A somewhat lopsided flower, though pretty and pleasantly-scented in its own way, Adara’s Rose was created by the wizard Belgarion more or less by accident one day in Algaria.
Unbeknownst to Belgarion (or to Adara, for whom he created it), the flower was also capable of being made into a potent medicine – the sovereign remedy, in fact (a cure for all known disease).
However, this second fact was not known until several years later, when it was revealed by the seer Cyradis, and used to cure the Mallorean Emperor ‘Zakath of a bad case of thalot poisoning.
Related Drugs: Athsat.
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.
A highly addictive drug, Akira is an enhancer of psychic powers. It turns ordinary mortals into psychics, and those who already have magical or psychic talents into virtual superhumans – while it lasts.
The exact details of its naming are unknown, but it seems likely that it was named for the legendary Japanese comic series, which prominently features psychic powers.
Akira enjoyed a brief vogue as the drug of choice of Los Angeles’ Sub Rosa (i.e. magical) subculture, but the strongly expressed disapproval of Sandman Slim (and the disappearance of its source) put paid to that.
Related drugs: Cupbearer’s Elixir.
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.
Baccaran is mysterious drug of unknown composition, magical steroid and intelligence enhancer that also renders the user more vulnerable to magical illusions.
Curiously, despite this side effect, it is not actually an hallucinogen, and it is unclear why it has this particular and unusual effect on users. Baccaran is known to be cause great pain if overdosed on, the result of over-stressing the body with its strength enhancing qualities.
Related Drugs: Agony, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
An alchemical concoction masquerading as a craft beer, Black Frost was briefly on sale at one particular bar on the Sunnydale campus of the University of California.
Repeated doses of Black Frost will lead to the imbiber reverting to a caveman-like level of intelligence, closely followed by physical mutations to match. Understandably, the user rarely realises that they have been dosed before it’s too late for them to realise much of anything.
It’s mostly used to get even with smart-ass college kids.
Related Drugs: Calendula, Calynthia Powder, Gill Man DNA and Orpheus.
Calendula is actually a real substance: it’s a herb derived from the plant of that name. The plant is a small yellow flower that grows across Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East, from the Azores to Iran.
It actually has medicinal effects – it has traditionally been used to treat constipation, abdominal cramps, acne, and in modern eras, radiation dermatitis and tumours. It is also used in cooking.
What lands it on this list is its supposed magical power: it is used by some members of the staff at Wolfram and Hart as a means of cheating psychic scans, by allowing users to hide their true thoughts and feelings.
Related Drugs: Black Frost, Calynthia Powder, Gill Man DNA and Orpheus.
Calynthia Powder is a bright purple colour. As a powder, it can be mixed into liquids and ingested, such as water or blood.
The drug is presumably magical in nature, and is used to affect the dreams of the person being fed it – usually without their knowledge. The drug makes the user more suggestible, especially when in a dream state, allowing anyone present while the user is dreaming to plant suggestions in their mind – while full control is not possible, it can be used to manipulate the person.
A person under the influence of Calynthia Powder will sleep more deeply, which makes the manipulation easier, as they will not wake when they otherwise would. Repeated doses will upset the sleep cycle of the user, making them sleep longer, dream less and awake less refreshed.
Related Drugs: Black Frost, Calendula, Gill Man DNA and Orpheus.
Communion is a bitter-tasting powder that causes the user to experience ecstatic union with their god or gods. Usually taken by mixing into tea (generally with a lot of sugar), Communion is particularly popular with the devotees of Karla Sommers living on Al Amarja.
The drug is all-encompassing, affected all five senses. Users often come back from their trips with missions – often vaguely-defined – from their deities. The objective reality of the experience of Communion is a hotly-debated topic in theological and pharmacological circles.
The drug itself is made from the glands of dead glugs, the secretive original species of humans who hide in our midst – although most glugs would be horrified if they knew the drug’s origins, and would almost certainly kill those of their number who are responsible for its creation.
Related Drugs: Blue Shock, MDA-Cubed, Nightmare, Relapse, Slo-Mo, Wings and Zorro.
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.
Strongly implied to the ambrosia of the gods, the liquid supplied by Hebe to the Olympians that kept them immortal and deific, Cupbearer’s Elixir is an alchemical preparation whose formula is a closely guarded secret.
Despite its general associations, it is not actually a healing elixir. Rather, it halts the changes of the body, retarding injury, disease and healing to an equal degree. While it is often used to halt the spread of incurable diseases, such as leprosy, it can also be used to prevent scars from healing, should one be so inclined.
