Behind The Game - How About A Nice Hot Cocoa?

Produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree, what we call "chocolate" has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America, with its earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican peoples made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Since the Olman are clearly an analogue for, and amalgamation of, the real world's Mesoamaerican tribes, it's obvious that, if chocolate is going to enter into the world of Corwyn, it will come from here. Matlalihuitl shares "xocolatl" with the characters. Avner doesn't like it because it's really bitter, but he can't stop drinking it - a reference to it's addictive properties (and a tip of the hat to the Simpsons bit involving the "Tomacco"). Tonatiuh also shares "xocoatl" with Viselys. These are the same drink, but presumably there is a dialectic difference in the names (which is good, since it would be best if it eventually intorduced to Sasserine by the common-ized name "chocolate.")

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