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Frost Fang

Frost Fang’s name has a double meaning; just like the plant has duel uses. On a simple cursory level, the plant has the look of a dragon’s fang in plant form. And the plant’s primary use medicinally, is used as a burn treatment. The plant needs to be dug up entirely for the most beneficial usage. Though, clever alchemists have learned that they can simply harvest most of the leaves, cut off the lower half of the root for usage, and simply replant the remaining portion back in the same location, or pots, and the hardy plant will quickly start replenishing itself. If it wasn’t for its beneficial properties, its tenacious nature to stay alive would land it squarely in the territory of being a weed.   However, it does have very useful properties.   The human tribes where Frost Fang grows wild have learned how to coax out its natural healing properties. And, indeed, they have discovered it is also an excellent catalyst for their primordial energy harnessing to magically enhance its benefits.   At the most basic levels, the leaves of the plant may be steeped in hot water, drawing out it’s essence in the process. The Frost Fang tea is then used to soak cloths, and used as bandages to wrap burns. The soothing effect of the root is almost instantaneous and helps alleviate the pain and discomfort of even second degree burns. But it’s avoided for third degree burns for fear of it leaking into the bloodstream, and related to it’s secondary purpose.   The roots of the plant have similar properties, but must be prepared separately. The root can be ground into a pasty poultice and applied to even the most grievous of burn wounds. Like the Frost Fang tea, it goes to work instantly to help sooth even the most painful burns. And, even without any other additions, it helps to rapidly heal the injuries as it sucks the heat out of the wounds and stimulates healing.   Both of these can be improved with more skill and ingredients to draw out their primordial energies to the point where the healing properties become truly magical.   But, just like the name, the plant has another side to it.   The reference to a dragon wasn’t simply a matter of neither visual recognition, nor the ‘frost’ part being limited to it’s abilities to cool burns. Frost Fang if used incorrectly, or correctly depending on the user’s intentions and mood, can be extremely deadly. Just like a dragon.   And the worst of it is this innocuous looking root, a weed that resembles a white carrot in nearly every way, is actually toxic if consumed. Even without any assassin’s tampering. In fact, the root is known to be used by assassins, by simply tossing in a few of the pieces into a salad with actual carrots and vegetables to kill their targets. The same properties that help soothe burns, go to work inside of the individual and quickly start causing entire systems to shut down. All the while giving them a near freezing feeling inside of their gut. The strong analgesic quickly causes them to overdose by numbing nerve endings to the point they stop transmitting. And start to die. It is an unpleasant way to die and, if proper treatment isn’t administered within hours of exposure, the victim is likely to die even with assistance.   Though, thanks to Elven magic, attempts to kill allied races with this method were entirely abandoned eventually. Given that the symptoms present themselves quickly and the magically inclined could counter the toxins by drawing it back out of the victim via magically induced, and controlled, vomiting. All well within the needed time to avoid permanent effects.  

Physical Description:

  The leaf section of Frost Fang protrudes above the ground as a collection of stiff leaves that sprout straight up from the central tap root and have frilly ends along the entire lengths of their individual midribs. Often confused for a simple carrot by those unaccustomed to foraging, the leaves frilly nature continues down the entire length of the greenery all the way down to the tap root. Where as an actual carrots leafy portions actually stop well short of the root portion.   The tap root is a gangly looking yellowish white root that usually has tiny hairy fibrous roots coming off its entire length. Its shape, along with its color, help to give its moniker of “Frost Fang” as it almost looks like a dragon’s fang.

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