On March 5, 2013, Wing Commander: New Horizon MUSH was shut down due to lack of activity. Thanks to the staff and players for your support. We had a good run and created some amazing memories. Keep in touch on the Facebook page for the game, which will be preserved.
The entire game's codebase and database (minus player information) has been open-sourced and released to the public, and the game itself is back up to help support the code at wcmush.com 2199!
A refined sap-like substance from a plant native to Sting, 'Audrey' is so named because the plant it's harvested from is specifically carnivorous; large, similar to a Venus Flytrap, but more aggressive than an idle trap. Apparently an ancient Earth musical play had a character similar to this, since part of the plant's botanical name includes this. The plant, once it captures its prey, secretes the unrefined version of this substance, which causes numbing, relaxes the muscles, and puts the victim into a euphoric state.
Obviously, death follows from the plant digesting people shortly afterwards, but at least it's not a pleasant way to go.
Distilled down into a sap-like form, this drug is usually further dehydrated into a fine powder and taken by basic ingestion, or mixed into food, drink, or with other drugs. Another common way to use it is to mix it with medical alcohol, rendering it into an inhalant similar to ether or chloroform. Because of the relaxed, hallucinogenic euphoria it renders, a mixture like this is often used for kidnappings on Sting's surface, and is generally easy to procure in this sector, with the right contacts.
Imbibing the drug has immediate effects; the user feels relaxed, blissful, and the euphoria often lasts for up to hours on end. The hallucinogenic properties tend to last a bit longer, and are hard to predict; unlike mescaline, Audrey works more similarly to LSD, where the user's subconscious is left to its own devices, bringing up strange and often nonsensical images unique to each user. Another similarity to LSD would be the drug's affinity to linger in the user's systems for longer periods than expected; test cases have had patients experiencing new hallucinations days after taking an initial dose, well after the original 'high' has ended.
Side-effects are as follows, and may vary from relatively minor to severe: Runny nose, nausea, fatigue, low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, vomiting, nosebleeds, and heart failure. The addiction rate is relatively high, and no known 'treatment' exists, outside of no longer ingesting the drug.