Lanterns in the Mist
The root of this tall plant with blue flowers is toxic, but herbalists use it in low doses to reduce pain and regulate the heart. Sergin folklore says it can help a victim of lycanthropy throw off the curse.
Wolf’s Bane properly called Aconitum (/ˌækəˈnaɪtəm/),2 also known as aconite, monkshood, leopard’s bane, mousebane, women’s bane, devil’s helmet, Queen of all Poisons, is a genus of over 250 species of flowering plants belonging to the family Ranunculaceae. These herbaceous perennial plants are chiefly native to the mountainous parts of the northern core as well as western Ustalav, growing in the moisture-retentive but well-draining soils of mountain meadows. Most species are extremely poisonous and must be dealt with carefully.
The dark green leaves of Aconitum species lack stipules. They are palmate or deeply palmately lobed with 5–7 segments. Each segment again is 3-lobed with coarse sharp teeth. The leaves have a spiral (alternate) arrangement. The lower leaves have long petioles.
The tall, erect stem is crowned by racemes of large blue, purple, white, yellow or pink zygomorphic flowers with numerous stamens. They are distinguishable by having one of the five petaloid sepals (the posterior one), called the galea, in the form of a cylindrical helmet; hence the English name monkshood. There are 2–10 petals. The two upper petals are large and are placed under the hood of the calyx and are supported on long stalks. They have a hollow spur at their apex, containing the nectar. The other petals are small and scale-like or non-forming. The 3–5 carpels are partially fused at the base.
The fruit is an aggregate of follicles, a follicle being a dry many-seeded structure.
Uses for Wolfs Bane-
- Healing with Wolfbane
Wolfsbane has been used historically as a treatment for lycanthropy (werewolf-ism) and as an antidote to other poisons. It is extremely toxic and should not be used for healing by the lay herbalist. The most accessible true cure for lycanthropy lies within the potent and poisonous leaves of herbs such as wolfsbane and belladonna. Unfortunately for a were-creature consuming such ingredients, the effects of these remedies are as dangerous and difficult to resist as the curse itself. They are often purchased in mysterious solutions, at a significant markup, from snakeoil salespeople all over the lands, especially in regions where lycanthropy is more prevalent.Wolfs Bane should be administered in the first three days after infection. Doing so will help the body reject the effects of the curse. However with each dose the patient is poisoned. This can be attempted multiple times.
- Wolfsbane in Magick
Wolfsbane has traditionally been used to protect homes from werewolves and can be used to prevent shape shifting.
Bundles of wolfsbane could be placed around barns and pastures to protect livestock from predators (taking care that the livestock have no access to it lest they be killed themselves).
Because of its baneful nature, it could be used in sympathetic magic to bring harm to another by creating “elf bolts” of sharpened flint dipped in wolfsbane juice and piercing a poppet for the victim with them.
- As a poison:
Type poison (ingested); Save Fortitude DC 16
Onset 10 minute; Frequency 1/minute for 6 minutes
Effect 1d3 Con damage; Cure 1 save
- As a cure:
Each consumption of a dose of Wolf’s Bane allows for another saving throw to stave off the effects of lycanthropy. However each time causes the consumer to have to roll a save versus the poison itself or be affected as above.