Every poison has a numerical rating. The higher the rating, the more deadly and speedy the poison. A poison rating is indicated by the abbreviation POT, for potency.
Use the Resistance Table to match the poison’s potency rating against the target’s CON. The poison is the attacking force. If the poison overcomes the target’s CON, then something bad happens. Commonly, the victim loses hit points equal to the poison’s POT.
If the poison fails to overcome the victim’s CON, the results are less serious. Perhaps half-POT in hit points are lost, or no damage at all may occur. The Keeper must judge by the poison and it’s application.
The Sample Poisons Table presumes the fiction of a “standard dose”. roughly equal to a single bit or application. The keeper should adjust the entries to account for conditions of play. Only the keeper can determine whether a dose is sufficient for death. Faster-acting poisons begin to work within a combat round or two. Death from cyanide may occur within a minute. Many poisons are slow, so poisoners must be subtle.
The symptoms noted are only a few of those possible.
|Poison||Speed of Effect||POT||Symptoms|
|Amania||6 – 24 hours||15||Violent stomach pains, vomiting, jaundice|
|Arsenic||1/2 – 24 hours||16||Burning pain, vomiting violent diarrhea|
|Belladonna||2 hours – 2 days||16||Rapid heartbeat, impared vision, convulsions|
|Black Widow||2 – 8 hours||7||Chills, sweating, nausea|
|Chloral Hydrate||1 – 3 minutes||17||Unconscousness for 1 hour; each added dose increases effect by 1 hour plus a 10% chance of respitory failure.|
|Chloroform||1 round||15||Unconscousness, depressed respiration|
|Cobra||15 – 60 minutes||16||convulsions, respitory failure|
|Curare||1 round||25||muscular paralysus, respitory failure|
|Cyanide||1 – 15 minutes||20||Dizziness, convulsions, fainting|
|Rattlesnake||15 – 60 minutes||10||Vomiting, violent spasms, yellowish vision|
|Rohypnal, ect.||15 – 30 minutes||18||Oderless, tasteless, unconsciousness for 4 – 8 hours|
|Scorpion||24 – 48 hours||9||Intense pain, weakness, hemorrahaging|
|Sleeping Pills||10 – 30 minutes||6||Normal sleep; each additional dose increases the chance for respitory failure by 5%.|
|Strychnine||10 – 20 minutes||20||Violent muscle contractions, asphyxiation|