A somewhat lopsided flower, though pretty and pleasantly-scented in its own way, Adara’s Rose was created by the wizard Belgarion more or less by accident one day in Algaria. Unbeknownst to Belgarion (or to Adara, for whom he created it), the flower was also capable of being made into a potent medicine – the sovereign remedy, in fact (a cure for all known disease).
However, this second fact was not known until several years later, when it was revealed by the seer Cyradis, and used to cure the Mallorean Emperor ‘Zakath of a bad case of thalot poisoning.
The herb known as Athelas in the Sindarin tongue is a powerful healing agent when correctly prepared, and a moderately effective one if less correctly prepared. It is common in Middle Earth, especially in those territories that form (or once formed) the kingdoms of Arnon and Gondor, having originally been carried there from Numenor.
For such a useful herb, its properties had been largely forgotten by all except the Dunedain Rangers of the northern wilderness by the end of the Third Age. It was the healing agent of choice for Aragorn, and no doubt was incorporated into the knowledge of Gondor, Rohan and their allies after his ascension to the throne as King Elessar.
In Westron (the tongue of men), its name is translated as Kingsfoil, while in the Elven Quenya language, it is called Asëa Aranion.
Related drugs: Ent-Draughts, Miruvóre and Pipe-Weed
A colourless, watery liquid, Bacta has incredible healing properties. Administered in a variety of manners, but the most effective is to entirely immerse the body in a tank full of the substance. Bacta promotes tissue regeneration and prevents the formation of scar tissue.
As such, it is an effective treatment for nearly any kind of injury, in a great number of species across the galaxy. Its nature is unknown, but the name suggests it may actual be some sort of incredibly potent anti-biotic bacteria.
Bipolar Bears is a line of combination vitamins and mood-altering drugs, produced by The Corporation and marketed primarily at teenage girls. Not much more is known about them, but the odds are that they’re basically chewable Prozac with vitamin C and artificial orange flavouring.
Bynogol was the first drug created by Dr Phillip Wang for Calenture-Deutz. A hayfever treatment, it was retailed in both inhalant and pill forms. It was the drug that made Calenture-Deutz, their first real success.
Bynogol was one of the few drugs to be profitable enough to survive the demise of Calenture-Deutz, and it remains available via Rilke Pharmaceuticals.
Related Drugs: PRO-Vyril and Zembla-4
Ca-Fix is a drug of the space age.
It is intended to help treat the effects of spaceflight osteopenia – the phenomenon whereby prolonged exposure to low gravity, micro-gravity or zero gravity environments causes the bones to weaken. It is unclear whether Ca-Fix works to prevent or reduce the loss of calcium, or whether it replaces lost calcium.
Related Drugs: Relaxon
Carvati’s Cure was created by Dr Carvati of Gehenna, as its name suggests. It is a combination od drug and gene rewrite specifically designed to cure the La’Heng people of the deleterious effects of the RC-12 drug that made them slaves on a genetic level generations earlier.
Although named Carvati’s Cure, the initial research on the drug was carried out by Dr Solaith, and Carvati himself noted that without the genetic records of the Makers (the ancient and apparently long-dead alien race who created the jump point network that allows sppedy interstellar travel), it would have been impossible to complete. The effectiveness of the drug can be seen in that its introduction to La’Heng led directly to a revolution on that world, culminating in the La’Heng people kicking out the other races that had oppressed them and declaring themselves an independent polity.
Related Drugs: Kosh, Rejuvenex and RC-12
Castran’s Binder is a purgative that is administered in some cases of heavy metal poisoning, particularly those where cadmium or closely related substances are the poisons.
As the name suggests, it is a binding agent, working on a molecular level to capture molecules of the heavy metal and carry them out of the body by the normal processes of elimination. It is known to be safe to administer to humans and Shorshians.
Related drugs: Miccrano, Modhra Coral, Printimpolivre-bioxene, QuixHeal and Saarix-5.
Originally developed by Banner Value Drug and Vitamin Laboratories, Inc. as a cure for nerve damage, intended to stimulate the growth of damaged nerves, Cerebrocreatine was a failure in that goal, but worked very well in enhancing the development of neural pathways in the brain. Unfortunately, the side effect of these little yellow pills tended to be a fascination with knowledge for its own sake, a penchant for grandiose experimentation and marked tendency towards pednatry.
Cerebrocreatine is one of the few drugs in history to have had its own antidote – marketed as Super-Aktion – developed by the same company that created it, although like Cerebrocreatine, the antidote too was also too strong…
Related Drugs: De-Tox, Nullergin-200 and Super-Aktion
Designed for the treatment of Alzheimers, Clarity is a product of Judge Pharmaceuticals. Early animal trials found that it increased cognitive function in rats, but due to the need for secrecy, finding human subjects to test it on proved more difficult.
However the drug’s commercial viability – as a potential cure for Alzheimers, Judge stood to make millions, if not billions – was such that the history of Clarity is one of literal backstabbing – the race for to take credit for it in the company led to murder on more than one occasion.
A pale green pill with a potent effect, De-Tox is a product of Banner Value Drug and Vitamin Laboratories, Inc. The recommended dosage of De-Tox is three pills each day at most, and its intended purpose is to counteract the harmful mental effects of pretty much any other drug in existence.
De-Tox does exactly what it says it will, an effect it acheives by stimulating the parts of the brain concerned with logical and critical thought. But a very short time after it came on the market, it was a best-selling drug everywhere and almost every user was exceeding the dosage. This had an unexpected side-effect – over-stimulation of the brain caused it largely shut down after a while, which led to precisely the opposite effects as usual. Fortunately, after a well-publicised scandal involving serious De-Tox addicts, the drug lost popularity and Banner Value Drug and Vitamin Laboratories, Inc. quietly withdrew it from the market.
Related Drugs: Cerebrocreatine, Nullergin-200 and Super-Aktion
The Bagadong tribe of New Guinea make a drug called gai kau dong (‘The Way Home’) from the fermented leaves of the kwina plant. After encountering the tribe and learning of the drug during World War Two, Dr Bunny Winton brought samples back to America. Later, it was used as the basis of an antidepressent by Winton and her colleague, Dr Will Friedrich, in their researches at Yale University in 1951.
After fermentation, the drug exists dissolved in the alchohol also produced by the fermentation process. After distilling, the GKD takes the form of chartreuse coloured crystals, which were then diluted in a solution of distilled water to produce the end drug.
Although the drug was effective in combatting depression, it had two major problems: the positive emotions it unlocked verged on megalomania and tended to erode the morality of the user; and withdrawal from the drug tends to leave users in a deeper and more paranoid state of depression than they were before taking it. As a result of these problems, it never progressed beyond the test stage in the United States, although presumably it is still used in the traditional manner by the Bagadong.
Little is known of Happy Pills, a highly addictive drug apparently created by Shi’ar criminals. Indeed, it’s likely that Happy Pills is only a nickname for the drug.
What little can be inferred regarding the drug suggests that is a potent painkiller that induces mild euphoria – no doubt the Shi’ar physiology’s equivalent of an opiate.