An elixir made from roots of the telchik weed. The potion is used entirely by the vindral species, who suffer from a strong estrous cycle that cause them to go into heat a couple of times a year. The telchik elixir works as a hormonal suppressant, making the episodes far easier to endure.
Usage and effects
Telchik elixir was discovered by and is used by vindrals in order to make their estrous cycles more bearable and manageable. Due to vindral having a very strong estrous cycle with two to three periods of "heat" every year, it's helpful for them to have something to suppress the worst parts of the strong libido they suffer from during these cycles. While most adult vindral can handle the cycles fine without scandals and put a lid on their libido, it's still a strong inconvenience and discomfort that any vindral gladly would be without. Those who can afford it use telchik elixir to suppress it.
Since the elixir is rather expensive, it's common for vindral to endure most of the libidinous part of the cycle and only take the elixir when the cycle peaks. Among the wealthy cost isn't an issue and the elixir is taken for the entire duration. The primary effect of the elixir is to block, or at the very least suppress, the hormones that cause the increased libido, suppressing the greatest effect of the heat cycle. This allows a vindral to feel less bothered during the cycle. They are still far more emotional than usual even when taking the elixir, but they are not plagued by a constant urge to procreate. The elixir usually last for about three days before the effects are no longer noticeable.
The elixir is rare not because of its ingredients but because of its very involved and dangerous manufacturing process. There are few who get into the business of making the elixir due to the high initial cost of acquiring all the equipment necessary to produce the elixir but also because of the great danger involved in it.
In order to produce the elixir, a complicated set of distilling equipment must be used. While raw Telchik root can be chewed to achieve a diminished effect, it's usually nowhere near enough for a Vindral to feel a substantial difference. In order to extract the necessary elements from the Telchik one needs the following:
- A full-size glass distiller
- A Telchik smoker (a device that heats the Telchik to the temperature required to make it smoke, but not burn, and capture the smoke)
- Various beakers and vials
- Gold beaker to store the corrosive gel in. A high-efficiency distiller can work to reduce distillation time and allow glass to be used instead
Once the required equipment has been set up, the telchik root is first dried over a period of three to four weeks. It must be entirely dry for the smoking process to work. The dried root is then shaved into thin flakes and placed upon the metal net of the smoker and heated until they smoke. It's incredibly difficult to do this as the smoke released during the smoking process is highly toxic, and one must take extreme care not to inhale any of the smoke. While this goes on, one must also make sure not to heat the flakes too much, as they can catch fire and be destroyed, ruining the process.
The smoke is captured by the smoker and is held inside a glass container for later use. The smoked flakes are then boiled in a pressure boiler until the water has taken on a dull brown color. Once this is completed, the water is distilled to extract the active substance from the water: a blackish brown gel left over after distillation. Unfortunately after distillation, the gel is highly basic and will eat through most metals, aside from gold and white gold (silver/gold alloy). This necessitates the usage of a gold beaker to store the gel in during and after distillation. A glass beaker can be used if the distillation is relatively quick, as the gel won't have time to corrode the glass.
This gel is then place into a chamber and the pressure reduced until the gel lightly bubbles. The cooled smoke from the smoking process is then introduced to the chamber and is allowed to react with the gel. The gel should take on a light brown/red translucent color. Once this is done, the elixir is more or less completed. The gel is carefully poured into hot, but not boiling, water and gently stirred until it dilutes in the water. The resulting liquid is somewhat like a light reddish brown lemonade and tastes bitterly.
While Telchik is common in most of the north, the extract itself is very rare and expensive due to the involved and dangerous process required to make it. Significance
Telchik elixir is used primarily in the northern cultures. The Telchik grows only in a narrow band across the Morvátian Peninsula and Gimroan Basin, limiting access for the southern regions. Finding Telchik in the Great Plains or south thereof is extremely difficult and even harder is finding someone who can make the elixir.
A thistle-weed that one can boil the roots off of to make an important extract for vindrals.