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.
A highly addictive drug, Akira is an enhancer of psychic powers. It turns ordinary mortals into psychics, and those who already have magical or psychic talents into virtual superhumans – while it lasts.
The exact details of its naming are unknown, but it seems likely that it was named for the legendary Japanese comic series, which prominently features psychic powers.
Akira enjoyed a brief vogue as the drug of choice of Los Angeles’ Sub Rosa (i.e. magical) subculture, but the strongly expressed disapproval of Sandman Slim (and the disappearance of its source) put paid to that.
Related drugs: Cupbearer’s Elixir.
An alchemical preparation usually in the form of a dust, Akkadris is a euphoric and stimulant. It is highly addictive, causing withdrawal symptoms including profuse sweating and mood swings in those who attempt to quit it.
It is also highly illegal, and because it is more commonly a drug of the well-to-do than of those closer to street level, many Akkadris users labour under the dual burdens of addiction… and blackmail.
Allswell is a chemical that naturally occurs in the human brain (at least, the humans of Arbre). It makes people feel a sense of well-being and optimism. Some centuries ago, it was genetically engineered into the plant named Blithe, which is a dietary staple throughout Arbre.
Throughout Arbre except in the maths, that is. The avout are forbidden to consume it – or even to grow it – and their time spent outside their maths is limited to ten days in order to stop it from starting to affect them adversely.
A highly addictive hallucinogen, Alphanella seeds are used by many artists throughout the galaxy – notably the painter Poor Yorick – to help fuel their inspiration. Strangely, despite the popularity of the seeds, little is known of the Alphanella plant, although it is presumably either quick-growing, adaptable to wide range of climes, or both.
The seeds themselves are small and brown, but each of them is quite potent, although the effects tend to wear off quickly. The effects include enhanced senses and cognition, and an unchained imagination. But long term use tends to debilitate the user, leaving them unable to think or talk straight when they are not on the drug.
Higher doses can induce trance-like states that last for several hours, sometimes even days.
Related Drugs: Niathol
Little is known about Amazo Pills other than the name. Certain inferences can be be made based on it, however.
Amazo Pills are named after an android created by one Professor Ivo, which was able to duplicate all the superhuman abilities of the Justice League of America.
It is likely, therefore, that the pills duplicate this effect to some extent, and presumably allow the user to duplicate the powers of nearby superhumans. Amazo himself was able to duplicate even powers granted by artifacts such as Green Lantern’s ring or Wonder Woman’s lasso – it is unlikely that the drug is anywhere near this powerful.
Related drugs: Darkshots, Hyperdrene, Mongoose Blood and Xenite
Apprehension of Beauty is one of many designer drugs developed by Orange County pharmacologist Sandy Chapman, and like most of his output, it is a colourless liquid that is taken by dropping directly into the eye.
A very, very distracting drug, Apprehension of Beauty is a minor hallucinogen that does not cause visual distortions, but does cause the user to pay more attention to, well, everything. As such, they tend to wander about looking like slack-jawed yokels in the big city for the first time.
Related Drugs: Buzz, California Mello, Funnybone, Get Wired, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality
One of the most societally destablising drugs ever developed, Ascomycin is an anti-agathic, which is to say, it is a drug that prevents or retards aging.
Ascomycin is a drug that confers non-specific immunity. It’s less an anti-biotic than a true endotoxin, and works to prevent nearly any disease from affecting those dosed with it – and a single dose lasts about 70 years.
The mechanism of the drug involves stimulation of the reticulo-endothelial system (the white blood cells and such). It is apparently a biological drug with multiple sources, though generally not more than one or two to a plant. The Okie ‘Cities in Flight’ use it as part of an their immortality drug suite.
Related drugs: Tricetyltriparanol
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
Athsat is a potent and deadly poison, which acts quite quickly, causing difficulty in breathing, violent convulsions, and finally, err, death. Unusually, it is harmless unless activated by the victim’s own physical excitement – likely responding to hormonal triggers.
A rare and highly expensive poison, it originates in Nyissa, and is rarely sold to foreigners – and only then at prices that make its regular one seem cheap in comparison.
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.
Batch 5 is a particular formulation in a series of mixtures of Pituarin and Pinearin. A potent and unpredictable mutagen, it was administered to several inmates at the Larkhill Resettlement Camp during 1993. It frequently caused the development of supernumary organs in those it was administered to, often accompanied by the atrophy of other organs.
In at least once case, that of the individual known only as “codename V”, Batch 5 caused no deleterious physical effects, instead apparently enhancing strength and agility, although it is possible that the drug did drive “V” mad. No known samples of Batch 5 survived the destruction of the Larkhill camp.
Beng Lie is a powerful suppressant of the will.
It is of Oriental origin, and appears to be a preparation of a variety of drugs and herbs, very likely including opium. Under its effects, users become more submissive, and more receptive to hypnotic and other suggestions, although the very strong-willed can shake off these effects.
Related Drugs: Mei Kuan