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Trulac is a woody perennial of the genus Tigris, within the family Arboricae. The plants grow as erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually small and white, but the most distinguishable aspect are the leaves, which are yellow with iconic black striping.
Mostly native to the Disputed lands, with smaller numbers native to Eastern Territories, Northern Wilderness, and the Island of Lopan. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for the leaf size, shape and potency, used by the Danzi as a poison for arrows, or as an opiate, and often are fragrant. Trulac plants range in size from compact, miniature bushes, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height, when grown near trees, or with guiders.
The Danzi chew the leaves, and suck on the juices to produce a narcotic. Used mainly by warriors to deaden pain, or by shabet healers that have no access to a Shaman healer. Highly addictive, and if taken in large quantities, or the plant is swallowed, it results in blindness, paralysis and death.
The poison applied to Danzi arrows are a paste made by boiling the leaves with citric fruit, and mashing. Most nomadic clans use rendered animal fat to disperse the toxin, and make the poison stretch when they don’t run into plants for months at a time. The toxin causes paralysis that occasionally turns out to be permanent, if death doesn’t follow.
A natural remedy for Trulac is produced in the pollen of the flower, though the blooms are generally bred out, or discarded after harvesting.