Rangers of the North
(S. Aegnestad, Q. Nestalaica)
Other Names: Prick of Health.
Type: Concussion Relief.
Original Reference: LOR.
Range/Where Found: Coniferous forests.
Characteristics: This woody. prickly vine wraps itself
around the trunk of evergreen trees. burrowing into it for
nourishment as it nurtures. During this process, witch briar
drops its dark green leaves, leaving only the brown stem and
thorns. It bears 1 small, grey flower early in its development
before the loss of its leaves. Small, hard seeds deposited on
the trunk of the tree in a gel are brushed up against by birds,
who favor the protection of the thorns for nest building
sites. The birds carry the seeds to other coniferous trees.
Witchbriar thorns reach up to 1/2" in length and are
Medicinal Uses: Being pricked by a witchbriar thorn injects
a curative juice into the subject’s flesh, instantly restoring 1-5
hits. The thorns may be removed from the plant and stored
for up to a year and still retain their effectiveness as long as
they are kept dry.
Othe Uses: None.
Cost: 12 gp/dose.
Difficulty of Finding: Hard.
Warning: Most merchants who sell witchbriar thorns also
sell a waterproof wrapping to preserve their potency (usually
at a highly inflated price). In fact, some merchants give away
a certain number of thorns in order to entice buyer to
purchase the extremely expensive wrapping. Prices should be
compared. Some unscrupulous merchants even sell a costly
wrapper with worthless thorns.