Goods/Beverages

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Equipment category: F - Food. Nutrients[edit]

beverages are the liquids consumed by sophonts. Many of thee are prepared. Brewing in one of the oldest arts known to most species as the learn agriculture and the need to preserve foods. Distillation is another early technology to either increase the percentage of alcohol or other fermentation products, or simply to remove toxins.

However, a few species have unconventional or even exotic biochemistries and require food of different varieties, sometimes organic materials with different chirality, chemical composition, pH acidity, or even variations of the basic substances of life.


Adwuj

Adwuj
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr3
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Adwuj is a slightly syrupy beverage, usually served heated. Adwuj's bitter-sweet flavor has often been described as a cross between licorice, cinnamon, and burnt wood. It made from the fermented sap of several varieties of trees on Gaajpadje (Reaver's Deep 1124).

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Altmac

Altmac
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–5
Cost Cr5
Size 0.2 liters
Weight 0.2 kg

Altmac is a cocktail with four different alcoholic beverages and one non-alcoholic mixer. The drink is common in the Massilia/Zarushagaar area. Served in a large glass, this drink is a transparent blue, contains carbonic acid and is, despite its high alcoholic percentage, quite refreshing.

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Aquapur

Aquapur
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Cr10
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Aquapur is a fine liqueur from Hihlas (Reaver's Deep 1537). Brewed from fickleweed, Aquapur commands a high price and is exported throughout the sector.

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Argian Bhair

Argian Bhair
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Cr3
Size 0.5 liters
Weight 500g

Genuine Argian Bhair is made using Sii Hops, Flauk and Wvefruit mixed with Gaesh Grain on Sii (Dagudashaag 0932) where it's allowed to mature in dark caverns for up to three years before being exported to Argi where the secret ingredient is added, it is then bottled, ready for sale. Unfortunately several other planets also now produce their own brand Argian Bhair. These brands often use inferior produce or substitutes and lack the secret Argian ingredient or process to ensure the same quality as genuine Argian Bhair.

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Atrake

Atrake
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–2
Cost Cr10
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Atrake is a fruity wine produced on Zila (Spinward Marches 2908) from trakes. Atrake enjoys a solid reputation within the Aramis Subsector as a quality wine.

Trakes grown on Pysadi, however, are acknowledged to be of superior quality to those grown on Zila, and atrake produced from Pysadian trakes is also superior; since winemaking is illegal on Pysadi (Spinward Marches 3008), the logistics of producing atrake from Pysadian trakes can be complex and the price is correspondingly high.

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Bolar

Bolar
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–6
Cost Cr10
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Bolar is a light alcoholic beverage containing carbonic acid common in Massilia Sector.

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Calabaa

Calabaa
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr0.4
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Description[edit]

Calabaa is made from the Calabaa Tree; a plant that grows on Tainted Atmosphere worlds and has a good tolerance of a number of common taints yet still yields a palatable beverage.

Calabaa is quite acidic, has a strong taste of Apple (Pentyl pentanoate), and has a minor hangover suppressing effect in Humans and Vargr. It is a mild stimulant. Calabaa has been described as an acquired taste. Preparation is a simple matter of steeping the ground fibres in boiling water for a few minutes. Calabaa should be drunk when hot. Below 20 degrees Celsius, it can become unpalatably tart.

Hallin Products was a bulk supplier of Calabaa to the Million Subsector from plantations on Gabrael (Deneb 2807) and Ikhaba (Deneb 2905).

Prodution Process[edit]

Calabaa is created from dried and ground Calabaa Stones from the Calabaa Tree.

History[edit]

Calabaa was present on a number of worlds in Corridor, Deneb, Tuglikki and Provence Sectors at the start of the Third Imperium but its origin is obscure. It is rumored to have arrived with the Vargr even before the Long Night set in.

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Coffee

Coffee Granules
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr1
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 250 g
Coffee Beans
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr5
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 500 g

Description[edit]

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species.

Coffee is darkly colored, bitter, slightly acidic and has a stimulating effect in Humans, primarily due to its caffeine content.

Coffee bushes require warm Worlds with adequate rainfall and good sunlight - Preferably from stars in the range G0 to G5. The water needs to be relatively untainted because the berries can concentrate many impurities and this will adversely affects flavour. The farmers then process the berries to give the coffee beans or granules most people will recognise.

