Adventures In Alcohol

Rollo's picture
June 2, 2014 - 4:06pm
Often when a character walks into a local bar, the player in question puts forth some general pose about ordering 'a drink' and the RP moves on from there. I thought that maybe it would be nice to have a selection of beverages that would help define some of the various races and, in turn, help a player define their character.

Now, I haven't put a whole lot of thought into this - mainly it is just for fun. I have only covered the core races from AD and the 3 biological races from ZEBs and only to the extent that each races has two beverage examples.

'Bread' Beer (3% alcohol): Thick - somewhat sweet and nutritious; liquid bread.

Truffle Brandy (50% alcohol): Very 'earthy' taste - made from fungus.

Berry Wine (14% alcohol): Typical real-life wine made from a variety of different types of fruit; sweet.

Whiskey (40% alcohol): Typical real-life whiskey.

Blood Wine (50% alcohol): A thick drink made from the blood of conqured prey. It smells absolutely vile by human standards - something akin to a decomposing corpse. The taste however, is rather flat and dull - if one can get past the stink.

Clear (98% alcohol): A bottle of clear will always be absolutely clear (like water) and contain the pickled spleen of some formidible beast. The consumption of the spleen and/or drinking the alcohol infused with the essence of the spleen is believed to impart the prowess of the creature whose spleen was pickled (which leads to a wide assortment of clear which increases in value in correlation to the ferocity of the beast involved). It is a rite of passage to guzzle the last few gulps of clear and eat the pickled spleen at the bottom of the bottle. As well, it is common practice among humma to commission a special bottle of clear which contains the pickled spleen of a dead relative. It is believed that consuming this special bottle will impart the prowess of the dead relative.

If someone can not 'hold their clear', it means that they are weak.

Drupe Liqueur (15% alcohol): Sweet and usually clear - derived from peach-like drupes.

Cordial (8% alcohol): A thick, syrupy and sweet drink derived from various types of fruit.

Gin (40% alcohol): A clear spirit infused with the essences of a variety of different botanical materials. The osakar take great pleasure in attempting to differentiate between the various aromatics contained in the drink. The more pricy bottles will have a longer ingredient list. Osakar gin has a very complex flavor profile, coveted by the most elite of connoisseurs.

Climbik Cider (4% alcohol): A somewhat viscous and tangy drink, climbik cider is a beer-like drink made from the climbik fruit of Osak. This fruit is similar to a pineapple in taste, though it more closely resembles a waxy, pink kiwi fruit that is about the size of an orange.

Rosy Port (20% alcohol): A sweet, wine-like drink made from various fruits. It is fortified (extra alcohol added) to aid in preservation. It is a traditional drink added to the stores of vruskan ships dating back to days long past when space travel was much slower.

Mead (10% alcohol): A sweet, beer-like drink made from fermented honey.

Amber Ale (10% alcohol): A dark, bitter (by human standards) beer favored by yazirians because of its historic inclusion in many of their ceremonies and traditions.

Nectar (5% alcohol): A sweet, mead-like drink made from yool-fa flowers and honey.

I don't have to outrun that nasty beast my friend...I just have to outrun you! Wink

jedion357's picture
June 2, 2014 - 6:08pm
This is good stuff,

I remember yazirian brandy and yazirian blood wine from various fan offerings as well.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

rattraveller's picture
June 4, 2014 - 4:57pm

Ohmmm? Dralasites don't drink alcohol. They go to steam baths and add intoxicants to the steam.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

jedion357's picture
June 5, 2014 - 4:08am
rattraveller wrote:

Ohmmm? Dralasites don't drink alcohol. They go to steam baths and add intoxicants to the steam.

Vaporized stimulants in a steam bath would affect others as well- certainly humans vaporizing medications and breathing them in is an accepted vector of applying medication. No doubt we could apply that to the other fur baring sapients

Perhaps even the vrusk but the vrusk would have to stay out of the hot tub

The association betweeen dralasite and vrusk predates any other first contact and lounging in hot tubs and steam baths talking and negotiating while taking in mild stimulants is a time honored dralasite practice. The arrangement of the vrusk breathing spiracles prevented them from ever "lounging in a hot tub and the vrusk that did do this with attached breathing apparatus never really understood the point or the attraction. Thus when dralasite medt humanity and humanity dove right into the hot tub and steam baths dralasites have taken humanity.

One, unfortunate dralasite joke came about when they watched some old human 2D story projections: A dralasite will create a pocket in his body to hold a "Baby Ruth" and enter a hot tub or pool then release said Baby Ruth into the water unobserved.

One unfortunate effect of this joke is that in a hot tub the chocolate tends to melt and smear everything and everybody.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

iggy's picture
June 5, 2014 - 10:51am
Chocolate is a mild stimulant.  Maybe dralasite are even more effected by it than humans and it also adds flavour to the water that dralasites enjoy.

As for vrusks in the steam bath.  I think they would enjoy the steam and would setup resting couches in the bath where they could dangle their feet in the water and breath in the steam.  But the humans likely endeared themselves to the dralasites by jumping in with them.  Note however that the dralasites are not full immersion bathers either.  They don't swim and likely make their baths shallower than humans. 

rattraveller's picture
June 5, 2014 - 1:19pm

Caffiene and Nicotine are also mild stimulants but the later is a good insecticide. Vrusk might not appreciate it. Since Dralasites and Vrusk both have much larger breathing intakes then Humans and Yazirians a mixed race steam bath may not be practical since differing doses would have different effects on the different races.

Of course that is only if you are going super realistic. Steam party with chocolate vapors sounds good to me.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

jedion357's picture
June 5, 2014 - 2:08pm
The Malthar smokes chocalate from a plasma hooka.

The plasma hooka is designed to completely vaporize stimulants with intense heat then cool the vapor in liquid before its inhaled.

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!