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Gorean Weapons -
       Drugs and Poisons



This is my narrative and relevant references from the Books about Drugs and Poisons.
It is not meant to be anything other than the facts of the matter.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban


 


Anesthetic Darts
To The Index

Anesthetic darts are sometimes used in the taking of females. These may be flung or entered into her body by hand. They take effect in about forty seconds.[1]

 


Capture Scent
To The Index

Capture scent is sometimes used by tarnsmen and it is often used by slavers. Soaked in a rag and held over the nose and mouth of a female, it can render her unconscious in five seconds.[2]

 


Drugged Liqueur
To The Index

In another example of drugged liqueur, those laying the trap had drank of the liqueur too. They were unaffected due to either, over time, building up an immunity to the drug, or, more likely, by imbibing a counteragent to its effect, prior to its distribution.[3]

 


Gieron
To The Index

Gieron is an unusual allergen. Though not lethal, when mixed with sajel, a simple pustulant, they produce a facsimile of the superficial symptoms of Bazi plague. However, the effect only lasts about 12 hours.[4]

 


Kanda
To The Index

Kanda is a lethal poison extracted from one of Gor's desert shrubs. It can be used on a large scale from poisoning a water supply,[5] to, in a white paste form, coated on weapons[6] or even needles.[7] One piece of jewelry mentioned is a ring which, when a tiny switch is pressed, a hollow steel fang springs up containing this deadly toxin.[8]

 


Kur Poison
To The Index

While there is no description of where this poison originates, the substance must be very powerful for only a small amount will kill two Kur in a matter of a few Ehn. It must also be poisonous to humans on contact. It is shown that a man did not even want to keep the wallet in which the bottle of poison, closed as it was, had been carried.[9]

 


Ost Venom
To The Index

Death by ost venom is among the most hideous and painful of deaths,[10] with the flesh turning orange like colored paper and peeling, as though lit and burned from the inside along with drops of blood and sweat on it.[11] It can be transported in powder form[12] or, as is one case, a Turian affectation, held in hollow teeth awaiting the deadly bite.[13]

 


Paralysis Drug
To The Index

Sullius Maximus invented a paralysis drug. He tested it, by pin pricks, on the limbs of a captured enemy, paralyzing him from the neck down.[14]

 


Poison Girls
To The Index

There are also chemically prepared poison girls whose bite is lethal.[15]

 


Poison Locks
To The Index

The poison lock, because of the crevices and grillwork common to the heavy, ornate Gorean locks, allows tiny, extremely small pins, coated with kanda, to emerge, killing the would be intruder.[16]

 


Poison Pins
To The Index

Many free women conceal poisoned needles or pins within their robes[17] or in their hair.[18]

 


Sajel
To The Index

Sajel is a simple pustulant. Though not lethal, when mixed with gieron, an unusual allergen, they produce a facsimile of the superficial symptoms of Bazi plague. However, the effect only lasts about 12 hours.[19]

 


Sleeping Powder
To The Index

The powder is dark, bluish and mixed with an amber fluid. It produces sleep within a few moments.[20]

 


Tassa Powder
To The Index

Tassa powder is a traceless,[21] harmless, tasteless, swift-acting,[22] reddish, effective drug normally concealed in wine.[23] The effect is not felt for a time, but when it takes effect, it does so swiftly.[24] It is used to render the unsuspecting one[25] who drinks it unconscious.[26]

The length of the unconsciousness is partly determined by the individual involved and partly by the amount of the drug administered. In other words, the weight of the individual involved and the desired length of unconsciousness are used to determine the dosage.[27]

One normally recovers slowly from the effects of Tassa powder, at least for a few minutes, but after a time, suddenly comprehending, awaken quite suddenly, even screaming.[28] Tassa powder allegedly has few, if any, lingering aftereffects,[29] with the exception of a ravenous appetite.[30]

It is a favorite of the Caste of Slavers who use it primarily to snare free women.[31]








Footnote References


[1]
Anesthetic darts, too, are sometimes used in the taking of females; these may be flung or entered into her body by hand; they take effect in about forty Ihn; she awakens often, stripped, in a slave kennel.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 116


[2]
Soaked in a rag and scarf and held over the nose and mouth of a female it can render her unconscious in five Ihn.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Pages 115 - 116


[3]
The liqueur of Falnus, as was now obvious, had been drugged. It had been drunk largely because of the seal on the flask and, far more importantly, the freedom with which the hunters themselves had partaken of the fiery delicacy. It now seemed clear the seal had been broken earlier, and then, after the contents had been tampered with, had been restored, or at least given the appearance of having been restored. More interestingly the hunters must have prepared for the evening's work, either by, over time, building up an immunity to the drug, or, more likely, by imbibing a counteragent to its effect, prior to its distribution at our camp.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 418


