Jurda is a plant grown in Novyi Zem whose dried blossoms are chewed and used as a stimulant all over the world. The flowers are orange, and stain the fingers and teeth of those that use it. The plant is the main ingredient of the drug jurda parem.

Background

Jurda parem was made by Bo Yul-Bayur that uses jurda as the main ingredient. It is a powder that tastes sweeter than the ordinary stimulant, and is lethal to non-Grisha. To a Grisha, the drug modifies their power by changing their perception of the world. Jurda parem is extremely addictive to Grisha, and rapidly weakens the body of the user. Those who are able to overcome the drug addiction and withdrawal syndrome become transformed. Their powers change in an opposite and unnatural direction. The only known survivor was from the Corporalki Order, and has lost the ability to manipulate living substances and instead has gained the power to fully control dead bodies, bone shards, and even bone-dust.

Jesper believed that the antidote could be found in the stem of the jurda plant, which has a balm that can be used as a depressant.

An antidote to jurda parem was produced in Ravka by Kuwei Yul-Bo and David Kostyk. It looks like a white powdery substance and has immediate effects. It was first used in the battle against Fjerda. It was later used in Shu Han on Tamar Kir-Bataar. The antidote requires more raw jurda than it takes to produce parem, which makes production difficult.

Effects

Grisha Type New Power
Healer Enhanced Healing — able to instantly heal self and others without contact and trace of injury. Also, moderate mind control.
Tidemaker Matter State Manipulation — can change the state of matter of their surroundings and themselves.
Squaller Flight
Durast Periodic Element Manipulation — can change an element to a new one (or near identical version) like lead into gold; able to interconnect flesh with metal; ability to control rock and ice.
Heartrender Powerful Mind Control. Further control of heartrending powers.

Trivia

  • Jurda has real life parallels to coffee beans and coca leaves, although many of its properties are more similar to the Southeast Asian ketum or kratom plant, which is often chewed or powdered into tea for its stimulant properties.
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