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The descriptions of the trips need to be expanded. At the moment, they just list when the trips were.


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Canon

First Appearance: IPTSF Text 7 (as livery), IPTSF Text 49 (actual)

The heroine bud (or hero bud for a male user)IPTSF Text 53 is a delicate pinkish flower which provides addictive sensations of euphoria when touched; the effect is magnified if worn in the hair.IPTSF Text 49

The heroine buds are highly addictive, and if a unit uses them for too long, they develop a physical dependency on it to the point that they will decay and croak even sooner without them than with them.

It has been a part of Haffaton livery since before the fall of Goodminton.IPTSF Text 7

The flowers themselves were created in a caster link between Haffaton's florist, turnamancer and thinkamancer, (Olive, Tina, and Maxwell, respectively)IPTSF Text 55

The mood altering properties of the flowers are not released by simply picking the flower; to activate the Flower Power, the bulb at the base of stem must be squeezed, which releases "something that smelled sweet and wonderful" and causes the head of the flower to pop off.IPTSF Text 50

When the victim gazes at other people, they will usually see that person in the form of inner Signamancy, a symbolic form representing how the victim views that person. For example, Wanda, who hates Olive Branch, sees Olive Branch as a "cold, scaly, wormy thing". Alternatively, the victim will see them the way they want to see them, such as when Faq's Shockmancer perceives Jillian as being nude.IPTSF Text 71

Known Users

Descriptions of Trips

Firsthand

  • end of IPTSF Text 49 - While stuck in the boughs of a tenenbaum, Jillian received a bud from Olive Branch. The moment it touched her hand, a powerful sense of euphoria tingled outward from her hand to her whole body. "A sense of well being, something profound and universal, flooded her entire mind and body, and spilled over into things beyond mind and body" On Branch's suggestion, Jillian placed the bud in her hair, only to "bliss out" shortly after finishing a thought to her Dwagon, Crapsack about getting ambushed.
  • IPTSF Text 50 - A more extensive description of the effects of the bud during Jillian Banhammer journey back to Haffaton after escaping. Each new day, Olive replaces the bud in her hair, to keep Jillian in a constant state of euphoria. The subject cannot differentiate between what is happening in reality and what she is imagining through the effects of the bud; she cant tell if clouds are actual clouds or just her warm breath in cold air, and a single wooden plank felt as though it was made of "furry flesh". Time shifts about with no rhyme or reason, and whole turns pass where she barely remembers anything; taking days to notice that she was no longer traveling. As it applies to subterfuge, Jillian understands that either during euphoria or in need of a new bud, she told secrets about Faq that she likely wouldn't tell under intense torture. Jillian spends some time in the grass outside of the Olive Garden until waking up as her bud was no longer effective. In coming down, she can remember some parts of what she was doing before the Heroine, as a flash of yellow reminds her of Crapsack, but for the most part, she is almost completely ineffectual and uncaring of anything other than the bud.
  • the bit with the leaves IPTSF Text 51
  • the Matrix references and coming down in IPTSF Text 52
  • IPTSF Text 53
  • IPTSF Text 71

From the Outside

Proposed Canon

Prolonged use is apparently detrimental (and ultimately fatal) and certainly has bad effects on the user's signamancy.IPTSF Text 50 Users can build up a tolerance to the effects of the buds, while retaining a the addictive dependency to them, as evidenced by the lucidity of Judy when meeting Jillian.IPTSF Text 51 Charlie has used and is addicted to the flowers, possibly as a result of Olive's attempt to assassinate him, but has mollified its harmful effects and can satiate the addiction with the help of the Garden Channel.IPTSF Text 78, Hvs.tCF 260

They grew in the Olive Garden at Efbaum and were a favoured tool in the machinations of the Florist Dame Olive Branch. An archon indicated that they were not exclusive to the Olive Garden, stating that they were also grown in a garden in Charlescomm. However, as part of the Deal of a Lifetime, Charlie agreed to destroy all of them.

A pink flower similar to a heroine bud appears in the livery of Wanda Firebaugh, possibly as a memento of her service under Dame Olive. Glimpses of it can be seen on her sleepwear (her spaghetti strap and kimono), but the skull & flower begin showing up more prominently once she attunes to the arkenpliers (specific instances include the skirt of a just decrypted archon and Princess Cruz).

Speculation

Heroine buds are a form of applied, likely weaponized Flower Power.

Real World References

An apparently obvious reference to the addictive real world drug heroin (clinical name diamorphine), which is also derived from botanical roots (specifically the opium poppy) - albeit with significant processing.

This is supported by the name being a homophone for the drug.