Athsat is a potent and deadly poison, which acts quite quickly, causing difficulty in breathing, violent convulsions, and finally, err, death. Unusually, it is harmless unless activated by the victim’s own physical excitement – likely responding to hormonal triggers.
A rare and highly expensive poison, it originates in Nyissa, and is rarely sold to foreigners – and only then at prices that make its regular one seem cheap in comparison.
Communion is a deeply sinister drug, and all the more so for being legal. In a future of ecological catastrophe and over-population, that government has sanctioned mass suicides. They even provide the drug for them, at no charge: Communion.
The drug has two parts: a neurotoxin absorbed through your saliva, and a muscle relaxant that kicks in more slowly, killing you softly and painlessly.
Unless, of course, your mouth is dry from the excitement of your impending end, in which case the neurotoxin won’t work and the muscle relaxant will, killing you, but only after a minute or so of anguish in which time you are fully conscious but unable to move.
One of the deadliest poisons known to the world of the two moons, fijana is particularly popular among the Asharites, and has been used on more than one occasion in political assassinations, the best known of which was the killing of King Almalik of Cartada, the last Lion of Al-Rassan by Ammar ibn-Khairan and his own son, Prince Almalik.
fijana is a subtle poison with no strong flavour, administered either orally or to the bloodstream for a quicker effect. When ingested, it causes a congestion of the blood vessels, leading to the throat of the victim swelling shut only seconds before heart failure results in death. fijana is, thankfully, rare and expensive.
A mysterious and deadly substance, Ortho Orange #42 has been illegally dumped by an un-named American corporation in at least one vacant lot, possibly in Philadelphia. Little is known of its chemical composition or intended use, but its effects on both human and canine subjects are well-documented.
One human subject, “Scotty”, developed a blood-clotting disorder as a result of his exposure, in addition to his skin turning green, losing his sight, and requiring nasal tubes to breathe. At this point, barring a miracle, his prognosis is terminal. A canine subject experienced less dramatic effects, although his once grey fur was changed to a yellow shade by exposure to the same substance.
Both a drug and a poison, Poudre de la Mort Vraie – The Powder of True Death or Powder of the True Death, depending on your translator – is specifically designed for use by vampires. Created by Signalman Reynolds, formely of His Majesty’s British Army, it is extremely potent and addictive to vampires.
Reynolds, whose own wife had been a vampire, spent decades discovering how to create a substance that vampires would be attracted to. The actual formula for the creation of the grey powder is unknown, although it includes the dust of ground up mummies and assorted alchemical treatments.
Its effect on vampires is exactly what Reynolds intended: it has a euphoric rush, but leaves the vampire overwhlemed with the guilt of all their actions (both as a human and as a vampire) and not at all hungry for blood. The idea is that the vampire will be tortured by both remorse and starvation as they slowly wither away to nothing – the taste of blood will lead a vampire who has consumed Poudre de la Mort Vraie retch and vomit.
A large enough dose of the untainted blood of another vampire will throw off the effects of the drug, and a small enough dose can be outlasted – after a few days, normal vampiric instincts will reassert themselves.
Printimpolivre-bioxene is both an hallucinogen and a paranoic. A reasonably well known compound to medical science (at least, in 2085), it is particularly effective against the alien Shorshian race.
It is often used as a poison. People who have been dosed with it can sometimes be detected by the sickly sweet odour it emits in their perspiration, by medical analysis of their bloodstream, and of course, because they’ve suddenly started seeing things that aren’t there and not trusting anyone.
Related drugs: Castran’s Binder, Miccrano, Modhra Coral, QuixHeal and Saarix-5.
A deadly poison, Saarix-5 is a nerve gas. It is quick acting, but also fairly quick to disperse, as it oxidises on exposure to the air. It is almost universally deadly to all species exposed to it, including humans, Bellidos, Cimmaheen, Juriani and Halkas.
Saarix-5 is also able to be stored as an inert solid, in which form it is fairly safe, and can safely be handled with bare skin. Such forms are often used to smuggle the gas through checkpoints, usually with some sort of quick detonation device attached to allow its use.
Related drugs: Castran’s Binder, Miccrano, Modhra Coral, QuixHeal and Printimpolivre-bioxene.
Perhaps more indicative of the insanity of the Joker than anything else about him, Smilex is a deadly poison that causes horrific facial deformations, usually in form of a rictus grin.
Smilex is made in both liquid and gaseous forms – the gas resembles a green smoke. The liquid can be mixed into almost any foodstuffs.
The puzzling thing about Smilex is the business plan behind its distribution. The Joker gives it away, seeking the widest possible range of people inn Gotham, with the intent of killing them. Surely, this is insanity by any modern standard: the total absence of anything even resembling a profit motive – in fact, the Joker probably took a loss on the deal.
Weedosoros is a magical poison, taught a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little is known about it, other than that it was one of the many potions used by Severus Snape.
Related Drugs: Fire Protection Potion and Weedosoros