Related drugs: Akira.
The Deflating Draught is probably best known as an antidote to the Swelling Solution. As such, it is a standard medical treatment in the wizarding world, used to reduce swellings of all kinds, whether they are magically induced or not.
Rumours that it can be used as a kind of magical viagra remain unconfirmed.
Related Drugs: Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction is a curative potion used to treat the psychic wounds left by telepathic and other mental attacks.
It is not a complete cure, requiring repeated applications over a long period of time, and even then, some scars may remain.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Doxycide, Garrotting Gas & Murtlap Essence.
Doxycide is a powerful black potion with a foul odour, which, when sprayed on Doxies, causes them to fall into a state of paralysis for a time.
The name of Doxycide is misleading, as it does not directly kill Doxies. It does, however, leave them in a state that frequently leads to their deaths.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction, Garrotting Gas & Murtlap Essence.
The magical dust from the very pouch of the Dream King himself, Dream Sand as a hallucinogen that makes hallucinations real – and makes reality hallucinatory. A user of Dream Sand can mutate the flesh of anyone near enough (and it’s unclear how close that is, although line of sight seems likely), can entrap others in dreams and can prolong their own life far beyond any need for other sustenance (although not without considerable physical wasting – the magic keeps the body alive without them, but the body still needs food and drink).
Fortunately, Dream Sand is kept tightly controlled by the Dream King (whether that be Morpheus or Daniel), and it is only in rare circumstances that any human gets the chance to become addicted to it. The 72 year long imprisonment of the Dream King for the Magus Burgess was such an occasion, unfortunately, claiming the lives of at least two people and very likely more.
Created by Ra’s al Ghul and brought to Gotham City by his servants, Whisper A’Daire and Kyle Abbott, the Elixir was intended to be sold as an expensive longevity drug, keeping those who took it young and healthy for as long as they did. It was also a potent mutagen, causing each user to develop the traits of a different animal. It was intended to sow chaos and disorder throughout Gotham, and might well have done so if no one intervened.
The Batman is, of course, all about these kinds of interventions. He identified the source of the drug, its alchemical origins, and its effects, and managed to bring A’Daire and Abbott’s plans to a stop while destroying all supplies of the Elixir before it hit the streets. And a good thing too.
The Elixir of Life is a potion that prevents aging, although regular drafts of it must be taken or it will wear off. It can also be used in certain circumstances to recreate a body for those who have misplaced theirs through poorly applied magic.
Created by the alchemist Nicholas Flamel through the use of the Philosopher’s Stone, it is unclear whether or not there remains another means of creating it now that the Stone has been destroyed, or whether the remaining supplies of it are all there is.
Related Drugs: Fire Protection Potion and Weedosoros
Embargon is a magical potion used to specifically interdict speaking about certain chosen matters – these are specified by the creator of the potion. It is used primarily by the freelance bounty hunter named The Brand, who is sometimes employed to kill certain news stories which the powers that be have decided they do not wish to see come to light.
Injected by darts fired from the nose of The Brand’s dog, Sweet Boy, Embargon is thus applied directly to the bloodstream. It causes death when the forbidden story is spoken of outside of the room where it is applied. Unusually, any speech of the forbidden story on the part of any of those dosed with a particular preparation of it will cause the death of all those dosed with that preparation.
Related drugs: Fadeaway and Heroine
It’s somewhat unclear whether Ent-Draughts are some form of enchanted juice or some form of enchanted water. Certainly it is loved by Ents, as Treebeard keeps a supply laid in. But what is most attention-grabbing about this liquid the effect that it has on hobbits.
Even a single draught will cause feelings of extreme well-being and act as a restorative to good health and boundless energy.
In the cases of Merry and Pippin, it even caused them to grow a considerable amount, making them two of the tallest hobbits ever. Presumably, it would have analogous effects on humans, although this has never been tested – and the only species to drink Ent-Draughts are the Ents themselves. The effect it has on them is unclear, although it is implied to be a mild intoxicant.
Related drugs: Athelas, Miruvóre and Pipe-Weed
Fire Protection Potion – also known as Ice Potion – is a potion that protects the imbiber from the effects of naked flames, whether natural or magical. It is generally purple or black in colour, and known ingredients of the potion include bursting mushrooms, salamander blood and wartcap powder, although it is clear that there are other ingredients in addition to these.
When drunk, Fire Protection Potion gives the imbiber intense chills, sometimes described as feeling like ice flooding their body. Its effects are relatively short lived, but near to absolute while they last.
