Drugs & Poisons - Loyalty Stone
Ingested [DC 21]
50000gp (per dose)
This is an odd-looking greenish solid, usually moulded into the shape and size of a small egg. Although it is ingested, no subtlety is possible with this object - it must be forced down the victim's throat. Often this will be done when he has been rendered unconscious, though some prefer to force the victim to swallow it while awake, just to enhance the terror of the procedure. Once within his stomach, the stone begins to slowly dissolve. Each day for the next thirty days, the stone will poison the victim, unless he receives the antidote every day. The antidore costs a mere 50 gp to make, but is never for sale on the open market - each assassins' guild knows the secrets of creating the loyalty stone has its own slightly different recipe for both stone and antidote. The idea behind this poison is to force the victim to become entirely subservient to the group or individual who can supply the antidote. Due to its enormously high price, it is typically used only on kings or other staggeringly influencial nobles or politicians, so that a decent return is possible. Most commonly another noble will hire the assassin or guild to administer the egg. The victim will typically be forced to swallow a second egg on the 30th day before being given his antidote.
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