[4]
"My pursuit of you was foiled," I said, "by the results of the drug you placed in my paga."
"The drug," said Shaba, "was a simple combination of sajel, a simple pustulant, and gieron, an unusual allergen.
Mixed they produce a facsimile of the superficial symptoms of Bazi plague."
"I could have been killed," I said, "by the mob."
"I did not think many would care to approach you," said Shaba.
"It was not your intention then that I be killed?" I asked.
"Certainly not," said Shaba. "If that was all that was desired, kanda might have been introduced into your drink as easily as sajel and gieron."
. . .
"The symptoms induced by the paga tendered to you at the Golden Kailiauk," he said, "should have disappeared by the following morning."
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Pages 154 - 155 & 157


[5]
On the twentieth day of the siege there was great rejoicing in the camp of Pa-Kur, because in one place the wires had been cut and a squad of spearmen had reached the main siege reservoir, emptying their barrels of toxic kanda, a lethal poison extracted from one of Gor's desert shrubs.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 179


[6]
Mixed with the blood and fluids of the body there was a smear of white at the end of the steel, the softened residue of a glaze of kanda paste, now melted by body heat, which had coated the tip of the blade.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 42


[7]
I found a needle; I smelled it; it was smeared with kanda, a deadly toxin
Tribesmen of Gor     Book 10     Page 132

"Bring me my robe," she said.
He went to the robe on the couch, but, instead of handing it to her, he examined it, lifting it to the light. In one sleeve, in a tiny, narrow sheath, he found a needle, which he held up. Then he approached the bath. She shrank back, frightened. He washed the needle, dried it on a towel and replaced it in the sheath. I had not known the sheath and needle were there, so cunningly had they been concealed in the weaving.
He looked at her.
I had little doubt the needle had been poisoned, probably with Kanda.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 392


[8]
He folded his left hand into a fist and, with his thumb, pressed a tiny switch on the ring. The fang, of hollow steel, springing up, was then exposed.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 169

On the first finger of his left hand he wore a fang ring, which, I had little doubt, would contain a poison, probably that of the deadly kanda plant.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 151


[9]
I recalled that he had placed the tarn disks within his tunic, not within his wallet, and that later, on the trail, he had cast the wallet away. The bottle, I recalled, had been carried in the wallet. The substance must be very powerful, I thought, so little of it, yet enough to slay two such beasts, even three. Tyrtaios, who was not a timid man, had been unwilling to keep even the wallet in which the vessel, closed as it was, had been carried.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 222


[10]
Death by ost venom is among the most hideous of deaths.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 357

"Do you know what an ost is?" he asked.
"It is a tiny, brightly colored serpent commonly orange," I said, "which is venomous."
"It is the smallest, and deadliest, snake on Gor," he said. "It moves quickly, and can hide almost anywhere. Its bite is lethal, unless the limb can be cut off within a few Ihn. It is an unpleasant death. It ensues within a few Ehn. The victim commonly cries out with joy, to die, rejoicing that the pain will end.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 544


[11]
I was scarcely aware of the brief whimpering of the Paravaci as, twisting and turning on the rug, biting at it, holding his arm, his flesh turning orange from ost venom, he writhed and died.
Kamchak walked to him and tore away the mask. I saw the contorted, now-orange, twisted, gonized face. Already it was like colored paper and peeling, as though lit and burned from the inside. There were drops of blood and sweat on it.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 318


[12]
The small man held up a tiny packet. "This," he said, "is the poison, a powder prepared from the venom of the Ost.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 357


[13]
"They are poison teeth," remarked Harold, "a Turian affectation but quite deadly, being filled with the venom of the Ost.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 187


[14]
"Sullius Maximus," he said, "invented such a drug. He tested it, by pin pricks, on the limbs of a captured enemy, paralyzing him from the neck down."
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 19


[15]
Exotics are normally bred for some deformity which is thought to be appealing. On the other hand, sometimes the matter is much more subtle and sinister. For example it is possible to breed a girl whose saliva will be poisonous; such a woman, placed in the Pleasure Gardens of an enemy, can be more dangerous than the knife of an Assassin.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 115

Shortly thereafter Maximus Hegesius Quintilius was found dead, poisoned by the bite of a girl in his Pleasure Gardens, who, before she could be brought before the Scribes of the Law, was strangled by enraged Taurentians, to whom she had been turned over; it was well known that the Taurentians had greatly revered Maximus Hegesius Quintilius, and that they had felt his loss perhaps as deeply as the common Warriors of Ar.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 233 - 234

Maximus Hegesius Quintilius was later found assassinated in his own pleasure gardens, slain there by the bite of a chemically prepared poison girl, one killed by Taurentians before she could be questioned.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 246

With respect to food, the master, of course, as a matter of propriety, begins the meal. An exception to this might be when the master suspects the slave may have poisoned the food. She will then be forced to eat first. Slaves are denied access to poisons, as to more common weapons. But an enemy may plant a girl in an enemy household, supply the poison, and so on. The most exotic form of this sort of thing is the poison girl who, over months or years, is rendered immune to a poison, but whose bite is lethal.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 531


