This black mushroom has a black glossy cap. It is similar to the Black Mushroom, but can be differentiated by it's smaller size (Karenia's brew stands only about 6" tall) and a ring of dark purple around the edges of the cap. The ruffled gills underneath and the stem are also this same dark purple color.
The dark purple meat of this mushroom contains an organic psychoactive compound that is highly toxic in large doses. With proper alchemical processes, it can be made into a variety of different products with different levels of concentration. If diluted to very low concentrations, the psychoactive properties make it an effective drug that creates a euphoric dream-like state and mild hallucinations. This drug appears as a pink liquid that is consumed in small quantities and is often called "Karenia's Brew". It is highly addictive and widely used by worshipers of the church of Karenia.
In slightly higher concentrations, this brew appears as a purple liquid that is a powerful sleep poison. This liquid is sometimes called "Karenia's Slumber" or "dark brew". In small doses, it will cause a deep sleep that takes effect within seconds. In large doses, it will cause a coma so deep that the person will appear dead. The church of Karenia has used this on many occasions to smuggle people in or out of a place.
A very concentrated form of the brew is almost black. It is a lethal poison. This concentrated form is known as "Karenia's Death" and sometimes as "black brew" or "death brew". It must be consumed in order to take effect. It has very little smell or taste and takes only a few drops to kill an average human. Death brew kills very quickly (typically a few minutes) and is almost always fatal. Only the strongest of creatures can survive it.
Karenia's Brew grows in temperate forests of Ithria. It tends to grow in cool, shadowy nooks of the forest floor.
There are strong ties between this poisonous fungus and the cult of Karenia. It is used extensively by Karenias priests. It is so intimately tied to the religion of Karenia that it is one of her symbols. The church cultivates large crops of this mushroom. The alchemical processes used to make the brew in its three variations are jealously guarded. The church dislikes anyone else using this poisonous mushroom and will go out of their way to steal or destroy or kill in order to ensure that they are the only cultivaters and users of this fungus.
Tolerance: It is possible to build up a tolerance to Karenia's Brew, but it takes many years. Karenia's Brew must be consumed weekly in very small doses. This typically means that addicts will eventually build up a tolerance. This also means that most priests of Karenia are at least somewhat resistant to the more concentrated varities.
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