Akkadris

An alchemical preparation usually in the form of a dust, Akkadris is a euphoric and stimulant. It is highly addictive, causing withdrawal symptoms including profuse sweating and mood swings in those who attempt to quit it.

It is also highly illegal, and because it is more commonly a drug of the well-to-do than of those closer to street level, many Akkadris users labour under the dual burdens of addiction… and blackmail.

Blue Shock

Blue Shock looks like a shiny blue cough syrup and kicks like amyl nitrate’s bigger, stronger brother. Generally taken in doses of no more than a teaspoonful at a time, the immediate result of ingestion is agonising pain.

Fortunately, the pain wears off after a few seconds, leaving every nerve in the body more sensitive than usual. As such, it can be used to heighten sexual pleasure (and it is popular in Al Amarja’s S&M scene for both its effects).

Of course, having your sense of touch heightened also makes pain more intense, so it’s not all good. Not to mention the statistically improbable correlation between Blue Shock use and spontaneous combustion.

Related Drugs: Communion, MDA-Cubed, Nightmare, Relapse, Slo-Mo, Wings and Zorro.

Buzz

Buzz is one of many designer drugs developed by Orange County pharmacologist Sandy Chapman, and like most of his output, it is a colourless liquid that is taken by dropping directly into the eye.

Buzz is a low grade stimulant, enough to keep you pleasantly energetic, but not enough to induce teeth grinding, paranoia or other such symptoms.

Related Drugs: Apprehension of Beauty, California Mello, Funnybone, Get Wired, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality

Dilligenz

A drug that makes it possible to work even harder would only ever be popular in one place: the Action Center, where people have been known to have their need for sleep surgically removed. Technically, Dilligenz is illegal, but since a cabal of its users informally seized power in the Action Centre, that’s more or less a moot point.

The real problem with Dilligenz is that it’s made from the brains of other human beings. The process is as painless as anything involving a syringe can be, but tends to leave the ‘donor’ rather docile. As bad a crime against humanity that is, Dilligenz II is worse: a stronger version of the drug, it tends to leave its ‘donors’ in persistent vegetative states. Which is why none of them are volunteers.

Or not.

Actually, all of the above is a story put about for political reasons connected to maneuverings inside the Action Centre. In truth, Dilligenz is manufactured from a plant extract, and what limited effects it has are placebos.

Related Drugs: Dopaz, Jahavan coffee and Strim

Ent-Draughts

It’s somewhat unclear whether Ent-Draughts are some form of enchanted juice or some form of enchanted water. Certainly it is loved by Ents, as Treebeard keeps a supply laid in. But what is most attention-grabbing about this liquid the effect that it has on hobbits.

Even a single draught will cause feelings of extreme well-being and act as a restorative to good health and boundless energy.

In the cases of Merry and Pippin, it even caused them to grow a considerable amount, making them two of the tallest hobbits ever. Presumably, it would have analogous effects on humans, although thiis has never been tested – and the only species to drink Ent-Draughts are the Ents themselves. The effect it has on them is unclear, although it is implied to be a mild intoxicant.

Related drugs: Athelas, Miruvóre and Pipe-Weed

Eucharist

The true nature and origin of Eucharist is a closely guarded secret in the Empire of Golgoth. In fact, only he (and a few lieutenants whose curiosity exceeded their loyalty) know how the drug is made.

Eucharist is a highly addictive stimulant (possibly even at mutagenic levels) and euphoric, described by its users as better than sex (although not, apparently, better than sex and Eucharist combined), although its effects wear off in time. Golgoth gives it only to his most trusted inner circle as a means of both empowering them and ensuring their loyalty – and even then, only once a month. It is generally in the form of standard sized capsules, red and white in colour. It is unclear if anyone has ever survived withdrawal from it, but it is widely agreed that going cold turky from it is a terrible physical and emotional ordeal.

The true secret of Eucharist is perhaps the only thing about it that is more horrific than withdrawing from it would be: it is in fact the unprocessed blood of an alien superhero named Endymion, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men… and who was defeated, imprisoned and used as a source of Eucharist by Golgoth.

Fastlife

Fastlife is an all-natural, legal stimulant created by Quint Herbal Supplements, with extensive R&D support from elements of Earnshaw Pharmaceutical. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it turned out that Fastlife caused heart attacks among some users, which led to a court case directed against Quint, the founder of the company bearing his name.

Earnshaw’s money tried to keep this killing drug on the shelves, but the involvement of the Leverage Consulting and Associates team managed to defeat them.

Related Drugs: Vioplex

Fayalin

Fayalin is a naturally occurring drug found in the fruit of a native Crevenian shrub. The drug, when extracted from the fruit, is usually drunk in tea, and has a red colour.

It is a mild stimulant with no intoxicating effects, and is considered a luxury item in many parts of the galaxy. Its consumption is often ritualised, and it is somewhat addictive.

Related Drugs:: Bentlam, Ladolian, Hadive, Nitrolabe, Thionite, Vee-Two Gas and VXN Gas.

Focusyn

Focusyn is an experimental drug that has effects like a stronger version of Ritalin, sometimes prescribed to particularly severe cases of ADD. It has a number of effects, including improved curiosity and mental focus, both of which make the user a better student. It also, peculiarly, makes them more polite, which may be an effect of increased empathy.

However, Focusyn has a perceived negative effect as well: it is often seen as making the user somewhat paranoid, and prone to imagining baroque conspiracies. The case of Bartholemew Simpson of Springvale, who believed he had detected spy satellites operated by Major League Baseball. Simpson was quickly weaned off the drug due to his paranoia, regardless of the fact that he was in fact not paranoid – he succeeded in shooting down one of the actual satellites, suggesting that his paranoia was actually a view of reality that was more accurate than most people’s.

Friends

Friends are a series of slightly varying stimulants, created by the biochemist Gail in post-pandemic Melbourne, Australia. They’re a slow release amphetamine, peaking several hours after they are taken.

Different versions of the recipe appear to differ in their level of intoxicating power, although all types of Friends seem to have at least some effect in this direction. The drug is mildly addictive and absolutely illegal under the near-theocracy that is post-pandemic Australia’s Nation First government, but is for some reason produced in capsule form and sold in blister packs like aspirin.

Get Wired

Get Wired is one of many designer drugs developed by Orange County pharmacologist Sandy Chapman, and like most of his output, it is a colourless liquid that is taken by dropping directly into the eye.

A potent stimulant that is a great party drug, but probably not so good in any other context, Get Wired isn’t the most popular of Chapman’s output, but it’s probably the most fun.

Related Drugs: Apprehension of Beauty, Buzz, California Mello, Funnybone, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality

Happy Pills

Little is known of Happy Pills, a highly addictive drug apparently created by Shi’ar criminals. Indeed, it’s likely that Happy Pills is only a nickname for the drug.

What little can be inferred regarding the drug suggests that is a potent painkiller that induces mild euphoria – no doubt the Shi’ar physiology’s equivalent of an opiate.

Jahavan coffee

One of the most potent varieties of coffee yet invented, Jahavan coffee is genetically engineered to race through your bloodstream in search of alcohol molecules, and beat the crap out of any it finds. A single cup will sober you up from any quantity of booze short of alcohol poisoning (and possibly even then).

This tends to cause a level of sobriety closely resembling knurd, leading to foolish and unhelpful thoughts regarding the things in one’s life that usually don’t bother you, like not liking your job, and having no girlfriend, and the galloping menace of tooth decay, and how much everything costs these days, and that stain on the carpet you never noticed before, and…

Related Drugs: Dilligenz, Dopaz and Strim