Coffee may be purchased as dried granules that may be steeped in water to give a good quality beverage, or as roasted beans that need grinding before the steeping process can occur. The latter is generally a more expensive option because of the cachet associated with the act of coffee grinding, and the quality of beans used in that process.

History[edit]

It was long said that if you looked into the Ships of the Imperial Navy you would find Coffee in the fuel tanks. Introduced by the Solomani to any planet where it would grow in order to supply their navy in the Interstellar Wars, this beverage is now widespread throughout Charted Space.

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Iystyos

Iystyos
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–7
Cost Cr2
Size 0.5 liters
Weight 0.5 kg

Iystyos is an inexpensive intoxicant beverage popular with Aslan spaceship crews. The grain from which it is brewed is native to Kusyu (Dark Nebula 1226) and has been imported to almost every Aslan world where it could be grown. The brew often causes hallucinations in Humans who are unwary enough to try it.

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Jaihe (nutriment)

Jaihe
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–5
Cost Cr1
Size 0.5 liter
Weight 0.5 kg

Jaihe is a popular hot beverage processed from Jaihe plant, a native to Rejhappur (Reaver's Deep 1218).

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Kredl Milk

Kredl Milk
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr0.5
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Kredl are a livestock animal native to Zhdant (Zhodane 2719). The Zhodani have exported the Kredl throughout the Zhodani Consulate where the highly nutritious Kredl milk is a commodity, with a growing in popularity in Vargr and Imperial space.

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Lancer lager 6%

Lancer larger
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Cr1
Size 0.5 liter
Weight 0.5 kg

Lancer largr features an Imperial Drop marine in full armour on a bright red can. Slightly more popular than Sunburst due to its higher strength but it's also more expensive but still common throughout the Marches.

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Marttylla

Marttylla
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Cr200
Size 1 liter
Weight 1 kg

Marttylla is a potent honey distilled on Thellalae (The Beyond ) very popular for its inhibition-loosening effects. The effects last two to five hours, depending upon circumstances.

Imbibed by sophonts with Psionic potential the effects last longer (up to 12 hours), have even more of an inhibition loosening effect, and disrupt their ability to use their powers while under its effects. This has led to Marttylla being banned in the Zhodani Consulate.

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Narcolethe

Narcolethe
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–10
Cost Cr5000
Size 1 liter
Weight 1 kg

Narcolethe is finest liquor known—no side effects and no hangovers. It is soothing, charming, subtle, intoxicating, inspiring, aphrodisiac, and stimulating. Also, expensive and rare, often used for bribes in intelligence work when available. Some worlds (with law levels of 9+) consider possession of Narcolethe to be illegal, and promptly confiscate any liters to be found for the personal consumption of police and government officials.

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Od Su

Od Su
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–2
Cost Cr10
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Od Su is a Ral Rantan liquor of extreme potency, Od su is widely distributed in the Hinterworlds Sector and Glimmerdrift Reaches Sector.

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Ricernay

Ricernay
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–2
Cost Cr30
Size 1 liter
Weight 1 kg

The most famed product from Raydrad (Spinward Marches 2933) is Ricernay, "a powerful yet mellow golden liquid", brewed from the cereal crops grown on Raydrad, that commands high prices among aficionados of fine spirits.

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Scuf

Scuf
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Cr0.5
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Scuf is a dark, warm beverage which is mildly addictive, which is common in the Domain of Deneb, where a large percentage of the population drink it for breakfast or between meals. Normally, scuf contains caffeine, although caffeine-free scuf is also available.

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Shinkili

Shinkili
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–4
Cost Cr5
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Shinkili is a form of spirits, served in Zarushagar and Massilia Sectors. This transparent yellow drink is not appreciated by some people due to its somewhat bitter taste.

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Stave Whisky

Stave Whisky
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–2
Cost Cr5
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Stave corn, a food crop native to Stave (Spinward Marches 0710), ground and fermented to create Stave whisky, a very mild yet richly alcoholic beverage. This forms one of the primary exports from Stave for the native Obeyery.

