Denila (Lifekeeper, Surusspin) is a fruity syrup, usually a translucent red in color and slightly tart. It is usually dissolved in alcohol. “Raw” Denila is derived from bees – at least, from the “royal jelly” produced by a particular strain of bees, feeding on specific (if not entirely known) combinations of flowers and plants and infused with a variety of other herbal extracts. Unsurprisingly, even what details are known to the producers are kept a secret, allowing those who control the (few and remote) sources to reap fabulous profits from their monopoly.
Minor variants are far less potent, but are used for a variety of secondary applications where true Denila is not available. Even when you do obtain a dose of genuine Denila, it’s almost impossible to purify it enough to reach dosage level four, let alone levels five and up, through conventional means. Such purities nearly require magical, psychic, or ultratech extraction.
Denila is a metabolic stabilizer and regulator. No one is quite sure how that works; speculation suggests some sort of a magical effect, but wilder notions include it being some sort of quasi-living symbiotic organism or it being a psychic link to some sort of elder entity.
Still, when you can get a hold of the stuff, it can be extremely useful under the right circumstances – and it’s almost unique among drugs; it’s NEVER significantly harmful and it’s quite impossible to overdose on it. The dosage level seven effect is as far as it goes.
At the most basic level, minimal doses of Denila help maintain the metabolic balances of the users body – slowing the progress of diseases, various disorders, and the aging process. Sadly, it slows the bodies natural emergency responses as well. While a regimen of small doses of Denila can slow aging by a factor of around three, users will require a few extra seconds to adapt to the demands of a sudden fight, sprint, or injury. On the other hand, a user will be able to sustain such efforts a bit longer then normal. Users also take somewhat longer to adapt to changes in environmental factors, such as altitude, climactic variation, and variations in the food supply. On the other hand, they’ll suffer a lot less upset due to such things; they just have to live with minor annoyances a little longer than the rest of the population has to spend with major ones.
This dosage level extends the effect to stabalizing and regulating the users glandular activity – reducing the effects of emotions and inducing calm, but extending the duration of the resulting state (a few berserkers have managed to stay berserk. In such cases the duration is greatly extended). While this has no effect on permanent states, it can dampen and delay the effects of glandular changes, such as puberty or menopause. This dosage is sometimes used with other drugs and compounds, reducing, and greatly extending, their effects. For example, a compound that would normally need to be administered every few hours to work properly could be administered once a week or even once per month if properly combined with a little Denila.
At this dosage level Denila makes the user’s metabolism nearly impossible to disturb, vastly delaying or reducing the effects of toxins, diseases, and similar difficulties. Naturally enough, Denila itself takes a very long time to wear off, so the user’s body may eliminate the problem before the effect gives out. Similarly, menopause will be delayed, cancers will not advance, and various other progressive conditions will be put on hold. Unfortunately, at this level Denila will neatly counteract most beneficial drugs and medications, as well as several useful spells.
This dosage level produces downright supernatural effects, allowing the user’s “metabolism” – or what passes for one while under the effects of such a dose – to continue functioning normally despite grotesque insults – incredible doses of toxins or radiation, not having had any oxygen for the last few hours, having lost 80% of the user’s normal blood supply, or having had your body cut away at the neck (this will prove fatal in an hour or so, there are limits – they’re just ridiculous ones). The problem here is that the users metabolism and emotional state may well remain “locked in” for weeks after such a dose. If the user was awake and calm when he or she took the stuff, they’ll remain awake and calm even if a frantic burst of activity or sleep is called for. If they’re in the middle of a fight, they’ll stay in “combat mode”. If they’re asleep when it’s administered, they’ll stay that way.
This dosage level “stabilizes” the users metabolism to the point of almost halting it. Essentially it induces deep hibernation – leaving the user resistant to aging, hunger, thirst, lack of oxygen, and temperatures within the basically liveable range, as well as delaying the effects of poison, diseases, and similar troubles. The effects usually persist for months.
This dosage level induces “cold sleep” – and paralysis – an effect that may persist for decades without harm to the user. The users food, water, air, and warmth, requirements are virtually nonexistent during this period. Similarly, he or she enjoys a complete immunity to disease and toxins. Sadly, the user has no way of waking up voluntarily; some sort of counteragent is usually necessary – and usually requires hours or days to work. Magical, psychic, and ultra-tech powers may or may not influence the time requirement, depending on how they operate. Individuals in cold sleep may survive for many centuries unharmed.
This dosage level induces total stasis, rendering the user virtually invulnerable to harm, but requiring some very special measures to counteract. An overdose is not possible; total stasis is as far as it goes.
Side Effects: Dosage levels 3+ occasionally induce a dulling of the users intellect and senses, especially if and when the user is required to react quickly. Reports of loss of appetite and slight dehydration are also common. None of these effects are serious; at most it’s like waking up a bit woozy and ready to eat.