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Kykeon
Terracotta pyxis

Origin

Cult of the Eleusininan Mysteries

Type

Psychoactive Hallucinogen

Effects

Intense belief of any suggestion

Downsides

Difficulty distinguishing reality and visions; dependency

Activation

Drinking

Collected by

Warehouse 5

Section

Aradia-027T

Aisle

932405-9462

Shelf

214354-2481-378

Date of Collection

782

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OriginEdit

The ancient Greeks worshipped multiple religions - the common pantheon followed by all dwellers and the sacred mysteries. From a pool of many potential initiates, the few worthy would be given secret knowledge. Many different schools sprung up, as the rituals were often repetitions of daily activities and did not conflict with regular worship. What they did face was the rise of Christianity during the Roman period searching for converts.

One of the earliest and most influential sects were the Eleusininan Mysteries. Their belief was certain rites once revealed to select few enabled them a content afterlife. Through the various levels of secrets, purity of the soul kept reappearing as a major criteria for continuing one's indoctrination. Spectators were often played a reenactment of Persephone's kidnapping to the underworld. After the spectacle, they danced to the blessings of the gods and the hum of the kykeon. Some earthy margarita mix of water, barley and other compounds (ergot or psilocybin), it probably acted as a psychoactive. Descriptions of users leave the impression it enhanced any spiritual voyage undertook.

EffectsEdit

Ingesting the liquid makes users fall into a trance and become highly suggestible to anything. If they were told the moon was really made out of green cheese, they'd ask for a bite. Often enhances hallucinations and thoughts so intensely the drinker believes them to be physical. Can lead to violent struggling, self-harm or cowering if paired with a bad starting stimulus, or just aping around empty air like a virtual reality halfwit.

Historical NotesEdit

The effect compounds over time until a compulsion for just a drip of its magical unshackling takes hold. Statesman Alcibiades got a little too judicious handing out the sacred drink at ceremony and was sacked out of Athens. Until its siren song lulled him back, this time with the Spartan army on his side. Then against again.

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