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Sunburst Lager 4%

Sunburst Lager
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–3
Cost Cr1
Size 0.5 liter
Weight 0.5 kg

Sunburst lager 4% is a very common lager produced throughout the Spinward Marches Sector. Cheap and cheerful, it features a prominent Imperial Yellow Sunburst on its otherwise plain silver can.

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Susnur Ale

Susnur Ale
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–2
Cost
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Susnur Ale is a popular alcoholic beverage brewed on Scapa/Nightrim (Reaver's Deep 2515) that has a sweet aroma but is bitter to the taste. It has become popular on the naval bases as its intoxicating effects wear off within an hour, no matter how much is consumed.

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Temporal Tonic Wine

Temporal tonic wine
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr0.1
Size 750.0 ml
Weight 750.0 g

Temporal tonic wine is a "Tonic Wine" produced exclusively by the Vargr monks at the monastry of Ghoerrughz, Canine Time Worshippers on the island of Four Winds on Emerald (Spinward Marches 1006).

Temporal Tonic Wine is deep brown almost black in colour, it is sold in a very distinctive large 750ml, dark green screwcap bottle. The label itself is a notoriously bright yellow in colour and features (alongside the large black lettering of the name itself and requisite alcohol content details) the profile of a large black Vargr head, it is grinning (possibly as if drunk) has large staring eyes and a slobbering tongue hanging out of its greying muzzle (hence the name "Old Dog")

The high strength (15%) of this drink is legendary.

The wine was originally sold in tiny quantities by the monastery itself, claiming many medicinal and health benefits with the slogan "Four small glasses a day, for great health and lively blood" (no one ever dared add "a glossy coat" to this motto!) Eventually, the recipe was changed for the wine to appeal to a wider customer base, resulting in increased sales.

Recently, "Old Dog" has attained a surprising level of popularity within bohemian and working-class communities in certain parts of The Spinward Marches.

Amongst the student community on Regina (Spinward Marches 1910) a fanzine called Old Dog Supernova ran for nearly a decade in the years immediately following the Fourth Frontier War.

In several areas of the Marches it is known as "Startown Table Wine" (A reference to the ubiquity of the drink throughout the various slums of the Marches Startowns where the drink is so common that it can even be found "on tap" in some of the worst bars and gambling dens).

Its iconic stature within the rough, criminal underclass is impossible to over-emphasize and groups of lowlifes can frequently be seen drinking it out of the bottle at all times of the day and night in starports, parks and other public places.

Old Dog and its surrounding culture is so notorious that if is even referred to in popular culture and song (see "Got my dog" by Terran rock band "Deadhead", and the jazz fusion bongo epic of "Dogtime" by experimental Aramisian quartet "Imperial Air".)

Aside from "Old Dog", other nicknames include "The Hair of the Dog", "Barker Ale", "Clawvine" and "Rocket Fuel" (taken from the notorious incident when Captain Brett Klaag (RIP), a swashbuckling freetrader and notorious drunk attempted to fuel his Beowulf (Nelson’s Pride) with a salvaged crate of Temporal Tonic Wine resulting in the predictably disastrous deaths of himself, his crew and over a dozen starport workers as the ship crashed immediately following takeoff).

Attempts to Control[edit]

There have been many calls over the years for the drink to be restricted or withheld from general sale from both local law enforcement agencies, community welfare groups, and the local Imperial nobility. Many highlight Temporal Tonic Wine as being particularly responsible for disorderly behaviour, crime and general social deprivation.

Magnus Berkstrom, former chairman of local Regina Startown community group "Neighbourhood Action" even called for the drink to be banned outright. He faced an immediate and virulent demonstration by armed locals chanting “Save our Dog”. A violent confrontation was only avoided when a local unit of the Imperial Army Reserve was diverted to the scene with full riot gear. As a direct result of this affair, Mr Berkstom received correspondence from legal teams acting on behalf of the monks of Ghoerrughz. He was subsequently ruined and is rumoured to have fallen into alcoholism himself. A further consequence of Mr Berkstroms’ activities was that sales of Old Dog increased substantially as a direct result of his comments.

A further attack was made by Jonas Du’Pree, the Regina Medical School’s spokeperson. In a public announcement he described Temporal Tonic Wine as "A completely irresponsible drink in its own right and a huge influence on anti-social and reprehensible behaviour”. The monks of Ghoerrughz returned fire by accusing Du’Pree of exhibiting "Despicable manners" and an "utter and complete lack of good judgement".

