The Periccus vine is widely regarded as a weed. It is largely regarded as a hinderance, due to its tendency to grow up the trunk of one tree, and branch out to several others, creating an awkward web. It’s vines are very tough, and require a good hacking with a machette to break through.
The leaves of the Periccus vine are flat and large, and ingesting them is almost always fatal: They are extremely toxic.
Up until recently, the Periccus vine had been considered nothing more than a pest; however herbalists have recently found a potent use for it.
If one crushes two milligrams of Periccus leaf in one litre of water, then boils it for ten minutes, the liquid made is able to be ingested without the outcome of death; the benefits of this drink is quite potent.
Whoever drinks this Periccus water will soon feel numb at their extremities, and before long they will become extremely disoriented. About ten minutes after drinking it, the drinker will lapse into a hibernative/coma like state. While in this state, they will - for all intents and purposes - appear dead: Their heart will only beat once or twice in a minute, and they will breathe as often. Their body temperature will lower to luke-warm, and they will not respond to any sort of interaction. This coma-like state endures for no less than 36 hours (The longest known time that someone has awoken after bieng in this coma is 112 hours).
When the drinker awakens from this hibernation, they will notice their senses have been phenominally improved: They will be able to see in the dark as though it were day; their sense of smell, taste and hearing will be as potent as a wolf, and they would be able to feel a mosquito alight on their skin before it even begins drinking. This effect of increased senses lasts for as long as the drinker was in their coma.
The current theory behind this boost to the senses is that during the coma the body actually loses all sense of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch, and when they awaken, the body works at a highly increased rate to catch up. This is only the current theory, however, and more studies are taking place.
The Periccus water, also known as “Reaper’s Tea” or the more quaint “Numb drink”, can be used as a method of feigning death; as the drink causes the user to fall in a death-like state.
The ‘Reaper’s Tea’ can be found pre-mixed in vials in the occasional shop, but it is highly recommended not to purchase the drink pre-made. Due to the danger of the Periccus toxins, if the Tea has not been properly made, it can cause severe side effects. Also, if the vial is not sealed properly, and some of the liquid within has evaporated due to long shelf-life, then the solution may be too strong, and this too, may cause dangerous problems.
It is recommended that only the most skilled of herbalists and alchemists attempt to make this drink.
Side effects can range from temporary or permanent loss of one or more of the five senses, and of course, death.