PROJECT Poisonous Plants!

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Minibit, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. From dangerous mushrooms to poison ivy, there's plenty in the natural world that's dangerous to touch or ingest or breathe the fumes of.

    Natural poisons can add colour to the world. Perhaps there is a similar-looking herb that has healing properties; this can create a tense 'will it heal me or kill me?' conundrum! Perhaps a clever captive could harvest a poisonous root from their captor's gardens to mix a poison! Can the smoke of a particular plant be used for Silver Chair style hypnotism?

    Plant name:
    Slang/common name(s):
    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?
    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?
    What common uses does it have?
    Is there any antidote?
    Where is this herb found?
    Is it legal to cultivate?
     
  2. Plant name: Waterbells
    Slang/common name(s): Baby's Fists
    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?: No
    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?: Generally, it makes you drowsy, but nothing dangerous.
    What common uses does it have?: Taking the fleshy leaves and grinding them up makes a thick pain-killing slave paste, and stops bleeding.
    Is there any antidote?: N/A
    Where is this herb found?: It is generally pretty common around the tree lines or just inside forested areas where it can catch plenty of sunlight to support it's many heavy, fleshy leaves.
    Is it legal to cultivate?: Yes, many apothacary's hold them in ready supply. They are a fairly easy-to-find plant.
     
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  3. Oh I wasn't sure if you were looking for both types in the OP, because of the mentioning of it looking like plants that could be helpful too. Sorry, was confused.

    Plant name: Midnight Sugar
    Slang/common name(s): Moon Sand, Sickly Sweet
    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?: Ingestion
    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?: It makes the person who ingests it particularly sleepy. Once the subject falls asleep, they are closer to death, and it's easier for people to slip off and just not wake up again. It's tasteless, and makes a good assassin weapon.
    What common uses does it have?: Assassinations and murders by factions. But apothacary's can mix it in small doses with other herbs to create a sleep remedy, as long as it's not the main ingredient itself.
    Is there any antidote?: Not currently.
    Where is this herb found?: It's normally found growing at the edges of ponds, and looks frighteningly similar to a useless/harmless plant called Wiltseed.
    Is it legal to cultivate?: No, it's banned, given the nature of the groups who choose to use it, unless it is someone with alchemy knowledge who owns a shop dedicating to creating only sleeping remedies with it. These people often have notes of approval from their rulers to use it.
     
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  4. Rawr, too late deleting! I deleted my comment because I had post-criticism regrets; both plants are great, please don't let my compulsive nitpicking prevent you from 'growing' hypothetical plants!
     
  5. Plant name:

    Devil's Grin

    Slang/common name(s):

    Snakeskin, Blisterlips

    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?

    Heavily narcotic, it can be administered through inhaled powder or mixed with water and ingested.

    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?

    A terrifyingly effective narcotic, it allows the user to indulge in a form of vivid dream where they have full awareness and control over everything they see and experience. It is very popular, and used to indulge in all sorts of fantasies, as well as relive a moment or see a loved one again. The oneiric visions of the plant are so convincing many people struggle with the notion that they are entirely conjured by their minds.

    Devil's Grin is named for the main symptom of excessively consuming the drug; muscles in the cheeks atrophy and pull taught, distorting the features of the affected addict into a wide, tortured, and permanent grin. A particularly virulent variation of eczema also crusts the skin around the mouth into plaques of hardened tissue, the fissures between them often growing infected, particularly affecting the lips.

    What common uses does it have?

    Devil's Grin is a powerful drug, and no medicinal uses have been found. The chance of addiction is too great for it to be used as a light anesthetic.

    Is there any antidote?

    The symptoms of "scaling" will fade with time, although the devil grin deformity does not, if the user stops indulging in the drug.

    Where is this herb found?

    A small, black-stalked plant with pale green leaves, it grows in marshlands and by the side of ponds. The flowers are a sulfurous yellow.

    Is it legal to cultivate?

    Absolutely not. Although the usage is much too frequent to regulate properly, cultivating or distributing Devil's Grin is punishable by hanging in most places.
     
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  6. Plant name: Tarnished Rivenholds
    Slang/common name(s): Reaper's Breath, Dragon's Breath, Tomb Fume, Devil's hiccup
    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?
    Inhalation of the toxic gases produced by the entire plant. The flowers, stems, leaves and roots are edible and healthy, however.
    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?
    In order: Irritation of the mucous membranes, irritation of the lungs and throat, severe cough, ulcers, convulsions, paralysis, a burning sensation in the muscles, death.
    What common uses does it have?
    Method of execution, assassination, weapons making, delicacy herb.
    Is there any antidote?
    Not as of yet.
    Where is this herb found?
    Tarnished Rivenholds are often found in dense forests around mountainous areas.
    Is it legal to cultivate?
    Only in a few places in Japan. The highly toxic nature of the plant makes it extremely hazardous to work with, and so is not usually cultivated legally. However, when dried, it stops releasing the toxic gases and can be used as an edible herb that strengthens the flavor of food and drinks.
     
