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The elves have handlers. Here is Theodore Roosevelt on safari. He and his buddy there are the great white hunters. Do you see all those other people? Usually they are moved out of the picture but not here. Those are locals who are along to do the work - the beaters, bearers, animal skinners etc. Bringing the hunter to places where there is likely to be ...


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Oh this is easy. Who says drugs and alcohol has same effect to the drow. They get unruly and erratic, but they do not suffer in terms of fighting skill. As being far superior to humans, they do not need much of a coordination. Any member of the hunt finding themselves in true danger, they will blend into the shadows and escape. You can even say they have a ...


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They follow the way of the Berserkir. (Berserkir - whence we get berserker, berserk.) Old Norse warriors (presumably mimicking the Elven ways) drawing their power from one of the three sacred sources; the bear, the wolf and the boar would enter a heightened state, a rage when going into battle: becoming the berserkirgangr. To prepare for this, to make the ...


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Drunken, homicidal mobs can do a lot of damage in real life. It isn't any different for elves. And, yes, drunken, homicidal elves are very likely to cause serious injury to themselves and to other elves. They don't care! Elves are tough ... very difficult to actually kill. So what if a tenth of the elves on the Wild Hunt have to stay in bed afterwards ...


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The Wild Hunt is like a tornado. Humans and others are used to these hunts and prepare for them. Like you prepare for a tornado. You don't fight it. You can't fight it. You just have a safe place to run to. Even so, tornados kill and injure many people when they pass through. They're not organized. Tornado shelters exist (some more effective than ...


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Easy. Your cave can have a natural ethylene or methylethylene leak. For at least 12 centuries, the oracle at Delphi spoke on behalf of the gods, advising rulers, citizens and philosophers on everything from their sex lives to affairs of state. The oracle was always a woman, her divine utterances made in response to a petitioner's request. In a trance, at ...


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2,4 dinitrophenol and chemical endothermy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,4-Dinitrophenol In living cells, DNP acts as a proton ionophore, an agent that can shuttle protons (hydrogen cations) across biological membranes. It dissipates the proton gradient across mitochondria membranes, collapsing the proton motive force that the cell uses to ...


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No but you could invent one There has been research into this field but nothing definitive. Mader's Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and Surgery notes that "There are no safety or efficacy studies on the use of any psychoactive drugs for behavioral medicine treatment in reptiles." Later, Mader's offers a more detailed explanation. The role of ...


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Assuming all medicine cabinets have already been emptied, you're really starting from scratch. You may be able to find some Nightshade plant or something for a traditional poison, but this is actually a really tricky problem. Anything simple to make which knocks people out, only does so because they got lucky and weren't killed. Anaesthesiology is a ...


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Botulinum toxin It prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction and thus causes flaccid paralysis. The toxin is also used commercially in medicine, cosmetics and research. You have an example of this with all those celebrities who use "botox" to flatten their wrinkles (at the cost of ...


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MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. Prior to widespread recreational use, MDMA was used to assist psychotherapy, and current research is looking at its role in PTSD treatment. According to Wikipedia, effects include Euphoria – a sense of general well-being and happiness Increased self-confidence, sociability and feelings of communication being easy or simple ...


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Its all based on how happiness is quantified There is no chemical or atom called happiness that can merely be weighed, it’s a subjective experience. Those “Happiest Countries in the World” studies you see pop up now and again are merely polling. That’s it, the researchers just ask people if they’re happy or satisfied with life. The scientific issues with ...


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For the most part, it is impossible to force someone to be happy psychologically. There's an old joke about how many psychologists it takes to change a light bulb - only one, but the light bulb has to want to change. Ultimately, disorders like chronic depression basically make it impossible for some people to feel happy, and regardless of what you might ...


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Haloperidol Haloperidol has a dark history of being used in torture The Soviet government would administer this drug, which is normally used to treat psychiatric disorders, but when used in greater concentrations causes intense restlessness and uncontrollable shaking. Adrenaline Adrenaline has been used many times during torture to prevent people from ...


