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


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