These rules will appear in the “Additional Rules” section.
As detailed in the Monsters chapter, many monsters have deadly natural poisons. If the Judge permits, other characters or monsters may use poison. Poisons can be acquired from three sources, monster venoms, plant toxins, or magical poisons. At the Judge’s discretion, certain markets may also sell monster venoms, plant toxins, and magical poisons, so gp costs are listed below for each type of poison.
Characters with Naturalism proficiency can identify venomous monsters and distinguish their different poisons with a successful proficiency throw of 11+. Extracting venom from a slain monster requires 1 day and a successful Animal Husbandry proficiency throw of 11+. If the character’s proficiency throw to extract venom is an unmodified 1, he has accidentally gotten scratched by a fang or stinger. The character must immediately save versus Poison, as if hit by the monster.
Once extracted, monster venoms can be applied to weapons. Each monster yields one dose of its venom. A dose is enough venom to treat twenty missiles (arrows, bolts, or darts) or one melee weapon. Note that venoms applied to missiles and melee weapons are not as effective as they are when coming from the monster itself. Venomous monsters penetrate their prey’s skin with hollow fangs or tubular stingers, then use muscles attached to their venom reservoirs to forcibly squirt venom deep within the target’s body tissue. In comparison, a sword or arrow is simply a less effective mechanism for delivering poison.
The Monster Venoms table shows the market cost, onset time, save modifier, and effects of monster venoms when applied to missiles and melee weapons.
Venoms Cost /Dose Onset Time Save Mod. Effect on Failed Save
Giant Centipede 50gp 1 turn +2 Sickness 1d10 days*
Spitting Cobra 100gp 1 turn +2 1d6 damage
Giant Crap Spider 100gp 1d10 turns +4 1d10 damage
Pit Viper 200gp 1d10 turns +2 1d10 damage
Giant Killer Bee 250gp 1 turn +2 1d10 damage
Carcass Scavenger 250gp 1 turn +2 Paralyzed 2d4 turns
Sea Snake 275gp 1d10 turns +2 4d4 damage
Giant Black Widow 300gp 1d6 turns +2 4d4 damage
Giant Rattlesnake 300gp 1d10 turns +2 2d10 damage
Giant Tarantula 350gp 1d6 turns +2 2d10 damage
Giant Scorpion 400gp 1 turn +2 2d10 damage
Rockfish 500gp 1 round +1 4d6 damage
Wyvern 700gp 1 round +1 6d6 damage
Purple Worm 1,500gp Instant - Death
Dragon Blood 1,500gp Instant - Death
Sickened characters move at ½ speed and cannot fight or perform other actions.
Characters with Naturalism proficiency can find 1d4 raw poisonous plants in the wild each month with a successful proficiency throw of 11+. The Judge should determine which plants are found randomly. Raw belladonna and wolfsbane are commonly available in most markets due to their supernatural effect on lycanthropes.
Extracting the toxin from the raw plant takes 1 week per plant and requires a successful Alchemy proficiency throw of 14+. If either the proficiency throw to find the plant, or to extract the plant toxin, is an unmodified 1, the character has accidentally exposed himself to the toxin. The character must immediately save versus Poison or suffer its effects.
Each plant yields one dose of its toxin. Some plant toxins can be used to treat weapons. For these toxins, a dose is enough to treat twenty missiles (arrows, bolts, or darts) or one melee weapon. Other toxins can be used to poison food or drink. In this case, one dose will is enough to poison one meal or drink. Extracted plant toxins generally cannot be detected by smell or taste. The Plant Toxins table shows the market cost, onset time, save modifier of the various plant toxins.
Plant Toxins Cost /Dose Onset Time Save Mod. Effect on Failed Save
Belladonna 350gp 1 turn (injury) 1d3 turns (ingestion) +2 2d8 damage and confusion 1d4 turns
Curare 1,500gp Instant (injury) - 2d12 damage and paralysis 2d4 turns
Foxglove 300gp 1d6 turns (ingestion) -3 2d8 damage and confusion 1d4 turns
Hellebore 100gp 1 turn (injury) 1d3 turns (ingestion) +2 1d6 damage and sickness 1d10 days
Hemlock 150gp 2d4 turns (ingestion) +4 2d12 damage and sickness 1d10 days*
Henbane 350gp 1 turn (injury) 1d6 turns (ingestion) +2 1d6 damage and feeblemind 1d4 hours
Wolfsbane 350gp 1 turn (injury) 2d4 turns (ingestion) +2 2d8 damage and paralysis 2d4 turns
Yew 100gp 1 hour (injury) 1d6 hours (ingestion) +4 1d10 damage
*Sickened characters move at ½ speed and cannot fight or perform other actions.
Use of Poison
Once applied, poison evaporates quickly, diminishing its effectiveness. On the first day, it will do full damage, on the second day half damage, and by the third it will be gone. Partially evaporated deadly poisons allow the victim a +2 bonus on his saving throw after the first day, and +4 after the second. Each hit with a melee weapon is equivalent to a day’s evaporation, e.g. the poison will do half damage on its second hit and then be gone.
Using poisoned weapons is not without risk. Whenever a character’s attack throw with a poisoned weapon is an unmodified 1, he has accidentally pricked himself. He must immediately save v. Poison or suffer its effects.