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Slumber Oil

Other Names Slumberweed, Musbara
Appearance Clear liquid or a powdery white residue.
Source Slumberweed
Availability Uncommon
Cost

3 gold for a stick
100 gold for a vial

Effect

Depending on dosage, euphoria, slumber or death.

Tolerance Acquisition Yes.

Physical Description

Slumber oil is clear liquid with an oily viscosity. It is typically sold in two forms. On the city streets, it is sold as a dried powdery white residue on a stick, known as a "slumber stick". It is also sold in larger quantities in metal or glass vials, in liquid form.

Physical Properties

Slumber oil causes a blissful euphoric state with a few drops. A heavier dose (a dozen drops) will cause deep sleep. A much larger dose (typically 50 or more drops) will cause coma and death.

Because of its euphoric properites, it has become an expensive, but popular, recreational drug in the north and west. It is usually sold in single doses as a dried powdery white residue on a stick (costing 3 gold pieces) which can be quickly and easily dissolved in any liquid. A single stick contains the equivalent of three drops. Such a dose will leave the user in blissful euphoria for an entire night. Because of the cost, most addicts tend to be merchants, craftsmen, ladies, nobles, lords and other people with the money to enjoy such an expensive habit. Slumber oil is highly addictive.

Beyond use as a recreational drug, there is a strong demand for slumber oil in the underworld market. Thieves, assassins and other rogues purchase the oil in small vials (which typically hold 100 drops each) for around 100 gold pieces. A dozen drops slipped into a guard's drink will allow a thief to slip by in the night. A full vial put into food or drink which will almost always kill the victim, making it a useful tool for assassins.

Slumber oil is illegal in most civilized nations, but it can be found sold in the underworld market, especially in Vorrik, Normidia and Drakkel. It can also be found less frequently in the east lands and even some nations in Qeshir.

Because it is a painless (some would say pleasurable) way to die, it has become the poison of choice for suicide. Some nobles have been known to keep a vial of slumber oil on hand as an insurance policy against some great and unforeseen misfortune.

Manufacture

Slumber oil is one of the few poisons that requires virtually no work to brew. It was simply be gathered. It is obtained by squeezing the small purple berries of the slumberweed bush. Slumber weed is found only on high mountain slopes in northern and western Ithria.

Tolerance Acquisition

Yes. It is possible to build up a tolerance to slumber oil over time, though this usually takes many months or even a few years, depending on frequency of use.

Notes

If gathered and brought down off the mountain, individual berries from the slumber weed bush can be sold in cities for about 1 gold piece each.

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