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1  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Deadly Nightshade on: 16 January 2007, 08:54:55

Categorization: Medicinal Herbs, also Bushes

This flowering and usefuly fruit-bearing bush may be found in chalky soils throughout southern Sarvonia.  The plant is also known as Hotvale or Coór's herb.  Perhaps Alchemist Periklesius had this plant, among other potent herbal remedies, in mind when he wrote: “All the drugs are poisons, it is only a question of dose.”

Deadly nightshade is a flowering bush, attaining a height of 3 to 5 fore in their second year of growth.  There are at least 3 varieties known, all of which are cultivated for the delicate beauty of the flowers as well as for their medicinal properties.  The entire plant is glabrous? I don't know this term, perhaps an explaination of the word would be useful, except for sparse hairs growing along the stem and leaves during the first year of growth. 

The stem is santhran violet and stout, branching two or three times about 1 fore above the base, dividing again into smaller branches toward the top of the bush.  Each terminal branch puts forth 3 to 5 flame-shaped leaves.  The leaves are sognastheen in color and of unequal size, 1 to 3 palmspans long with a prominent vein down the middle of each leaf, with smaller veins running obliquely to the edge of the leaf.  The bush is rooted by a single, thick, squamous and cyhalloian root about 12 nailbreadths long which sends out many thin radially-oriented roots.

A single flower blooms from each of the leaves’ axils, hanging pendulously, taking on the appearance of delicate membranous bells.  The flowers appear in Rising Sun and Burning Heavens, and continue blooming until early Fallen Leaf.  These blossoms are the color of allia blooms, are about 2 nailbreadths long, and are crowned at the base by a gnastheen, five-pointed calyx, appearing as a peridot star atop each bell.

After pollination, the flowers each produce a single gnastheen berry.  As these ripen, they will change in color from the immature gnastheen, to the teki red of a young berry, finally ripening to the well-recognized shiny nor’sidian mature berry.  Ripe berries are gorged with a dark, inky juice which is exquisitely sweet. 

Although the flowers are aromatic, used in some preparations as a light yet scintillating perfume, grinding up the fresh plant or root releases a somewhat noxious odor.  The leaves, whether freshly-picked or dried, are astringent to the palate.

It is principally encountered in the southern provinces, being almost confined to calcareous soils, mostly in waste places, quarries and near old ruins.  It flourishes excellently in such locales as under the shade of trees, on wooded hills, or on chalk or limestone.  Belladonna grows wild in the Tandala Highlands, but exposure to the elements in this mountains limits density of growth.  It is found in great numbers along the low foothills of the Caeytharin Mountains, in 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. 

(Much of this section is just rewording of the original works I cited, because I couldn’t find a valid way to reinvent this content.  Any advice in this regard would be much appreciated.) Read up on the plant, learning everything you can, then wait a day, then write this entry. Then you will be able to put down the information and have the information be original. Read multiple sources. Perhaps even come up with a few uses on your own. this is your plant now, and can be just about anything (within reason) that you want it to be!
The root is the basis of the principal preparations of nightshade, but the dried leaves are a more readily-available source of the medicinal herb.

As a topical anesthetic, it finds uses as a lotion, plaster or liniment oil to reduce rubor, pain and tumescence attributed to shoddy leg, gout, and rheumatism.  The plasters may be applied to injured ankles or sprained shoulders to assuage pain.  Reconstituted nightshade powder, mixed with other herbs and a pinch of uncommon metal, is made into a plaster which may be applied to reduce corns and bunions.

The tincture of nightshade is an antidote to Foolsbed dew intoxication, applied by ingestion or insertion just under the skin through a small cut.

Nightshade elixir is used for many ailments of the airways, such as to check excessive secretions and allay tumescence from phthisis sweating disease and other exhausting diseases.  In spasmodic asthma, whooping cough and false croup it may be used to assist breathing and open congested passages, and used thusly it is well tolerated by children.  It also finds usefulness in soothing a sore throat.
The tonic, prepared from distillate of the root, in small doses remedies a weak pulse or faint heart.  It increases the rate of the heart without diminishing its force.  A plaster, applied to the chest just overlying the heart, may achieve a similar effect.  Either preparation also may prevent collapse of the sanguine afflictions as seen with typhoid, cholera, or other wasting diseases.

