The Convent’s Poisons (excerpted from Sister Serafina’s Herbal)

Saturday, February 25

Heretic’s Lament: Quick acting poison for heretics wishing to avoid pain of being burned to death. A deep amber color.

Martyr’s Embrace: (the pale green of new spring grass) excruciatingly painful poison for those wishing to do penance with the act of dying.

The Scourge: (rust colored liquid) This poison corrodes at the internal organs until they are too damaged to work any longer. Almost as painful as Martyr’s Embrace.

Dark Tears: (blood red drops) Causes lungs to fill with fluid and the victim drowns to death.

Bitter Tears: (clear as water) Virtually undetectable except for the bitter taste of victim’s tears.

Amourna’s Woe: (pale lavender liquid) So named for a pair of young lovers who drank the poison jointly when their warring families refused to allow them to wed.

Vengeance: white pearls with slow acting poison.

Matrona’s Curse: (the color of an old man’s piss) A powerful abortifacient which often has the added undesirable effect of killing the mother.

Adruinna’s Snare: This thick honey colored paste is absorbed through the skin. Effective, but inexact.

Mortain’s Caress: (the pale blue of the cold winter sky) An almost pleasant, merciful poison where the victim is overcome by a sense of euphoria as they die.

Night Whisper: A poison that is inhaled into the victims lungs, either in the form of a fine white powder or through candles made of beeswax into which the poison has been mixed. Also suitable for carrying in rings.

Brigantia’s Bane: (the muddy green of a stagnant pool) Eats all the knowledge from the victim’s brain until they become a babbling simpleton with no memory of who they were.

Nocturne’s Malaise: (the color of pale straw) With this poison, the victim simply goes to sleep, forever, until they waste away and die.



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Petra @ Safari Poet February 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Wow, I don’t think I would of been able to except anything to drink in a time/world with all these around.


Robin March 1, 2012 at 1:29 am

I know! It would definitely be nerve wracking! :-)


Ducky March 5, 2012 at 4:39 am

You should have seen my face as I read that. It just got more and more horrified. Who knew there could possibly be so many gruesome poisons?


Devan @ Book Strings March 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Where can I get one of those rings? Not that I’m looking to poison anyone, it is just really cool looking. Plus, knowing me I’d probably spill it all over and poison myself.


Avery April 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Ah! One of my favorite parts of the book.. the poisons!
No wonder those of the convent were feared so much in those days!


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