Related Drugs: Elixir of life and Weedosoros
Garrotting Gas is a colourless vapor arising from a potion. It is unclear whether the gas is dangerous to breathe, but it can be deadly nonetheless.
The gas lives up to its name, actually strangling those who pass through it, causing choking and even complete suffocation if exposure goes on long enough.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Doxycide, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction & Murtlap Essence.
Few details are known about Hair-Raising Potion. As the name suggests, the potion causes the imbiber’s hair to stand on end. That’s about it.
Oh, and one of the ingredients is an unspecified number of rat tails. No one knows why, and we’re all happier that way.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
Much like faerie food – to which it may be related – Heroine is a substance found in all plants growing on a particular planet. It is sometimes referred to as a parasite, suggesting that it may be some sort of fungus infecting the plant life.
The effects on users are broadly similar: it will cause them to hallucinate the presence of someone emotionally important to them, who will implore them to stay on the planet using whatever arguments seem most likely to be effective – up to and including encouraging those affected by it to murder others. Fortunately, the risks of Heroine are reasonably well-known, and the effects wear off quickly once it is purged from the body of the consumer.
Related drugs: Embargon and Fadeaway
Of unknown derivation, Hyperdrene is generally considered to be an hallucinogen, as the imps and pixies one sees under its influence are presumably hallucinations.
However, these hallucinations can be seen by other people too, although only during the 4-5 hours that the drug’s effects last, which begs the question of whether or not they are real.
It is possible that Hyperdrene is not an hallucinogen at all, but rather a drug that creates a briefly existing super-position between this dimension and the adjacent one more usually inhabited by the pixies. Attempts to question the pixies about this have been fruitless, as their only form of communication appears to be reciting nonsensical couplets.
Related drugs: Darkshots, Mongoose Blood and Xenite
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.
Made from a plant that grows only in the outer plane known as the Abyss, Luhix is extremely painful to take – it is most often added directly to the blood stream via a self-inflicted wound, which is then bound up to prevent the drug from leaking out, and its immediate effect is agonizing.
However, for those users able to persevere through this pain, Luhix grants enhancements to physical and mental abilities for an hour or two, as well as an immunity to almost all kinds of pain. The one exception to this is the pain caused by Luhix itself – taking a second dose while the first is in effect, or indeed, for up to a day later, is even more painful, sometimes even to a fatal degree.
Related Drugs: Agony, Baccaran, Devilweed, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
Mandrake Restorative Draught is cure for various magical curses and transfigurations.
One of its best known uses is to cure the victims of basilisk attacks, a use to which it was put to cure the several victims of such attacks at Hogwarts across 2002 and 2003. Mandrake Restorative Draught is unusual in that it equally efficacious when administered to ghosts as to the living.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.r of Secrets (First mentioned)
Mei Kuan is an extremely potent mind-expanding drug – a few drops of it could cause permanent insanity or death to all but the strongest-willed users.
It is of Oriental origin, and appears to be a preparation of a variety of drugs and herbs, very likely including opium. Under its effects, users experience heightened perceptions and cognition, transporting themselves into realms of abstract concepts and higher spiritual planes.
Related Drugs: beng lie
The exact translation of Miruvor or Miruvóre, is not known, but “death-defeater” is a probable etymological meaning. It’s certainly an accurate description.
Appearing in The Fellowship of the Rings, Miruvóre is a warm and fragrant clear cordial made by and consumed by the Elves. They do not reveal how Miruvóre is made, but it is thought to come from the honey of the undying flowers in the gardens of Yavanna in Valinor. It’s possible that this drink holds the secret of Elven immortality, although if so, it has no such effect on humans, hobbits or dwarves.
The cordial gives the drinker renewed strength and vitality, and is used by the Elves at their festivals. Some party animals, those Elves, huh?
Related drugs: Athelas, Ent-Draughts and Pipe-Weed.
Murtlap Essence is created from the strained and pickled tentacles of Murtlaps. It is both a curative and anesthetic, soothing the pain of cuts and abrasions, and helping them to heal.
It is also effective in the treatment of certain other minor ailments of the skin, such as boils.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Doxycide, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction & Garrotting Gas.
Deadly and dangerous, Nightmare is a drug that, as the name suggests, causes nightmares in the user. Perhaps more disturbingly, it implants pre-recorded nightmares in them.
