Transmission & Vectors
The aoka yairoi is a drug supposedly created in Tuhra but mass-produced in Welkwu, and sent to every corner of Wouraiya. The aoka is a liquid and is passed via drink.
The aoka temporarily reroutes the connection between the right lobe and the left. Instead of subconscious communication, the right lobe is visualized as an external, separate entity.
The user visualizes a copy of himself. Without sudden or quick movements, the copy can walk around and perform actions in the general vicinity. With sudden movements, the copy begins to defy the laws of physics, orienting itself in awkward angles, ignoring friction, and floating. The user and the copy can converse, harmonize in song, and even play games together.
The yairoi typically wears off after about an eighth of a day, but can be extended for longer depending on the quantity of drug consumed. However, the experience can be cut short by diluting the aoka with a large glass of water, assisted with closed eyes.
Aoka yairoi is most popular with people in lonely professions, notably farmers, stay-at-home parents, and sheltered nobility.
The Wlitowa Authority made aoka yairoi an outlawed chemical alongside glass and kelwuw, moving smuggling underground. Because the drug has no addiction or side effects in small, dispersed quantities, the market remains otherwise unregulated.
The first recorded use of aoka yairoi was when a professor of neurology talked to a colleague in biochemistry about cures for depression. The chemist gave him the formula, saying she "got it from a friend." Of course, the professor could have jokingly been referring to herself, but she never clarified. The formula was developed and perfected on willing students. One student moved to Welkwu and started up his own business about the drug.
While it's a saving grace for people with no social life, it's mildly reduced the need for social gatherings. Social life was dulled after the invention of yairoi but only slightly. Users were rightfully pegged as friendless but wrongfully mocked for it. Besides, there's only so many new conversations one can have with oneself, after all!
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This was one of the more interesting takes i saw on this prompt. Especially the way you tied it to a way to overcome loneliness, which was both amusing and also kind of sad.
Thanks! I'm not always successful with putting spins on things, but I'm glad I brought you mirth! Maybe not as much the sad part, but I'll take one out of two!