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  7. Plant name: The Melting Sun Flower
    What the plant looks like: The flower has a thick pale green stem that is usually very long as it is holding a fist sized golden ball as the flower head. Attached all over the ball are thin golden vine like flower petals that hang down from the flower,causing it to look like a melting sun. These vine like petals are covered in a hard to see blue slime that is the poison of this plant.
    Slang/common name(s): Killer Beauty
    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?: If the slime from the flower was to get into an open wound or it was eaten then yes,it would be extremely dangerous.
    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?: If you were to ingest the blue slime you would feel a faint burning feeling in your throat though you may just pass it off. That is the poison starting to dissolve your throat. Though it has a weak numbing agent that dulls the pain most of the way and wears off when your throat has actually dissolved away and you begin choking on your own blood. If the slime was to get into an open wound then the toxins in the slime would start eating away at the dead skin in the wound and the wound would close in a matter of hours. However this is just so you cannot get the poison out. As soon as the wound is closed the poison starts dissolving the flesh and by now it is also in the blood stream where death will happen slower and even more painfully that it would if the poison was eaten.
    What common uses does it have?: Common? None. This flower is very very rare and very very expensive. Though people who do obtain it only ever use it for poison or for decoration. It has no other use.
    Is there any antidote?: Due to how fast it works no there is not. Unless you get it in an open wound then wash it out instantly but that takes scrubbing of the open wound and the raw flesh which would be excruciating. Most people do not have the will power.
    Where is this herb found?: It grows in the mountain cavern by the lake in it and under the weeping willow trees there. That is the only place and the giant bears and giant spiders are constantly at the lake to drink and hunt the giant deer there.
    Is it legal to cultivate?: No,it is extremely illegal and there are spells that act like radars to tell if there are any of the flowers being grown in town.

    Plant name: The Rock Mushroom
    What the plant looks like: This is a large and soft mushroom. It is shaped and colored like a rock and moss even grows on it but if someone was to step on it hard the silver liquid inside it would spurt up and splash on the person's leg. This silver liquid is the poison.
    Slang/common name(s): Soft Rock
    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?: It is partially dangerous if ingested and can be dangerous on contact,it depends on the situation.
    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?: If it is ingested then the person who ate it will be throwing up constantly for hours and will not be able to hold anything down for that time. If it was to splash onto your skin it would completely numb that area it hit and make the limb useless for at least six hours. In some situations that can get you killed.
    What common uses does it have?: Though it is dangerous some people cook the meat of the mushroom which is not as poisonous as the liquid but if it is cooked wrong there are different toxins in the mushroom meat that can shut down your kidneys. Still,some people cook it because if it is done right it is said to be delicious.
    Is there any antidote?: If someone was to drink large amounts of milk or some other dairy product after drinking the liquid they might not throw up but there is still a chance they will.
    Where is this herb found?: All throughout town,it is very common though people want to get it out of town. It is hard to tell the difference between it and a normal rock without breaking it and it would then make a mess.
    Is it legal to cultivate?: Yes it is since it is edible though you must have a license.
     
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  8. Plant name: Decent into Madness
    Slang/common name(s): Hatter's Tea Leaves, Alice, Demon Tongue, Malicious Fairy Dresses
    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?
    Direct ingestion of any part of the plant, including the stalks, roots, blue and green marbled leaves, or black flowers (which look like something a goth Tinkerbell would wear), can be lethal, but is safe when the leaves are made into tea
    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?
    Headache, vivid halucinations, violent convulsions, vomiting, and then swelling of the throat, blocking air passage and resulting in asphyxiation.
    What common uses does it have?
    When the green and blue marbled leaves are hung, dried and used to make tea, it can have maddening hallucinogenic effects. The combination of drying the leaves and mixing them with hot water destroys the poisonous compounds, making the drink safe, and even beneficial, able to counteract it's own poison. Weaker strains are sold legally and used recreationally, while stronger ones are only able to be used with the presence of what is commonly called a 'spotter', to make sure the trip doesn't result in a rampage/suicide/accident
    Is there any antidote?
    Ironically, tea made from the leaves.
    Where is this herb found?
    Decent into Madness is found wild in a few places around England, and the gardens of professional horticulturists.

    Is it legal to cultivate?
    Yes, but one must have a license to do so legally.
     
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  9. Plant name: Sanguis de Sanguinous Mei

    Slang/common name(s): Vampire Violet, Viscous Violet

    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means? Contact.

    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it? Blood of my blood. As its individual root system fuels a larger, circuitous network of veins, contact with a blood dwelling host will siphon its life force into the 'ventricles' of the mother plant, as it is rumored to be a beating heart.

    What common uses does it have? It was an alternative to 'Leech Therapy,' by lying one down into the field they flourish. Also, a form of execution in the Dark Ages.

    Is there any antidote? N/A. To destroy, one must raze the fields they flourish.

    Where is this herb found? In most fertile soil. It is extremely difficult to uproot, as they grow in tight clusters. Its beauty, the bane of many a brave soul. Lush violet petals, with crimson striations. Its stalk is thick, crimson colored, with hollowed saw-like teeth. An added boon to its beastly botany, wrathful whip-like structures break forth from the soil to ensnare and leech into one's veins.

    Is it legal to cultivate? No.
     
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  10. Plant name:

    Odonata Oculi

    Slang:

    Dragonfly's Eye

    Is it dangerous through ingestion, contact, inhalation or another means?:

    Yes, on all points.

    What happens if you are poisoned/affected by it?:

    This plant carries a potent nerval toxin that will completely shut down your brain within 24 hours.

    What common uses does it have?:

    There is absolutely no use for this dangerous flower. An urban legend tells that powdered Dragonfly's Eye is the trippiest drug ever, but if one was ever to consume this flower in any way they would most likely die on the spot.

    Is there any antidote?:

    There is no known cure.

    Where is this herb found?:

    It is found on high elevation in moist, densely vegetated areas.

    Is it legal to cultivate?:

    No.

    Description:

    The plant got its name from resembling a dragonfly's eye
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    . It is very large, and often appears in clusters of 2-3 flowers. It has a metallic surface, and the colour varies in an array of coulours, depending on the way the sun hits the flower. Every five hours, the flower releases a cloud of glittering spores. These spores are what contains the neuro toxin, and inhaling it is extremely deadly.
     
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