by Yen Shu Liao
|Native to||Unclaimed Hills|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
Appearance and Anatomy
by SheepBlackbane by Yen Shu LiaoBlackbane, in the style of a botanical study by Yen Shu LiaoDried blackbane
Dried blackbane leaves are poisonous. Ingesting them causes paralysis which in turn keeps the victim from being able to breathe. The dried leaves are said to become more potent the longer they are aged. Victims of blackbane poisining have visibly darkened skin afterwards. Blackbane is difficult to make. After drying the leaves, it is made into a gum. Eating Blackbane is not as ideal as getting Blackbane into the blood, as it kills quickly.
During his time in Tvlakv's slave caravan, Kaladin managed to find a blackbane plant and hid a few leaves in a makeshift belt. One night he had taken them out to contemplate what he planned to do with them thinking of either trying to poison Tvlakv or committing suicide. He ended up accidentally crushing and subsequently losing them in his anger over Tvlakv's execution of a sick slave. Syl was curious about the leaves but Kaladin was reluctant to tell her anything. Later, Syl tracks down a blackbane leaf for Kaladin in a misguided attempt to cheer him. She gets back with it as Kaladin is getting ready to give up and jump into the Honor Chasm. She was unaware that blackbane is poisonous, but had noticed that Kaladin seemed to become depressed after losing the leaves. She hoped that having a new one would cheer him up and renew his desire to fight. Thanks to this kind (though misguided) action on Syl's part, Kaladin decides against jumping and returns to Bridge Four with renewed purpose.
Wikim gave Shallan the bag of dried blackbane that he had been carrying for over a year, to indicate that he no longer wanted to kill himself due to her compassion in directing his study. She eventually used it in an attempt to kill her father Lin after he killed his wife Malise Gevelmar.
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