No proper bowl of tomuga is complete without the proper spicy bite of freshly grated hotclaw.
Of course the best hotclaw trees grow in the foothills of the Darlom Mountains in the summer, and if you're lucky you can find nice ripe pods, before they go to seed. Transporting them home before they mature is tricky considering they need to be kept at an ideal moisture level, neither to dry lest they open, or too wet, lest they develop mildew.
Now when grating hotclaw, one needs to take care not to get the oils or dust in one's eyes. more than one would be chef has gone permanently blind in a moment of distraction.
As an aside, I once heard of a chef in Aralia who attempted to use Dragon Claw as a substitute. I do believe he is still serving time in prison for his failed assassination of his Patron, so I do recommend asking a local guide to help distinguish between the two varietals. - Aethios, Tavern Owner
- Common Names
- Hot Claw, Is Paib (Waejir)
- Cedar-like tree with hook shaped cones. Similar to Fire Claw in form, but has a more yellow colour.
- Life Cycle
- Spice - The cones are ground and used as a spice, that is much more acidic in flavour than Fire Claw. Hot Claw will bring about nasal discharge, and tears. It is used to raise the apparent temperature of dishes.