Found only in Al Amarja, Nightmare is made from the excretions of tulpas – dream entities that have managed to acheive a physical existence in the mundane world. Pushers of the drug, known as Sandmen, gather this dung, and record the nightmares of potent dreamers by smearing it on their foreheads while they sleep.
The dung is then collected, and processed into an injectable serum, and sold to the rich and jaded whose capacity to experience strong emotions has atrophied.
Related Drugs: Blue Shock, Communion, MDA-Cubed, Relapse, Slo-Mo, Wings and Zorro.
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.
Orpheus is a vampire drug, a mystical opiate which is taken in with the blood of those they feed from – the humans typically inject the drug into their bloodstreams before the feeding.
The enchanted drug can be easily tasted on the blood, and its effects on the vampire are very quick, especially if the dose is large. Of course, a dose that large will tend to knock out the human, leaving them in a comatose – and potentially fatal – state.
Smaller doses can be euphoric for both parties, but larger ones induce what can only be described as a vision quest, in which both parties travel through the history of the vampire in question, and choices made along the way determine whether either of them ever wakes up again. This experience of taking the drug has been described as being taken to Hell and left there.
Related Drugs: Black Frost, Calendula, Calynthia Powder and Gill Man DNA.
Pepperup Potion is a magical cure for the common cold, and reasonably effective at doing so.
It does, however, come with the side-effect that steam is emitted from the ears of those who take it for several hours after taking it. If muggles ever discovered it, it would be enormously popular among the mainstream for its curative effects, and among steampunks for its side effects.
It was first created by Glover Hipworth, although it is unclear whether he did so in the late 18th or early 18th centuries.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
Polyjuice Potion is an alchemical preparation that allows a human drinker to temporarily assume the form of another person – although only a particular person. In particular, it cannot be used to take the form of any non-human – although numerous attempts have ended in the potion drinker being stuck in some sort of in-between form.
The potion is a difficult and time-consuming one to prepare – among other things, it needs to brew for a month after its final brewing – and one of the most difficult to acquire ingredients is a sample of the target person, usually hair, although other substances will work just as well. Polyjuice Potion is also highly variable in the duration of its effect, with the quality of the numerous ingredients and the skill of the brewing both influencing the outcomes.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
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.
Made solely by the bees who gather pollen from the subterranean black roses of Fallen London, Prisoner’s Honey is an unusual drug which transports those who use it physically into the realm of dreams.
The realm of dreams, it should be noted, is even more bizarre and alarming than Fallen London, which is no low bar to clear. Still, there are those who choose to visit it, and Prisoner’s Honey is the method they most often choose. Just sleeping in for amateurs.
Canny readers will have noticed that nowhere is how the users return from the Realm of Dreams specified.
Rat tonic is a healing potion for specifically intended to heal rats. It can also be used to treat the symptoms of ageing in rats. It is sold in a small red bottle at the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley, and presumably at similar locations elsewhere.
It is also the case that excessive use of Rat tonic can result in the rat drinking it becoming engorged, enlarged and even deformed. It is recommended that the directions on the bottle be followed to the letter.
Related drugs: Confusing Concoction, Shrinking Solution and Wolfsbane Potion.
A Regeneration Potion is used to heal and restore a wizard whose after extreme physical damage, up to and including maiming and disfigurement. It is a work of the darkest magic, requiring the flesh of an ally and the blood of an enemy among its ingredients.
The entire body of the wizard being treated must be immersed in the cauldron in which it is brewed, so only the largest of cauldrons can be used in its creation. For all of these reasons, it is very rarely prepared.
In 1994, this potion was brewed to resurrect Voldemort, using the blood of his enemy, Harry Potter. The use of Potter’s blood would prove an error, as due to other enchantments placed upon it, it prevented Voldemort from killing Potter – but not the reverse.
Related drugs: Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion.
An unlikely chemical capable of tapping into that same power that caused the Ten Plagues of Egypt – i.e. the Wrath of God – Sentry Serum was created by a un-named Professor in an attempt to recreate the Super Soldier Serum.
Clearly, he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Just as clearly, the addict and thief who took the sole, untested sample of the serum, Robert Reynolds, was manifestly unsuited for the nigh-infinite power it unleashed in him.
It is unclear whether the serum caused his multiple personalities, or merely exacerbated an existing tendency in Reynolds, but in either identity – the ‘heroic’ Sentry or the evil ‘Void’ – he had more power than he could easily control. With his death, it is unlikely that the serum will ever be recreated.
Shrinking Solution is, as the name suggests, a potion that causes the drinker to shrink. It is primarily used to transport livestock.
