Scorpion Myth and Lore

In Babylonian mythology, the Scorpion Men were fearsome warriors. They were the children of Tiamat, the mother-dragon of the universe. Half-man and half-scorpion, they had human heads and arms and were scorpions from the waist down, with powerful tails that they used in combat. They also fought with their bows and arrows, which never missed. The Babylonians believed the Scorpion Men were the sacred guardians of their sun god, Shamash. In a Greek legend, Orion was a follower of Artemis, the...

Euphorbia Tirucalli

Poison Tengenol Dosage 3oz(8sG) Sap Euphorbia Lathyris Common Names Black Purslane, Caper Spurge, Eye-Bright, Flux-Weed, Garden Spurge, Milk Purslane Poison Voxyin Dosage i-2 3oz(85G) Seeds Euphorbia Tirucalli grows with single or multiple trunks which support a tangle of light green, pencil thick, succulent branches with little sign of a leaf. Pencil tree can reach a height of 20' to 30' with a 6' to 10' spread. The main trunk and branches are woody and brownish, but the younger branches are...

Poison Ukonine

The leaves of the Maclura are simple, alternate, deciduous and oval. They have a long pointed apex and exude the toxic milky sap when cut. It branches are gray, grow in a zigzag, armed with spines, and with raised leaf scars and sunken buds. The distinctive bark is orange-brown and ridged, matching it's flowers in color. The fruit is a large ball of puffy seeds that resemble broccoli or Manihot Esculenta Common Names Cassava Plant, Manioc, Tapioca, Tapioca Plant Poison Cyanide (Organic) Dosage...

Folk Tales

Folk tales about snakes include such fanciful things as snakes charming prey, swallowing their young for protection, poisoning people with their breath, rolling like hoops, and sucking milk from cows. While completely false, in certain games, these folk tales are applicable. A fantasy hoop snake could really roll like a dangerous hoop, or an alien Puff adder look-alike species could spew toxic vapor. This application of myth is entirely up to the GM's individual tastes. Hoop Snakes Hoop snakes...

Poison And The Victorian

The late 19th century, also known as the Victorian Age, was hotbed of poisoning. It was during the 19th century that the things we recognize as the sciences were formed and acquired their great cultural authority. The sciences developed in contexts shaped by the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the sweeping social and cultural changes of the century. Poison related sciences saw a revolution of their own in this turbulent time. While the reported cases of poisoning remained...

Poison And Modern

Poisoning in the 20th century became overwhelming. Mankind was discovering new things. Industry, agriculture, petrochemistry, chemical warfare and pharmacology are but a few areas where hugely toxic agents were being put to use, often without the knowledge of their possible effects on life. Socially, people were discovering new ways in which to poison and abuse their own bodies for pleasure. The consequences of chronic alcohol abuse are well documented, and most people are aware of the effects...

Myths and Lore

Some cultures hold snakes in high esteem as powerful religious symbols. Quetzalcoatl, the mythical plumed serpent, was worshipped as the Master of Life by ancient Aztecs of Central America. Some African cultures worship rock pythons and consider the killing of one to be a serious crime. In Australia, the Aborigines associate a giant rainbow serpent with the ere ation of life. Other cultures associate snakes with medicinal powers or rebirth. In India, one large and prominent Shaiva sect consists...

Methylfluorophosphonate Isopropyl

Common Name(s) Nerve Agent GB, Sarin, Zarin Dosage .00001oz(.5mg) DC 35 Symptoms Blurred Vision, Confusion, Convulsions Seizures, Cramps, Labored Breathing, Drooling, Drowsiness, Headache, Nausea Vomiting, Sweating Damage Asphyxiation 3D20+10 +2D6 Per Round, Extreme Save Save Vs Asphyxiation (Reduce damage By 40 ), Save Vs Extreme Brain Damage (Reduce damage By 10 ), Save Vs Extreme Nerve Damage (Reduce damage By 10 ) Sarin vapor is colorless, odorless, tasteless and diffuses very rapidly into...

Aconitum Napellus

The plant is a hardy perennial, with a fleshy, spindle-shaped root, pale colored when young, but subsequently amounts it is used to poison enemy water supplies during times of war, and hunters use its root to poison spears, arrowheads and trap baits as well. Agrostemma Githago Common Names Cockle, Corn Cockle, Corn Rose, Crown-Of-The-Field, Purple Cockle Poison Githagine Dosage 10-12 Seeds A well-known corn weed, the tall, slender stem, 2' to 4' high, has a dense coat of white hairs. The...

