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Macran Pipe

"I would never partake of the Macran Pipe. I understand it is a fundamental part of some Macran's lives, but it is not for me. I know that the purpose of this is to experience new things, and the publishers won't be pleased with this decision, but I will not be making a fool of myself for the purpose of entertaining others, no matter what memories the pipe supposedly prompts."  
— Extract from Travels Through My System: An Exploration of P'Ache Solar System
by Peacekeeper V'Kly
 

History

Created on P'Ache Micro long before it became part of the Peacekeeper Alliance, the Macran pipe is wrapped up in the Macran culture.   They were originally used by Macrans as a way of relaxing after a long hard day. It was also a favourite of the elderly who would smoke socially. It is traditional to sit around, slowly smoke a pipe and catch up with friends, talking about the memories that smoking enduces.   In the last four millennia, since joining The Alliance, the uses of the Macran pipe have changed. Since other ethnicities and species discovered the effects of the pipe, it began to be used by many as a high-impact recreational drug. While on P'Ache Micro it is still used in a traditional manner, as a social lubricant and a way of accessing memories, across the rest of the Peacekeeper Territories it has a more illicit significance.  

Workings

A great many things can be smoked using a Macran pipe, but it is most commonly a small amount of dried Hanid, a plant most commonly found in the swamps on P'Ache Micro. The combination of the treated wood and a small pebble which sits inside the stem, creates a unique smoking experience.  

Utility

The impact of smoking the Macran pipe depends on the way in which a person goes about inhaling. There are two methods; slowly, filling the lungs, and quickly, in several short sucks before exhaling. These two methods have very different effects on the person inhaling.  
Slowly
  • Calming
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Relaxation
  • Social lubricant
  • Sleepy or dozy
  • Happy or smiley
  • Prone to drifting into memories
Quickly
  • Extreme relaxation
  • Giggling
  • Sense of euphoria
  • Overexhuberance
  • Over confidence
  • Hallucinations
  • Aids forgetting
 

Mid- to Long-Term Effects

Smoking hanid using the Macran pipe has been proven to have the following mid- to long-term effects, some positive and some negative. These effects vary depending on the method that a person uses for smoking.  

Slowly

Positive
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reduced inflamation
  • Treating anxiety
  • Treating gastrointestinal disorders
Negative
  • Paranoia
  • Reduced lung capacity
  • Reduced fertility
  • Mood swings
  • Increased chance of mental illness

Quickly

Positive
  • Preventing seizures
  • Reduced inflamation
  • Reduces heart and kidney issues
Negative
  • High blood pressure
  • Addiction
  • Memory problems
  • Weakening ammune system
  • Reduce mental capacity

Related Articles

Culture Macran, Hanid, Kired, Peacekeeper
Locations P'Ache Micro P'Ache Solar System, Peacekeeper Territories
Item type
Drug / Narcotic / Medicine
Related ethnicities
Rarity
Uncommon
Weight
1.5oz
Dimensions
10in

Comments

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Feb 11, 2024 23:31 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I really like that it has different effects if smoked slowly or quickly. That's a nice touch. I don't know if the positives outweigh the negatives enough for me to try it, so I'll give V'Kly a pass here.

Feb 13, 2024 19:09 by Elspeth

Thank you! I looked up the different negative side effects of alcohol and weed to give it a bit of realism. Yeah, I usually don't agree with V'Kly either! :D