The Purple Smoke


Artwork by Amy Stewart

Of all the alchemical wonders the High Elves have created, the purple smoke is the most intriguing of them all. It is created by mixing the properties of the Soltu , a flower found only in volcanic soil. The silver-blue hues of the petal bleed together and are hypnotic to behold, while the deep crimson roots thread themselves deep within the soil. When the two are combined , the resulting iridescent purple smoke induces a highly hallucinogenic state. Fatal to all but the High Elves, it causes them to be challenged by certain traits within themselves … their actions … and their world. As such, it has been adopted as a Coming of Age Ceremony. Whether the effects are a gift or a curse… remains to be seen.

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