Agony, also known as Liquid Pain, is exactly what it claims to be: the distillation of pain and suffering by magical means into a drug. The resulting substance is a thick, reddish liquid resembling blood only more viscous.
It is highly prized among certain extra-planar beings, who can use it to feel pleasures greater than they are otherwise able. Side effects of Agony include an initial stunning effect that incapacitates the user for a brief period and leaves them groggy for a time after that. Curiously, it also makes them more attractive to anyone around them for a period lasting anywhere from one to eight hours.
Agony would likely be a drug of great addiction among demons, devils and their ilk, were it not for the fact that an overdose causes unconsciousness, which means that the effects are wasted instead of the users.
Related Drugs: Baccaran, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
Babbling Beverage is a potion that causes the imbiber to babble nonsense.
As such it is commonly used to play pranks or to undermine authority figures.
Related Drugs: Doxycide, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction, Garrotting Gas & Murtlap Essence.
Bentlam, also known as benny, ben weed and happy sleep, is am alien drug similar in chemical composition to earthly marijuana. It is, however, prepared to avastly higher degree of purity than any marijuana or hashish or Earth ever was.
In effect, it is a mild euphoric that induces a state of pleasant drowsiness in its users. Other symptoms include impaired physical coordination, although cognition is unaffected. It is illegal in most jurisdictions.
Related Drugs: Fayalin, Hadive, Ladolian, Nitrolabe, Thionite, Vee-Two Gas and VXN Gas.
Black Forest High is a breed of marijuana grown a woman described (by those who do not know her well, which is nearly everyone) as “a little old lady from Pasadena”. In actuality, the woman in question is more or less ageless. Her name is Agnes, and just by coincidence, she’s a witch. A murderous cannibalistic Nazi witch.
The Black Forest High was grown in the basement of her house, which was extensive as a result of having been originally constructed as a funeral home with a large attached bomb shelter, and fertilised with the remains of the young humans killed by the witch. At the present time, all known samples of Black Forest High have been destroyed, but Agnes is still out there, somewhere. Only time will tell when she returns and whether she’ll bring her drug with her.
One of the CIA’s “New Ghetto Drugs for ’98” collection, Blue Glass is a cheap upper that comes in the form of a blue powder smoked like crack.
The results of taking Blue Glass include almost the complete list of classic euphoric effects: feelings of extreme optimism and happiness; greatly enhanced reflexes; sensory and sexual pleasure; and improved visual acuity.
Sadly the effects are almost immediately followed by the onset semi-permanent suicidal catatonia, meaning that although users will become addicted very quickly, they will also be unlikely to rouse themselves to get a second hit of Blue Glass, despite its low, low price of only a single American dollar per hit.
Related drugs: Brainscratch, Spike and Zom-B.
California Mello is one of many designer drugs developed by Orange County pharmacologist Sandy Chapman, and like most of his output, it is a colourless liquid that is taken by dropping directly into the eye.
As the name suggests, it provokes a feeling of mellowness in the user, akin to being mildly intoxicated. It is most often used in combination with other drugs.
Related Drugs: Apprehension of Beauty, Buzz, Funnybone, Get Wired, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality
Caskan Wolf Snake Venom is a deadly poison to various species on the planet Caska. It is also, curiously, a strong hallucinigen to humans are some other sentients.
As an illegal substance under imperial rule, Caskan Wolf Snake Venom is sometimes smuggled into the Empire’s jurisdiction.
A highly expensive and addictive drug, Cernadine provides a hit that temporarily creates sensations of emotional lassitude and heightened confidence. It is taken as a mild stimulant and euphoric. Unfortunately, the symptoms of coming down include heightened anxiety and lowered self-esteem, which tends to quickly get the user on a treadmill of taking the drug.
While it is legal (at least on the planet Aurore), Cernadine is a dangerous substance to all but the strongest willed. Even with the assistance of a God, overcoming addiction to it is far from easy.
The Confusing Concoction, also known as Confusing Draught, is a potion which causes confusion in the drinker.
