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This strange mixture of components is matured in stone presses under heat and pressure for 3 days and cut into flakes or slices which provides a good rich flavor, distinctive aroma. The compression process is omitted and thereby the tobacco smoulders slowly and is long lasting. The ingredients in this tobacco mixture is herbs, bark and sunflowers.
The herbs used in the Ko-Ho baccie can vary a lot.
They are often blended to suit the maker and are mostly there for compression process and aroma.
Nod-Ha- The most common herb, a sweet herb with a rich smell of salt and honey, it has some indirect aphrodisiac qualities.
The Sua-He tree's bark is black and with reason. During summer the tree sweats some kind of black oil. This oil is said to be the ingredient that produces the most powerful effects of the Ko-Ho baccie.
The natives of Ankorill believe the oil to be the what they call the tears of the forest. In truth this is not a plant oil as most would believe. The roots of the Sua-He tree go extremely deep, and in summer due to volcanic activity
oil pours up from the gloomy caves under the islands. The oil mixes with some of the deepest pools of water which only the Sua-He trees reach. If taken unprepared the oil will produce intense visions and deep hallucinations.
Even a small dose of this oil in it's pure form may cause confusion, babbling and loss of motor control.
*The tree when drinking water separates the oil and sweats it trough pores in the bark. This leaves the bark mildly toxic with small fragments of the oil. After the bark is burnt, cut and sliced a milder, more "friendly" narcotic effect is left.
The Sunflower (So-Bloho in native Ankorillian) is also used on traditional bustles, burned as incense or placed with clothes for a sweet, long lasting odor. In other words a perfume. Calms user, causing a mild disorientation followed by a floating sensation if inhaled directly from source.
The sunflower is a sponge plant that take root in the rotten bark of tropical trees.
It grows as near the light as it can get. From the ground it can be seen towards the sun as rays of golden light.
If these Ingredients are prepared correctly all together the ceremonial Ko-Ho Baccie will be the result. It is used in holy ceremonies where the goal is to get in touch with ancestors, gods and spirits of nature. It is also common to see the future. All in all, the result of smoking the Ko-Ho can be rather random and surprising. It is believed that what you see and experience is the choice of the Gods.
Can cause visions of the future. Can be a medium to get in contact with your ancestors. If so it must be done in a controlled ritual. If smoked alone by an inexperienced the results can be a true nightmare. Mind-altering sensations, extreme time distortions and brain damage is a worst case scenario.
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Hmmm, it needs some more history. Some 'show, don't tell' details perhaps.
Any advice is welcome.
I think it's great MJS. I especially love the Sua-He tree bit. You're right that you don't say much about the people who use it or the rituals, why its made that way, etc... which would add some. but i think its already a pretty long post.
Now this is a very interesting Idea, and I like it a lot (especially the causality) but there is a lot that is being left out.
For starters, the oil would actually be very beneficial to the tree. The oil, being hallucinogenic, would effectively ward off all animals that lived within the forest (as well as loggers).
So you would have a forest void of all animals, and filled with black trees that cover the forest, combined with the fact that anybody who enters the forest has hallucinations that, given the dark surroundings, would have a better change of being scary than not. Considering the fact that the oil would be on the leaves coating the forest floor, there is a very good chance that anybody on a bad trip would wind up on their back thrashing around in the oil, most people on a bad trip would never return.
Sounds pretty creepy to me. The mythology could be amazing. Here is a glimpse of what I am thinking.
'The black forest was a place of worship. A natural monument to the God of Death. Legend had it, that the God of Death would take the souls of those who entered the forest. If a man was worthy, the God of Death would bring him before Dande, the God of the Hunt, who would bless him and his household. However, if he was unworthy, The God of Death would take him to the underworld, never to return. Sometimes, he would give mercy to the unworthy, but left them with the memories of the underworld to motivate them to fix their failures in life.'
Anyway, you get the idea. Write up some more stuff about the forest itself, and the mythology behind it, and I will rate this higher.
Pretty good Idea+Great Angle (causation)+Lackluster Backround+Incomplete details= 5/10 (Has potential)
love this kind of submission! not too long (unlike my own), yet full of interesting detail and tid-bits. Will be introducing Ko-Ho baccie into my campaign.
Really not bad. A tool of prophets and shamans, as a potential drug.
Also, Nobody may be right in his theories. The spooky forest may be passable in some conditions (in winter, perhaps?) or with a good breathing protection. Wonder what strange creatures would live in such a place.
This is nice, and well put together.
Some interesting detail to this wacky tabaky. :)
Quite honestly I am surprised and ashamed that I have not commented and voted on this submission because at times it does bubble up in the back of my mind, if for nothing else, it's amusing name. Most of my coworkers use tobacco in sort sort, and the mixing of tobacco and other botanicals just makes sense. The other parts in the mix, like the volcanic oils, and such, make this more than just a background piece.
My attempt at world building in ze english language back in the da, heh :) Thanks Scras!