Zzonga fruit

Zzonga fruit

“Zzonga fruit is a highly addictive temptation from the Empire of Alphatia and very popular amongst that nation’s nobles. As far as the stories go, the pink strawberry-like fruit of the zzonga bush is very delicate and fills the person eating it with a warm sensation of happiness but also strips that person of any ambition – other than to eat more zzonga fruit! Addicts live out their lives in a daze of happiness but are completely unable to perform duties or maintain a job and can hardly fend for themselves.

The fruit is useless for subterfuge – it is impossible to conceal its odor and taste in food or drink. The fruits can be eaten raw, made into preserves of jellies, or fermented and destilled into wines and liquors. In any form they are delicious.

Because of its effect on the population zzonga fruit is illegal in many of the kingdoms within the Alphatian Empire – but not all of them.

Thankfully, this cursed addiction of the Alphatians has not spread to other nations – presumably because zzonga bushes can only grow in special greenhouses with phosphorescent domes and do not survive in the wild".

(CR 1): The zzonga-bush is a plant which grows to be about 4ft in diameter. It has short, spiky green leaves and a large fruit which looks like a pale pink strawberry. The fruit gives off a strong, distinctive, sweet odour.
Any creature within 30ft of a zzonga-bush must make a Will save vs DC10 or be enticed to sample the zzonga-fruit. A creature eating the raw fruit must make a Fort save vs DC 15 or become drugged. The drug effect is similar to being fascinated. The object of the fascination may change, and may even be the victim’s own thoughts. While drugged, the creature blissfully stands or sits quietly, taking no actions other than to pay attention whatever is fascinating it at the moment. It takes a – 4 penalty on skill checks made as reactions, such as Listen and Spot checks. Any potential threat, such as a hostile creature approaching, allows the drugged creature a new saving throw. Any obvious threat, such as someone drawing a weapon, casting a spell, or aiming a ranged weapon at the fascinated creature, gives a + 2 bonus to the save. The drugged effects of the zzonga-fruit last for 1d4 days.
A zzonga-bush has 8 hp, and is vulnerable to fire ( + 50% damage).
Zzonga-fruit may be made in wine, jellies, liquors, or fruit filled pastries. Ingestion of these more concentrated forms of the fruit increases the Fort save DC to 20. Fortunately, the distinctive smell of zzonga prevents anything with a sense of smell from secretly being drugged with zzonga (unless they are unfamiliar with it, and that will only work once.) This plant/drug is very popular among the Alphatians, and has caused many to become addicted to its effects.
Zzonga-Fruit is an exotic plant, is very addictive and a delicatesen in Alphatian Empire whos nobles enjoy the “vacation” taken under its influence. The price of one dosis of Zzonga extract is 100gps and it can only be found on Alphatian cities. Outside of Alphatia the Price is doubled.
Fortunate for the rest of the world, the stuff can only grow in special enviroments (underground greenhouses with phosphourescent domes) set up in mainland Alphatia to simulate the original environment of the plant. It’s not native to this world and cannot survive without special care.

Zzonga fruit

D&D 3.0: Tales from Mystara Galero