Datura Innoxia

Common Names Angel's Trumpet, jimsonweed, Thorn Apple Poison Hyoscyamine Dosage 20-25 2oz(56G) Seeds, 3 .5oz(i4G) Flowers, .3 .3oz(8G) Root, 3 .5oz(i4G) Leaves The Datura is a large and coarse herb branching freely, giving a bushy look to the plant. It attains a height of about 3', its spreading branches covering an area almost as broad. On rich soil it may attain a height of even 6'. The root is very long, thick and whitish, giving off many fibers. The stem is stout, erect and leafy, smooth, a...

Dosage 1215ioz28G Leaves

Thlaspi Arvense is an annual weed in the Mustard family. It is a prolific seed producer, common in fields, gardens and new lawns. Over wintered stinkweed develops rapidly in spring, often flowering before fields are dry and competing with crops for moisture and nutrients. It grows as a rosette initially, later with branched, erect stems up to 24. The leaves have a few pointy teeth, smooth on the top surface with hairs sometimes present on the undersides, and are in an alternate arrangement on...

Veratrum Viride

A plant with simple robust stems, 1' to 6' tall, leafy and hairy throughout. It has large, broad leaves, oblong, pointed at tip and clasping at the base. It's flowers are prominently ribbed, hairy underside star shaped, and a yellow-green color with dark green centers These flowers are numerous in thin branched drooping tassels that have a noticeable musky odor. This plant is commonly found in wet thickets, open forests and meadows. linear leaflets end in tendrils for climbing. From spring...

Chironex Fleckeri

Common Name(s) Box Jellyfish, Fire Jelly, Marine Stinger, Moreton Bay Stinger Dose .oo26oz(7omg) DC 30 + 1 Per Tenticle Onset 10 + 2D10 Rounds Duration 2D2 Days Symptoms Convulsions Seizures, Cramps, Headache, Minor Swelling (Wound), Nausea Vomiting, Numbness, Severe Localized Pain (Back, Lungs, Wound), Weakness Damage Cardiac Failure 6D10+5 3D4 Per Hour, Kidney Failure 3D20+10 3D6 Per Hour, Necrotic Ulcer 1D4 Per Tenticle, Paralyzation, Shock Save Reduce Duration By 60 Strongylocentus...

Chiropsalmus Quadrigatus

Common Name(s) Fire Medusa, Indringa, Sea Wasp Dose .016oz(450mg) DC 25 + 1 Per Tenticle Onset 10 + 2D10 Rounds Duration 2D2 Days Symptoms Convulsions Seizures, Cramps, Headache, Minor Swelling (Wound), Nausea Vomiting, Numbness, Severe Localized Pain (Back, Lungs, Wound), Weakness Damage Cardiac Failure 6D10+5 3D4 Per Hour, Kidney Failure 3D20+10 3D6 Per Hour, 4f Necrotic Ulcer 1D4 Per Tenticle, Paralyzation, Shock Save Save Vs Cardiac Failure (Reduces Damage by 75 ), Save Vs Kidney Failure,...

Echium Vulgare

Poison Pyrrolizidine Dosage i ioz(28G) Spine This is an erect plant about 2' in height, with multiple branches arising from the root crown. The leaves are very hairy, becoming smaller towards the tip of the stems. Flower color varies from white to purple to blue. This plant is a continuous bloomer all summer. This plant is best viewed and not touched. The sharp spines, which cover the plant, are a powerful deterrent and become lodged in the skin much like those of a cactus. This weed was once...

Vinca Minor

Common Names Myrtle, Myrtle Run, Periwinkle, Running Myrtle Poison Vincristine Dosage 4 1oz(28G The Common Periwinkle is a ground covering plant. It usually grows between 3 to 6 high. It has dark evergreen leaves that are 1 to 2 long. When the leaves are broken, it releases a milky sap. The common periwinkle shows flowers all summer long. These flowers are usually pale pink, white, hot pink, or purple. This plant has a shallow root system and is very easy to harvest. This plant is often planted...

Step 1 Obtaining Formulas

Just because you know a plant or animal to be poisonous, it does not mean you know the proper dosages of it's venom to poison someone. or how much is deadly. A character must acquire individual formulas before any poison can be crafted or used properly. A character starts with knowledge of Intelligence*Rank of Alchemy Skill (or Craft (Chemical) Skill) formulas maximum. For example, a PC with 2 ranks and an Intelligence of 12 will start with 24 formulas. Additional formulas may be researched in...

