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How can leaves knock out a dragon-like creature? [closed]

The "hero" of the story is a biologist/botanist that lives in the 30th century. All is fine...high-tech city, lots of flying cars, robots flying around. She works at a big lab, with a room next door ...
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Can the poison from Kingsmen be concocted?

In the movie Kingsmen, there is a poison which behaves differently from most other poisons. It has to be ingested in order to kill, but that is not enough. It is harmless until a radio signal is ...
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Need a suitable toxic chemical for a murder plot in my novel

I need ideas for a chemical or disease which kills the victim upon holding it in the palm for about 4 or 5 seconds. The death isn't necessarily immediate, as it might take days to kill the victim in ...
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A quick poison with obvious effects

So I have a scene where someone gets poisoned. I want the poison to have a couple qualities: It works fast, with in the span of a meal be to exact It can be put in food or drink, either covered up or ...
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How long would it take for an uninhabitable amount of pollution on a planet to disappear? [closed]

If the world (Earth) were to become so polluted that the surface would become uninhabitable, how long would it take to become as unpolluted as it was before humans? By pollution I mainly mean ...
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Which are the things like that, which have or has that effect(i. e., death or else 100% confirmed permanent paralysis for sure for life) like that? [duplicate]

I want to build a world but an element of the world is causing me problem and that element is that I need such a "thing" or a group of the "things" with which a person laces a food item of a "STRONG ...
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What poisons could have been hidden in food or drink used in the early 1700's? [closed]

I'm writing a character who has to kill her children by poisoning. I just need something they wouldn't have tasted. It doesn't matter if it kills them fast or slow (either will work). Back then ...
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Can you tell me which are the things or the group of the things that the character of my story can use to paralyze his elder brother? [closed]

I am writing a fiction story. In that story, a man paralyzes his elder brother by lacing one of his food items, for example, milk or any other thing which he eats with a "thing" or a group of the "...
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I need a poison that in low dose will paralyze temporarily, in high dose will kill

I’m writing a (fictional) story, and at one point the main character is temporarily paralyzed due to poison. Does anyone know of a poison that would, if taken in a very small amount or if it just ...
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What gas can I use to incapacitate pesky heroes?

Supposing I have a room currently occupied by Jedi Knights, or some other force that I can't defeat with battle droids and brute strength. I wish to incapacitate the occupants of this room with a gas, ...
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Designing venom glands for an elephant: misting

Laugh all you like, you won't be laughing when it sprays you with its jade trunk of death. Info I figured out that I wanted an elephant that sprays poison (not acid) out of its trunk a while ago (...
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Can a substance be more lethal in smaller doses?

Yes, I realize this question is a bit ridiculous, and there are no cases of it in reality (that I can find), but with a bit of truth twisting, could it theoretically be possible? In my fantasy world ...
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Any poisons that mimic Syphilis?

In my tabletop RPG story the wife of a rich noble killed her husband. Her story is that he cheated on her and when she told him that she knew, he tried to kill her and she only defended herself. ...
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After the apocalypse, would it be possible to acquire large quantities of toxins from animals?

Question I'd like to know if after a standard apocalypse [societal collapse, looting and all that], it would be possible to acquire poisons such as batrachotoxin, tetradotoxin, or maitotoxin. I'd ...
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Could Arsenic poisoning be detected in this setting? [closed]

I have an idea for a story , a detective fiction set in the early 1900's. I have the crime being committed as the title suggests by arsenic poisoning . I know that Arsenic is a form of poison that a ...
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Addictive substance without noticeable effects

I want a substance, of which the victim does not notice any effects, except for a very severe withdrawal effects. Ideally, it could be a natural water contamination. (Fungus?). I want severe ...
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Is there a poison that causes a temporary paralysis? [closed]

I am writing a story where characters have been dosed with a small amount of poison, with the result being a temporary paralysis. The information I need is more along the lines of possible treatment, ...
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What is the deadliest acid a hypothetical biological creature could utilize as a weapon?

There are a lot of acids in the world, many of them present in biological creatures. Humans, for instance, have hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. What I'm wondering here is just how nasty it could ...
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Toxic nerve agent in humanoids?

In my world, wood elves use magic charms and illusions to ensnare their prey. They have a very opportunistic diet as they eat anything that walks into their forest. After consumption they sleep for ...
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What is a poison that can be given to a comatose patient that requires another character to get an antidote?

Basically, I need one main character to be comatose and the other one trying to save him. The antagonist has to give the main character a specific time period to jump through hoops or whatever to get ...
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Could Alice's hair send people to sleep without just knocking them out?

