My dear reader,
Alethia (Greek, of course. In English, ‘truth’) found its origins in the 16th century when a doctor in Pedro de Alvarado’s company, sent to explore and conquer Guatemala, came across the substance in a primitive form in a village they passed. It was used in this village mainly for medicinal and religious ceremony purposes, but the doctor, Juan Hernandez (who was a member of the Sovereign Order), immediately saw its potential applications. Alethia did not dull the mind’s ability to think clearly, but relaxed the subject and eliminated barriers to speaking freely. The efficacy came under scrutiny in the early 20th century when it was proven that the resulting desire for compliance in the subject may lead them to say what they felt the questioner wants to hear, and not necessarily the truth.
Over 40 ingredients were used in making Alethia, many of them rare and exotic. Included among them were bufotenine from the glands of rhinella marina and the crushed seeds of brugmansia aurea. A dosage under normal circumstances was considered to be 4-6 minims. The dosages had to be monitored carefully, as subjects were known to die after ingesting 12 minims, though most people were rendered unconscious after 7. The Sovereign Order does not use Alethia today, as several ingredients have since gone extinct.