Noctic-Rabrev

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The leaves of the Noctic-Rabrev are highly toxic. Consuming them raw can result in the onset of symptoms associated with malignant vampirism.

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.

Ecology

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.

Uses

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 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.

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 smallpox.

Legality

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 city of Jogi. 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.