Little is known about Amazo Pills other than the name. Certain inferences can be be made based on it, however.
Amazo Pills are named after an android created by one Professor Ivo, which was able to duplicate all the superhuman abilities of the Justice League of America.
It is likely, therefore, that the pills duplicate this effect to some extent, and presumably allow the user to duplicate the powers of nearby superhumans. Amazo himself was able to duplicate even powers granted by artifacts such as Green Lantern’s ring or Wonder Woman’s lasso – it is unlikely that the drug is anywhere near this powerful.
Related drugs: Darkshots, Hyperdrene, Mongoose Blood and Xenite
Batch 5 is a particular formulation in a series of mixtures of Pituarin and Pinearin. The exact quantities of each, and any other possible ingredients, are not known. A potent and unpredictable mutagen, it was administered to several inmates at the Larkhill Resettlement Camp during 1993.
While the effects of Batches 1 through 4 are unknown, Batch 5 frequently caused the development of supernumary organs in those it was administered to, often accompanied by the atrophy of other organs. It was regarded as a success by the researchers and administration of Larkhill, although those it was administered to were not volunteers and gave no consent to be experimented on, and most of them died in agony.
In at least once case, that of the individual known only as “Codename V”, Batch 5 seems to have caused no deleterious physical effects, instead apparently enhancing strength and agility, although it is possible that the drug did drive “V” mad – or perhaps madder, as “V” may have already been insane at the time he was dosed.
No known samples of Batch 5 or instructions for its preparation survived the destruction of the Larkhill camp by “Codename V”.
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.
In September 1967, Blue Sunshine was created in a lab at Stanford. It was a variant of LSD, used by a number of members of the graduating class of that year.
In 1978, a previously unknown set of side effects to Blue Sunshine use became apparent: it caused swift hair loss, inhuman strength and murderous psychotic episodes in several users. Medical study of one of them showed severe chromosonal damage resulting from the drug’s use. An investigation conducted by the FDA located some but not all of the former users of the drug, with a total of 255 doses remaining unaccounted for.
Originally developed by Banner Value Drug and Vitamin Laboratories, Inc. as a cure for nerve damage, intended to stimulate the growth of damaged nerves, Cerebrocreatine was a failure in that goal, but worked very well in enhancing the development of neural pathways in the brain. Unfortunately, the side effect of these little yellow pills tended to be a fascination with knowledge for its own sake, a penchant for grandiose experimentation and marked tendency towards pednatry.
Cerebrocreatine is one of the few drugs in history to have had its own antidote – marketed as Super-Aktion – developed by the same company that created it, although like Cerebrocreatine, the antidote too was also too strong…
Related Drugs: De-Tox, Nullergin-200 and Super-Aktion
A drug that grants superpowers, Compound V was first developed by Dr Hans Vogelbaum in the thirties in Nazi Germany. He fled to America where he continued his research, attracting the corporate sponsorship of Vought-American, who used it to create the first actual superteam in the later days of World War Two. Over the years, many variants of Compound V have been created by Vogelbaum or others following on from him (including one version created by the Nazis working from the fragmented notes he left behind).
Compound V gives each person who takes it different powers, although the CIA team known as the Boys use a highly stable variant with predictable powers (primarily strength, toughness, healing and delayed aging). The only real pattern observable is that the earlier in life the dose is taken, the stronger the powers tend to be, which suggests that it interacts with the body’s own growth – and since Compound V is mutagenic at a genetic level, its effects are also inheritable.
Unfortunately for almost everyone involved, Compound V was created in a world where power, almost without exception, corrupts – and super-power even moreso.
Created by Dr Michael Grant, a Washington DC based scientist, the original purposes of Cortexin was lost to history – along with its creator and all his notes – when a nuclear war broke out. Grant’s test animals, who had been injected with the drug, escaped in the course of the devastation that followed.
It was at this point that what was presumably an unintended side effect, the animals dosed with Cortexin proved to been altered on a genetic level. Over the course of several generations, they developed greater intelligence, bipedal locomotion, hands with opposable thumbs, and even the power of speech.
A variety of species were used by Grant in his experiments, including apes, bats, dogs, gophers, leopards, lions, pumas, rats, sloths, tigers and wolves. The wide range of species, and the fact that each of them had a large enough population to be able to breed viably, along with the location of Grant’s researches, strongly suggests that his experiments were funded by the Pentagon.
NB: there is no known connection between this Cortexin and the real world drug of the same name.
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 Flim Flam’s Miracle Cream, or just plain Miracle Cream, is an over-looked product of Dr Flim Flam, which very few people realise actually works. When used by humans, or mutant humans, it can great super powers such as super-strength, super-speed and invulnerability. The problem is, it only has a limited duration of effectiveness, which appears to be about a day or so, and comes only in a limited supply, one tube at a time (about the same size as a standard toothpaste tube).
Since Dr Flim Flam’s products are sold only from the covered wagon of Dr Flim Flam, it may be some time before they are again available.
Related Drugs: Comatonin, Electricity, Human Horn, Ocephalus Nectar, Slurm, Space Honey & Spark
A street drug developed by the very people who are charged with policing it, Dust is a red powder that stimulates telepathic powers in humans (and some other species) for the duration of its use.
Dust was created by the Psi-Corps in an effort to create more human telepaths. It has been an unmitigated failure in that respect, and remains potentially a huge embarassment to the Psi-Corps should its origins become public. In the meantime, the same people who created the drug have the job of hunting down and punishing those who use it.
The fact that the drug works on non-human races, notably the Narn, is most likely indicative of the genetic meddling of the Vorlons with these races, with the drug tapping the telepathic genes implanted by that race.
Related drugs: Psi-blockers