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Old 08-31-2016, 08:06 AM   #41
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Default Re: [Basic] Skill of the week: Pharmacy and Poisons

Cyanide is awesome, but what else?
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:16 AM   #42
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Default Re: [Basic] Skill of the week: Pharmacy and Poisons

Oh, there's a plethora of poisonous substances to choose from. Arsenic, strychnine, amanitin...
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Old 08-31-2016, 02:17 PM   #43
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I haven't been able to take paracetamol since I was 17 for similar “keep doing that and you'll need a new liver” issues. I generally stick with plain ol' aspirin now (on the theory that if I've got to take painkillers anyway I may as well go with the one that chips away at the risk of cardiovascular problems).
It's a blood thinner making clot related strokes and heart attacks less likely while taking it. But it doesn't do anything to cardiovascular problems themselves.
But it is one that, in small doses, has few side effects.
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Old 08-31-2016, 02:24 PM   #44
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Oh, there's a plethora of poisonous substances to choose from. Arsenic, strychnine, amanitin...
If your target's a drinker, methanol. Tastes just like ethanol, and even if they think it's poison after the fact, they're too drunk for anyone to believe.

Low Tech says it's very difficult to produce in anything but tiny quantities pre-modern times. But that just makes for a less known poison.

There are quite a few "blow out your liver" mushroom toxins. I remember a few incidents in years past here in Oregon. Those don't show symptoms for days to weeks while the liver dies. Plenty of time for the assassin to get away.
Plenty of potential for talk of assassins when it was a "simple' mistake.
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