Battle spice is the bright orange fleshy root of a small flowering plant. It is normally moist, but if dug up and cut, it dries out quickly unless protected.
The Ethales root is a very powerful drug. A warrior that eats this root experiences a number of physiological effects. Shortly after consuming the root, the user enters a berserk rage. Strength is greatly increased. The animal virtually ignores pain and fights viciously until completely exhausted. Reflexes and visual acuity are also magnified. Such is the power of the drug that it also manifests many side effects : foaming at the mouth, bloodshot eyes, fever, incoherency, shivering and occasional hallucinations. While under the influence of the drug, it is very difficult to cast spells or perform other tasks that require concentration or coordination. Soldiers often eat this spice before entering battle. Battle Spice is addictive. Those who develop a taste for it and partake of the root regularly are referred to as Spicers
This spice is greatly prized by the warrior races of the world. One dose can turn a normal fighter into a raging animal that fears nothing. Commanders often purchase and safeguard quantities of the spice for important battles.
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