Few details have been revealed regarding it, but it seems unwise that how to make a potion with such potential as a date rape drug was taught to a group of horny teenagers.
Related drugs: Rat Tonic, Shrinking Solution and Wolfsbane Potion.
Devilweed is made from the leaves from the wyssin plant, which are dried and
rolled into a tobacco-like substance and smoked, although they can be taken in other ways also.
Although native to worlds where magic is common, Devilweed is not itself magical, and appears to be local equivalent of marijuana in these worlds.
Related Drugs: Agony, Baccaran, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
Little has been revealed of Dreamsmoke, other than that it is smoked (as the name suggests) and that smoke leaves a pungent scent behind afterwards.
Based on contextual clues, Dreamsmoke is probably a name for a strain of marijuana, and, given the nature of the world in which it exists, likely a magically enhanced one.
Funnybone is one of many designer drugs developed by Orange County pharmacologist Sandy Chapman, and like most of his output, it is a colourless liquid that is taken by dropping directly into the eye.
Funnybone is a euphoric intoxicant, a drug that makes you laugh at almost anything.
Related Drugs: Apprehension of Beauty, Buzz, California Mello, Get Wired, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality
Gigglepig is a variant form of ecstasy that experienced a brief vogue as the party drug du jour in Brooklyn in the second half of 2014.
Due the efforts of a New York Police Department task force headed by detective Rosa Diaz of the Ninety-Ninth Precinct, the pipeline smuggling the drug into the city was shut down, and the remaining street supplies of Gigglepig were consumed or abandoned shortly thereafter.
Related Drugs: Turgidol and Taxi
Icpathua is a sedative created from a plant that grows naturally in wherever it is that the true human beings (not vodsels like you and I) come from. Like most matters regarding the human beings, it is shrouded in mystery.
It appears to be a mild euphoric when consumed by human beings directly from the plant, but can also be refined into a strong sedative that knocks out even the strongest vodsel males. In the latter capacity, it was used as part of an extensive hunting operation in eastern Scotland, to capture vodsels for their meat, which is considered a delicacy by human beings, and shipped back to their home to be sold at extortionate prices.
An extremely expensive and addictive concoction of mostly natural herbs, Kosh is the foremost pleasure drug sold on Gehenna (or more accurately, on the station of the same name that floats in the atmosphere of that gas giant). It is rumoured to be the most intense pleasure drug, providing what was once described as the “penultimate pleasure” – a level of pleasure so high as to be just barely short of fatal.
Fortunately for the universe at large, the drug lords of Gehenna jealously protect its formula and prevent its export with unmistakable (and usually life-ending) firmness.
Related Drugs: Carvati’s Cure, RC-12 and Rejuvenex
K-Pop is a variant of Ecstasy, which also combines certain features of Adderall. It was created by Sandra June Jang, a high school chemistry teacher who supplemented her income by cooking drugs for the Korean Power gang.
It is a great high, making the skin of the user feel like it is being stroked by chinchilla fur. June was killed and the Korean Power gang was put out of business, at least temporarily – the head of the gang has a copy of her recipe, and when he finally gets out of prison, he plans to go back to dealing K-Pop right across Los Angeles.
Sannish is a bluish liquid made from a variety of ingredients ranging from wolves’ milk to the powdered form of a desert plant.
Sannish is a mild intoxicant that causes physical bliss and an immunity to pain for several hours. However, it also causes a stuporous languor in the user, who will be disinclined to take any physical actions, or even think particularly hard. It is a popular drug whose users can be easily spotted by the blue stains on their lips, which become permanent if usage goes on long enough.
Related Drugs: Agony, Baccaran, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
Scramble is a euphoric designed more or less accidentally by CIA-sponsored pharmacists in an attempt to create a better class of interrogation enhancer. Its intended effect was to intensify memory, but although that is indeed one of its effects, it does so in a way that is more or less useless for interrogation purposes.