Senecio Vulgaris

Poison Senecionine Dosage 30-32 1oz(28G) Leaves Groundsel is a common weed in disturbed ground such as gardens and road sides. The stems are leafy, erect and the yellow leaves are deeply and irregularly toothed. The yellow flowers cluster at the ends of stems and have a white 'puff-ball' seed head like that of dandelion. Solanum Dulcamara Common Names Bittersweet, Climbing Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Felonwood, Mad Dog Berries, Violet Bloom Poison Belladonna Dosage 4-5 Berries, 8-12 1oz(28G)...

Ranunculus Bulbosus

Common Names Bulbous Buttercup, Crowfoot, St Anthony's Turnip, Frogsfoot, Goldcup, Jaunet Poison Ranunculin Dosage .2oz(5G)Sap The Ranunculus is a com mon field flower, covering the meadows with yellow flowers in May. This plant has a bulb-like swelling at the base of the stem, roundish and white, flattened a little both at the top and bottom, some what resembling a small turnip. It is however, not a true bulb. After the flowers have died, the juices become toxic Because the buttercup juices...

Nerium Oleander

Dosage .5 .25oz(14G) Flower, 1 .25oz (14G) Leaf, i .25oz(i4G) Stem, 3-4 .25oz(14G) Young Shoots This fast growing evergreen shrub can reach up to 20' tall. It forms a rounded mound to about 10' wide. It is a tough plant with daffodil-like summertime flowers in white, red, pink, salmon and light yellow. Leaves range from about 4 to 10 long, depending on variety and are a bright green. Oleander is found growing in dry, warm areas with rich soil, but will grow in warm humid climates. Nicotiana...

Understanding Scorpions

Scorpions are venomous arthropods that belong to the class Arachnida and are considered relatives of spiders, mites, and ticks. There are approximately 1,100 species of scorpions known worldwide. Most scorpions are nocturnal, hiding under rocks, in cracks, or within burrows during the day, and coming out after sunset. Although they are normally associated with hot, dry areas like deserts, scorpions are found in a variety of habitats including grasslands, savannas, deciduous forests, mountain...

Understanding Snakes

There are about 3000 known species of snake in the world. They have evolved specialist adaptations for living in a variety of different environments, and range in size from 4 to an excess of 38'. Despite this diversity, one characteristic they all share is their eating habits They swallow their prey whole. The typical meal for a snake is infrequent but usually large as snakes can swallow prey larger than their own heads. This unique shape and function of their skull bones allows this. Even worm...

Fungal Poisons

Mushroom poisoning is caused chiefly by the consumption of raw or cooked mushrooms and toadstools. The term toadstool comes from the German word Todesstuhl, which translates death's stool. Toadstool is a name commonly given to poisonous mushrooms, but for individuals who do not possess the proper identi fication skills, there are generally no easily recognizable differences between poisonous and nonpoisonous species. In fact, there is no general rule of thumb for distinguishing edible mushrooms...

Common Names

Ostracion Cubicus Common Name s Yellow Spotted Boxfish, Yellow Spotted Cube Ostracion Meleagris Common Name s Blue Spotted Boxfish, Hawaiian Boxfish Tetrasomus Gibbosus Common Name s Camel Cowfish, Helmet Cowfish, Humpback Turretfish Common Name s Bluebottle, Portuguese Man-O-War Dose .007oz 200mg DC 11 Onset 1D4 Rounds Duration 2D6 Hours Symptoms Body Aches Joints , Headache, Major Swelling Joints , Minor Swelling Wound , Nausea Vomiting, Severe The Bluebottle is not a single animal but a...

Spider Myth and Lore

Greek mythology tells of Arachne, a country girl so confident in her weaving ability that she boasted that she was the most magnificent weaver of all, including the goddess Athena herself. Challenged by Athena to a contest, Arachne won, and so angered Athena that she fled into the forest and hanged herself. Athena made amends by transforming Arachne's body into a spider and the rope into silk so that this poor peasant girl might weave for eternity the most beautiful of webs with the finest of...

Poison In The Middle Ages

Science in the Middle Ages was absolutely dependent on the translations of Greek texts, particularly those of Aristotle. Most initially came via the Islamic culture, particularly through Spain. Islamic scientists had heavily commented on and added to this heritage, so Europe gained a highly developed scientific literature of a thousand years of intellectual exploration. The greatest of these translations were of Aristotle's works. Most think of him as one of the great early philosophers. In...