So recently I asked this question about Alice, the tips of whose hairs (body and head hairs) could (in that question, not this question) paralyze or poison people. I thought: what if her hairs only ...
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How would having toxic hairs affect the everyday/work life of a human?

Due to unknown reasons resulting in a fluke DNA mutation, with an incredibly low probability, a 'human' baby is born who is not quite human, the mutation being that the hairs are mildly toxic. This ...
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Poison that disappears after it kills [duplicate]

Is it possible to have a poison that disappears from the corpse? I mean, you put the poison in the target, it kills the human and some minutes later the poison disappears from the corpse so any doctor ...
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Is Poison Resistance Over Time with Anti-Toxin Possible?

I've got in-world poisons, often with real-world analogues (like belladonna) but in building the social structure of the back-stabbing nobility, I began looking at poison resistances and antidotes. ...
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Feasibility of poisonous soft bullet

In my story there is a hitman who has at his disposal a slingshot bullet with the following characteristics: the bullet range is of the order of 10 - 50 meters it is soft, therefore on impact it ...
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A poison that only works if you know it is there

In the book He Drank and Saw the Spider, a poison is talked about in a metaphorical way: A person can be poisoned by putting a specific kind of spider into their cup, but the poison only works if you ...
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What are some ways to covertly administer poisons? [closed]

Looking to poison the protagonist of a story, who is inside a home currently (not their own). Poisoner is a third party outside the home, and I was considering having them come to the front door as a ...
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How strong could a dirty mercenary army be? [closed]

Let's say there is an ethnic group of humans that live in an alternate Medieval Europe. These guys developed the best immune systems on earth. They can't get sick from any disease. The best part is ...
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How can hornets be engineered to kill a human with a single sting?

Asian Giant Hornets are particularly vicious and deliver a dose of neurotoxin to its victims. Generally an average of 59 stings are sufficient to kill a healthy non-allergic man Given a suitable ...
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Application of a spider poison to skin

So, spider poison is (at least in case for the most of these little guys) a neurotoxin, and large amounts of it entering your bloodstream would bring TERRIBLE consequences for you and your barbeque ...
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How can I poison humans over several generations?

So.. I've decided to kill all the humans on Earth. Just a routine fumigation prior to a terraforming job. Although I don't mind a bit of collateral damage I do want to keep most of the plant life ...
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Slow accumulative poison that is detectable in autopsy

I am looking for a number of slow accumulative poisons say over a 6 month period that is detectable in autopsy and would slowly but surely kill the patient. The poison would be hopefully something a ...
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What is a fast-acting poison that could be applied to an arrow or dagger?

In a book I am writing, I want there to be an mage who magically propels a dagger with a fast-acting, potent poison/venom, which kills one of the main characters. What poison that could be obtained in ...
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Does anyone know of a poison that can be ingested and is undetectable in autopsy?

I am a fictional writer and need info on a poison that can be put in food and is undetectable in autopsy. Symptoms also can't be too messy, no specific time in how long it takes to take effect.
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You eat this plant, it eats you right back. Can it work?

Based on an answer of mine from a few months ago, I've been inspired to adapt the concept to my own Life Ball. Fair warning- this question and some of its links are not for the squeamish. May ...
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Napoleonic chemical warfare

What kinds of chemical warfare agents would be possible to synthesize and store (including binary ones, which are two precursors mixed during or immediately before firing) at an industrial scale with ...
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What kind of poison can an octopus carry to kill a person via skin contact?

I'm am developing a creature, what I want to create is a giant octopus that is able to utilize poison. I would like it to shoot it from its beak if the poison is in liquid form, or emit the poison ...
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Could runaway methane gas emissions be an extinction level event? [closed]

Much ado has been made by a few petroleum engineers and global-warming alarmist about all of the methane gas trapped in frozen form, mostly on the ocean floors. The "What-if" scenario begins to play ...
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Nitrogen oxide atmosphere: Breathing masks

So, I've got a planet with this atmosphere. The composition is: 60% NO 20% NO2 10% N2O 5% N2 5% O2 traces of CO, CO2. The surface pressure is 0.7 atm, temperatures range from -30 to +30 degrees ...
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Mosquito Assassin 2: Curiosity killed with A catalyst!

In the last mission, my mosquito drone needed to deliver a payload of deadly substance, but most of the items either had an antidote if discovered in time or could conceivably be traced back to a ...
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Are there any real-world ingested poisons with these characteristics?

So, I'm looking to get one of my characters poisoned. However, if they notice that something's up, the jig's likely up as they'll seek treatment for what happened, so this needs to happen "under their ...