Noctic-Rabrev is a type of thistle which is found exclusively in the wetlands surrounding Lake Morovia and the central Strait of Haifa, which is characterized by a long, blue-green stem that is covered in tiny, hair-like thorns, large, purple flowers, and large triangular leaves which are covered in thorns similar to those found along the stem. This species, which possesses entheogenic properties, plays a central role in many of the region's dark, indigenous religions.
Noctic-Rabrev, unique amongst the plants of the world insofar as it draws energy from darkness rather than from sunlight, grows in relative abundance in the wetlands surrounding Lake Morovia, in particular in the region which extends north from the lake, and in the region surrounding the Bassarid city of Jogi. Noctic is the preferred meal of the Chamois who inhabit the lake's shorelines.
The flowers of the Noctic-Rabrev, which possess mild psycho-active characteristics, are often cultivated by producers of alcohol along the Strait of Haifa, who incorporate them into a wide range of beers, wines, and spirits. Popular alcoholic beverages which incorporate Noctic-Rabrev flowers include Ale of the Night, which is exported by the Port of Jogi, and certain others. The inclusion of Noctic flowers provides an earthy flavor which helps to counteract the strong, skunky taste and odor of beers produced locally around Lake Morovia.
The leaves of the Noctic-Rabrev are consumed in extreme abundance by the Alpazkigz people of the Alperkin region of northern Lake Morovia, who consume the leaves in order to contract Noctic Vampirism, a disease which plays a vital role in the worship of the region's vampiric Alps. Noctic-Rabrev leaves, which feature a very bitter a slightly salty flavor, are consumed raw or dry, or as an ingredient in any number of every day meals. They are sometimes smoked in conjunction with other ingredients, though doing so is not advised, nor is it required for any religious practice.
An oil which can be extracted from the leaves of Noctic-Rabrev is used in certain ritual potions employed by the priests and priestesses of the Cult of Maskmakers.
There is some evidence which suggests that the extensive consumption of Noctic-Rabrev may contribute to the development of an immunity to a range of infections and diseases.
Although no laws have been approved by the Council of Courts, it is illegal in much of the Haifo-Pallisican Imperial Trade Union to cultivate the leaves of the Noctic-Rabrev. In some places, individuals found cultivating, or consuming the plant's leaves, may be subject to execution. This policy by the Bassarid government has resulted in the emergence, in recent years, of an illicit underground Noctic market along much of the Strait of Haifa, in particular in the region surrounding the cities of Jogi and Vaeringheim. The cultivation of Noctic flowers is heavily regulated.
The Noctic-Rabrev, its cultivation, sale, and consumption, was as of 1661 AN unregulated in the Caputian Union and the Elian Union, owing to the hitherto low level of exposure of civil society in either country to the deleterious effects of the substance and its derivatives. The collapse of the Caputian government and the subsequent outbreak of the Haifan Civil War contributed significantly to the expansion of the Noctic-Rabrev trade in the region surrounding Lake Morovia.