Lore Post: Drugs of Elnor-Ti
Poppy flowers, blue lotuses, betel nut, nutmeg and tobacco. What do they all have in common? People are addicted to them, and where addiction occurs, profit and warfare are sure to follow. Betel nut is commonly grown in the mountain-valleys of varlika, Poppy flowers find their production centered on the shores of the Pyranic sea, blue-lotuses grow commonly at the southern edge of the Irimic desert, and Elnor-Ti finds a national industry in production of nut-meg and tobacco. Unfortunately for Elnor-Ti, their dealings with drugs are not merely limited to exports.
Blue lotus is a powerful drug that induces relaxation, arousal, and passivity. Users tend to describe the experience as a ‘coming down’, and the flower is often used by herbalists to induce deep sleep. It is prepared in two, very different ways. The most common fashion is to steep the leaves in alcohol for about three weeks, before removing the leaves and consuming the drink. This produces a weakened version of the drugs effects, and while mildly addictive is not excessively dangerous except perhaps in cost. The second fashion is to smoke-dry the leaves in combination with tobacco then smoke it through a device similar to a hookah. Smoked in this fashion the blue-lotus/tobacco combination is generally called ‘Bloom’, and its effects are much more obvious and a good deal more addictive. Consistent use of this drug causes the user to become irritable, rash, and angry between exposures, and contributes to a degradation of the users overall health.
Tobacco, while generally smoked in cigars or cigarettes, is often combined with other drugs in order to produce an enhanced effects. Thus, nutmeg cigars are relatively common in Elnor-Ti, to produce it’s sedative-like effects.
The Blue Lotus drug had a very limited usage until only about 25 years ago, when it was discovered by raiding parties who had sacked goblin villages nearby the city of Et-Cannali. The drug had been used by goblins and tieflings alike in the nearby area and the attackers were quick to learn the secrets of it’s preparation and use, and brought a good amount back to Et-Cannali as part of their spoils of war. The use of the drug spread rather rapidly afterwards.
Mercantile policies, rather than health concerns, have caused the royalty of Elnor-ti to place a ban on the import of pure blue lotus and bloom, hoping to prevent foreign drugs from overtaking the market for tobacco and nutmeg within the nation. This hasn’t stopped major criminal groups from importing the substance heavily. Smugglers trade iron and copper to the goblins of Boblan-dun in exchange for large quantities of the flower, while at the same time trading gold and silver for the flower with eastern Irimic states. Smugglers then evade naval patrols on the path back to Elnor-Ti and drop off their supplies at smugglers coves, where supplies would be transported along with legitimate tobacco goods into major cities. The Elnor-Ti navy has had considerable trouble weeding out the practice despite their knowledge of it, due to the difficulty distinguishing Bloom cigars with other cigars, and how thin-stretched the navy is at the moment, as it attempts to deal both with the lost lands to the south and keeping up pressure on the captured city of Et-Cannali.
Once in the cities, the drug is often transported to cafes, local gangs, and gambling dens, where patrons pay for access to hookah rooms. Such establishments only rarely sell the tobacco to individuals, opting to encourage the costumer to return to the establishment whenever they need more. Many of these establishments are little more than a racketeering scheme, though the influence of the drug at some cafes has led to a rather unique intellectual environment, where scholars and politicians can gather to speak informally, exchange research, and explore new ideas outside of the eyes of the law. Though the drug has been very destructive to poorer communities, it has also given rise to a very new culture of thought.