

    This allows you to use such a 'technical' word which is doubtless elsewhere on the site anyhow but incorporate it into our universe...
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    « Reply #4 on: 07 June 2007, 07:58:52 »

    Thanks mightily to you both, Aurora and Masterbard Judith!  :)

    *Added as of 6/06/07:
    • Abridged overview to sound more Santh-ish.
    • Added Lore of Usage describing Ael'vash'mar used for 'al'erjia', allergies.
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    « Reply #5 on: 14 June 2007, 08:41:19 »

      [nudge] Could I ask for some more comments on this one, please?  hia
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    « Reply #6 on: 14 June 2007, 21:43:41 »

    Quick question about the Blood weed, does it add any "flavor" to the food it's added to or is it tasteless?
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    « Reply #7 on: 15 June 2007, 02:01:14 »

      Aurora, that's a good question...for which I don't have a good answer.  huh  We could ask the author of Bloodweed, Theodorus Holzman; or we could just arbitrate that the weed adds a nice tart taste which sets off the sweetness of many dishes.  I'm kinda leaning toward the second option; what d'ya think?
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    « Reply #8 on: 15 June 2007, 04:51:05 »

    Well, as Theo isn't around for a while already, we might as well decide that ourselves, so just go ahead with your suggestion, Kelancey :)

    Once again a nice collation of herbs you've got here! - Not much to add I'd say, as this is mainly information put together that is already on the site. And it's thoroughly done, so nothing to complain about.

    The passage on the gnomes perhaps could be seen as a general statements, so that it would make sense to be moved to the overview to explain this I'd say.

    Question: Are you keeping track of site updates, Kelancey? There are regular Herbarium additions, which we will have to add in these medicinal pages as well every now and then. So we need to keep our eyes open ;)

    As for the code to insert pics, as you asked already a while ago - that's fairly easy. Just paste the URL, mark it and then press the buttonin the second row to the left above your posting textbox, and that's it.
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    « Reply #9 on: 15 June 2007, 07:48:35 »

      Thanks a million, Artimidor!  I can't believe I forgot so soon how to insert pictures.  You saved me from much embarrassment.   :)

    Edits added 6/14/07:
    • Title changed to 'Antivenins, Antidotes, and Allergy Remedies'.
    • Bloodweed adds tart taste to food or drink.
    • Nightshade bush entry added.
    • Gnome explanation of 'Al'erjia' moved to overview.
    • Pics added where available.
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    « Reply #10 on: 15 June 2007, 22:16:45 »

    About the allergies part, could you also include asthama, which is more of a breathing problem(which I have severly) You could say it's a rare type of allergy and go on with that. Just a suggestion.
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    « Reply #11 on: 16 June 2007, 05:52:23 »

      Good point, Aurora.  Lucirina Telor Vevan beat me to it, though.  In the Miscellaneous section on Diseases, there's already an existing entry on Strangling Disease, which looks surprisingly similar to Terran asthma.  Believe it...or not!  So, yeah, that plays a big part of allergies here.  Thanks for the mental note to keep that in mind!
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    « Reply #12 on: 23 June 2007, 15:07:36 »

    This one's marked for integration now and is already in the process of being prepared :)
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    « Reply #13 on: 26 June 2007, 21:24:40 »

      Thank you, Artimidor, for integrating this one, and for your constructive editorial comments to get this one ready! :)
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