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.

Jurda Parem[edit | edit source]

Jurda parem was a drug 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.

Although there are no current antidotes for parem, Jesper believes that the antidote could be found in the stem of the jurda plant, which has a balm that can be used as a depressant.

Jurda has real life parallels in 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.

Effect on Grisha[edit | edit source]

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.
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