Rangers of the North
Type: Physical Alteration/Enhancement
Names: (S. “Tallas”, Q. “Tallassë”); Swaintock
Range/Where Found: Sandbanks along the River Gwathló.
Characteristics: Kirtir grows out in a large area from where it breaks the earth. It is a short, broad shrub and boasts not only thick, juicy leaves that resemble the sole of a boot, but numerous 1" thorns. Small, yellow flowers may be found on its branches in spring.
Medicinal Uses: None.
Other Uses: If picked and ingested before they bloom, kirtir buds act as powerful stimulants, increasing the consumer’s speed for 1 hour, but causing them to lose fine control of their actions due to hyperactive shakes (+10 Qu/-5 Ag; +1 bonus/point over 102 for each stat). Once the kirtir has run its course, the user becomes completely exhausted for 1-10 hours (-30 Co bonus). If used in small doses so as to avoid its drastic side effects, kirtir also induces weight loss. Some of the more plump Daen-folk use it in this way to avoid being singled out as gluttons. This practice is dangerous, however, and can lead to addiction. (See below.)
Cost: 5 gp/dose.
Difficulty of Finding: Hard (see Herb Searching).
Warning: Using more than 3 full doses within the space of 1 week for more than 1 week results in addiction to this potent drug. Depending on the amount and frequency of use, side effects may include hallucination, mental disturbance, seizure and even death.