Bozyl Species in Hanzelot | World Anvil


Boring look hides a powerful secret

It's our honor to guard the bozil. The last ritual for our brother and sisters in arms. We will remember them. They will remember us. Our glory never forgotten.- Oath of honor by the guards of the bozyl

The bozyl grows in secrets facilities protected by the army and guarded by hundreds of soldiers. This plant is cultivated by the best botanists in the world. The bozil has a thin dark green stem, it's five centimetres long and have three or four black bulbs that flower once a year for a single day. It looks very ordinary and dull. The army built greenhouses where the scientists recreated the dry climate of the Pogron's tundras and manipulated the plant to maximize its effects. When the plant was discovered millennia ago it spread around unchecked and caused many conflicts for its control. Now it is forbidden by law for any common citizen to cultivate the bozyl.

One drop, too many memories

"If you want to remember the bozyl is your friend but you must not temper with it for too long or madness you should fend"-Old Song

The bozyl has the effect to activate specific memories controled by the user of the drug. When someone drinks the black liquid produced with the bozyl gains the ability to relive a memory like it's happening in fron of their eyes all over again. The user doesn't need to move to feel the same that once felt. They can remember the smells, the touch, the colors and the sounds or whatever they choose to relive. When this effect was first discovered people used it without control and lost their minds. After more than four hours of drinking bozyl they couldn't tell beetwen a memory and real life and eventually got crazy, and locked away

A last celebration before the oblivion

"I saw him smiling again. I saw him teaching to hide. I felt his bloodied chest soaking my hands. I felt my tears. It was worth it."-Anonymous soldier.Tales of the last great war in Pogron

The army not only has the control over the cultivation of this plant but also the process that creates the liquid drank by their soldiers all over the world in the official warriors funerals celebrated after their big battles. The warriors funerals are a crucial moment for all the soldiers who are also followers of Soma's religion. This funeral is rooted in the warrior traditions of Pogron's culture centered around the glory, and pleasures of the body. Before the army took control of the bozyl thousands of years ago many people celebrated their lost loved one drinking this drug or just for recreation.

The government decided that this was dangerous and forbid their use for the common population. They used the high value put on the warriors and conquest to reduce the use of the bozyl only for the fallen soldiers. Although technology advanced the army took advantage of it to perfect the bozyl, the process and distribution to the loyal troops fighting their wars.


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Apr 10, 2021 14:29 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Great article! This is an interesting use for your plant :D   " When someone drinks this black liquid" I don't think you've said from where the liquid comes from.   This is an interesting funeral rite, and it's also very interesting that the army is the only one who is allow to use it now, that's a great way to show their influence through a little worldbuiding details. And it's a good way for the army to make people want to join the ranks to have access to that plant.   So is the plant very expensive on the black market now? Is that why the army has to "waste" so many soldiers to guard the greenhouses?   Just a quick not, part of your sidebar is not in English :D

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Apr 10, 2021 14:42 by JRR Jara

Thank you for your comments! Yes, the liquid produced with the plant is very expensive in the black market and is considered a crime to use it for someone that didn't die in battle. My side bar is in spanish because that's my language and most of my articles are in spanish. I only write in english for special challenges because I want all the badges :P

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Apr 10, 2021 14:37

Quite an interesting article! I especially like how well guarded the plant is. Starting each section with a small quote was a nice idea as well :)

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Apr 10, 2021 14:48 by JRR Jara

Thank you!! I like to add quotes in my articles :)

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Apr 10, 2021 17:23

Lovely read! How does one control the memories they relive, though? Do you need training or is it something 'natural'?

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Apr 11, 2021 20:47 by JRR Jara

The soldiers are trained to use it only to remember their fallen comrades. And given the intense moments lived in the battle and all the rituals before taking the bozyl they hardly think about something else.

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Apr 11, 2021 01:41 by Michael Chandra

I like the plant, but the order of sections feels a bit weird. Opening with it being all-safeguarded, and only in the second section explaining why it's protected. A plant like this might be real useful if you can control it, as a way of passing on combat experiences?

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Apr 11, 2021 20:50 by JRR Jara

Thank you! Tbh I wrote this article in one hour and then checked the grammar with a friend (english is not my first language) and that was it. I agree the order could be improved! I didn't think about using the plant for training. I may steal you the idea :)

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Apr 12, 2021 12:20 by TC

This is a really interesting use for a plant, and a very interesting effect too! Is the liquid only used by armies, or is it also sold to private individuals? Do illegal Bozyl plantations exist?

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Apr 12, 2021 17:30 by JRR Jara

If you have enough money you can buy bozyl in the black market but at a very high price and if you get caught trading bozyl well... let's say you won't like the consequences.

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Apr 14, 2021 18:06 by Mark Laybolt

Hi Melu! Good job creating a peculiar plants entry. The use of the plant to relieve memories but it's dangerous so it's tightly controlled is a nice feature.

I have a couple minor edits for your consideration:
-You have a period on its own line in the One Drop too many memories section
-You wrote "no" instead of "not" in the first line of a Last Celebration section
  I'd also suggest disabling your sidebar by unchecking the Display article sidebar (override) box in the Sections > Sidebar Sections just for layout considerations.

Apr 15, 2021 21:05 by JRR Jara

Hi Mark! Thank you for your comment and for the suggestions :)

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