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The descriptions of the trips need to be expanded. At the moment, they just list when the trips were.
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.
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
Descriptions of Trips
- end of IPTSF Text 49
- IPTSF Text 50
- 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
- Judy in IPTSF Text 55
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 may be addicted the flowers, possibly as a result of Olive's attempt to assassinate him, but has discovered a way to mollify or negate its harmful effects.IPTSF Text 78
They grow in the Olive Garden at Efbaum and are 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.
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).
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.