Cathar's Treacle, properly known as plaudamentum and also as just "treacle", is an alembant drunk twice daily by lahzars to prevent their surgically implanted organs from spasming. Failure to drink their treacle beyond a few days will cause a lahzar's organs to start to rot from the inside and if a week goes by without it, they are effectively dead. Some lahzars choose to make their own treacle while others have it made for them by their factotum or a dispensurist or skold. As it only keeps for a few hours at most, Cathar's Treacle must be made fresh each time. It has a black, oily appearance and is foul-smelling.
Cathar's Treacle is mainly composed of five separate ingredients or bases, each in proportion to each other:
- 10 parts water
- 1 part bezoariac
- 1/2 part of rhatany
- 1/4 of Sugar of Nnun
- 1 of xthylistic curd
- 1/2 of belladonna (optional)
Non-standard optional ingredients include:
- Boil water.
- Add bezoriac and rhatany and stir.
- When the mixture is boiling, add xthylistic curd.
- When the brew is properly mixed and even, remove pot from flame and add Sugar of Nnun.