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Survival guides come about through necessity or a difficult experience that one doesn't wish upon others. Those that travel or wander the world gain knowledge and expertise in the oddest of areas that a layman would never know without walking the same paths. In this way, survival guides are an important piece of knowledge for those that may not be able to invest hours, days, or even years into learning the world around them. Most are informative, giving advice on how to survive adverse conditions, but others tell about things that the layman should avoid at all costs.
Seven Deadliest Poisons is one such survival guide, constantly revised with new information and explanations as the author learns more about the many things in the world that tend to maim or kill the unsuspecting. Now in its fifth iteration, the guide can be snarky at times, expecting those that are reading it to have a morbid curiosity that would get them killed in most instances.
While lacking the professional tone that most survival guides use, Seven Deadliest Poisons is a popular book due to its somewhat light-hearted tone that caters to those that may not be highly educated. One of the best-selling books in Isekai, this guide has sold thousands of copies and has received multiple revisions over the years, including a children's guide with a number of illustrations.
Currently, Seven Deadliest Poisons is in its fifth revision with a sixth edition in the works by the author. This book is one of the most widely available pieces of literature throughout the world, having been translated into a number of languages, including many of the more difficult Animal Kingdom languages. Most large cities will sell copies of this book and it can be found in most personal collections as well.
Seven Deadliest Poisons
This world has many poisons and toxins in it, but there are a few that are the deadliest, often ending a life in mere seconds. Even in the short time that one lives after being exposed to such poisons, one can experience the most excruciating pain and suffering that can be found in the world, more so than the burn of Dragon fire or anything else one can find in this life.
While writing this guide endangers my life, I feel it is necessary to share such useful information with the uninformed so they do not bumble around the world and die because one forgot to mention that specific white flower or to stay away from that one swamp. I will attempt to write everything here in the simplest terms possible so that even a layman may benefit from the time and danger I have invested so that someone else may live.
This chapter will be a short overview of the seven deadliest poisons I have found throughout the world, much as the title says. I do not dare rank them by the level of potency as one may think that the last one is still survivable, but that is far from the truth. Each of these will kill just as much as the last and no one should dare attempt to consume, touch, breath, or otherwise handle these items. That being said, there are exceptions to even this rule, but they are extremely rare and if you are reading this book, you are not one of the exceptions.
The Seven Deadliest Poisons
Not all items listed in this guide are simply plants or animals. Most of them aren't even simply just liquid poisons like we would expect, but in this world of ours, how could we expect something like poison to be so simple? Many of these poisons may confuse or completely baffle you, but trust me, they are deadly and will cause major harm if someone comes into contact with them without proper knowledge.
The first on our list is the White Lazarus, a simple white flower that can easily be mistaken for a white rose. Its stem and leaves often have telltale black stripes that mark the plant as what it is. Those that work with the White Lazarus say that it is more deadly than hemlock or nightshade, a single touch to the plant, especially the thorns, causes excruciating pain before death.
Breath of Nizlek
Some might say that the breath of all Black Dragons is deadly, and while they are right, the breath of Nizlek the Black is far more potent than any other in the world. The Dragon's breath has been known to melt flesh, twist bones into little more than piles of splinters, and kill in a matter of seconds. I would recommend not crossing a Dragon in general, but Nizlek is one to definitely stay away from.
The Criminal Metals, Putrid and Sickly Steels, are somewhat self-explanatory. Why anyone would want to handle such metals without proper protection is beyond me, but here is a warning anyway. Unless you are a trained Smith or a Dwarf, do not touch these metals. Death be upon those that put their hands where they shouldn't be.
Green Thermal Vents
These thermal vents are created by the Last Flight of Green Dragons. Thermal vents should rarely be messed with to begin with due to the temperatures but these thermal vents just happen to be just as toxic as the Dragons that created them. Being within feet of such a vent is enough to begin the toxic process that will kill you.
Giant Deep Squid Ink
These squids are nearly at the bottom of the bloody ocean yet people (ahm, Humans) have a tendency to want to touch and/or poke them. For those that do not know, squids tend to ink when threatened. The ink of these squids is toxic to most races, causing suffocation if the ink is inhaled or touched.
At one point, this was little more than an old wives' tale to scare children away from certain areas, but it has definitely been proven that Hydra's blood is rather toxic, similar in many ways to the breath of Nizlek. Certain creatures should not be messed with, including Hydras and Dragons, but I can only write so many warnings before it becomes redundant.
Most of the Wandering Forest can cause hallucinations and other ethereal effects so it should be no surprise that something there would also be considered poisonous. More research needs to be done on this one, but even the denizens of the forest stay away from this which should attest to how dangerous it is.
Written originally during the Eldritch War, this survival guide has served many people well, stopping many unfortunate deaths due to mishandling of certain items. Constant revisions give the most up-to-date information on the various poisons, including in layman's terms and illustrated children's guides. This book will have a long-standing legacy that few other pieces of literature can rival.
Entry for Worldbuilding Summer Camp 2022
Answering: "A travel log or other document associated with discovery."