Yggoa is a quasi-magical substance with intoxicating, memory-expanding properties. Typically bought and sold in glass vials (commonly called punks), the stuff appears to be an iridescent blue powder. Yggoa has three properties:
- When smoked, it expands the user's memory. Magic-Users will find that their normal number of memory slots has doubled. The effect will last 1d8 hours, followed by crippling headaches that require a solid day of bed-rest to recover from.
- When inhaled, it allows the user to experience the most immediate memories of those around him. If he turns his focus to one creature, he can see all that it has experienced -- including its dreams -- over the course of the last day and night.
- It is highly, highly addictive. After using it once, there is a 10% chance that one will become hopelessly addicted to yggoa. For each successive use, this chance doubles. Addiction is harmless so long as the user has a steady supply of yggoa -- he must partake of the crystal powder at least once per day. Withdrawal induces severe panic, tremors, and ultimately madness.
Yggoa is harvested from the crystal tree-folk of Ys. These creatures are native to the Hypnotic Valley region. It is unclear how the Masters of the Pleasure-Gardens originally came into possession of tree-folk acorns, but they have built an entire industry around the production of yggoa. Tree-folk slaves live in abominable conditions and are subject to frequent de-barking -- a process that they find exceedingly painful. Not surprisingly, the Pleasure-Gardens are host to a whole motley assortment of addicts, many of them former wizards who have been degraded to indentured servants.
Quantique. Jan 30, 2010