Background: Camillia

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  • Camillia

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    Among the more unusual flora native to Sagarikadesha is camillia. An unremarkable shrub producing
    miniature white flowers in spring, the plant appears to have no use in either cuisine or medicine.
    And yet, as you may know, camillia was one of the primary reasons for the vast effort and resources
    invested by the Highborn Elves in their colonisation of this country, and trade in its leaves still accounts
    for a remarkable portion of Celeda Ablan’s economic activity. After many months in one of the
    plantations, the overseer deigned to show me how the leaves – picked at precisely the right moment –
    could be left to dry, then rolled, fermented, fired briefly in an oven and finally soaked in boiling water
    to to create a strange, tasteless beverage. I could not see the reason for such a concoction, but it was
    explained to me that it is highly prized among elves, because it acts as an opiate on their sensitive
    physiology, helping them control some of the primal urges of their ancestors.
    — From the Herbarium Sagarikense, by Georg Eber

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