Scramble brings back good memories accompanied by a euphoric high, which often makes its users appear very withdrawn and physically uncoordinated. But after a peak is reached, a downward cycle begins: the memories become progressively less pleasant and the euphoric effects slowly turn depressive.
Despite this, Scramble is at least as addictive as most opiates, and has similar physical effects with long term use. It is also quite potent: a single kilogram of Scramble will last even a heavy user for a year and then some.
Tateen is a mild intoxicant, mostly used by slaves on the world of Kelewan to dull the mental suffering of their servitude.
Prolonged usage of Tateen stains the teeth of users brown.
Truth or Consequences, as the name suggests, has effects similar to the party game of the same name, with one key diffference: you can’t quit. A colourless liquid not very different from water to touch, it is often used to provoke responses that are more honest than the respondent would like.
The drug suppresses inhibitions, leading those who have taken it to speak their minds with great vehemence. As such, it is a common prank for the drug to be unknowingly administered to priests, politicians, cops and other self-appointed moral authorities. It is equally common for such pranks to end in gunfire.
Related drugs: Skullbustium, Triptine and Yaginol.
Urizen is named for one of the gods in William Blake’s mythology for England, a deity who sought to impose reason on the world. The drug named for him was quite the reverse.
Inspired by the American “Love Bomb” experiments, Urizen was a British project (and the involvement of un-named but shadowy government agencies in its creation is confirmed) that combined the drug-based aspects of Love Bomb with advanced genetic recoding. Urizen bonded to the spinal column of users, and became a part of their DNA, where it generated hormones that would achieve aphrodisiacal submission in the user by bypassing their conscious brain entirely. However, a single dose – usually administered by injection – lasts only 14 and a half hours, and can be over-ridden by extreme pain.
Related drugs: Love Bomb
Vodare is a drug favoured by sadists and berserkers, especially those that worship the dread god Rallaster, known variously as the Razor God, the Insane God and the God of Madmen. It is made from the crushed petals of a flower that grows only on the graves of those who dedicated their lives to the worship of Rallaster, and carries a small portion of the god’s power and nature in it.
An extremely bitter brown powder, Vodare is almost always mixed with something to sweeten it when swallowed, such as honeyed water or sweet wine. It causes it users to grow bold, arrogant and somewhat careless of danger – a state which is ideal for committing the kinds of casual murder and offhand slaughter that Rallaster likes to see as votive offerings.
Fortunately, its use is almost unknown outside of Rallaster’s small, secretive cult, and even more fortunately, the cult exists more in name than in fact, as most of those who worship Rallaster fear the discovery of their faith, and are frequently loners to boot.
Related Drugs: Agony, Baccaran, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish and Terran Brandy.
VXN Gas is a weaponised drug that attacks the central nervous system. It is inhaled, and acts as a potent euphoric, inducing a sensation of pleasure and well-being that erodes willpower and leads to a semi-voluntary state of paralysis.
In fact, its euphoric effects are so strong that it is not unknown for those exposed to develop addictions to barbituates or Bentlam, as the effects of the VXN are quite pleasant to experience.
Related Drugs: Bentlam, Fayalin, Hadive, Ladolian, Nitrolabe, Thionite and Vee-Two Gas.
Zzonga is a drug made from the Zzonga fruit of the Zzonga bush. It is a highly addictive intoxicant that causes a level of fascination with whatever is in front of the user that borders on OCD.
The plant it grows on is a small shrub, growing no more than four foot high, with a multitude of spiky, short leaves. The fruit itself resembles a strawberry in size and colour (although tending more to pink than to red), and has a very distinctive smell (which it retains when juiced or cooked).
Effects of the drug last for up to four days for a single dose, and the fascination effect makes it almost impossible to concentrate while under the influence. For this reason, the Thyatian empire made a point of encouraging addiction to Zzonga in their enemy, the Alphatian empire – reckoning that the Alphatian’s magical superiority, caused by their great numbers of wizards, would be nullified if none of the wizards were able to focus enough to cast even the simplest of spells.