Eaphelas is a plant working as a psychoactive drug when ingested. Naturally growing in Kael Thalori, it's a small leafy shrub growing in the shades of the giant trees growing in the area. It doesn't need much sunlight, only the few rays that manage to sneak past the roof of coniferous branches.
Use and Effect
The traditional ways to ingest Eaphelas is either brewed and drunk as a tea or chewed whole and fresh. It's most effective when chewed fresh as some of the active constituents become less active when dried or heated.
The effects of Eaphelas varies somewhat from person to person, but most experience a warm feeling of euphoria and a strange closeness to the people around them. Some might experience hallucinations. These effects last for a couple of hours to a whole evening depending on the dosage and the user's metabolism and body mass.
After these effects the user become lethargic and exhausted, which will last until they get a good night's sleep for at least seven or eight hours. The next morning there will be a slight residue of this sluggishness, but no worse than the morning after a decent night at the tavern.
Eaphelas does, for some biological reason, only work on the Enari. No other sapient species experience any psychoactive effects by consuming the plant.
An Important Ritualistic Tool
The Enari use the plant as an important part for some of their rituals. The effects help them get into the right mood, and the hallucinations are seen as divine messages from their patron deity Enarias.
Just a Salad
The human population of northern Kupria use Eaphelas as a part of their diet. As they don't get the euphoric or hallucinogenic effects of the plant they use it as an ordinary vegetable in their cuisine.