A cover-up by the members of the faculty of sciences to create large amounts of illegal drug substances, such at Methamphetamine, Heroine, and many others. Students who discover such secrets are subjected to the Liquid Nitrogen Torture.
"Wow! That's a whole lot of Meth Ice!"
"Yea, and we have to pour liquid nitrogen on you now"
"yea...welcome to the Real University"
Thought to be of extremely high value, well before the 14th century. Often confused with gold, in terms of value when bartering for other merchandise at local market hubs. Only the pirates were experts on knowing the difference.
Argh there matey! what say me give you this ounce of cheese for your clothes?