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OK, so assuming BB has read all the textbooks on happiness, she/it still doesn't have enough info to make everyone happy, but she can make a good try. Especially if BB knows some things about it that the average person doesn't. First, BB gives people choices, but always exactly three. We are happy when we get to pick what to buy/eat/whatever, but get ...


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The solution can be something connected to magic and telepathy. I see two possible variations of the theme. The first is that your elves are latently telepathic and can't communicate mind-to-mind in a normal state. They need psychoactive drugs for that. Looking drunk and drugged, speaking whatever out loud, screaming etc. are just side effects - the main ...


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Numbers Firstly, if the Wild Hunt is such a big deal then I would imagine sheer numbers would be enough to overrun most villages and smaller settlements. Think about what they're taking You ever seen someone on Methamphetamines? 6 cops can have serious difficulty restraining one person on a lot of meth. Take the right drugs and you will be unphased by a ...


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Captagon Also known as Fenethylline, in my time fighting ISIS I witnessed that they would dose suicide bombers or assault squads with this drug to make them more likely to carry out their orders. Its not a very widely studied drug, but middle eastern militant groups favor it because it (at least appears) to lower inhibitions and suppress emotions like fear ...


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Infrasonic vibrations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrasound This is not a chemical but otherwise meets all requirements. Plus it is cool. Infrasounds are very low frequency sounds below the level of human hearing. We do not hear them but we can perceive them, maybe, sometimes. All sorts of strange perceptions are attributed to infrasound including ...


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We live in such a world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen_narcosis Narcosis while diving (also known as nitrogen narcosis, inert gas narcosis, raptures of the deep, Martini effect) is a reversible alteration in consciousness that occurs while diving at depth. It is caused by the anesthetic effect of certain gases at high pressure. The ...


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Here's a fascinatingly mundane option: ordinary alcohol. We're all probably at least vaguely familiar with the idea of someone getting blackout drunk and not remembering what they did the night before. Just on its own, this fits okay: there are certainly people who think they're perfectly capable while being inebriated, and in isolated incidents their ...


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If you want to model your character on Wolverine, there is definitely a way drugs could help Wolverine. Wolverine is depressed. source This is not my own insight. His own internal torture is an integral part of the character. https://themighty.com/2017/05/logan-mental-illness/ So too your character. He is violent by nature and is plagued by rage and ...


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Most neurotoxins will produce results like this, but you would have to be very careful because the difference between a lethal dose and a non-lethal one is generally very small. They also have a reasonably high risk of causing lasting damage if not used carefully. Examples of easily available neurotoxins that would probably work include: Botulinum toxin. ...


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Is there medication that has no effect while taking it, but causes amnesia after? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug-induced_amnesia Researchers are currently experimenting with drugs which induce amnesia in order to improve understanding of human memory Apparently not. So I'm writing a novel Which means you don't need real drugs. Hand wave a ...


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Because it mimics the neurotransmitter GABA and boosts the brain’s supply of dopamine, phenibut is particularly good at shushing central nervous system responses that lead to nervousness, anxiety and inhibition. This makes it a handy anxiolytic, but it’s also used commonly used as a sedative, mood regulator and cognitive enhancer as well. In countries like ...


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Keppra rage. Keppra, or levetiracetam, is an antiepileptic drug. It is popular, safe, effective and has minimal side effects. But one important (uncommon) side effect is rage. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18583196 LEV was rated as very effective by 40% of the patients. In contrast to only 9% of the controls, a considerable number of patients ...


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Not all drugs are like being drunk. For example, Heroin or Cocaine do affect ones emotional state and judgment, but still allow people to function normally. Some drugs like amphetamine can even improve mental abilities. So just because your elves are on a drug which makes them really angry, violent and fearless does not mean they are unable to walk straight....


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Drug use in military operations actually isn't very exotic. As one can glean from this (I can only assume "woefully") incomplete list on Wikipedia, stimulants like cocaine and amphetamine are, or have recently been, used by armies around the world to keep soldiers awake and alert. In addition to this, the "Short but Sobering History of Drug Use in Wartime" ...


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