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Old 02-02-2016, 01:33 PM   #1
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Default Resistant to Posions (+8): Poisons for casual consumption and/or showing off

Greetings, all!

The +8 level of Resistant to Poisons or to Metabolic Hazards is a pretty high-end trait, just one step below total immunity. Logically, such characters should be able to safely consume substances that would be harful to normal humans in the same amounts. However, there's this pesky fact some poisons have effects that ignore resistances, and/or that after all modifiers will still leave 2-10% chance of suffering a harmful effect. But hey, a 'mere' +8 to rolls is what the trait gives for its cost.

However, I'm looking for the sorts of substances that such a character can still consume and stay totally safe as a way for me as a GM (or a player, if I ever play one character with such a trait) to underscore the robust metabolism. The sort of things that humans wouldn't run the risk of trying in the same quantities. I suppose the Drinking and Intoxication near-immunity can be of use, but that's kinda lame and not exactly appropriate personality-wise.

So what other options are there? Something like tea made of eucalyptus? Spices and peppers of the extra-nasty sort? It's best if I can weave such substances into the character's culture, which doesn't consider them harmful as a result.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Resistant to Posions (+8): Poisons for casual consumption and/or showing off

I don't have specific examples, but per p. B345, a roll at +10 or better should be considered "automatic" in most cases. Thus, a hero with Resistant to Poison (+8) would treat any poison resisted with HT+2 (or better) as automatic resistance, without any balance issues. So go buy a few vials of sufficiently weak poison and show off!
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:39 PM   #3
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My idea is awfully mundane, but with +8 Poison resistance, wouldn't you be able to smoke 20 packs of cigarettes a day without ever getting sick?
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:43 PM   #4
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Spoiled food and large amounts of high-proof spirits come to mind.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:31 PM   #5
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Recipes might call for horse chestnut, hemlock, jimson weed, mistletoe berries or the like.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:57 PM   #6
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Default Re: Resistant to Posions (+8): Poisons for casual consumption and/or showing off

Many cultures have foods that are essentially "spoiled" something (at least to the eyes of non-natives). This includes Faroese fermented sheep meat, Chinese century eggs, Korean kimchi, Japanese natto, Mexican huitlacoche, and on a more familiar level, cheese. It only takes a small step for these to go from "exotic foodstuff" to "normal people who like this sort of thing won't eat it".

Additionally, some foods contain natural poisons (e.g., properly prepared fugu, raw red kidney beans). Your character might purposely eat improperly prepared samples.
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:23 PM   #7
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Yeah, I wouldn't go chowing down on blowfish liver under the assumption it gets a +2 HT check.
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:32 PM   #8
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Spoiled food and large amounts of high-proof spirits come to mind.
Spoiled food isn't necessarily "poison"; there is still the risk of bacterial infection, among other things. But you could probably drink not only high-proof spirits but alcohols other than ethanol.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:03 PM   #9
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old thread: [Bio-Tech] What could someone with these traits eat? What couldn't they eat?
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:12 PM   #10
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My idea is awfully mundane, but with +8 Poison resistance, wouldn't you be able to smoke 20 packs of cigarettes a day without ever getting sick?
Old timey films so guys smoking far more at once than most chain smokers smoke during a whole day.
Still, poison resistance won't help where Filter Lungs are needed.
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