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A glass of shade of the evening © Fantasy Flight Games
with shade of the evening © Fantasy Flight Games
Shade of the evening is a thick, blue wine, peculiar to the warlocks of Qarth. It is made from the inky blue leaves that grow on the black-barked trees found around the House of the Undying.
It is deep blue and viscous, flowing like honey. It has an unappetising smell and initial taste, having been compared to ink, spoiled meat, and rotten flesh, but upon swallowing tastes like all things its imbiber has ever tasted, and more.
It is used heavily by the warlocks of Qarth, whose lips have been turned blue by its extended use.
Those known to drink shade of the evening
A Clash of Kings
Xaro Xhoan Daxos tells Daenerys that the warlocks of Qarth drink shade of the evening until their lips turn blue.
Pyat Pree gives Daenerys shade of the evening to prepare her for her entrance into the House of the Undying...
||Dany raised the glass to her lips. The first sip tasted like ink and spoiled meat, foul, but when she swallowed it seemed to come to life within her. She could feel tendrils spreading through her chest, like fingers of fire coiling around her heart, and on her tongue was a taste like honey and anise and cream, like mother’s milk and Drogo’s seed, like red meat and hot blood and molten gold. It was all the tastes she had ever known, and none of them … and then the glass was empty.
A Feast for Crows
Euron Greyjoy gives his brother Victarion a cup of shade of the evening, claiming to have taken possession of a cask from a captured galleas out of Qarth which was carrying warlocks. Victarion tries a small amount and promptly spits it out, referring to it as foul.
||One draught will serve only to unstop your ears and dissolve the caul from off your eyes, so that you may hear and see the truths that will be laid before you.
– Pyat Pree
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