Perhaps the most valued use of philter of nightshade is in the treatment of eye diseases, and in cosmetic applications, both achieved through dilatation of the pupil.  This philter may be taken internally or dropped into the eye.

Liquor of nightshade is a powerful antispasmodic, often resorted to in cases of intestinal colic.

Careful note should be taken when applying any fashion of nightshade, as it is a strong poison, even in minute amounts.  With as little as 1 to 2 grains of purified derivative, an unfortunate man or woman may experience excitement and delirium, blindness, facial flushing, leading thence to heart palpitations, and stupor, giving way to death within minutes to days.  While an antidote has yet to be conceived, the best known treatment in these circumstances is to administer an emetic as soon as possible, such as a large glass of warm vinegar or mustard and water, followed by a dose of Arv seeds and Juk’lan cha, the patient being kept very warm and on strict bedrest for a week.  It is worth noting the complete loss of voice peculiar to souls poisoned by nightshade, accompanied by rocking movements of the torso and head, wringing of the hands, and pupillary dilatation.

In the wild, Nightshade will drop its fertile berries close to the bush in Fallen Leaf.  Only those berries that roll some distance away will be able to take hold and root, since these bushes compete with one another for nutrients.  Seeds typically do well if they land in damp rubbish or decomposing leaves in shaded areas.  They send their primary root out during Molten Ice, then put out their shoot in Awakening Earth.  They grow throughout their first year, and by their second Awakening Earth become fecund.

When cultivated, harvesters are advised to prepare the soil in which it’s grown by soaking the earth with boiling water to destroy the many natural predators the plant has—slugs, weevils, and other insects.  Then, powdered chalk or lime are added to the soil to provide nutrients for the plants.  Next, vegetable rubbish should be layered on top the soil and burned, the remnants then stirred into the earth.  The soil should be allowed to air for 1 week, and then sow the seeds sparsely.  Only three-quarters of the seed will germinate in a good year.

As early as the days of the Musician Tinholdt, the plant was known as Hotvale.  Father Superior Jerkyll of Marcogg has conjectured that this name stems from the dwarven god of lime and sandstone, Hothesvil.  Others attribute its name to the elfin phrase ho’esth fea’ueil, for “santhran beauty”, presumably describing the characteristic bell-shaped flowers.
[Ed. Please forgive me, I have *no* clue about the elves’ vocabulary, so I just invented some words.  If anyone has any knowledge of the language, I’d really appreciate the help! Styrash is the language of the elves. there is a small dictionary on site.]

In lore, this herb was a design from Avá that came to being soon after the dream was tainted by Coór. I am not learned in the whole mythology thing, and don't know how that works.  As She dreamed hotvale into being, the delicate santhran blossoms opened and the young plants began to produce their tekired berries.  It was then that Coór poisoned Her creation, darkening the sweet berries, impregnating the entire plant with venom.  Of course, the end result was as Avá had envisioned in her dream: The venom was her ultimate gift with this plant, a remedy obtained from the blight.

Purportedly, the roots have seen use among dark elven priestesses of Queprur, making a fermented infusion of pulverized hotvale root steeped with Kellian petals before worship or invocation of her name.  A more common application is drinking the juice of the berry, used by Bardavan ladies to dilate their pupils and thus create the illusion of brightening their eyes.