However, the potion does not merely cause shrinking, but also causes the imbiber to become younger (which often also results in a loss of size, if the reversion continues into childhood). As a result, it must be used with great care.
Related drugs: Confusing Concoction, Rat Tonic and Wolfsbane Potion.
Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion is a cosmetic treatment used to make messy hair more manageable.
While very effective, application is a bothersome and time-consuming process, meaning that it is used for special occasions rather than daily by most users. Also, for reasons unknown, but presumably magical, its use is not recommended by those with red hair.
Related drugs: Regeneration Potion.
Skele-Gro is a well-known potion manufactured by Rubens Winikus and Company Inc. It is an aid to healing, which makes broken bones knit together more rapidly than they naturally would.
Unfortunately, it has several major drawbacks – it tastes terrible, it burns the throat on the way down, the bone-knitting process is still slow by magical standards while also creating excruciating pain, and it gives off smoke in a disconcerting fashion when its bottle is opened. For lack of a better replacement, it remains a go-to part of magical medicine treatments.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion & Swelling Solution.
No, not that kind. Soy Sauce is a mysterious substance of curious and supernatural potency. Even a small dose will permently grant clairvoyant and other enhanced sensory abilities to the user. Of course, given the hallucinogenic and intoxicating effects of the drug, it can take the user a while to realise that these things are actually happening. And that’s just the start.
Possibly being a demonic entity in the form of a drug, or arising from an alternate timeline where bio-technology is considerably more developed. Certainly, among the abilities it seems to grant are time travel and dimensional travel. But its origin remains a mystery…
The Swelling Solution is a potion which causes whatever it touches to swell in size; its three ingredients are bat spleens, dried nettles, and puffer-fish eyes, which are carefully combined over moderate heat.
It matched by its antagonist, Deflating Draught, and each of the two substances are often employed as cures for an excess of the other.
Rumours that Swelling Solution can be used as a kind of magical viagra remain unconfirmed.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion & Skele-Gro.
Terran Brandy is a potent and magical drink, an alcoholic beverage made from a distillation of the bodies of dying fae.
A green liquid that improves the ability of spell casters for a wildly variable length of time, it is considered too unreliable – and its origins too vile – to be widely used, other than by the most callous of magic users, or those that truly despise the fey races.
Related Drugs: Agony, Baccaran, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish and Vodare.
TimeSerum is derived from the venom of a now-extinct sub-species of the Gaboon Viper. Its name is something of a misnomer, as it enables one to travel through time only by that laziest of methods, suspended animation.
All known supplies of TimeSerum are under the control of members of the Rosicrucian conspiracy, stored in a vast container concealed beneath Stonehenge which is filled to a capacity equal to 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools (one of which has diving board, or so it is rumoured).
So far as is known, only two people – Alexander Pruitt and Robert Moray – have ever been dosed with it, both of them in the year 1658.
Weedosoros is a magical poison, taught a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little is known about it, other than that it was one of the many potions used by Severus Snape.
Related Drugs: Elixir of life and Fire Protection Potion
Wolfsbane Potion is a potion with complex and powerful magical effects. It relieves the symptoms of lycanthropy (i.e. being a werewolf). As the name suggests, the plant wolfsbane (also known as aconite and monkshood) is a major ingredient.
It is important to note that Wolfsbane Potion only relieves lycanthropic symptoms – it is not a cure, but simply reduces the pain of transformation and assists the human lycanthropy sufferer to remain mentally in control when transformed.
Wolfsbane Potion is difficult to prepare and tastes horrible, which means that few werewolves even choose to use it without a pressing need. In addition, due to the fact that aconite is a deadly poison, Wolfsbane Potion must be prepared very carefully – too much aconite in the mixture will permanently cure the imbiber of lycanthropy – and life.
Related drugs: Confusing Concoction, Rat Tonic and Shrinking Solution.
A particularly hideous variant of crack cocaine, Zombie Crack kills the body of the user, allowing them to be ridden by whoever has the magic to do so.
Zombie Crack was the result of a deal cut by certain executives at Unitol, a Chicago-based pharmaceutical company and the scorpion-loa Baron Zaraguin. It contained enchanted crystals that served as psychic foci for the mind-riding of the bodies.
However, once Baron Zaraguin was alerted to the fact that the white men who ran Unitol were using the drug to demean and degrade the young negroes of Chicago (who by descent should be Zaraguin’s people), he withdrew his magic from the crystals, and the drug reverted to normal crack cocaine.
Related drugs: Blue Mold and Key 17.