Red Haze is a chemical that reacts with the random emotions and memories it encounters in the user’s brain. However, it tends to highlight those with strong negative attachments – and being reminded of these memories, say, by an interrogator, will only heighten the effect. It’s been described as “PTSD in a bottle” and that’s in no way inaccurate. The drug itself wears off relatively quickly, but the effects of the traumatic events it brings up can take much, much longer to overcome.
Used by the less scrupulous intelligence agencies – both government and private – Red Haze is a useful means to quickly break a prisoner, and it tends to work on all but the most strong-willed. As RIZ discovered, to its sorrow, Eliot Spencer is among that number.