Historically, Hotvale has been cultivated in Sarvonia since the twelfth century a.S.  Foggu Wyvernbrewer of the Thrumgolzerim reported in his compendium Upon the Nature of Yerbs and Mosses, in 1178: “The hotvale herbe appears as a bush, laying humbly about cavern exits and shales, as well it is growne by fomenters of scenic schrubs.” (Translation by Scholar Trukist the Erudite, quoted with permission.)  It is better described in A Discourse of the Flora of Sarvonia by Brother Erasmus of Voldar, written in 1388: “The hotvale bush, so named by the dwarves, also known as deadly nightshade in Vardýnn and throughout the southern empire, grows wild in sheltered, damp climes, and is employed by herbalists in various manners of tinxures [sic], plasters, and infusions.  It may be encountered in the shales off the Low and High Fores, as well as the verges of the Thaelon Forest, and at Marcogg and more locally here in Voldar.”

In more recent times, the famed Perfumer Fronz Leipschmidt warned of the toxic nature of the plant, in his Litany of Herbs and Spices, Vol. II—The Medicinal Herbs of 1560:  “Take caution that, in cultivating this plant, you are not exposed to the ichor of the root in particular; less rigour is required in harvesting the leaves and flowers, and least of all in the berries.  For, if you should come in contact with that deadly poison, be it by ingestion through the mouth, or inhalation through the nares, or seepage through an open wound on the hand, in sufficient quantities this exposure may be enough to risk the untoward effects of the nightshade.  A hearty adult may consume three berries without ill consequence.  That being said, the lower beasts of Sarvonia are more resilient to the effects of this drug, being able to ingest up to eight or ten ods of the roots and leaves and yet be unscathed.”

I like this entry.
2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Herbarium / Re: Deadly Nightshade on: 16 January 2007, 08:38:27
I will look over it, but I wouldn't suggest being impatient in the Dev forum. They are scary around here. Be patient and people will get to you, bard just gave you a great offer. I am assuming that this is the redone entry?
3  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: The Midnight Blade (Artifact Sword) on: 24 October 2006, 04:21:20
yes, that would be possible.

I am sorry that I did not contact you about the soulbane.

I have a philosophy midterm today, and have a very busy day tomorrow,  but the day after that I will have time to search through the document for any other referances.
4  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: The Midnight Blade (Artifact Sword) on: 23 October 2006, 12:49:50
Thank you very much.

Is there anything specific still which you think I should change?
5  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: The Midnight Blade (Artifact Sword) on: 21 October 2006, 20:10:40
Thanks for the run down. I never read or even heard about the Ultima Series, but making a reference to the specific mineral sounds like a great idea.

This is actually taken from a male character, Kain Cristar, and I was trying to think of how to describe the user without being overly repetitive, and decided to follow the lead of D&D third edition, which switches between male and female. I must have not finished editing it, and read over the error, my apologies.


I tried to touch on the actuall mineral of which the midnight blade is forged, which I have dubbed Soulbane, for reasons which may be appearant uppon reading my explainations, which may be foolishly impossible in this world.

I tried to clean up some of the confusing language, though I feel certain there are things I have missed.

I improved the overview a bit.

So, I think that should assuage at least some of your concerns. An entry on soulbane may just come after this weapons approval...
6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / The Quetzalcoatl on: 16 October 2006, 07:22:35
I have been giving Drasil's permission to begin working on a Quetzalcoatl creature for this forum. At this point in time, I am too far behind in my scholarly activities to begin writing the entry, but have been researching it in what little spare time I have. I cannot say when I will put the entry down, it may be as long as after midterms.
7  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Best Fantasy book series on: 27 September 2006, 12:08:12
Both The Wheel of Time take their mythology from base mythology of the human mind. Beast like men doing the bidding of evil masters is one of the foundations of humanity describing his own war of good and evil through fantastic storytelling. Over zealous puritains destroying the very thing they wish to protect, please do not tell me you assume that Tolkien invented this idea? The Half men and the Nazgul work in very differant ways in their respective novels, and really are not at all similair. The Nazgul are the ultimate corruption of good, while the halfmen are a creation of evil. They do not look, act, or read similairly, though each finds roots in humanity attempting to describe his world through myth. A dark force which has existed since the begining of time, and is destined to evenually destroy the world, because it cannot be destroyed? The dark one is much more like the evil gods who Tolkien visits much more rarely. That said, I agree, as does jordan, that the wheel of time is influenced by Tolkein, though reading one is not at all like reading the other. I found the wheel of time to be much more epic, and it read less like a history book. Do not assume that I do not enjoy Tolkiens books or works, I adore them.  Mina is very correct when she discusses the years and years of work that Tolkien put into his mythology, He indeed is the greatest world builder I have ever experianced. I have read better writers though.
8  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Riddles... on: 21 September 2006, 03:07:52
fire would indeed be the correct answer.