[16]
Much more dangerous is the poison lock, because the opening through which the tiny pins, usually coated with a paste formed from kanda root, can emerge can be extremely small, almost invisible to the eye, easy to overlook in the crevices and grillwork of the commonly heavy, ornate Gorean lock.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 52


[17]
It is not wise to try to tear away the garments of a free woman with one's bare hands. They may contain poisoned needles.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 402


[18]
A free woman, captured, whose hair her captor unbinds, usually the first time by the stroke of a knife, a precaution against poison pins and other devices
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 198


[19]
"My pursuit of you was foiled," I said, "by the results of the drug you placed in my paga."
"The drug," said Shaba, "was a simple combination of sajel, a simple pustulant, and gieron, an unusual allergen.
Mixed they produce a facsimile of the superficial symptoms of Bazi plague."
"I could have been killed," I said, "by the mob."
"I did not think many would care to approach you," said Shaba.
"It was not your intention then that I be killed?" I asked.
"Certainly not," said Shaba. "If that was all that was desired, kanda might have been introduced into your drink as easily as sajel and gieron."
. . .
"The symptoms induced by the paga tendered to you at the Golden Kailiauk," he said, "should have disappeared by the following morning."
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Pages 154 - 155 & 157


[20]
Kamchak said nothing, but then he got up and from a chest in the wagon he took forth a goblet and filled it with an amber fluid, into which he shook a dark, bluish powder. He then took Elizabeth Cardwell in his left arm and with his right hand gave her the drink. Her eyes were frightened, but she drank. In a few moments she was asleep.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Pages 61 - 62


[21]
Tassa powder had doubtless been used on her. It is traceless, and effective.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 66


[22]
Tassa powder is a harmless, tasteless, swift-acting drug.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 375


[23]
"It was done by Tassa powder," she said.
"It was tasteless, and effective," I said.
. . .
"It shows up, of course," I said, "in water."
"It is meant to be mixed with red wine," she said.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 223

It is a powder which may be undetectably added to any beverage, most commonly Ka-la-na, with the result that the individual who partakes of the beverage is soon rendered unconscious.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 521


[24]
The effect of Tassa powder is not felt for a time, but when it takes effect, it does so swiftly.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 377


[25]
Inside, in a previously prepared room, on a great table, were aligned two hundred goblets of wine. Each contained Tassa powder. When the pirates, unsuspecting, were within, and giving themselves to the wine, the door would be locked.
Guardsmen of Gor     Book 16     Page 113


[26]
Throughout all that had transpired in the booth she had not regained consciousness. Tassa powder is efficient.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 75


[27]
The length of the unconscious state is partly determined by the individual involved and partly by the amount of the drug administered. The approximated weight of the individual involved and the desired length of the unconscious state are used to determine the dosage.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 521

"Keep moving," said one of the masters. "Do not be concerned. It is scarcely a trace of tassa powder. The common dose renders a woman unconscious almost immediately. You can imagine how useful it is to slavers, in their collections. A free woman accepts a drink from a stranger and, when she awakens, some Ahn later, she discovers herself stripped, and in his chains."

I knew nothing of tassa powder. I did not know what an Ahn might be, other than that it was clearly some unit of time.

I pulled at my bound wrists, weakly. I must strive to keep my place in line.

"The matter is delicate," the man continued. "The amount to be administered must be estimated. It must be small enough to permit, for a time, the prolongation of consciousness and the practicality of movement, as in walking, and large enough to assure an eventual effective sedation. Some consideration is given to apparent body weight. Larger women get a bit more than a dusting of the powder. The matter is further complicated by the fact that movement, your walking, for example, hastens the action of the drug."


[28]
One normally recovers slowly from the effects of Tassa powder, at least for a few minutes, and then one might, after a time, suddenly comprehending, awaken suddenly, hysterically, struggling, screaming, if one is not gagged.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 382


[29]
Tassa powder, which she later learned was used on her, allegedly has few, if any, lingering aftereffects,
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 34


[30]
"You had been given tassa powder," he said.
"Yes, Master," said Ellen.
"How do you feel?" he asked.
"Well, Master," she said.
"Good," he said. "There are usually few, if any, aftereffects. Are you hungry?"
. . .
"After tassa powder," said the man, "a girl is often ravenously hungry."
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Pages 211 - 212


[31]
It is a favorite of slavers. The delight of my instructresses, in regaling us with accounts of its effects, had to do largely with its administration to free women, who might sip it discreetly behind their veil in some assignation or tête-à-tête, in their rich robes of concealment, and later awaken naked and in chains, perhaps in sight of some flaming brazier from whose burning coals protrude marking irons.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 521






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