Ultimately the Emperor Strephon himself entered the debate stating that “While, clearly Temporal Tonic Wine, as this Old Dog is referred to amongst the lower orders, is particularly attractive to the worst elements of our fine society and has, in fact, become somewhat of a badge of pride amongst them, we cannot allow ourselves to deny the availability of this drink to those upstanding members of our Imperium who do desire to enjoy this drink responsibly and those who seek to generate income from its distribution and sale.”

Ultimately all efforts to ban or restrict Temporal Tonic Wine have been completely ineffectual as the revenue gained from the importation of the drink is such that the Imperium is loath to restrict its trade.

The Vargr of Ghoerrughz and their distribution partners continue to strenuously deny that their product is in any way harmful, stating that it is both legally and responsibly enjoyed by the vast majority of purchasers.

Additionally, they also hasten to point out that such areas identified with its acute misuse have been both socially and economically deprived for many, many years, and that Temporal Tonic Wine represents less than three percent of the total alcohol sales in these areas.

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Vilnaf

Vilnaf
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–2
Cost Cr5
Size 0.2 liters
Weight 0.2 kg

Vilnaf is a light alcoholic beverage common in Deneb and Spinward Marches. It contains carbonic acid; this milky drink is very refreshing when drunk in small quantities.

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Wynrum

Wynrum
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–0
Cost Cr5
Size 0.5 liters
Weight 500.0 g

Wynrum is a cheap alcoholic beverage known for a robust flavour and a heady kick. The basic half-litre bottle is sold for about Cr5 and is ready after just 48 hours. Fine Wynrum sells at nearer Cr15 per bottle - and the Distilled Wynrum also sells for about Cr15 per bottle, but this has a higher alcohol content and requires aging. The casks needed are the main limitation on the production process for the distilled version.

Wynrum was discovered by a group of Imperial Marines on shore-leave who tried to make their own booze after their battalion had drunk the starport tavern dry. After they left the service, they returned to Wyn and began to make the beverage commercially.

The huge population at Khouth allowed the company to start a small export trade...some of the goods being traded on-route to the Vargr at Fel.

The interstellar trade in Wynrum dried up with the Abandonment of Wyn.

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Yakka Juice

Yakka Juice
Type Beverages
Tech Level TL–1
Cost Cr10
Size 1.0 liter
Weight 1.0 kg

Yakka Juice is a range of alcoholic beverages prepared from dried Ferlengith reeds. The most expensive Yakka juice is made from the Yarminan subspecies of Ferlengith reed.

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25 Beverages items[edit]

Item Type TL Size Weight Cost
Adwuj Beverages 0 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr3
Altmac Beverages 5 0.2 liters 0.2 kg Cr5
Aquapur Beverages 3 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr10
Argian Bhair Beverages 3 0.5 liters 500g Cr3
Atrake Beverages 2 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr10
Bolar Beverages 6 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr10
Calabaa Beverages 0 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr0.4
Coffee Beverages 0 1.0 liter 250 g Cr1
Coffee Beverages 0 1.0 liter 500 g Cr5
Iystyos Beverages 7 0.5 liters 0.5 kg Cr2
Jaihe (nutriment) Beverages 5 0.5 liter 0.5 kg Cr1
Kredl Milk Beverages 0 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr0.5
Lancer lager 6% Beverages 3 0.5 liter 0.5 kg Cr1
Marttylla Beverages 3 1 liter 1 kg Cr200
Narcolethe Beverages 10 1 liter 1 kg Cr5000
Od Su Beverages 2 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr10
Ricernay Beverages 2 1 liter 1 kg Cr30
Scuf Beverages 3 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr0.5
Shinkili Beverages 4 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr5
Stave Whisky Beverages 2 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr5
Sunburst Lager 4% Beverages 3 0.5 liter 0.5 kg Cr1
Susnur Ale Beverages 2 1.0 liter 1.0 kg
Temporal Tonic Wine Beverages 0 750.0 ml 750.0 g Cr0.1
Vilnaf Beverages 2 0.2 liters 0.2 kg Cr5
Wynrum Beverages 0 0.5 liters 500.0 g Cr5
Yakka Juice Beverages 1 1.0 liter 1.0 kg Cr10