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Drugs of Kuramen


Elixirs and potions, pills and powders, from simple plants to exotic compounds, the marvels of thaumatechnology bring terrible troubles as well as great blessings.

Thaumatechnology and drugs

Many are the names by which drug use goes in Kuramen; recreational alchemy, thaumaturgic journeys, moral decay, and a good party are just a few of them. Some drugs are beneficial or at least relatively benign in the public eye; alcohol and tobacco can be found in any city, at every social level. Others are in a kind of moral and legal grey area, serving some purpose but with a questionable origin, or an unfortunate side effect of some other process. Some are entirely the purview of the criminal underground in the larger cities, with dubious effects and worrying origins. And then there are the rare few that even the criminals hesitate to deal in, so dangerous and vile are their origins and uses.

Regardless, if one knows where to look, anything can be had for the right price, from snake-oil elixirs peddled by traveling merchants to forbidden pills and powders traded in secrecy for staggering sums. Here, then, are a few samplings of some of the drugs that can be found on the streets and dark alleys of Kuramen’s cities.

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-Deadman’s Drops

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This potent drug is, amusingly enough, the byproduct of a thaumatechnologic process; many factory owners produce the base, unrefined form of the drug, flushing it away nightly as unwanted thaumic pollution, unaware that the clear, vicious sludge washing down the drain is worth more than the rest of their operations combined. It is this alone that keeps the supply of the drug limited, as producers closely guard their secret.

Godsweat is, at the most basic form, thaumic energy distilled into a fluid form. By itself, it has little application, although a Mage may tap it for a boost of power, and a Whisp can happily feed on even a small dose for an extended period. Properly refined, however, it becomes a clear, slightly viscous fluid that has several potent effects, not the least of which is the intense euphoria that accompanies use.

The benefits of Godsweat are enhanced strength and speed, sharpened senses, and wildly creative surges that make the drug popular with athletes, artisans, and thugs alike. Mages also find that the refined form amplifies their spellcasting talent, insulating them from the risk of overloading themselves for a short time.

The detrimental effects are wild and powerful mood swings and the hazard of sensory overload while under the drug's effects; depression and a feeling of sensory deprivation upon coming off the high, as well as a vulnerability to thaumic effects for a short time; and repeated use risks psychological trauma and disease similar to that which can result from long-term exposure to thaumic pollution.

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Order of the Moonbeard

       By: valadaar

Among the assortment of organized criminals who live in the great city, few command greater fear the Moonbeard Order.

They of course do not call themselves that, but have earned the moniker from their fashion of dying their large beards with lye to produce a distinctive crescent shape running from earlobe to earlobe. This is meant as a taunt for their enemies, for it clearly outlines their throats.

They also wear garb similar to the northern tribesman, carefully tooled leather and showing multiple, colourful glyphs.

They are feared due to the intense discipline that their group maintains, due to their origins as a warrior-sect.

They serve as paid thugs, enforcers and assassins within the city, with the client simply ordering a service from the organization, not hiring an individual. Apart from making the request and providing payment in full in advance, the order completes the assignment themselves.

Their order has many moles through the organizations of the city, and more than a couple of nobles. As such, no organized move has been made against them since their chief activity is directed against other members of the crime world. It is said that their services have been useful for those in power as well, further protecting them from persecution.

Their religion holds that their time in this world is vanishingly brief, and largely unimportant except as training for the Great Battle.

The order is very utilitarian with weapons choice - they simply use the tool needed for the occasion, though not without having trained extensively with it beforehand. Daggers, garrottes, swords, bows, battle axes, polearms, wagons, even siege engines have been used to carry out their contracts.

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