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Hishi is a type of seaweed that has a strong, peculiar odor, and can be processed in such a fashion that it becomes a base for use in the manufacture of perfumes.

While the harvest and sale of hishi is not by itself illegal in the Dragaeran Empire, there are heavy import taxes for those who wish to bring it from outside the borders of the Empire. Given the value of hishi relative to its low bulk and weight, combined with the fact that some of the best harvesting areas for the plant are near the shores of Elde Island (outside the Empire), hishi has become an attractive commodity for smugglers.

One such smuggler was the Tsalmoth Bereth, who took out a loan from Vlad Taltos in order to set up a processing operation for smuggled hishi.

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