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Tea was a traditional beverage from Kara-Tur.[2][3]

DescriptionEdit

Tea was similar in concept to other herbal infusions popular in the Realms.[2] In Kara-Tur, there were a great many varieties. Most folk had it plain, but the nomads of the Hordelands added milk and sugar, and even made it into a soup.[3]

PracticeEdit

It was the most common beverage across Kara-Tur, typically enjoyed at the midday meal and in the afternoon.[3] Tea drinking was made into a refined art by the Shou, and teas from Shou Lung were known for being both invigorating and soothing.[2] Tea houses could be found in Shou Lung,[4] Kozakura,[5] and Wa,[6] which also had tea gardens.[7]

HistoryEdit

Shou teas were introduced to the Realms in the early 1360s DR through Aurora's Emporium, with at least two varieties (Pale Jade and Earth Dragon's Eye) made available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue.[2]

CostEdit

In Kara-Tur, 1 pound (450 grams) of tea cost 1 tael.[1] Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue sold the same amount of Pale Jade for 20 gold pieces and Earth Dragon's Eye for 50 gold pieces.[2]

Magic & RitualEdit

Tea was a possible material component for a shukenja's protection from evil, 10' radius, replacing holy water in tracing a circle on the ground.[8]

The tea ceremony was a vital ritual practiced by nobility and merchants in some lands of Kara-Tur, with the aim of instilling complete calm.[9][6]

Tea varietiesEdit

See: Category:Teas

AppendixEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 40. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 134. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 139. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  4. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  5. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 148. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 162. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  7. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 164. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  8. Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 66. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  9. Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 55. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.

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