Love Potion No. 9 is an aphrodisiac of undeniable potency, and great caution is urged in its use. It is a deep black in colour and smells not unlike turpentine.
As far as can be told, it is sold only by Madame Rue, a gypsy reader of palms and maker of potions who, as of 1959, lived at a place on the corner of Vine St and 34th St (now Jefferson Boulevard) in Los Angeles, California.
It induces feelings of extreme amorousness in those who imbibe it – so great that they may feel amorous towards inanimate objects, even – although how long these feelings last, the appropriate dosage, the best-before date, and the true identity of Madame Rue (as the name is most certainly a pseudonym) are details lost in the mists of time. Lost with them, apparently, are Love Potions Number 1 through 8, whose existence can be inferred from this Potion’s number, and possibly additional Love Potions numbered 10 or higher.
Possibly the most powerful mutagen ever created, the Nuncio (Latin for ‘messenger’) was created by Dr Richard Fletcher in the late Sixties, in a private lab funded by Randolph Jaffe in Baja California, on the coast of the Pacific.
There are two versions of the drug, the lesser being a prototype that was tested on an ape named Raul and evolved him to more human state, making him sentient and capable of human speech. The completed Nuncio was a bluish serum that was known to move under its own power in search of a host.
The effects of the serum varied from person to person, but were always strongly reflective of the mental states of those who took it. Inevitably, it would grant them a degree of mystical power, including the ability to see and travel beyond our mundane reality to more fundamental ones. Three doses were made, and a total of five people are known to have taken the Nuncio: Fletcher and Jaffe, who each took a full dose, while the remaining dose was shared between Jaffe’s son Tommy, a woman named Tesla Bombeck and the ape-man Raul.
Both a drug and a poison, Poudre de la Mort Vraie – The Powder of True Death or Powder of the True Death, depending on your translator – is specifically designed for use by vampires. Created by Signalman Reynolds, formely of His Majesty’s British Army, it is extremely potent and addictive to vampires.
Reynolds, whose own wife had been a vampire, spent decades discovering how to create a substance that vampires would be attracted to. The actual formula for the creation of the grey powder is unknown, although it includes the dust of ground up mummies and assorted alchemical treatments.
Its effect on vampires is exactly what Reynolds intended: it has a euphoric rush, but leaves the vampire overwhlemed with the guilt of all their actions (both as a human and as a vampire) and not at all hungry for blood. The idea is that the vampire will be tortured by both remorse and starvation as they slowly wither away to nothing – the taste of blood will lead a vampire who has consumed Poudre de la Mort Vraie retch and vomit.
A large enough dose of the untainted blood of another vampire will throw off the effects of the drug, and a small enough dose can be outlasted – after a few days, normal vampiric instincts will reassert themselves.