I would think hair also, except for the sweet in water... hair is smelly when it gets wet.
9  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Riddles... on: 20 September 2006, 18:17:41
I am always hungry, I must always be fed. the finger I lick, will soon turn red.
10  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Random Chat on: 20 September 2006, 17:59:26
kain gives out points when kain damned well pleases. minus two points for asking absurd questions. On that note...

You are in a cold house in the winter. It is dark. You have one match. There is a candle and there is a wood burning stove. Which do you light first?

11  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Best Fantasy book series on: 20 September 2006, 17:43:05
one must realize that Tolkien himself basically made Elvish from ancient welsh. Also, it was the goal of eragon to be a good fantasy novel, while tolkien was much more interested in creating a world. I really can't say that I think Tolkien is the best fantasy writer, the first, sure, a great world builder, yup, but best fantasy writer? That would be a sad day for fantasy.

The Wheel of Time runs at various speeds, and starts at nearly a crawl. It is not a series for slow readers at all. Though of course I am not suggesting that you are a slow reader. After while, it really heats up, and gets really interesting. To be able to mix depth and excitement, thats a good fantasy writer. I cannot say that I have ever read a work of fantasy which blew my mind, though I was truely impressed with Wheel of Time, and have always enjoyed reading Tolkien.
12  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Siege Weaponry on: 17 September 2006, 18:28:20

maybe those plans will help out.  undecided
13  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Best Fantasy book series on: 17 September 2006, 15:36:45
I've actually never read R.A Sarvador, but Derek AKA Pikel loved the books so I felt that they needed mentioning

The Wheel of Time is one of my favorite fantasy series. The writing is interesting and the plot epic. The characteres evolve in interesting ways and the series is applicably dark and forboding, yet at times light and dainty... not too dainty though. Really its the sheer epic scale of everything that makes it so real. Everything is very well put together and the world is diverse, fantastic, breathtaking, and believeable. The history and mythology of the world which binds seamlessly into the actual tales, (something which tolkien didn't quite accomplish imho, it was more broken, probably because seamlessness and epic storytelling were not his goal, but in depth world creation and the engineering of his own mythology) is intruiging and imaginitive. The one flaw is that the series is simply soooo long. Each of the books is massive, and the reading is not at all fast, rather slow actually.

Really Sci Fi is a much better genre for me, its much less campy and there are alot more influential and intelligent philosophical writers for sci fi then there are for fantasy. This is all of course in my opinion. While I agree that tolkien was great, the lord of the rings was ment to be read as a book of mythology, he wanted it to read like history, and it does. Heinlien, vonnegut, orwel, Card. Those writers saw something, and spoke of more than a story. They give insight to humanity and the human condition, they build philosophies and warn societies, they build and destroy civilizations in a way which is incomparable to really any author i have yet to encounter. Heinlein in particular is AMAZING. Time Enough for Love and Stranger in a Strange Land... ah... bliss... that said, im going to get back to I Shall Fear No Evil.
14  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / stuff kain does on: 16 September 2006, 09:56:06
well for now, i really just want to finish The Midnight blade.

Thanx Arti, worked fine, im in!
15  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: Best Fantasy book series on: 16 September 2006, 07:12:41
You want a series? How about the Freaking Wheel of Time?!?!?!

What is a fantasy book poll without it?

Sword of Truth series?

the whole Drizzt du Urden?

Those are just trilogies, and the lord of the rings is really more like a historic mythological text.

I give votes to Wheel of Time, and am amazed its not there.
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